NSM Council

Members of the 20th Council (2024-2026)

The 20th Council of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia was elected for the 2022 – 2024 term, during the 39th Annual General Meeting of the Society which was conducted on 1  March 2024.

President : Associate Professor Dr Mahenderan Appukutty, FNSM
Immediate Past President : Dr Tee E Siong, AMN, KMN, FNSM, FMSA
Vice-President : Prof Dr Hamid Jan B Jan Mohamed, FNSM, FFANS
Honorary Secretary : Associate Professor Dr Chin Yit Siew, FNSM
Honorary Treasurer : Dr. Roseline Yap Wai Kuan, FNSM
Assistant Honorary Secretary : Associate Professor Dr Satvinder Kaur Nachatar Singh
Council Members :

Dr Wong Jyh Eiin, FNSM
Dr Yasmin Ooi Beng Houii, FNSM
Dr Tan Sue Yee, FNSM
Mr. Mohd. Shah Kamarudin

To contact the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, please write in to :

Associate Professor Dr Mahenderan Appukutty Assoc Prof Dr Chin Yit Siew

President
Nutrition Society of Malaysia 
No. 27C, Jalan P.U. 7 (PJS 1/48), P.J. Selatan
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Honorary Secretary 
Nutrition Society of Malaysia
c/o Department of Nutrition
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang. Selangor DE, Malaysia

Email : president@nutriweb.org.my Email : secretary@nutriweb.org.my

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Associate Professor Dr Mahenderan Appukutty

President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Mahenderan Appukutty, is a lecturer at Faculty of Sports Science & Recreation, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam. He holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences focusing on nutrition, immunity and exercise performance from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MSc in Sports Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia and BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Community Health from Universiti Putra Malaysia. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of NSM. He also serves as Vice President of the Malaysian Association of Sports Medicine (MASM), Vice President of the Malaysian Society of Body Composition (MSBC) and Council Member of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO). He was also elected to the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS) as the Executive Council Member 2019-2023. In 2021, he was elected as the Scientific Advisor of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast East Asia Region. He has also served on the Clinical Care Committee for the World Obesity (WO) Federation since 2017 and the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (Mal J Nutr) as an Associate Editor since 2020.

His research interests and focus are on functional food and exercise science. He chairs the Malaysian Vegetarian Dietary Guidelines which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and contributed as a key writer for the Malaysian Dietary Guidelines. He has worked closely in the capacity building of Nutritionists in the region (Southeast Asia Nutrition Leadership Program, SEAMEO-RECFON, Indonesia and also serves as Chairperson of the Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Nutrition Leadership Program (MyNLP) and South East Asia Public Health Nutrition Leadership Programme (SEAPHN LP).

Dr. Tee E Siong

Immediate Past President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Tee E Siong, PhD, is nutrition consultant for TES NutriHealth Strategic Consultancy, a sole proprietor company he established in 2004, upon his retirement from the Institute for Medical Research in 2002, after serving for almost 30 years. He was Head of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Centre of the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) at the time of leaving the IMR. He served as the protem Honorary Secretary of NSM and was elected to serve in the 1st NSM Council from 1985 till present.

He has been appointed as member of the Malaysian Allied Health Professions Council (MAHPC), for 2020-2023. He represents NSM in several Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health Malaysia, including the National Coordinating Committee for Food and Nutrition (NCCFN) and the Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. He is a member of several sub-committees related to food regulations and Codex Alimentarius of the Food Safety and Quality Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. He is also a member of the Board of Scientific Directors of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) (Southeast Asia Region) and is Scientific Coordinator for ILSI Malaysia Country Committee.

He is chair of the Southeast Asia Public Health Nutrition (SEA-PHN) Network which he initiated the formation in 2014. He is also co-chair of the Southeast Asia Probiotics Scientific and Regulatory Experts Network (SREN), a network which he co-founded in 2019.

Prof Dr Hamid Jan B Jan Mohamed

Vice President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Professor Dr Hamid Jan Bin Jan Mohamed works as a professor at the Nutrition Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) since year 2007. He joined this institution immediately after completing his PhD (Nutrition) at King’s College London, United Kingdom. He holds a Master Degree in Nutrition from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Community Health from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He received extensive training on laboratory skills from the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology Course at USM.

The diversity of his education background contributed towards the creation of several interesting research related to nutrition and disease in Malaysia. He initiated the first birth cohort in Malaysia named the USM Pregnancy Cohort Study which started in year 2009. Currently, he is working on several intervention projects related to prevention of stunting in children.

He also works closely with the Ministry of Health Malaysia by being committee member of the Technical Working Group for Nutrition Guidelines (Children/Adults/Elderly) and other consultative activities. Prof Hamid is currently the Chairman of the Technical Working Group (Nutrition Research) for the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Prof Hamid Jan is also the Scientific Committee Member of the International Life Sciences Institute-South East Asia and Council Member of the Developmental Origin of Health and Disease or DOHaD Society. As Fellow of Nutrition Society Malaysia (FNSM) and Fellow of Federation of Nutrition Societies (FFANS), he contributed to several important activities of the society. He is the Chairman for the Scientific Committee of Asian Congress of Nutrition 2027 which will be hosted by Nutrition Society of Malaysia.


Associate Professor Dr Chin Yit Siew

Honorary Secretary, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Chin Yit Siew, PhD, is the Head of Community Nutrition Unit, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Her field of specialisation in community nutrition has prompted research interests that include i) child and adolescent nutrition and body composition, ii) early nutrition and allergic diseases, and iii) nutrigenetics and metabolic syndrome. She is one of main researchers of the Research Centre of Excellence Nutrition and Non-Communicable Chronic Disease (RCOE-NNCD), in UPM. She serves on the Editorial Boards of BMC Public Health and Malaysian Journal of Nutrition (Mal J Nutr). She is also Hon. Secretary of Malaysian Society of Body Composition (MSBC). She also serves as a member of several Technical Working Groups (TWGs) under Ministry of Health of Malaysia.

As a community nutritionist, she has been actively organising various nutrition and health promotion programmes in various community settings. Currently, she is a member of Nutrition Month Malaysia National Steering Committee, and expert committee of both Healthy Kids Programme, and ‘Good Nutrition – Key to Healthy Children’ (GNKHC) Programme and ‘Malaysia School Nutrition Promotion Programme’ (MySNPP). She also leads several research-driven community programmes, such as Program Cara Hidup Sihat, ‘Eat Right, Be Positive About Your Body and Live Actively’ (EPaL) intervention programme, School Nutrition Programme (SNP), ‘Eat Right to Play Right’ Programme and ‘PUTRA Community Nutrition Ambassador’ Programme. She believes that continuous efforts in nutrition and health promotion are crucial in improving nutritional status and well-being.


Dr Roseline Yap Wai Kuan

Honorary Treasurer, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Roseline Yap, PhD, is currently the Managing Editor for Malaysian Journal of Nutrition. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Food Science with Nutrition programme, School of Biosciences at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. She received her BSc in Dietetics and MSc in Nutrition and Food Science from University of Kentucky, USA. She further obtained her PhD in Nutritional Science from University of Nagasaki, Japan. She started her career as an academic since 2005, teaching nutrition-related modules and supervising final year projects for undergraduate students.

Her research interests are directed toward public health nutrition and nutritional epidemiology with the emphasis on dietary patterns, food consumption, lifestyle habits and incorporation of nutrigenetics in diet-related chronic diseases. She has received various international awards and has publications as conference proceedings and peer-reviewed papers in major nutrition-related journals including book chapters.

She served as the Council Member of NSM since 2012. Her passion is in the field of community nutrition therefore she is involved as an expert committee representing NSM in several projects such as Nutrition Month Malaysia, Positive Parenting, Maternal and Infant Care (Mi-CARE) and NSM Roadshows 2.0 programme.


Dr Satvinder Kaur Nachatar Singh

Assistant Honorary Secretary, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Satvinder Kaur, PhD is an Associate Professor in Nutrition with Wellness programme at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University. Her research interests lie in circadian rhythm, maternal chrononutrition, maternal and child health, food insecurity, malnutrition, and childhood obesity. She is passionate in the area of empowering children with healthy meal preparation skills. She serves as a member of the Ministry of Health of Malaysia Technical Working Group (TWG) on Malaysian Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition Advocacy and Nutrition Research Priorities. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Universiti Putra Malaysia for optimizing gestational weight gain for the prevention of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in Malaysia.

She is also an accomplished author, contributing to several publications, and has served in numerous academic and administrative roles, including member and chairperson of various university and national committees. She is passionate about delivering nutrition education and has conducted many health talks for the community. Her interest lies in empowering young children in preparing healthy meals and has conducted several workshops on this.


Associate Professsor Dr Wong Jyh Eiin

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Wong Jyh Eiin, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Nutritional Sciences Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is a Life member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and has served as a Council Member of NSM since 2017.

She is a certified instructor anthropometrist and her research interests include development and evaluation of dietary methods, body composition and physical activity assessment. She also serves as a member of the Ministry of Health of Malaysia Technical Working Group (TWG) on Malaysian Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Research Priorities.

She believes in leadership grooming and is convinced that empowering nutrition champions is the key in shaping nutrition landscape. She is the Chair of the Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Nutrition Leadership Programme (MyNLP).

She believes in leadership grooming and is convinced that empowering nutrition champions is the key in shaping nutrition landscape. She is the co-Chair of the Technical Working Committee of the Malaysian Nutrition Leadership Programme (MyNLP).


Dr Yasmin Ooi Beng Houi

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Yasmin Ooi, PhD is a senior lecturer in nutrition at the Nutrition Programme, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She is a member of the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Technical Working Group for Nutritional Guidelines. She is also a member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries’ National Advisory Council for Agriculture. She is also the country representative for Malaysia for the Sustainability Initiative in the Marginal Seas of South and East Asia under the International Science Council’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She was the coordinator of AgriSolutions for Universiti Malaysia Sabah which comprised of groups of researchers who provide technological interventions to communities to help solve problems in the food supply chain brought about by the covid-19 pandemic.

Her research interest is in nutritional epidemiology and working in a trans-disciplinary manner on issues from farm and sea to plate. Together with her colleagues and collaborators, they try to identify the relationship between nutrition and environmental causes of diseases among various communities in Sabah. She is currently working on childhood iron deficiency anaemia as part of a cluster of research projects on sustainable development. She believes that nutritionists need partners in the community to build a movement towards healthy eating and well-being for life.


Mr. Mohd. Shah Kamarudin

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Mohd Shah Kamarudin is the Senior Assistant Director in the Nutrition Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science with honours from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, followed by a Master in Science (Sports Science).

He has eight years of experience working at Majlis Sukan Negara and Institut Sukan Negara, specialising in athlete management and sports nutrition. He also has experience working as a clinic nutritionist in Sarawak, dealing with dietary concerns in the community. He is currently doing his PhD in nutrition at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His research involves developing a multidisciplinary module for health practitioners that specifically addresses the issue of picky eaters among children aged 3 to 5 years old.


Dr Tan Sue Yee

Council Member, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Tan Sue Yee, PhD, is a nutrition consultant, based in Penang and currently serves as Manager of Scientific Program, ILSI SEA Region on a part-time basis, with a focus on nutrition programmes and collaboration research projects. She was formerly a lecturer and researcher at the Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Medical University (IMU) (2013 - 2017). She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), MSc (Merit) in Human Nutrition (Sports) from London Metropolitan University and a PhD in Nutrition from UKM.

She presently undertakes a wide variety of nutrition-related education, training and research activities, as well as scientific writings, including manuscript review for peer-reviewed journals, postgraduate thesis and journal publications. As a keen nutrition educator, she has also contributed to many nutrition-related articles in local magazines, featured media interviews to disseminate and provide proper nutrition guidance, as well as speaker at health professional conferences, in schools and communities platform.

She is a life member and a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM), having served as a council member from the years 2010 – 2016. As an active member, she contributes to nutrition knowledge sharing and served on the management team of NSM Nutrition Roadshows 2.0 (2021-2023) and the Ministry of Health Malaysia’s Technical Working Group for Maternal Dietary Guidelines for Malaysia 2023, as the lead author for Key Message 2.



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