Scientific Advisors


Prof. Madya Dr Mohamad Aris Bin Mohd Moklas

Prof. Madya Dr Mohamad Aris is the Head of Anatomy and Neuroscience Department at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). He is the earliest researcher of the chemical compound Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in Malaysia. His clinical trials are published in international journals which include the study of THC treatment for depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Tanja Bagar

Dr Tanja Bagar is the CEO and Chairman of the Expert Council of the International Institute for Cannabinoids (ICANNA). She is active in the academic sphere, lecturing microbiology, biochemistry and topics on ecology at the Faculty Alma Mater Europaea and cooperates scientifically with the Austrian College of Health and Development. She is a member of the Pomurje Academy of Arts and Sciences, Slovenian Biochemical Society, the Slovenian Association of Psychologists and is also one of the founders of the society for the preservation and protection of the environment.


Medical Advisors


Dato’ Dr Kevin Cheng

Dato’ Dr Kevin Cheng graduated from the University of Melbourne (MBBS) and has been a Medicinal Cannabis Doctor since June 2019 at the Medicanna Health & Cannabis Clinic Australia located in Melbourne. Dato’ Dr Kevin consults about 130 patients per week for Medicinal Cannabis prescription for conditions such as Chronic Cancer Pain, Chronic Non-cancer Pain, Chemotherapy induced Nausea & Vomiting (CINV), Epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alzheimer Dementia, Anxiety/Depression/PTSD, Sleep Related Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis/Crohns/IBS and Eating Disorder. His expertise and experience is valuable for providing the best education model for Malaysian medical practitioners.


Legal Advisors


Mohammad Farhan Bin Maaruf

Mohammad Farhan is a criminal defense attorney who has been involved with many drug related cases. He has assisted many people arrested for cannabis and has even defended Muhammad Lukman and Capt. Amiruddin @ Dr Ganja. With his legal expertise, he ensures that MASA adheres to the law and provide related information that can help the movement.

 

Suzana Norlihan Alias

Since 2001, Suzana has been handling only criminal trials and criminal appeals involving offences under the Penal Code such as murder, rape, robbery, arm robbery, theft, etc, Dangerous Drugs Act, Firearms Act, Kidnapping Act, Anti-Money Laundering Act, LLPK (Langkah-Langkah Pencegahan Khas), ISA, POCA, etc. Some of her cases have been reported in the newspapers and the Law Journals and became references to other cases in Malaysia. Together with MASA, we aspire to change local punitive and detrimental laws for the better.


Business and Expert Advisors

 

Yash Kotak

Yash Kotak is one of 7 founders behind BOHECO, a company pioneering the use of hemp in textiles, FMCG and manufacturing in India. BOHECO is now selling hemp derived food products and even Cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) extracts across India. His experience and knowledge from a fast growing country like India is helpful for MASA and Malaysia to learn from.

Kimmi del Prado

Kimmi Del Prado is an active advocate for medical cannabis in The Philippines. She is the Chairman of the Sensible Philippines organization that shares information about the hemp and cannabis industry from all aspects. She is a well known speaker who is vocal about human rights. As an advocate, she hopes to contribute as much as possible for the society through the implementation of right laws and regulations. The Philippines has thousands of patients who want to try medical cannabis. Her expert opinion is a huge contribution for new discoveries and expansion in the South East Asia region.

Chokwan Kitty Chopaka

Kitty is the Founder & CEO of Elevated Estate, an industry-leading Cannabis focussed expo, reporting and consulting firm. Elevated Estate, is an authoritative source of information and a vital community hub for the cannabis industry in Thailand and beyond. Kitty’s background in corporate law, digital strategy and technology has enabled her to be a unique voice for the Cannabis Advocacy. She is also part of Highland Network core team, an organization that has been dedicated to the goal of the legalization of cannabis in Thailand.

Jonathan Watsuksanti

Jonathan has profound knowledge and understanding of the cannabis industry, accumulated from extensive cross-functional roles in both the recreational and medical cannabis space. As the Asia Head of Business Development for the MFUSED Group, he works closely with senior management to formalize strategic partnerships and emerging opportunities. He is also a core member in the establishment and development of Canvas Therapeutics, a leading cannabinoid therapy venture that provides physician-formulated clinical strength cannabinoid solutions.

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