Executive Director

ooi kee beng2 Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng received his Ph.D. in Sinology from Stockholm University, and has been working on nation-building in Asia and Malaysian politics over the last two decades. He has been with Penang Institute since 2009 and was appointed Executive Director in 2017.

He worked at Ericsson Electronics in Sweden for 22 years while studying and lecturing at Stockholm University. Prior to his appointment as the Executive Director of Penang Institute, he was the Deputy Director of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

He writes regular opinion pieces for regional and global mass media on Malaysian matters (These can be accessed at www.wikibeng.com). He was Visiting Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong (2009-2012); Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Southeast Asian Studies; Honorary Chair for the Penang Study Cluster at Penang Institute; and Editor of Penang Institute’s Penang Monthly (www.penangmonthly.com). He is Founder-Editor of Penang Monthly and ISEAS Perspective.

His major books include:

  • Yusof Ishak: A Man of Many Firsts (2017)
  • The Eurasian Core & Its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (2015)
  • The Third ASEAN Reader (2015) (Editor)
  • Done Making Do: 1Party Rule Ends in Malaysia (Genta Media & ISEAS 2013)
  • The Right to Differ: A Biographical Sketch of Lim Kit Siang (2011)
  • In Lieu of Ideology: An Intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee (2010)
  • Malaya’s First Year at the United Nations (2009) (co-edited with Taufik Ismail)
  • March 8: Eclipsing May 13 (2008) (co-authored with Johan Saravanamuttu & Lee Hock Guan)
  • Lost in Transition: Malaysia under Abdullah (2008)
  • Continent, Coast, Ocean: Dynamics of Regionalism in Eastern Asia (2007) (c0-edited with Ding Choo Ming)
  • The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (2006)