Distinguished Adjunct Researchers

Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon
Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon is Special Advisor to the Chief Minister of Penang on economic affairs. He is currently a board member of various Penang state government linked companies and corporations as well as private companies, and a director of Invest-in-Penang Berhad, Penang Development Corporation. Dato’ Seri Lee served as the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health from 2004 to 2008. Read More

Prof. Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal
Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal is the President of The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society. He is often described as a “Multiversity ” for his vast and diverse interests and activism for over half a century. He studied Economics and Education at the University of Malaya and later received Honorary Doctorates in Law and Philosophy from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) respectively. Read More

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Aileen Tan Shau Hwai
Aileen Tan Shau Hwai is Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Currently, she is Director of the Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS) at USM and Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN). She was the first female president of the UNITAS Malacologica, based in Belgium, from 2013 to 2016. Read More

YB Zairil Khir Johari (Senior Fellow)
Zairil Khir Johari is the State Executive Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport in the Penang State Government. He is also the State Assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga, a seat he won in the 14th General Election in 2018. From 2013 to 2018, Zairil was the Member of Parliament for Bukit Bendera, during which he was also the Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Parliamentary Spokesperson for Education, Science and Technology. Read More

Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid
Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid obtained his PhD from the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris, France, and holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Malaya and a bachelor’s degree of Science degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was the Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 2018-2020. Prior to that appointment, he headed the secretariat for that government’s Council of Eminent Persons (CEP). Read More

Prof. Dato’ Dr Woo Wing Thye (Distinguished Fellow)
Woo Wing Thye is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at University of California in Davis, and Research Professor at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur where he heads the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. He also holds academic appointments at Fudan University in Shanghai and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Read More

Prof Khong Yuen Foong
Khong Yuen Foong is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Political Science at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He was formerly Professor of International Relations, and a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987 and was Assistant/Associate Professor at Harvard University’s Government Department from 1987-1994. Read More

Prof Ho Eng Seng
Prof Ho has been the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Professor in Arabia Asia Studies within the Metacluster: Historical Sociology of Asian Connections cluster since June 2014. He received his PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Read More

Dr Cassey Lee
Dr Lee has held academic appointments at the University of Wollongong, Nottingham University Business School (Malaysia) and University of Malaya. He received his PhD (Economics) from University of California, Irvine. His current research focuses on algorithmic economics, competition policy, structural change, and political economy. Read More

Dr Kai Ostwald
Kai Ostwald is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy & Global Affairs, University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also the Director of UBC’s Centre for Southeast Asia Research and a Faculty Associate at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. Kai specialises in comparative politics, particularly the political economy of development and ethnic politics. Read More