Associate Professor Dr Winai Dahlan is the founding director of Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of halal science, during which he has delivered lectures worldwide. He received several international as well as national awards and has been honoured with various medals, including The King’s Dushdi Mala Medal for outstanding expertise in sciences in 2008.

Dr Winai has been consistently recognised as one of the 500 most influential Muslims by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for 15 consecutive years since 2010. He holds a Ph.D. from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Ajith Basu

Chief Programme Executive

Agastya Foundation


Ajith Basu is Chief Consultant-Programs at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO that uses interactive, hands-on methods to educate over 1.7 million government school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in 22 Indian states each year. The foundation handles teacher training programmes and coordinate ‘giftedness’ identification programme in STEM among rural children with various organisations including National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Ajith developed an impact assessment framework to assess various Agastya field intervention models in collaboration with various agencies in Bangalore. He designed and coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium which worked across eight countries. He also designed and coordinated Maverick Teachers’ Global Summit at Agastya campus where teachers participated, creating school-level pedagogies around UN SDGs.