CPOPC Directors (1 June 2022 – 31 May 2025)

DR. RIZAL AFFANDI LUKMAN

Dr. Rizal Affandi Lukman is the Secretary General of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC). He was a past Deputy Minister for International Economic Cooperation at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, the Republic of Indonesia with main role to oversee the coordination and harmonization of government policies related to international economic cooperation in the multilateral, regional, and bilateral forums. During his tenure as the Deputy Minister, he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Indonesia as Indonesia’s Sherpa in the G20 forum. Previously he worked at the Presidential Palace Office, serving as Assistant to the Private Secretary of the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

He also served as Indonesia’s Senior Official in numerous bilateral cooperation frameworks such as with Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, and Singapore as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation such as APEC, ASEAN, IMT-GT, and BIMP-EAGA cooperation and has experience as a commissioner in various state-owned enterprises (PT. Krakatau Wajatama, PT. Pertamina Hulu Energy, and Perum Peruri).  

He also has written various articles for academic journals, mainly on the topic of Economic Affairs, Poverty and Inequality, Monetary, Finance, and Management. He is also an active speaker in various domestic and international workshops and seminars.

DATUK NAGEEB WAHAB

Datuk Nageeb Wahab is currently the Deputy Secretary General of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC). Prior to his appointment at CPOPC, he was the Chief Executive of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA).

Started his career in the plantation industry in 1979 as a Cadet Planter. Over the last 42 years, he has served in various capacity along the value chain, exposed to the different crop mix including cocoa, rubber and oil palm. He is also experienced in both oil palm and rubber processing.

Previous positions held, includes as the Chairman of the Mechanization & Automation Consortium for Oil Palm (MARCOP) , Chairman of the Malaysian Federal Land  Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority ( FELCRA ) , Managing Director of an associate company of Sime Darby Plantation in Thailand and as the Sr Vice President of Sime Darby Plantation, taking charge of all the Upstream and Mid-Stream operations in Malaysia as well as numerous other portfolios

Throughout his long career span, he held various positions in the Industry, including as Deputy President of Malaysian Agricultural Producers Association (MAPA), Member of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) and one of Malaysia’s representative to CSMO, a committee of the International Rubber Consortium (IRCO). He is currently a Board Member of Minamas Plantations (Indonesia), New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (PNG), Muang Mai Guthrie Public Co Ltd, Thailand and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

For his services to the Industry, He was bestowed by HRH The Yang Di Pertuan Agong the “Panglima Jasa Negara“ in 2017.

He also participated and attended a number of academic and professional courses over the years, among them, The National University of Singapore (NUS) Operational Management Program as well as the Senior Management Development Program of Harvard Business School (USA).

Nageeb Wahab is married with 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

DR. WITJAKSANA DARMOSARKORO

Dr. Witjaksana Darmosarkoro is currently re-elected as the Director of Sustainability and Development of Smallholders. Dr. Darmosarkoro holds a Ph.D. at IOWA State University (USA) in Plant Physiology in 1997. Having a background in Soil Science degree and Agronomy master degree from Bogor Agricultural University, he had long begun his interest in research. He started his career in 1984 as a researcher at Agronomy Division in Coconut Research Center in North Sumatra, Indonesia. In 1990, he pursued his role as Head of the R&D Planning Section at the Soil Science and Agronomy Division in Marihat Research Station.

Prior being assigned as the Director of Sustainability and Development of Smallholders for CPOPC, he was the Director of Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI) from 2005-2014. He was also the Director for Replanting and Farmer Support at the Indonesia Palm Oil Management Agency (IECF/ Badan Penyelenggara Dana Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit, BPDPKS) in 2015. Up to now, Mr. Darmosarkoro has contributed in several research activities including the Indonesian Society of Oil Palm (Masyarakat Perkelapasawitan Indonesia) and the Research Commission under the Indonesia Estate Crop Fund (BPDPKS).

DR. PUAH CHIEW WEI

Dr. Puah Chiew Wei is the Director of Strategy and Policy. She graduated from University of Malaya, Malaysia with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Applied Chemistry and Minor in Statistics) and Ph.D. in Chemistry. She has more than 20 years of working experience in the Malaysian oil palm industry.

Prior to be appointed as the Director of Strategy and Policy, Dr. Puah served as Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Brussels, Belgium and Mission of Malaysia to the European Union, concurrently as the Regional Manager (Europe) of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) from September 2017 to June 2022. Her other appointments included the Head of Sustainability and Climate Change Centre, MPOB (2013 to 2016) and Leader of Sustainability and Climate Change Group, MPOB (2009 – 2013). She was seconded to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Malaysia from November 2008 to March 2011, particularly for the implementation of the biodiesel programme in Malaysia.

Dr. Puah has authored and co-authored more than 170 publications in journals, book chapters, technical publications and reports as well as presentations in conferences and seminars at the national and international levels. She has five (5) patents filed and granted based on her research findings in the palm oil research including one technology that has been commercialised.

She was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran “Ahli Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (A.I.S.)” by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor in 2014 for her contributions.

She has received several international awards, notably Best Woman Invention Award by the Vietnam Fund for Supporting Technological Creations (VIFOTEC) at the 22nd International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in 2011; Special Award from Russia for Significant Contribution to Scientific & Technological Advancement and High Achievements at the 32nd International Exhibition on Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, Switzerland in 2004; and Henry Goh Environmental Innovation Award for the Most Environmental Friendly Invention at the ITEX 2002 awarded by Malaysian Invention and Design Society in March 2002. She has also received several awards from MPOB for her contributions and achievements including two Excellence Service Awards (2008, 2021) and three Gold Medal Research Awards (2005, 2012, 2015).