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Dato’ Dr. Freezailah bin Che Yeom
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dato’ Dr. Freezailah bin Che Yeom was appointed to the Board of Salcon on 21 July 2003.
He holds a First Class Honours degree in Forestry and a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Dato’ Dr. Freezailah has more than 40 years of experience in various fields of the forestry sector including holding several senior management positions. In 1987, he was elected to serve as the founding Executive Director of the UN-Sponsored International Tropical Timber Organisation (“ITTO”) based in Yokohama, Japan with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General on the UN-Scale. He provided leadership to the 57-member-country ITTO and nurtured its growth and development into a respected global body to promote the conservation, sustainable management and utilisation of the world’s tropical forests. In recognition of his contributions to the forestry sector, the ITTO created the “Freezailah Fellowship Fund” on his retirement in 1999 and he was conferred “Award of Excellence” by the Commonwealth Forestry Association.
He was also conferred the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Foresters Malaysia and Honorary Member of the Society of American Foresters. He has also addressed many important forestry fora. He was a council member of Wawasan Open University College.
Dato’ Dr. Freezailah was bestowed with the 2013 Chinese Government Friendship Award – the Chinese government’s highest honor for foreigners who have made exceptional contributions to China’s economic and social progress on 29 September 2013.
Dato’ Dr. Freezailah is currently the Chairman of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Yayasan Salam. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah is active in various national and international organisations and initiatives dealing with forestry, conservation, environmental issues and related technological advances.
Dato’ Dr. Freezailah is the Chairman of Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company.