Azni Zain Ahmed
Prof Dr Azni Zain Ahmed is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). She was born in Kota Bharu Kelantan and was educated in Kuala Lumpur until sixth form at the Victoria Institution. She continued her studies at Southampton Technical College in the UK before graduating with a Bachelor in Physics and Urban Planning from Aston University, UK. She also graduated with a Masters degree in Solar Energy from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and a PhD degree in Energy in Buildings from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She has sat on several editorial boards such as for the Scientific Journals International and International Journal for Clean Coal Technologies and a Technical Reviewer for the International Journal for Renewable Energy. Besides managing the university’s academic activities at the university, she also lectures in Renewable Energy at the Faculty of Applied Sciences. She has produced more than 120 papers in solar energy and daylight modelling, thermal comfort, solar energy technologies and energy efficiency in buildings. She has been involved many renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes in the country such as the National Solar Roadmap, National Solar Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Steering Committee, National Energy Efficiency in Buildings Workshop and contributed to the Malaysian Standards MS 1525:2001 and MS 1525:2007. She is currently the President of the Malaysian Energy Institute (InTEM) , Senior Fellow of the Institute of Science, UiTM and Head of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Sustainable Energy (RISE) , UiTM. She has served almost 30 years in the university as lecturer and later professor and held management posts such as Pre Science Coordinator, Dean of the Faculty Science before being appointed as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research in 2001 and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Puncak Alam and Puncak Perdana Campuses) in 2009. Among her achievements for the university include increasing the number of research grants, researchers, innovation awards and income generated from consultancy services. Her eight years at the helm of research culminated in the awards received by the university, notably the Geneva Award 2007 and 2008, National Intellectual Property Award 2007 and the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Research Innovation Award between the Public Sector and the Private Sector 2008. Her most recent contribution is in the capacity of a Lead Author, Chapter 9 (Buildings), Working Group III (WGIII), 5th Assessment Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2011-2014).