ASEAN-USAID fellowship for Bruneian solar scientist

|     Danial Norjidi     |

A BRUNEIAN scientist whose research focusses on sustainable energy has been selected for the prestigious 2018-2019 ASEAN Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship.

Dr Andery Lim is one of the 17 scientists receiving the fellowship, instituted by the ASEAN Foundation, in partnership with ASEAN Secretariat and the US Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In addition to Brunei Darussalam, the scientists come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to a press statement from the ASEAN Secretariat, the scientists were selected for their track record of achievements and potential to advance science-based policy-making in ASEAN.

Dr Lim obtained his PhD from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) where he worked as a research assistant and laboratory manager. His research focusses on sustainable energy, more particularly solar cells. During the East Asia Summit Energy Cooperation Task Force in 2013, he assisted Brunei National Energy Research Institute’s chief researchers with data collection, the statement noted.

The ASEAN S&T Fellowship provides opportunities for early- and mid-career scientists from ASEAN member states to apply their knowledge and analytical skills to solving public policy challenges.

Fellows are embedded in line ministries or other agencies within their home countries for a year to boost these agencies’ technical capacity to make informed, data-driven policy decisions to address intractable issues facing the region.

They will devote their time, knowledge and skills to encourage policymakers to use more science-based approaches in their policy- and decision-making.

The fellowship adheres to the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation 2016-2025 by focussing on its priorities – climate change, sustainable energy and science, technology and innovation policy.

The press statement noted that the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology selected the fellows through a process involving experts from the ASEAN Secretariat Science and Technology Division, USAID and the US Mission to ASEAN. The fellows’ first activity was to attend an orientation and workshop from June 25-30 in Jakarta.

The other scientists selected for the fellowship are: Kong Chuuon and Fidero Kouk of Cambodia; Muhammad Makky and Ahmad Agus Setiawan of Indonesia; Vimontha Khieovongphachanh and Sengphet Keokangdong of Lao PDR; Haslenda Hashim and Hazlina Selamat of Malaysia; Thein Min Htike and Kay Lwin Tun of Myanmar; Joey D Ocon and Micheal Angelo B Promentilla of the Philippines; Nuwong Chollacoop and Nipon Pisutpaisal of Thailand; and Dung Duc Tran and Nguyen Trinh Minh Anh of Vietnam.