Dr. Vilasini Pillai comes with more than 30 years of experience in Agriculture Biotechnology and Science & Technology related policies and regulations, having worked in the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in the area of genetic engineering of crop plants. Her last position was as the Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB) under the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Vilasini obtained her BSc (Hons) in Genetics from University Malaya and her PhD from the University of Nottingham in the area of plant genetic manipulation. Besides research in plant biotechnology, she was the National Coordinator of the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) project on Capacity Building for the implementation of the Malaysian Biosafety Law, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia and in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation assisting in developing policies and guidelines relevant to the development and advancement of science, technology and innovation in Malaysia as well as setting up the Secretariat for the National Science and Research Council, chaired by the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
She has won numerous awards for her research work which include the MARDI Excellent Service Award, Gold Medal Award Expo Science, Technology & Innovation (Papaya Ringspot Virus Resistant Eksotika Papaya for the industry), Gold Medal Award – Exhibition of Inventions and Innovations, Geneva (Papaya Ringspot Virus resistant Eksotika Papaya for the industry) and many more.