Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Bin Mamat
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Bin Mamat is our Independent Non-Executive Chairman and was appointed to our Board on 3 January 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from University of Malaya in 1975 and later obtained an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Harvard Business School, Boston, US in 2004.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahman began his career as an Assistant Director with Ministry of International Trade and Industry (“MITI”) in 1975 and served in various capacities in MITI for 35 years before retiring in December 2010, including Deputy Trade Commissioner, Malaysian Trade Office, US; Director of Trade, Malaysian Trade Centre, Taiwan; Economic Counsellor/ Trade Commissioner/ Deputy Permanent of the Malaysian Trade Office, Thailand as well as a Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission; Special Assistant to the Minister of International Trade and Industry; Director of Export Promotion Bureau of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (“MATRADE”); Director of Industries; Senior Director of Policy and Industry, Services Division; Deputy Secretary-General (Industry); and Secretary-General of MITI. During his tenure in MITI, he also served as MITI’s representative on the board of various companies and corporations, including Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), MATRADE, Johor Corporation, Regional Economic Development Authority (RECODA), Sarawak and Small and Medium Corporation, Malaysia.

He currently serves on the board of several private limited companies involved in manufacturing, retail and services sectors covering global logistics, petrochemical, healthcare and oil, gas and energy. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Hiap Teck Venture Berhad and Independent Non-Executive Director of Parkson Holdings Berhad.

Hon Tian Kok @ William
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

William Hon is our founder, Promoter, substantial shareholder and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed to our Board on 21 June 2011 and is responsible for overseeing our Group’s performance and strategic direction.

William Hon holds an executive MBA from Irish University Business School and a professional qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1998. He has been a member of the Malaysia Institute of Accountants since 2002.

William Hon has an extensive background and experience in Finance, Audit, Strategic Planning, Marketing, International Business Relations and Biotechnology industry. He began his career as an Auditor with an accounting firm in 1995 and later joined commercial company as an Assistant Finance Manager in the same year. In 1998, he joined an educational and business consultancy firm, as a Consultant. He subsequently left and joined a listed property company in 2000 as Vice President of Business Development, where he was responsible for identifying and/or assessing new business opportunities for the group in the property investment and development industry as well as other new ventures such as biotechnology. In 2003, he worked as a freelance consultant with a few companies, including companies in the healthcare industry, during which he gained further knowledge of the biotechnology industry and enabled him to establish BISB in 2005.

Dato’ Sri Hj. Syed Zainal Abidin Bin Syed Mohamed Tahir
Executive Director

Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal is our Promoter and Executive Director. He was appointed to our Board on 10 September 2013 and is responsible for our Group’s corporate and strategic planning.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Maryland, US in 1985. He began his career as a Project Engineer with Petronas Gas Sdn Bhd in 1987, prior to joining Petroliam Nasional Berhad as a Senior Executive of Corporate Planning & International Business Development in 1992. He then left to join HICOM Holdings Berhad in 1995, where he assumed various positions in the company. Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal subsequently joined Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (“Perodua”) as Senior General Manager in 1999. He was later appointed Executive Director of Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd in 2002, and was promoted to Deputy Managing Director of Perodua in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed as Group Managing Director of Proton Holdings Berhad, a position he held until his departure in 2012. In 2013, he joined our Company as our Executive Director.

Ho Tze Hiung
Executive Director

Ho Tze Hiung is our Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 21 June 2011. As our Operations Director, he is responsible for overseeing our Group’s production operations.

Ho Tze Hiung completed his Bachelor of Business, majoring in Business and Management from Oxford Brooks University in 1999 and began his career as a Marketing Executive in the same year. In 2000, he joined a seafood processing industry as a Sales Supervisor. In 2002, he joined wholesale from grocery and frozen food as an Operations Manager. He subsequently joined a multinational insurance company as a Trainer in 2003. In 2004, he joined a health supplement company as a Marketing Manager. Subsequently in 2005, he joined BISB as a Marketing Director and was promoted to Operations Director in 2012.

Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato’ Norhalim Bin Yunus is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 30 June 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1986 and is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (“MTDC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah.

Dato’ Norhalim joined MTDC a few months after its formation in 1993 and was subsequently appointed as Chief Executive Officer of MTDC in 2008. During his tenure with MTDC, he was extensively involved in the Malaysian innovation ecosystem development, including the commercialisation of public sector universities’ R&D results, early stage technology ventures, innovation policy development and fund management. He is one of the pioneers in the commercialisation of public universities/research institutes’ R&D results in Malaysia and has played various roles relating to the overall development of the Malaysian technology commercialisation ecosystem: as a venture capital fund manager, government grant manager, incubator manager and industry expert in various public sector innovation-related committees.

He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Globetronics Technology Bhd.

Dato’ Norhalim is the nominee director of MTDC.

Dato’ Rosely Bin Samsuri
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato' Rosely Bin Samsuri is our Non-Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 20 September 2013. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Finance) from Indiana State University, Indiana, US in 1983 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (International Business) from University of New Haven, Connecticut, US in 1985.

Dato' Rosely began his career as a Credit and Accounts Officer with Negara Properties Sdn Bhd in 1985 before joining Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad (“Bank Rakyat”) as an Executive in Corporate Planning in the same year. He was promoted as Head of Corporate Planning cum Executive Assistant to Managing Director in 1994, Head of Research and Development and Head of Credit Control in 2000. He was also appointed as Finance Manager of Rakyat Corporation in 1986 and Chief Executive Officer of Angkasa Raya Development Sdn Bhd in 1997, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank Rakyat. In 2003, he was appointed as General Manager of Corporate Services and Secretary until his retirement in 2009. He was also a member of various Board committees and Board subsidiaries of Bank Rakyat during his tenure with the bank.

Currently, Dato’ Rosely is serving on the board of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (“PNS”), Permodalan Felcra Sdn Bhd as well as the Chairman of Management Investment Committee of Permodalan Felcra Sdn Bhd. He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Tatt Giap Group Berhad.

Dato’ Rosely is the nominee director of PNS.

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Syed Jalaludin Bin Syed Salim
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Syed Jalaludin is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 8 July 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from University of Punjab in 1967, followed by a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University of London, United Kingdom in 1969 and 1977 respectively. He was also conferred five (5) honorary degrees, namely Doctor of Science from University of Hull in 1999, Honoraris Causa from Soka University in 2000, Doctor of Agriculture Technology from Thaksin University in 2005, Doctor of Science from Open Universiti Malaysia in 2007 and Doctor of Engineering from Universiti Malaysia Perlis in 2008.

Tan Sri Dato' Syed Jalaludin began his career as an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture in University of Malaya in 1969. He later joined Universiti Putra Malaysia (“UPM”) as a lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science in 1975 before retiring as Vice Chancellor of UPM in 2001. During his academic career, he was bestowed with the National Science Laureate in 1993 and National Academic Laureate in 2008. He is also a founder and senior fellow (which carries the title of academician) of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Tan Sri Dato' Syed Jalaludin has also been conferred Emeritus Professorship by Universiti Terengganu Malaysia and UPM. He is still active in the academic sector as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UPM, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak and Asia eUniversity. He is also the Chancellor of Taylor's University and is a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). In addition, he is also a director of Meteor Technology Sdn Bhd, a company wholly-owned by Open University Malaysia.

In the corporate sector, Tan Sri Dato' Syed Jalaludin is the Founding Chairman of the Halal Industry Development Corporation, a corporation wholly-owned by Ministry of Finance (Inc).

Dr Nik Ismail Bin Nik Daud
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Nik Ismail Bin Nik Daud is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 30 June 2011. He is also the Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr Nik graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) from University of Malaya in 1975. Subsequently, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Science from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in 1976, a Master of Science in Food Science & Microbiology from University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1978, a PhD in Food Science from University of London, United Kingdom in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (”UKM”) in 1987.

He began his career as a lecturer on various subjects such as food quality and safety systems, food microbiology, food analysis, new product development, food legislation and operations management, management of biotechnology and entrepreneurship in science and technology for undergraduate and graduate levels at the School of Chemical Science and Food Technology in UKM in 1978. His industry experience includes holding senior positions in private companies involved in food-related businesses. He has also conducted workshops for many food companies and government agencies on food quality, safety systems, food legislations and intellectual property management in the food industry since 1983. He was appointed as Managing Director of UKM Holdings Sdn Bhd in 2006 and has since resigned from that position in 2014.

He is a member of numerous national committees including the National Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (“HACCP”) Committee, National HACCP Audit Committee, Technical Advisory Committee on Malaysian Food Regulations, 1985, Technical Committee of the National Food Safety Council, Malaysia, Member of National Food Safety and Nutrition Council, Malaysia, National Codex Alimentarius Committee, Malaysian Standards on Coffee, Beverages, Flour, Starches and Food Safety and a Member of the Industrial Standard of Food and Food Products. In addition, he was the President of the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology until 2014 and was also past President of Federation of Institute Food Science and Technology, Association of South East Asian Nations (FIFSTA).

Mohd Nasir Bin Abdullah
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mohd Nasir Bin Abdullah is our Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed to our Board on 12 February 2015. Mohd Nasir obtained his Diploma in Accountancy from Universiti Teknologi MARA in 1989 and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from the same university in 1996. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants since 1996 and the Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants since 2012.

Mohd Nasir began his career with Sahir & Co, an accounting firm, as an Audit Associate in 1989 where he gained his first audit experience. He later joined Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera as Finance Officer in 1992 and Arastu Sdn Bhd as Finance Manager in 1997. In 1998, he left to join Kuantan Port Consortium Sdn Bhd as a Finance Manager and later assumed the role of Internal Audit Manager in 2000. In 2005, he joined NACC Corporate Services Sdn Bhd as a Director where he was responsible for the accounting, secretarial and management services. He subsequently joined two (2) accounting firms, Wan Ali Jaafar & Associates as a Senior Associate in 2008 and AT Konsortium as an Audit Manager in 2012, to further gain his audit experience. With his accounting and audit background, Mohd Nasir established MN Associates, an accounting firm which provides accounting, secretarial and management services, in 2013.