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Sharifah Shahrul Rabiah Syed Alwee

Sharifah Shahrul Rabiah Syed Alwee

Platform Leader - Integrative Research Support


As the Platform Leader for Integrative Research Support, Sharifah is responsible for the ongoing development and execution of all research operations activity in IRRI including its strategic and operations plans.

Sharifah has more than 15 years of experience in the palm oil industry of Malaysia, most recently serving as Senior Vice President for the Research and Development Cluster of FGV Holdings Berhad in Malaysia. Prior to this, she was a Principal Researcher and Senior General Manager at Felda Agricultural Services Sdn. Bhd. where she managed the day-today operations of the company that houses tissue culture researcher and clonal production facility, the Seed Production Unit, and supervised its biotechnology and breeding program. She completed her Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from the Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1998.

In IRRI, Sharifah will be responsible for the ongoing development and execution of the Integrative Research Support Platform, its strategic and operations plans, and the development and functioning of the platform’s leadership team. She works in close collaboration with IRRI Leadership to assure cross-platform contribution to IRRI’s research for development and education, and capacity building programs. In her role as the Platform Leader of Integrative Research Support, she promotes collaborative relationships amongst the institute’s staff and existing external partners while forming new alliances with future partners and investors.


  • PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

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