IPSEF Speakers

Dato Dr Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin

Coordinator of the STEM education unit of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation, and Associate of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Sharifah Maimunah Syed Zin (B.A. Hons, Dip. Ed, University of Malaya, M. A (Education), University of Sussex, UK , Ph.D University of East Anglia, UK) is former Permanent Delegate of Malaysia to UNESCO, Paris and former director of the Curriculum Development Division of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.

She has 33 years experience in education having been a secondary school teacher, a language officer at the Negeri Sembilan State Education Department , a curriculum developer, an educational researcher, director of the Training and Support Services of the Department of Special Education, Deputy Director and later Director of the Curriculum Development Center.

During her career in the Ministry of Education, she was directly involved in several major curricular innovations, research as well and in planning and organizing staff development programmes for senior executives of the Ministry of Education. She was also consultant to the Ministry of Education Brunei Darussalam on a study on science education policy of the country.

Sharifah Maimunah has published papers and book chapters on science education and curriculum development. Her last position was Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya.

Currently she is coordinator of the STEM education unit of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) and is an Associate of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

She is also a member of the Board of Governors, Sekolah Sri Bestari, and the International School at Park City and sits on the Advisory Board of Brighton Education Group.