Zakri is the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is Joint-Chairman of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Chairman of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BIOTECHCORP) and Chairman of the National Professors Council (MPN). He was the former holder of the Tuanku Chancellor Chair at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and the founding Director of the university’s Centre for Global Sustainability Studies. He is a Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Perguruan Sultan Idris and a member of the International Advisory Council of Taylor’s University. Zakri is Chairman of the National Science and Research Council (NSRC) and Joint Secretary of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) chaired by the Prime Minister.