Date: 2 January 2019By

New WAITRO Secretariat

For the first time in WAITRO history, two member organizations share the responsibilities of hosting the WAITRO Secretariat. After 16 years at SIRIM Berhad in Malaysia, the new WAITRO Secretariat is located at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG) in Germany and the Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JITRI) in China.

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In November 2019, the General Assembly of WAITRO has appointed Dr. Eckart Bierdümpel, who previously held positions as first and second Vice President, as the Secretary General of WAITRO. In managing the WAITRO Secretariat, the Secretary-General is supported by staff at the two WAITRO Offices in Europe and Asia. The new WAITRO Secretariat expresses its gratitude to SIRIM Berhad and to the Malaysian Government for their efforts and great achievements over the past 16 years.

A special thank you goes to Dr. Rohani Hashim and Mair Nesrul Bin Zainal Abidin for their dedication to the Global Innovation Family!

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The World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) is a global membership-based association of research organizations, universities, and innovation stakeholders. WAITRO provides mechanisms and support for its members and partners to connect, share, inspire, and collaborate to solve global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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