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.

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mohammad Salleh Sulaiman, Executive

    Salleh is a former student of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Graduated in 2014, he hold a bachelor degree in Conservation Biology, He likes to learn new skills and love outdoor activities especially when it involves being in the rainforest. He gained his passion for nature In UMS and it strengthened during his internship with the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok.

    Salleh joined TRCRC with hopes of raising awareness and educating people about the importance of conservation. As the saying goes, without nature, we are nobody.

  • Andi Akbar Muchamad, Technical Executive (Data Management)

    Andi joined the team sharing a similar mission and vision with TRCRC and grabbing the opportunity to restore natural ecosystems and educate others on the importance of rainforests. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Management from Universiti Putra Malaysia and early exposure in rehabilitation research programmes, he views TRCRC as a great platform to step ahead and gain knowledge and experience in rainforest conservation. As an Executive Technical Support for data management, his focus will be in finding and storing all data for the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection (TRLC) in Sabah. He hopes that his contribution in TRCRC will lead to a betterment in rainforest conservation and future research programmes.

  • Wahid Bin Othman, Supervisor, Technical Support

    Originating from Kota Kinabatangan, Sabah, Wahid joined TRCRC as the supervisor of the technical support team. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the field during his previous job with Yayasan Sabah. Wahid is currently based in the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection – Merisuli, Sabah project to supervise and lead the seed collection team and replanting operations. His personal vision is to contribute towards the success of the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection – Merisuli project and hopes to increase regional capacity and expand job opportunities in the environmental sector for those living in neighbouring villages.

  • Rasit Bin Abdul, Assistant Supervisor, Technical Support

    Rasit is part of the technical support team located in Sabah and his responsibilities involves him assisting the site supervisor, Wahid, in the Tropical Rainforest Living Collection – Merisuli, Sabah. He previously worked for Yayasan Sabah and Sandakan Golf and Country Club which has provided him with good field work experience. He became a part of TRCRC to expand his knowledge on restoration projects, as well as to improve degraded forest conditions. He hopes that in time, the nation will apprehend better the importance of forests for everyone.

  • Merisuli, Sabah Team

    Team Merisuli is supervised by Mr. Wahid Othman and assisted by Mr. Rasit Abdul. They lead the ground team, which comprises of (Top row, left to right) Ms Suaida Iral, Ms. Masnona Lorintie and Ms. Sarifah Samad are in charge of TRCRC’s nursery work. (Bottom row, left to right) Mr. Azmi Asmat, Mr. Ramsing Amdil, Mr. Mhd Touchry Maili, Mr. Wahirin Maris and Mr. Aliasa bin Mualas.

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