Executive Director’s Office

Being one of Malaysia’s major think tanks, Penang Institute is prone to respond in timely fashion to issues and trends that require special and immediate attention. Presently, such vital areas include “Social Anthropology”, “Journalism in Malaysia”, “Education for the 21st Century” and “Towards a Digital Economy in Penang”.

His Officers are:

Tan Zhi Xian, Personal Assistant to Executive Director
She earned a Commonwealth Executive MBA from Wawasan Open University. She is currently the personal assistant to the Executive Director.

Lim Sok Swan, Special Projects Officer (Social Anthropology)
She received her Master’s degree from the Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University. Her current research interest focuses on Heritage.

Alexander Fernandez, Special Projects Officer (Publicity)
He graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in English for Professionals.

Sheryl Chiau Yin Teoh, Publications Officer
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College, a liberal arts college in the United States, and majored in History with a focus on Classical Greece and Rome. Her interests include the study of philosophy as well as a range of humanities and socio-political issues.

Yeong Pey Jung, Research Projects Advisor and Senior Analyst (Socioeconomics & Statistics)
She holds a Masters in Business from Swinburne University of Technology and a double degree in Arts (Psychology & Political Science) and Commerce (Economics) from University of Melbourne. Her main research work includes gender equality, minority marginalization and socio-economic issues in youth development. Other research interests include the Malaysia NEP, affirmative action in a welfare state, and the politics of international trade.