Dr. Lim Phaik Eem is the Professor and Deputy Director of Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya.  She is one of the founder members and the current secretary of the Consortium of Southeast Asian Seaweed Taxonomy (SEASTax). She has more than 20 years of research experience on seaweeds and has published more than 150 publications. With the challenges facing in the carrageenan industries, especially lack of genetic diversity of cultivars of the eucheumatoids, she has initiated the study in Malaysia as well as in the Southeast Asian regions since the past 10 years and the research scope is expanded with her involvement in GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR programme, where problem-based multidisciplinary approach adopted to address several main issues affecting the seaweed cultivation and processing industries. These include detection of diseases and pests associated with the seaweed farming, farm management and legislation (biosecurity), conservation and exploration of genetically diverse seed stocks, and socio-economic resilience of the industry.