Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Rahman bin Mamat, has been appointed as the organising chairman for the inaugural Asia Smart Farming & Food Security 2023.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from University of Malaya in 1975 and has obtained an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA in 2004.

He joined MlTl as an Assistant Director in April 1975 and served in various capacities in MlTl for 35 years before retiring in December 2010.

He has represented Malaysia in numerous international meetings, negotiations for Free Trade Agreements (FTA), conferences and symposiums. He has also contributed in formulating, implementing and monitoring policies as well as strategies on international trade, industrial and entrepreneurship development.

He was an honorary member of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations, a Malaysian Leader for the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic lntegration. He was also a member of B20 Private Sector Task Force for G20 hosted by Turkey in 2015.

Presently, he is the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of several public listed companies in Malaysia, namely Hiap Teck Venture Berhad, Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Berhad, MCE Holdings Berhad and Dagang NeXchange Berhad. In addition, he also serves as director and is a shareholder for a number of private companies. In Prisma Galeri Sdn Bhd, he was appointed to the Board and assumed his current position as Chairman.

Scientific Committee

Tan Sri Syed Jalaluddin

University of Buffalo, United States of America

Caitlyn Sears M.A

University of Buffalo, United States of America

Prof. Stefano Mazzoleni

No Self srl and University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Prof. Dr.Phelim

Head of Bioscience, Taylors University, Malaysia

Saiful Zaimi

MARDI (Malaysia Agriculture Research Development Institute), Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Nayan Kanwal

Chief Executive Director, Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences Research (JHSSR)

Peter Jens

AND Biopharma BV, Netherlands

Bram Koppert

No Self Asia

Prof. Dato' Aileen Tan

Marine Science R&D, USM (University Science Malaysia), Malaysia

Dr. Taco Botema

No Self, Indonesia

NoSelf Technology in Agriculture

What is the NoSelf Principle?

DNA carries the instructions that control cell functioning and genetic inheritance. However, there is an additional functional role for extracellular DNA: after fragmentation, small DNA molecules can exert an inhibitory effect on individuals of the same species.

Although for a long time the exact mechanism was unclear, Professor Mazzoleni and his team of researchers, showed for the first time that exposure to fragmented self- DNA inhibits root growth in plants, while non-self-DNA does not trigger these effects.

This inhibitory effect of ex-DNA is not only found in plants, but also in bacteria, fungi and animals (from insects to humans).

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NoSelf Concept in Agriculture

Sustainability and health are related to high biodiversity in ecosystems and food, because all species benefit by the nonself-DNA dominance. In monospecific systems, the organisms are weakened and easily attacked by diseases due to the negative feedback by their self-DNA in the environment or in the gut.

A new revolutionary scenario for the biocontrol of harmful species can be conceived. Any pathogen, parasite, weed, or pest, can be controlled by its self-DNA, used as specific and natural inhibitory product.

In agriculture, sustainable integrated management can be achieved by reducing the accumulation of self-DNA of the crop and by fertilizing the system with bio-stimulant products added with the self-DNA of target pathogens.

In animal farming and human medicine, food integrated with bio-stimulant products added with the self-DNA of target pathogens improves general health and nutritional conditions, also enhancing immune responses and resistance to diseases.

NoSelf Technology

Microalgae are natural carriers of heterospecific DNA and can be applied with dual use, as bio-stimulant for the crop and target specific inhibitor against the pathogens.

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Integrated Pest Management

IPM is a sustainable, ecosystem-based, decision-making process that integrates biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical approaches to identify, manage and reduce pest risk.
Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of managing only the target organism.


Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre

Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) is official venue for the event. Positioned as an economic catalyst and Gateway to Southeast Asia, MITEC spans over 52,000 sqm of purpose-built exhibition space and triple volume exhibition halls with infinite possibilities. The Venue is the third largest MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) venue in the Southeast Asia region and the largest trade and exhibition centre in Malaysia.


  • You can take the Ride the 852 or 851 bus and stop at KL 1022 Matrade South bus station, 4-minute walk away to MITEC.
  • You can simply hop on the LRT to Plaza Rakyat and Change to Merdeka Station and get down at Semantan. It is a 10-minutes ride to MITEC from Semantan.
  • Via private car, Waze or Google Maps: MITEC
  • Via any e-hailing apps, search: MITEC