Updated: 8 February 2019

ICoRAST2019 will feature luminaries in science and technology to share their knowledge and expertise.

Professor Dr Jason P. Hallett

Professor of Sustainable Chemical Technology
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London, UK

Prof Dato Dr Norbik Bashah Idris

Professor, Kulliyah of ICT,
International Islamic University Malaysia
Gombak, Selangor,

Biodata: Professor Dr. Jason P. Hallett

Prof Jason Hallett received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined Imperial College, first with a Marshall-Sherfield Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Chemistry and in 2014 was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, before promotion to Reader in 2016 and Professor in 2018. He has authored over 90 articles and holds 4 patents. His current research interests involve the solvation behaviour of ionic liquids and the use of ionic liquids in the production of lignocellulosic biofuels, sustainable chemical feedstocks, vaccine manufacturing and waste recycling (particularly for metal-contaminated solid materials). This research is supported by both the UKRI and industry.

Prof Hallett currently serves as Director of the Imperial Network of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology and as theme leader for Biorenewables and Biofuels research in the Manufacturing Futures Lab. He is also a core member of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Future Vaccines Manufacturing Research Hub.

He is also co-founder of Chyrsalix Technologies, a spin-out company based on the group’s ionic liquid biorefinery research.

Biodata: Prof Dato Dr Norbik Bashah Idris

Dato Dr Norbik Bashah Idris is currently a Professor at Kulliyah of ICT in IIUM. He started his academic career in 1983 with UTM and has been attributed as one of the early pioneers of Cybersecurity in Malaysia.

Throughout his career, he has been a member of SIGSAC – (Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control) of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), IEEE Computer Society, New York Academy of Science, USA and IFIP Working Group-11.3 on Database Security (USA). As a cybersecurity practitioner, Prof Norbik carries CISSP & CISM professional certifications from ISC2 & ISACA. In 1995 he led a team which won a strategic research grant from MOSTI to start the first major research work on Cryptography in Malaysia which produced a suite of indigenious cryptographic utilities. In 1998 Prof Norbik founded the first Real-time Software Engineering Centre of Excellence in Malaysia, where he collaborated with the University of Thales from Paris. The cybersecurity R&D team he led later became incorporated as a company which was awarded a major project from the Malaysian Government to help monitor security of government’s network throughout the country. The company later became the first public-listed company on Cybersecurity in Malaysia. Following his success in Malaysia, Prof Norbik repeated the success into other ASEAN countries and later into the Gulf countries & MENA.

Throughout his career Prof Norbik has been a Keynote Speaker, Visiting Professor, Corporate Figure, Consultant & Advisor on Cybersecurity to various Organizations & Governments, both in Malaysia & international. He was nominee for 2007 Ernst & Young Best IT Entrepreneur, twice recipient of “Distinguished ISC2 Award winner for Asia-Pacific”, IDG Distinguished Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific, winner of at least 7 Gold medals on Cybersecurity products & services, and holder of a few patents.

Prof Norbik’s latest interest is in synergizing cybersecurity & DLT (Blockchain/Tangle) into Islamic Fintech products & services in the hope of contributing to the Maqasid Shariah.