Fadzilah Kamaludin

Director, Institute for Medical Research of Malaysia

Dato Dr. Fadzilah Kamaludin is a Public Health Medicine Specialist with an MBBS from the University of Malaya and a Master’s in Public Health Medicine from the National University of Singapore. She attended the International Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in Thailand and holds a certificate in Executive Strategic Management for Healthcare training from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a member of the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia and a Fellow of Public Health Medicine Malaysia and had served previously as the Chairman of the Malaysian National Specialist Register of the Public Health Chapter.

She spearheaded the Epidemic Intelligence Program (EIP Malaysia) since its inception in 2002. The program became a member of TEPHINET in 2004. She is the first Asian woman to serve as the chairperson of the TEPHINET Advisory Board (she was its fifth chairperson) and was among the 19 experts invited by The Task Force for Global Health to develop the Global Field Epidemiology Roadmap. She has been appointed to the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee for MersCoV and, on several occasions, as WHO Technical Advisor for field epidemiology training evaluation for countries in the Western Pacific Region.

Her vast experience in global issues have provided her with opportunities to serve as a consultant in many countries. Her major accomplishments include consultancies in developing the Joint Jordan, Israel and Palestine Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Avian Influenza.

She was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) of Malaysia in 2016 with the main goal to lead IMR as a premier biomedical research institute in the country and region. During her tenure, IMR was awarded the Lee Jung Wook Memorial Prize for Public Health from WHO, the highest award given to any individual or institution that produces impactful research for the betterment of the health of the population.