The Team

  • Dr. Dzaeman Dzulkifli, Executive Director

    Dzaeman Dzulkifli had been involved with Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) via his contributions as a member of the alternate board of governors of Landskap Malaysia since 2012. He was involved in the early planning stages when the need to form a national seed bank was first discussed. Dzaeman holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and carried out his doctoral research in the field of rainforest restoration in Malaysian Borneo, where he also worked closely with engaging the general public and cooperation in their corporate social responsibility programs via Earthwatch Institute. He is currently the Executive Director of TRCRC and is responsible for setting up the nationwide network of living collections for Malaysia’s most endangered plant species.

  • Fairuz Mohd Musa, Division Manager, Planning & Operation

    Fairuz graduated from Mara Institute of Technology in 1994 and furthered his studies with a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995. He has overall experience for more than 18 years in Landscape Architecture where he was involve in various consultancy projects including being in design and construction. Over the years Fairuz gained a very balanced range of skills and expertise. Worked on many complex, multi-disciplinary projects which require expertise in the technical aspects such as Urban Design Guidelines (PUDG) and Detailed Urban Design (DUD) for Putrajaya.

    As a Division Manager for Planning and Operation at TRCRC, Fairuz is responsible for monitoring and executing overall projects. He is responsible for planning all aspects of project management scope of work and also involved in managing and organizing the unit team members.

  • Nor Wihanis Abdul Rahman, Manager, Technical Support

    Nor Wihanis Abdul Rahman got involved with Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research (TRCRC) because of her high interest in the science of how ecosystems work as well as contribute in tropical rainforest conservation. Having graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), she has a solid background in plant design work, project management, and landscape interpretation and restoration. During her career path, she had gained more than 15 years of hands-on experience in landscape maintenance, upgrading landscape project design, planting, nurseries and human management while being attached to Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) as a Horticulturist.

    As a Technical Support Manager in TRCRC, she is responsible to lead the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection (TRLC) – Gerik management team and to oversee the operation on a day-to-day basis. She strongly believes that the effort of restoring the rainforest stands as a very important task, as humanity has had quite a devastating impact on the natural resources of this world.

  • Dr. Tajang Jinggut, Partnership Development Manager

    Tajang Jinggut holds a BSc (Biotechnology) and obtained his doctorate (Science) from Monash University. His research interest has always been quantifying the effects of biodiversity on important ecosystem processes. He is keen on applying his expertise for the conservation of endangered plants, working towards the protection of landscape wide natural resources.

    Tajang works with TRCRC as a partnership development manager. He is interested in innovative solutions for forest conservation, reforestation and sustainable development through the collaborative efforts with various partners and stakeholders from different backgrounds. He will be engaging current and future partners to work towards the goals of TRCRC.


    Vigneswaran leads the operations of TRCRC’s Living collections, streamlining operations in conservation sites throughout Malaysia. This includes all operations of TRCRC’s nursery, field management, planting and seed collection activities. His past experience working in the construction industry, outdoor adventure outfits in the remote conditions will contribute to streamline the various tasks of TRCRC.

    The rainforest is like his home. From very young age, he was exposed to life in the forest. His father was a head of exploration teams on drilling bed rock for Hydro Electric projects all around Malaysia. He naturally learned how important the forest is and its role to supply both fresh water and energy. He finds that his work in TRCRC extremely nostalgic.

  • Suhaili Mohamed, Division Manager, Nursery & Planting

    Suhaili Mohamed or more famously known as Elly, has previously worked with Healers of the Forest, a plant nursery with Mr J. Kingham. There, she developed a love for the forest while working to get to know and care for a wide variety of tree species. She has experience in germinating and planting forest trees. Put her to the test, she can easily identify most forest tree species. She is TRCRC’s tough cookie and hopes she can continue to contribute her expertise in the field of forestry with this organization.


    Contesa Sedin holds a Bachelor of Forestry Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She interested to do research and had been involved in several scientific researches as a Research Assistant at UPM for three years. Her research interest is identifying the diversity and analysing the vegetation science of endemic tree species in Tropical Forest of Malaysia. She is keen to getting involve in scientific research particularly in forestry science to gain more scientific knowledge and skill so that she can applying it for the various forest conservation activities towards protecting natural resources of forest for future generation.

    Contesa works with TRCRC based in Gerik Perak as a Senior Executive of Environmental. She is responsible to assist in coordinating the infrastructure operation and development activities of Tropical Rainforest Living Collection Banun project. Besides, she is assigned to provide scientific advice on tree species to be planted for the living collection project. Meanwhile she is liaising closely with Project Manager to ensure the project plan is scientifically supportable.


    Reuben Durairatnam holds a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering as well as a Masters in Biotechnology. He has over 12 years of experience in previous roles in the areas of process engineering, R&D, product and project development. He has worked in different industries including biotechnology, agriculture, oil & gas, palm oil, biofuels and semiconductor industries. He believes more should be done in environmental conservation and is excited to play a part in TRCRC.

    Reuben sees amazing potential in TRCRC particularly the ‘Forest the New Economy’ initiative and is focused on driving the project forward in his role as Project Manager.


    Nature is a gift from God. Tasha believes that conserving nature is a responsibility, if not an act of gratitude for God’s blessing. This belief, coupled with her wide experience in practising and lecturing Communication, has driven her to join Landskap Malaysia and TRCRC. Prior to this, she worked in TV broadcasting as journalist, news editor and news presenter; at private universities as lecturer in advertising language and communication. Tasha is responsible for the effective coordination of all internal and external communication among stakeholders of the organisation.

    Tasha received a BEd in TESL and a Master of Corporate Communication from Universiti Putra Malaysia, as well as certificates in Translation and Editing from the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books.


    Jo Kien completed his BSc. (Biotechnology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Science) degrees at Monash University. His research interests include soil carbon dynamics, meteorology, and quantitative ecology.

    Jo Kien is a project coordinator whose work focuses on stakeholder engagement for the Central Forest Spine (CFS) initiative at the states of Perak, Kelantan, and Terengganu. He is also a part of the development team for the upcoming Tropical Rainforest Living Collection and Education Centre in Chikus, Perak.

  • Dhanya Ragunath, Environmental Executive

    Dhanya Ragunath recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in Chemical with Environmental Engineering. Her passion for environmental conservation and sustainability is what drove her to undertake her course and now join TRCRC. She is a firm believer in being accountable for our actions in the built environment and strives to contribute and make a positive impact in any way possible. Her background in both chemical and environmental engineering allows her to evaluate things in a complete view and make informed decisions.

    As part of her course, she visited self-sustaining communities that relied on their natural surrounding without damage to the environment; generating clean energy in their eco-homes, treating water without chemicals and recycling waste materials. She was inspired by this and hopes to provide a strong voice in favour of sustainable environmental practices.

    As an Environmental Executive, she is responsible for assisting the team in preparing documentation in addition to liaising with the board and other departments.


    Anjulie graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Over the years spent in Sabah, she initiated a contaminant-biomarker system, became an associate researcher for a microclimate study and naturally developed an interest in environment conservation and sustainability.

    As part of the Corporate Communications Department, she is in charge of liaising with various stakeholders and organizing content for media publications.


    Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation of Biology from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Nur Hidayat Kamsah has worked as a Geographical Information System (GIS) engineer for 2 years in Kuala Lumpur. She officially joined Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre Bhd (TRCRC) to gain and apply her knowledge on conservation biology to the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection (TRLC) – Merisuli, Sabah.

    As an executive in TRCRC, her work is mainly assisting in tasks related to the TRLC – Merisuli, Sabah project. She treasures what nature has to offer and aspires to make a difference in the conservation of rainforests.

  • Benny Banus Tuzan, Senior Executive

    Benny Banus Tuzan’s love for nature and Malaysia’s tropical rainforest is one of the main reasons he joined the organization’s effort to preserve and conserve tropical rainforest species.

    Graduated from the International University College of Technology Twintech (IUCTT), he received a bachelor’s degree in BSc (Hons) Biotechnology. He also has four years of working experience, serving the Sabah Forestry Department’s Forest Research Centre. He believes TRCRC is a good platform to apply his skills and knowledge for a noble cause.

    As a Senior Executive in TRCRC Sepilok, his role is to assist the Project Manager in the planning process and to assist with executing the action plans for the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection project in Merisuli, Sabah. He hopes his contribution to TRCRC can lead to restoration and protection of Sabah’s forests for the future generation.

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