Industrial Hemp Conference 2023 (IHC2023)

Welcome to the Industrial Hemp Conference 2023, a joint effort between the Malaysia Hemptech Industrial Research Association (MHIRA) and the Faculty of Science & Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The conference will be held on 10-11 July 2023, at Dewan Persidangan Fakulti Sains & Teknologi, University Kebangsaaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

Conference Theme:

The Potential of Industrial Hemp as an Alternative Crop in Malaysia: Exploring the Research and Development and Obstacles in the Regulatory Landscape


  • To showcase the latest research and developments in the industrial hemp industry
  • To discuss the potential of industrial hemp as an alternative crop in Malaysia
  • To explore the obstacles and challenges in the regulatory landscape

Conference Highlights:

  • Keynote speeches by prominent speakers in the field
  • Panel discussions with industry leaders and experts
  • Industrial Hemp Workshop
  • Networking opportunities with participants from various sector


Registration for the conference is now open. Early bird rates (RM350) are no longer available, the Normal Rate applies until the registration deadline on 30th June 2023. Registration includes access to all sessions, conference materials, lunch and refreshments on both days and a certificate of participation.

Sponsorship (Booth space):

We invite companies and organizations to support this exciting event by sponsoring the conference. In doing so, you will help to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and research on hemp, support the development of the hemp industry in Malaysia, and benefit from the publicity associated with this event.

Click here for more information about the sponsorship opportunities

Early Bird Special

The Early Bird Special is a limited-time offer for those who register early for the conference. This tier offers a significant discount on the regular conference ticket price, as well as some exclusive benefits.


  • Access to all sessions at the conference
  • Conference materials, including a program book
  • Lunch and refreshments on both days of the conference
  • A certificate of participation
  • Priority seating in conference sessions


The Normal ticket price is RM 550 (USD 125). MHIRA Members will receive an additional RM150 discount. Please register for your individual/corporate membership here

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8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Networking

9:00 am - 9:25 am

Opening Remarks


9:25 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Address: The Potential of Industrial Hemp as an Alternative Crop in Malaysia

YAB Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Plantation & Commodity Malaysia

10:00 am - 11:25 am

Session 1 - Advanced Material Research and Development Landscape in Malaysia

Prof Dr. Sarani Zakaria, Faculty of Science & Technology, UKM

11:25 am - 11:45 am

Tea Break and Networking

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Session 2 - Natural Fibre Processing and Product Development

Lembaga Kenaf & Tembakau Negara

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break and Networking

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 3 - Navigating Trade Barriers: Exploring UNCTAD's Strategies to Promote Industrial Hemp in International Markets

Marco Fugazza, UNCTAD

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session 4 - Industrial Hemp as a food source, how can it be developed to promote food security & innovation?

Agrifutures Australia

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 5 - Industrial Hemp and Environmental Sustainability

Prof Dr Piakong Md Tuah (Hemp Science Centre)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Networking

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening Speech

Ministry of Health

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session 6: Effective Testing and Cannabinoid Quality Control Measures

Prof. Dr. Jamia Azdina, Faculty of Pharmacy, UKM

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Session 7: Thailand's experience with implementing medical cannabis and CBD into their traditional medicine practices

Dr. Kwanchai Wisitthanon, Deputy Director-General, Department of Thai Traditional and Complementary Medicine (DTAM)

11:15 am - 11:35 am

Tea Break and Networking

11:35 am - 1:00 pm

Dialogue Session - Regulatory Framework for Industrial Hemp in Malaysia: Addressing Public Perception and Policy Gaps in Malaysia

Moderator: ISIS
1. Prof. Dr. Sufian Jusoh, Principal Fellow, Institute Of Malaysian And International Studies (IKMAS), UKM
2. YB Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi (TBC)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break and Networking

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session 8: The Legality of Medical Cannabis from Islamic Perspective

Ekmil Krisnawati Erlen Joni, Faculty of Law, UKM

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dialogue Session: Academic Institutions and Stakeholders role In Advancing Malaysia's Hemp Research

Moderator: IRDP
1. Prof. Dr Nazura Abdul Manaf, Faculty of Law, UKM
2. Prof. Dr. Raymond Ooi, High Impact Research, UM
3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamad Aris Mohd Moklas, Faculty of Medicine, UPM

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgements

  • Date : 07/10/2023 - 07/11/2023
  • Time : 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur)
  • Reg. Deadline : 06/30/2023

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