Professor Irwandi Jaswir was born on 20 December 1970 in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Food Technology and Human Nutrition in 1993 from Bogor Agriculture University (IPB) in Indonesia, his Master of Science in Food Science and Biotechnology in 1996, as well as his Ph.D in Food Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2000 from the Universiti Putra in Malaysia.
Professor Jaswir has assumed many academic and administrative positions during his productive career. Currently he is the deputy dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) and Secretary of Council of Professors at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
Professor Jaswir’s vast contribution to Muslims through his research in the field of Halal Science where he has published over 120 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals as well as accomplishing over 30 research studies. Amongst his publications where the articles titled “Identification and verification of porcine DNA in commercial gelatin and gelatin containing processed foods”, “IIUM-Fabricated Portable Electronic Nose for Halal Authentication in Beverages”, and “Formulation Development and Systematic Optimization of Production Fish Gelatin Nanoparticles as New Resource for Drug Delivery”.
In addition to being a member of the editorial board of many reputable scientific journals, professor Jaswir has participated in various conferences and exhibitions in his field as well as supervising many graduate students. His work has been recognized by over 60 awards and honors including the 2013 HABIBIE award and the Islamic Product Innovation award in 2016 by Malaysian Innovation Agency for the Lard Detector using E-nose.
In recognition of his outstanding services to Islam and Muslims, which includes:
- His contribution to the establishment and development of ‘Halal Science’ through various publications and research studies.
- His valuable efforts in leading the International Institute for Halal Research, of the International Islamic University in Malaysia, to become a renowned center for research and services related to Halal food and consumer goods;
- His work in developing new methods for analyzing substances used in the manufacturing of ‘Halal Food Alternatives’, as well as practical procedures for producing Halal Gelatin from various Halal (non-porcine) sources, such as camel and fish;
- His collaboration with other scientists to develop new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food, cosmetics and other consumer goods used by Muslims. An instance of such methods is the ‘Portable Electronic Nose’ which detects within seconds the presence of alcohol and lard (porcine-derived fat) in food and beverages.