Datin Paduka Professor Dr Jamilah Ariffin was a member of SEACO Scientific Advisory Group from 2011 to 2013. She is an Adjunct Professor in Global Public Health at the Jeffrey Cheah of School of Medicine & Health Sciences of Monash University Malaysia. She has served for more than 30 years as a university professor in Development Studies and a researcher in Women and Development at four local universities in Malaysia. Prof Dr Jamilah was the first Malaysian to have been selected by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London for the Commonwealth Expert Group to study the impact of Structural Adjustment which issued the important publication titled, “Women and Structural Adjustment” in 1990. She has also published 12 books – the latest being “Readings on Women and Development in Malaysia – A Sequel (Tracing Four Decades of Change)” in 2009 – and more than 40 academic research papers. As the President of JUITA and a former Advisor to the Social Council Welfare of Johor, Prof Dr Jamilah has been responsible for establishing no less than 12 welfare projects within the state of Johor. In appreciation of her contributions towards social welfare in the state of Johor, she was awarded Darjah Paduka Mahkota Johor (DPMJ).