Prof.Emeritus Dato' Ibrahim Komoo (1)

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ibrahim Komoo
Principal Fellow
LESTARI, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

“Geoscience Knowledge for Societal Well-being”

Ibrahim Komoo, FIGM, FASc, DSNS, P. Geol. is a Principal Fellow at Langkawi Research Center (PPL), Institute for Environment and Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor and the holder of the Chair for Iskandar Malaysia at the Center for Tropical Geoengineering (Geotropik) at UTM. He graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in 1976 and obtained his PhD from Strathclyde University, Glasgow in 1979. His fields of specialization include Engineering Geology; Environmental Geology; and Sustainability Science. Since 1996 he has conduct research on geoheritage conservation, geotourism and geopark and pioneered a global geopark network.

He has held various management positions in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM): Head, Department of Geology (1984-1986); Director, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI UKM), (1998-2000 and 2001-2005); Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2005 – 2008); Founder Director and Chair of Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute (SEADPRI-UKM) (2008-2012) (2015-2016); Special Advisor to Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia (2011-2013); and Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (2012-2015). He has served as Vice President, International Association for Engineering Geology (IAEG) (1998-2003); President, Geological Society of Malaysia (1998-2000); Vice President, Institute of Geology Malaysia (2000-2001) and Council Member, Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) (2010-2012) Coordinator, Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) (1997-2017) and Council, UNESCO Global Geoparks 2016-2018). Currently, he is Vice President, Global Geoparks Network Association (GGN); Expert/ Evaluator, UNESCO Global Geoparks; and Advisor of Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark and Chairman, Council of Heritage, Malaysia.

He was appointed as Fellow, Institute of Geology, Malaysia (FIGM) (1995) and Fellow, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia (FASc) (2002). He received Darjah Dato Setia Negeri Sembilan (DSNS) conferred by the Sultan of Negeri Sembilan (2007), Langkawi Award (2009), Emeritus Professor UKM (2012), Science Excellence Award 2012 (Environmental Geology) from the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) (2013), Malaysia Geoscientist Award (2013); Honorary Member of Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM) (2014) and Langkawi Tourism Personality Award (2015).

Idris Ibrahim

Idris Ibrahim
Chief Executive Officer
Institute Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP)

“The Current Challenges of Roles of Geosciences in the Oil & Gas Sector”

Idris Ibrahim holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology from Boston University, the USA in 1986. He has been with PETRONAS for almost 34 years, of which about 28 years in various technical and management roles in E&P, Upstream Business. Currently, Idris Ibrahim is the CEO of Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP), the technical training arm of PETRONAS.

He was a PETRONAS scholar and began his long career journey with PETRONAS in 1987 as a geologist for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB). Moved on in his career as Business Development Manager for PCSB from 2002 to 2005 where he involved in the various acquisition of international exploration assets; followed by a short stint as Senior Manager for Basin Studies before appointed as General Manager for Exploration Center of Technical Excellence in 2007 before moving to Petroleum Management Unit as Head of Petroleum Resource Exploration in 2010. He then returned to PCSB as the SGM of Exploration International Ventures in 2013. Idris was also the PETRONAS Skill Group Advisor for SKG 009 (Geoscience) from 2010 until June 2016.

He later has served as Head of Transformation Office, at the Office of the President and Group CEO, PETRONAS in 2016 prior to his appointment as Chief Strategic Liaison Officer in 2018 where he successfully operationalized new functions of the Strategic Liaison Office. then His vast experiences in technical, commercial, transformation and stakeholder areas are appropriately needed in sustaining INSTEP’s roles in developing and retooling technical human capital required for PETRONAS’ operations, and the energy sector at large. His willingness to take calculated risk to realize multiple business strategies helps INSTEP’s journey to become a technical learning solution partner preparing the workforce of the future. He strongly believes that human capital development investment is essential in bringing PETRONAS to its current level and continue supporting the PETRONAS agenda moving forward.


chris morley

Dr Chris Morley
Senior Geophysicist
PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

“Challenges to Understanding the Tectonic Evolution of the South China Seas Area, With Particular Reference of NW Borneo”

Chris Morley is a structural geologist, with over 20 years of experience working in the oil industry (Amoco, Elf-Aquitaine, PTTEP) and 15 years of experience full-time teaching petroleum industry-related courses (Brunei, Chiang Mai universities), as well as part-time teaching at Chulalongkorn University, and is currently working for PTT Exploration and Production in Thailand. He has published over 200 papers in international journals. His main interests are the structure and tectonics of SE Asia, and the East African Rift, including igneous intrusion-structural interactions in rifts, and the structural development of NW Borneo.