Ali is an economist, public policy expert and a policy entrepreneur. Before moving to Malaysia, Ali has worked in Pakistan where he founded and successfully ran an independent think tank, PRIME Institute and also a development consulting firm. Ali is co-founder of a global network, Islam and Liberty Network and now working as its CEO.
Laurence is Director at IDEAS, working closely with the CEO to manage the research programme and overseeing relations with government and industry. Laurence previously worked for the British government, where he specialised in economic and foreign policy and worked as an adviser to the British Prime Minister.
Wan Ya Shin is an Assistant Manager under the Research and Publications Division at IDEAS. Her research interests include social policy, education policy, social protection, poverty and inequality.
She was a Young Professional Fellow with the International Centre for Human Development in India, focusing on social protection in Malaysia. Prior to that, she was working with United Nations Development Programme on the Malaysia Human Development Report 2013.
Amir Ridzuan Jamaludin
Senior Events Officer, Events Unit, External Relations Division
Amir Ridzuan Jamaludin is Senior Events Officer under the External Relations division at IDEAS. A radical decentralist at heart he believes that each group, be it cultural, political or religious should be given the space to experiment with their ideals.
Researcher Coordinator, Democracy and Governance Unit
Aira Azhari is a researcher under the social policy unit at IDEAS Research and Publications Division. Aira completed her Masters in Public International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and did her degree in law at the University of Liverpool UK. A pacifist, Aira believes that the Golden Rule is the key to world peace: treat others like how you want to be treated.
Coordinator, Economic and Business Unit
Adli Amirullah is a researcher under the economics and business unit at IDEAS Research and Publications Division. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He was a Royal Education Award recipient for 33rd IIUM Convocation who has shown outstanding performance in academic and co-curricular activities. Adli whose name means ‘a person who belongs to justice’ strongly believes in the principles of justice, fairness and equity
Finance & Accounts Executive, Operations Division
Ahmad Bashier is a finance and accounts executive under the Operations division at IDEAS. Bashier graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accountancy (Honours) from University of Malaya (UM). Before joining IDEAS he worked as an Audit Associate at Khairuddin, Hasyudeen & Razi (KHR). A conservative libertarian, Bashier believes that nothing is impossible in this world.
Amelia obtained her education from Dato ‘Zulkifli Muhammad Secondary School, Slim River, Perak. She has 17 years of experience in administrative & operational management in several different areas such as building management, IT solutions, legal firm, and architectural firm.
Executive, External Relation
Hadaina is Executive under the External Relations Division at IDEAS. Hadaina is a past intern of IDEAS. She will be graduate in Bachelor of Philosophy, Law & Business (BPLB) on November 2018 at Universiti Utara Malaysia. Hadaina believes in the act of being kind towards others and understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.
Carmelo Ferlito is a Senior Fellow under IDEAS’ Economics & Business Unit. He is the Commercial Director Southeast Asia at Petersime NV (Belgium) and serves as Adjunct Professor at INTI International College Subang.
Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari is a Senior Fellow under the Social Policy Unit in IDEAS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from National University of Malaysia (UKM), a Master of Economics from the University of Leicester, UK and a PhD (Economics) from Mississippi State University, United States.
Tricia Yeoh is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, where she is currently lecturing at. She is currently on study leave from her position as Chief Operating Officer of IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs), an independent public policy think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
HK holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering (UK), an MBA (UK), a Diploma in Corporate Treasury (UK), and a Postgrad Diploma in Islamic Studies from the International Islamic University Malaysia. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales). HK is an Adjunct Professor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Razak Faculty of Technology and Informatics.
Dr. Menon holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, and has served on the Advisory Boards of the University of Nottingham Campus in Malaysia and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. He also serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Asian Economics, Asian Economic Journal, Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy, and Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, among others.