Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof Basiron

Executive Director

Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Yusof  Basiron officially began his role as CPOPC’s Executive Director of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries in 1 June 2019.

Dr Yusof is an influential public figure in Malaysian palm oil industry. He was the CEO of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) from 2006 – 2017 and later appointed as Advisor on Commodities to the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia during part of 2017/2018.

He possesses an extensive track record in research in several commodities including Palm Oil for over three decades. Prior to joining the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) in 1979, he held the position of Rubber Technologist/ Techno-Economist at the Malaysian Rubber Research and Development Board from 1973 until 1978. He was later appointed as the Director general of PORIM in 1992 and held the position for 8 years until April 2000 before assuming the role of Director General of the MPOB, an organization which was created as a result of a merger between PORIM and Palm Oil Registration Licensing Authority (PORLA) from 2000-2006.

Mr Yusof joins CPOPC at a time when this inter-governmental organization is positioned to further promote, develop and strengthen cooperation among oil palm cultivating countries to ensure long-term benefits of palm oil to the economic development of the people in member countries. For 2019 onwards, Mr Yusof will lead CPOPC in various strategic directions, for the improvement of palm oil sector.

Dupito D. Simamora

Deputy Executive Director

Dupito D. Simamora officially assumed his role as the Deputy Executive Director of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in July 2019. As the Deputy ED of the CPOPC Secretariat, Mr. Simamora would actively support the realization of the seven main functions of the CPOPC, and other priorities and tasks mandated by the Member Countries of CPOPC.

As a career diplomat, he has been assigned to four Indonesian diplomatic missions abroad i.e. Rome, New York, Canberra and Brussels. In his more than thirty years of service, he held several positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Assistant to the Deputy for Foreign Relations at the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs. His last assignment abroad was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the lndonesian Mission/Embassy to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg. In that capacity, he chaired the Working Group of Palm Oil Producing Countries in Brussels on 2017-2019.

Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989, he had graduated from Universitas Sumatera Utara in Medan. He later obtained his Master Degree in Arts from Monash University, Melbourne, in 1991. Throughout his diplomatic career he has completed three diplomatic training courses and the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation Training in 1995.

Mohammad Jaaffar Ahmad

Director of Strategy and Policy

Mohammad Jaaffar Ahmad is the Director of Strategy and Policy of CPOPC since 1st September 2017. The job responsibility is to design and provide guidance on the overall framework of the palm oil strategy and policy for the Council.

Mr Jaaffar had over 30 years of experience in the palm oil industry. He started his career in the plantation industry working as Estate Assistant with Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. He joined Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) as Research Officer and spent 15 years managing MPOB Technical Advisory Services offices overseas. He was the Regional Manager and Science Attaché at MPOB Americas, in Washington D.C., United States of America (USA) in 1994-1997. Later, he was appointed as Regional Manager at MPOB Europe, in Hertford, United Kingdom from 1998-2008.

In 2009, he joined the newly setup Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) as Vice President of the Industrial Development Division. He was invited to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia (PORAM), serving the association for over seven years before joining CPOPC.

Mr Jaaffar holds a Diploma in Agricultural Science from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. Later, he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Science (B.Sc) in Agricultural Business from Louisiana State University, USA and Master in Business Administration (MBA) in International Trade from Texas A&M International University, USA.

Witjaksana Darmosarkoro

Director of Sustainability and Development of Smallholders

Witjaksana Darmosarkoro holds a PhD at IOWA State University (USA) in Plant Physiology in 1997. Having the 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 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 contributes in several research activities including the Indonesian Society of Oil Palm (Masyarakat Perkelapasawitan Indonesia) and Research Commission under the Indonesia Estate Crop Fund (BPDPKS).