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MISA Judges

All MISA entries are judged by highly regarded, independent, expert individuals led by the Chief Judge – H.E. Karin Mössenlechner (Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands).  

After shortlisting entries to the top 3 in each category, judges do one final round of assessment during the MISA Day Program where each shortlisted nominee gives a presentation on their submission.  Judges and audience members alike are allowed to ask questions of each nominee before category judges meet privately to confer and tally up the points.  

Winners in each category are announced immediately after the Day Program at the MISA Awards Ceremony and Dinner.  This announcement is inclusive of a Judges Report on the winner’s submission highlighting the underlying core concept of MISA – the sharing of best practices which leads to an elevation in the understanding of Innovation & Sustainability.

CHIEF JUDGE – H.E. Karin Mössenlechner
Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands

The Ambassador started her diplomatic career in 1997.  She was first posted in The Hague, followed by a posting as Head of Political Section in New Delhi, India.  From 2006 – 2010, she was the Deputy Ambassador and Head of Economic Affairs in Berne, Switzerland.  From 2010 – 2011, she was Assistant Director for European Integration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.  She then went on a transfer to the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), where she worked as the Coordinator for Security Policy and Public Affairs, as well as Deputy Competition Leader for the Dutch Premier League (Eredivisie). From 2013 – 2016 she was back at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague as Deputy Director Security Policy and in the latter part of that period also as coordinator for MH17.  On 1 August 2016 the Ambassador took up her post here in Malaysia.

Panel of Judges

Best Service Innovation

JUDGE A – Ir. Ahmad Hadri Haris
General Manager – Government Relations, Shell Malaysia

Ir. Ahmad Hadri Haris has made significant national contributions to Malaysia’s Green Technology and Sustainability efforts.  His most notable national contributions were the Malaysia’s Green Technology Policy and Malaysia’s Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan. Ir. Hadri is widely recognised for his success in transforming solar and renewable energy industries in Malaysia and was the architect of the Malaysian feed-in tariff.  


JUDGE B – Biruntha Mooruthi (Biru)
Vice President – Commercialisation Specialist / Head of Intellectual Property & Commercialisation, PlaTCOM Ventures

Biruntha is an intellectual property management and technology commercialisation specialist with broad experience in technology transfer and commercialisation domains. She is also a registered patent, trademark and industrial design agent with the Malaysian Intellectual Property Organisation. Biruntha had an eventful career with reputable organisations in intellectual property management, open innovation, technology commercialisation, marketing strategy and managing national driven programs in the technology transfer and IP commercialisation areas by supporting and facilitating universities, research organisations and companies from various industries.


Best Product Innovation

JUDGE A – Susan van Boxtel
Advisor for Innovation, Technology & Science, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands – Singapore

Susan van Boxtel heads the regional team of the Holland Innovation Network, reporting to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.  She is trained as a biomedical scientist at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and has worked for ten years in the pharmaceutical industry (Solvay and Organon). Her expertise is in pre-clinical pharmacology and translational biomarker research. She was part of the pioneering team to set up the MSD Translational Medicine Research Centre in Singapore before joining the Embassy in 2012.  

Most Innovative Start – Up

JUDGE A – Kees Slingerland
Business Director, AMS Institute (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions)

Kees Slingerland was Director General of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG), Wageningen University and Research. Prior to this role, he worked as an Advisor for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), as well as Project Manager for Nehem Intl., a leading consultancy promoting international development. He was the Managing Director of ARCADIS Netherlands, a leading engineering firm in environment, buildings and infrastructure.


JUDGE B – Chua Hsui Lin
Head of Advisory, InvestKL

Chua Hsui Lin holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University Putra Malaysia and international MBA from the EuropeseHogeschool Brussel.   To date, she has more than 15 years of experience mainly in corporate recovery, corporate advisory as well as strategic planning and management. Her functional expertise in the course of her career includes business diagnostic review, business process improvement, financing, financial modeling, R&D, benchmarking, strategic business development, risk management and corporate social responsibility, to name a few.  Her work has enabled her to gain insights into key industries such as hydroelectric power station, public sector education, public sector home loan, corporate investment, land transportation, construction, plantation and ecotourism.