Director Profile

Age/Gender: 63 / Female

Nationality: Malaysian

Academic / Professional Qualification:

  • Bacherlor of Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Master of Science, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University of Malaya
  • Executive Master of Business Administration, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of South Wales, United Kingdom

Board Committee Membership(s):

  • Audit Committee (Member)
  • Securities & Options Committee (Chairman)

Date Appointed / Working Experience:
Datuk Dr. Choo was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of IJM Plantations Berhad (“IJMP”) on 1 November 2016.

She was the Director-General of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (“MPOB”) prior to her appointment as Director of IJMP. She started her career as a lecturer at University Sains Malaysia for 2.5 years before joining the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (“PORIM”) as a Research Officer in 1982 and the Leader for Processing Research Group of PORIM from 1993 to 2000.

Her other past appointments and/or working experience were as follows:-

  • Head of Unit of Milling & Processing, MPOB (2000-2004)
  • Director, Engineering and Processing Research Division, MPOB (2004-2006)
  • Deputy Director-General (Research & Development), MPOB (2006-2010)
  • Board member, MPOB (2010-2016)
  • Chairman, Institute of Malaysian Plantation and Commodities (IMPAC) (2010-2016)
  • Chairman, Palm Oil Research and Technical Service Institute of MPOB (PORTSIM) Board (2010-2016)
  • Founding member, Board of Trustees, Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) (2015-2016)
  • Member, Council for Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) (2015-2016)
  • Trustee, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (2010-2016)
  • Director, Felda Global Ventures Plantations Sdn Bhd (2012-2013)
  • Immediate Past President, International Society for Fats Research (ISF) (2015-2016)

Her vision and passion for science is reflected by the fact that she is an inventor of 71 patents and has authored and co-authored more than 950 scholarly articles. Several of the patents have been successfully commercialised, the most significant being the carotene-riched red palm oil, tocotrienol and carotene concentrates, and biodiesel technologies.

She has been honoured with more than 100 international and national scientific and invention awards. Among them are the prestigious The Knight of the International Order or Merit of Inventors awarded by the International Federation of Inventors Association (IFIA) in 2009, the Most Outstanding Malaysian Women Award in conjunction with the International Women’s Day Celebration 2011, the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Gold Medal for the Best Women Inventor in 1994 and 2003, and the Merdeka Award in 2014.

Present Directorship(s):
Listed Companies

  • Nil
Other Public Companies
  • Nil

Other Current Position(s) Held:

  • Honorary Distinguished Researcher appointed by the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, People’s Republic of China
  • Vice President, Malaysian Invention & Design Society (MINDS)
  • Council Member, Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association (MEOA)
  • Council Member, Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA)
  • Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia, Malaysian Women’s Institute of Management and American Oil Chemists’ Society
List Of Training/Workshops/Seminars Attended For Financial Year Ended 31 March 2019
No. Date Topic Organizer
1 14 Aug 2018 Sales & Service Tax Talk by PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Advisory Sdn Bhd IJM Corporation Berhad
2 28 & 29 Aug 2018 Palm Oil Trades Seminar (POTS) – “Embracing Change in A Transforming Marketplace Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)
3 13 to 15 Sep 2018 The 3rd World Invention and Innovation Forum Foshan – China (Invited Speaker to Speak on “Malaysia’s Perspective in Innovations & Industrial Design: Inventing for A Better Tomorrow) China Association of Inventions (CAI)
4 25 Sep 2018 Biotechnology Workshop – Biotechnopreneurship: From Lab to Business, Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)
5 16 to 18 Oct 2018 Oils and Fats International Congress (OFIC 2018) and Exhibition - Kuala Lumpur (Module Chair) Malaysian Oil Scientists’ and Technologists’ Association (MOSTA)
6 22 & 23 Oct 2018 The 14th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (14th ISBAB) Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) & International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB)
7 19 Nov 2018 IJM Budget Talk 2019 by PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Advisory Sdn Bhd IJM Corporation Berhad
8 30 Nov 2018 New Era of Corporate Liability Under Malaysian Anti Bribery Laws by Wong & Partners IJM Corporation Berhad
9 4 Dec 2018 Breakfast Series “Companies of the Future – The Role of Boards” Bursa Malaysia Berhad/Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM)
10 6 Dec 2018 Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) Forum 2018, Putrajaya Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC)
11 8 Jan 2018 Reach & Remind; Friends of the Industry Seminar 2019, Dialogue Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)
12 12 Feb 2019 Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) Business Forum, Putrajaya CPOPC and Ministry of Primary Industries of Malaysia (MPI)
13 9 Mar 2019 National Conference on Scientific Research Achievements by Malaysian Women (In conjunction with 2019 International Women Day) (Organising Committee Chairperson) Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)
List Of Training/Workshops/Seminars Attended For Financial Year Ended:

IJM Subsidiaries & Associates
IJM Plantations Berhad (133399-A)

No. Date Topic Organizer
1 11 Apr 2017 "Companies Act 2016: Overview of the Changes and How They Affect You and Your Business” by Mr Chew Phye Keat and Mr Chong Kok Seng, Partners of Messrs Raja, Darryl & Loh IJM Corporation Berhad
2 30 Apr 2017 to 04 May 2017 2017 American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Annual General Meeting and Industry Showcases held in Orlando, Florida, USA American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS)
3 21 Jun 2017 "Related Party Transactions - Implications to Directors & Management" and "Key Changes to Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance issued in 2017" and how IJM is impacted by Mr Lee Min On, ex-Partners of KPMG, Director of Coalition for Business Integrity Bhd and Member of the Audit Committee of Institute of Internal Auditors, Malaysia IJM Corporation Berhad
4 19 Jul 2017 to 21 Jul 2017 MOSTA Best Practices Workshop on “Quality Improvement from Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) to processed Palm Oil (PPO); Invited as (i) Speaker for “Progress Towards Reducing Contaminants: Setting New Targets for the Industry (Standards &ammp; Specifications); (ii) Panel Discussion Member. Malaysian Oil Scientist & Technologist Association of Malaysia (MOSTA)
5 10 Aug 2017 Nobel Forum for Excellence in Research Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)
6 12-Sep-17 to 14-Sep-17 Oil Palm Best Practices Workshop 'Recipe for High Sustainable Oil Palm Yields' MOSTA
7 17 Oct 2017 to 20 Oct 2017 The 13th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology – Invited Speaker on “Biofuel and Phytonutrients from Palm Oil”
  1. National Chung Tsing University
  2. International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology
  3. Academia Sinica
  4. Ministry of Science & Technology, Taiwan
8 09 Nov 2017 IJM Budget Talk 2018 by PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Advisory Sdn Bhd IJM Corporation Berhad
9 14-Nov-17 to 16-Nov-17 MPOB International Palm Oil Congress : PIPOC2017 - Invited as Technical Session Chairperson for Session : Science and Emerging Technology, Analytical and Quality Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
10 20 Nov 2017 Independent Directors’ Programme: The Essence of Independence Bursa Malaysia Berhad / ICLIF
11 21-Nov-17 to 23-Nov-17 MEOA 2nd Learning and Brainstorming (LAB) Seminar – Mechanisation 2017 Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association (MEOA)
12 27 Nov 2017 Risk Management Programme – Managing Price Risk in Agricultural Commodities Bursa Malaysia Berhad / MINDA
13 09 Jan 2018 Reach & Remind Friends of the Industry Seminar 2018 & Dialogue with YB Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia (MPIC) Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)
14 18 Jan 2018 Palm Oil Economic Review & Outlook (R & O) Seminar 2018 – Palm Oil : Achieving Sustainable Economy Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
15 05 Feb 2018 IJM Strategy Review & Planning Session with Board of Directors IJM Corporation Berhad
16 28 Feb 2018 Corporate Governance Briefing Sessions: MSSG Reporting & CG Guide Bursa Malaysia Berhad
17 05 Mar 2018 to 07 Mar 2018 POC 2018 : Palm & Lauric Oils – Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition on Managing Market Bursa Malaysia Berhad
No. Date Topic Organizer
1 07 & 08 Nov 2016 Mandatory Accreditation Programme (MAP) for Directors of Public Listed Companies ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre
2 16 Nov 2016 IJM Budget Talk 2017 by PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tax Advisory Sdn Bhd
IJM Corporation Berhad
3 0 Jan 2017 ustainability Forum 2017: “The Velocity of Global Change & Sustainability – The New Business Model”; and ACCA Malaysia Sustainability Reporting Awards (MASRA) Bursa Malaysia Berhad / ACCA
4 15 Feb 2017 IJM Presents ”Gobal, Megatrends and Game Changers” by Dr Anil K Gupta IJM Corporation Berhad
5 06 to 08 Mar 2017 POC 2017 : Palm & Lauric Oils – Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition on Managing Market Bursa Malaysia Berhad & CME Group
List of Group Functions or Activities Attended During the Financial Year Ended 31 March 2019
No. Date Topic Organizer
1 29 Jun 2018 IJM Hari Raya Celebration 2018 Kelab Sukan IJM
2 6 to 8 Jul 2018 IJM Games 2018 (Sandakan) IJM Plantations Berhad
3 9 to 11 Jul 2018 Site Visit “Walk with CEO” to IJMP Malaysian Plantation Operation IJM Plantations Berhad
4 2 Aug 2018 IJM Senior Management Forum 2018
"Waking Up To A New Reality"
IJM Plantations Berhad
5 25 Aug 2018 IJM Annual Dinner 2018 IJM Plantations Berhad
6 23 Nov 2018 IJM Deepavali Celebration 2018 Kelab Sukan IJM
7 15 Feb 2019 IJM Chinese New Year Celebration 2019 Kelab Sukan IJM
List of Group Functions or Activities Attended During the Financial Year Ended:

IJM Subsidiaries & Associates
IJM Plantations Berhad (133399-A)

No. Date Topic Organizer
1 14 Jul 2017 IJM Hari Raya Celebration 2017 Kelab Sukan IJM
2 03 Aug 2017 IJM Senior Management Forum 2017: "Adopt Innovation, Think Intrapreneurship, Revolutionise Business"IJM Senior Management Forum 2017: "Adopt Innovation, Think Intrapreneurship, Revolutionise Business" IJM Corporation Berhad
3 27 Oct 2017 IJM Deepavali Celebration 2017 Kelab Sukan IJM
4 05 Jan 2018 IJM Christmas Celebration 2017 & New Year Party 2018 Kelab Sukan IJM
5 05 Feb 2018 IJM Strategy Review & Planning Session with Board of Directors IJM Corporation Berhad
6 28 Feb 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration 2017 Kelab Sukan IJM
No. Date Topic Organizer
1 24 Sep 2016 IJM Annual Dinner 2016 IJM Corporation Berhad
2 04 to 07 Dec 2016 Familiarization visit to IJM Plantations Berhad – Operations in Sabah IJM Corporation Berhad
3 06 Jan 2017 IJM Deepavali, Christmas Celebration 2016 & New Year Party 2017 Kelab Sukan IJM
4 06 Feb 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration 2017 Kelab Sukan IJM
5 12 to 14 Mar 2017 Board of Directors visit to Indonesian Operations IJM Plantations Berhad