Prof. Dato’ Dr Mohd Yazid Abd Manap is the Director of Halal Products Research Institute (HPRI), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). HPRI is a pioneer and global leader in Halal Research. He was also the former Dean of the Faculty of Food Science & Technology at UPM. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from University of Minnesota, USA, and PhD from University of Glasgow, Scotland. His research interest is Probiotic Starter Cultures, Enzymes in foods and Halal Quality Assurance System. At present, Dato’ Dr Yazid is developing several halal authentication techniques in close collaboration with the industry.