Executive Committee 2019-2021

Prof. Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu
President

Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu is a Distinguished Chair Professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He obtained a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University (1978–1982), served as a professor at Johns Hopkins University (1982–91), Academia Sinica, and National Central University. He published over 225 research articles and 50 patents on new synthetic methods and reagents, drug design and synthesis, and nano-biomaterials for drug delivery. He was President of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (2012­–13), President of the Chinese American Chemical Society USA (1991–93), and Dean of College of Science, National Central University (2007–10).  He is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2019–), Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (2005–), Fellow of IUPAC (2000–), and Fellow of The Third World Academy of Sciences (1999–). He received the Third World Academy of Sciences Award, Nano Industrial Technology Excellence Award, National Biotech and Medical Care Quality Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award USA, National Academic Research Innovation Award, Japan Ming-Yu-Wen-Hwa Award, FACS 1993 Distinguished Young Chemist Award, and The Outstanding Young Persons of the World for 1994. 

Prof. Dave Winkler
Immediate Past President

Winkler is a computational chemist with strong research interests in the interaction of matter and biology, holds B.Sc. in chemistry, chemical engineering (Monash), physics (RMIT), and a Ph.D. in chemical physics and radioastronomy (Monash). He was a chief research scientist at CSIRO for 30 years, visiting fellow at Oxford and Kyoto Universities, Imperial College London, and the University of Calgary. He published about 250 research papers, book chapters, and 25 patents. He is currently a chemistry and physics professor at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Adjunct Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, visiting Professor in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham, and a Fellow in evolutionary robotics at CSIRO Data61. He provided key IP for three startup companies – Betabiotics, Asymmetrex, and Vectus Biosystem. He is a past President of the Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, served on Boards of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Science & Technology Australia, and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science's National Committee for Chemistry. He received the Herman Skolnik award from the ACS, Distinguished Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), and the RACI's Adrien Albert Award.

Prof. Mustafa Culha
President-elect

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Prof. Ling-Kang Liu 
Secretary General

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Prof. Onder Metin
Secretary General-elect

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Prof. Edward Juan Joon Ching
Treasurer

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Prof. Ehud Keinan
Communications Director

Prof. Ehud Keinan of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He was born and educated in Israel, obtained his Ph. D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and postdoc at the University of Wisconsin. He published over 200 research papers, 20 patents, and 3 books on biocatalysis, organic synthesis, molecular-computing, supramolecular chemistry, and drug discovery. He was Dean of Chemistry at the Technion, Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute in California, Founder and first Head of the Technion Institute of Catalysis, founder of two startup companies, and Board Member at EuChemS. Currently, he is President of the Israel Chemical Society, Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Journal of Chemistry, Council Member of the Wolf Foundation, Bureau Member at IUPAC, and Editor-in-Chief of the AsiaChem. He received the New England Award for Academic Excellence, the Shannon Award, the CapCure Award, the Herschel-Rich Award, the Technion Prize for security technologies, the Henri Taub Prize for scientific excellence, and the Schulich Prize for extraordinary academic activities. He is a Fellow of the AAAS. In 2020 he received the Engagement Leader of the Year Award from the Asia-Pacific Triple E Awards, and Award of Service from EuChemS. 

Prof. Mitsuo Sawamoto
Science Director

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Prof. Mi Hee Lim
Science Director

Mi Hee Lim received her BS in Chemistry from Ewha Woman's University, Seoul, Korea (1999), and M.Sc. (2001) under Prof. Wonwoo Nam. She obtained her Ph.D. with Stephen J. Lippard at MIT and did her postdoctoral research with Jacqueline K. Barton at Caltech. In 2008, she began her independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. In 2013, she moved to the Ulsan National University of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea. In 2018, she joined the Department of Chemistry at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, received the Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry (AsBIC) James Hoeschele Award (2020), the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC) Early Career Award (2018), the Award for "30 Young Scientists of Korea" to Lead Basic Science Research for the Next 30 Years (2016), the Korean Chemical Society (KCS)-Wiley Young Scientist Award (2015), NSF Career Award (2013), and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2012).

Dr. Suping Zheng
Representative, East & Pacific Asia

Zheng Suping received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. She was engaged in postdoctoral research at the University of Arizona from 2005 to 2008. Then she joined the Chinese Chemical Society(CCS)in 2008. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Secretary-General and Office Director of CCS.

Dr. Dien Pandiman
Representative, South East Asia & Papua New Guinea

Dr. Dien Pandiman is currently the Executive Director of the Pidilite Innovation Centre and is responsible for R&D and Innovation on Surface Coatings and Construction Chemicals for Pidilite Group. He has more than 20-year experience in these fields of Nano Materials in surface coatings and construction chemicals. He is the Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (FSNIC), was the Chairman of the RSC Singapore Chapter and Vice-President of Singapore National Institute of Chemistry. He had served as the Secretary-General of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) from 2013-2015 and contributed to Singapore IPI (IP Intermediary) Industry Advisory Panel. He is recently appointed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) under the prime minister office as Member of Proof-of-Concept (POC) Panelists to evaluate various projects from universities and research institutes.

Prof. Md. Wahab Khan
Representative, South & West Asia

Dr. Khan became Professor in 2003 in the Department of Chemistry, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh. He has supervised 5 Ph.D., 6 M.Sc. and 32 M.Phil. students. His research interest focuses on synthesizing heterocyclic compounds through metal-mediated reactions, nanoparticle catalyst synthesis, and synthesis of polymer composites and ionic liquids. He is National Representative of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division III of IUPAC), Fellow of IUPAC, Former Secretary-General of FACS, and General Secretary of the Bangladesh Chemical Society. He was also the convener of the Bangladesh Chemistry Olympiad and Scientific Observer of IChO. He has been a visiting Professor in International University Technology (IUT), Bangladesh University of Professional (BUP) and Military Institute of Technology (MIST) and President of the Chemistry Departmental Committee, Bangladesh Standard and Testing (BSTI).