DR JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM
Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been Assistant Director General, Economic and Social Development Department (ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since August 2012. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from January 2005 until June 2012, and (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media.
Jomo was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until 2004, and a Member of the National Economic Consultative Council (1989-1991).
During 2008-2009, Jomo served as adviser to the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and as a member of the “Stiglitz” Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. During 2010-2012, he was G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012.
DR MAZNAH MOHAMAD
Maznah Mohamad is Associate Professor at the Department of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. She received her B.A. from Macalester College, Minnesota, M.A. from Stanford University, California and Ph.D from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She was formerly Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, USM and Visiting Professor of ASEAN and International Studies at the University of Toronto.
She specializes in the study of Family, Gender, Religion and Politics. Among her publications are The Malay Handloom Weavers: A Study of the Rise and Decline of Traditional Manufacture (1996), Feminism and the Women’s Movement in Malaysia: An Unsung (R)evolution (2006; co-authored), Muslim-non-Muslim Marriage: Political and Cultural Contestations in Southeast Asia (2009; co-edited), Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia: Economic and Socio-Cultural Dimension ( 2011; co-edited), Melayu: The Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Malayness (2011; co-edited) and Family Ambiguity and Domestic Violence in Asia: Concept, Law and Process (2013; co-edited).
She was formerly president of the Women’s Centre for Change (WCC), Penang and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch of the Asia-Pacific (IWRAW-AP).
DR KHONG YUEN FOONG
Khong Yuen Foong is Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics & International Relations, and Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987 and was Assistant/Associate Professor at Harvard’s Government Department from 1987-1994. He was formerly Director and Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore.
His research interests focus on the international relations of the Asia Pacific, United States foreign policy, and political psychology. His publications include Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965; Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy: International Perspectives (co-edited with David Malone), and with Neil MacFarlane, Human Security and the United Nations: A Critical History.
He is currently working on a book project on the rules of the international politics game, with special emphasis on the changing rules of the international system in the wake of the rise of the Asian powers.
DR AZMI SHAROM
Dr Azmi Sharom is currently Associate Professor with the Law Faculty of the University of Malaya. He has hold a LLB (Hons) Sheffied, LLM Nottingham and PHD, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, London.OAS, London. He teaches environmental law. HIs research interests include Conflict of Laws and Civil Liberties. He is an outspoken critic of the Higher Education system in Malaysia. He is also a columnist with the largest English language newspaper in Malaysia, The Star.
Mr Ronald Quay has an advertising career spanning over 20 years. He started his first advertising agency in 1974 and has not looked back since. Prior to advertising, Mr Quay had worked in Government for about 7 years and later had a brief stint with the Straits Times then before starting his own ad agency.
He is one of the first few Malaysians to have successfully achieved the distinction of starting up an ad agency that remains independent today. A pioneer in recruitment advertising agency he was one of the first Malaysians who saw vast potential in this aspect of the Classifieds advertising business.
Mr Quay is a member of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and President of the Royal Selangor Club and Bangsar Baru Business Council.
DATO’ DR TOH KIN WOON
Dr Toh is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Penang Institute, which was previously known as the Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), of which he was Chairman (1997 – 2008). Dr Toh was a three term elected member of the State Legislative Assembly and a State Minister (1995-2008) in Penang, Malaysia, as well as a Senator in Malaysia’s National Parliament (1993-1995).
Prior to his entry into politics, he was attached to the National University of Malaysia where he taught and did research in the fields of Economics and Political Economy (1973-1993). During his tenure as an academic, Dr Toh also acted as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization; ESCAP, Bangkok; ILO-ARTEP, New Delhi; ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta; Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo; the World Development Institute, Helsinki and the World Bank.
He had previously been a visiting fellow to the University of Sydney, Australia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, University of the Philippines, Diliman and the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto, Japan. He obtained his B.Econs and PhD degrees from the University of Malaya and an MA from the University of Leeds, England.
PROFESSOR ZAHAROM NAIN
Zaharom Nain is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and Director of Research for the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Before joining UNMC, he taught for more than two decades in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang.
Zaharom received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and the University of Leicester, England. His academic background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media.
He is co-editor of two books, Communication and Development: The Freirean Connection (Hampton: 2001) and Who Owns The Media: Global Trends and Local Resistances (Zed/Southbound: 2004) and has authored more than 100 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He recently completed a volume on political and cultural developments in Malaysia, which he hopes will be published before the 13th General Elections.
Zaharom is on the advisory panel of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia, and has been a consultant to the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Malaysian agencies such as PETRONAS, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).
He is one of the few Malaysian academics to be awarded two Fulbright professorships in separate millennia, the first as a Visiting Professor at the University of California, San Diego in 1998-99 and the second as a Scholar-in-Residence at Johnson State College, Vermont, in 2009.
Pawancheek holds a LL.B(Hons) and LL.M from University of Malaya. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1977. He is a senior practitioner in the Malaysian legal fraternity, and frequently appears before the superior courts of Malaysia. Pawancheek appears in a wide range of disputes relating to commercial law and succession/inheritance, and is often appointed where conflict of laws arise due to Malaysia’s unique dual (civil law/Syariah) legal system.
Pawancheek has also advised a number of Government-linked companies and statutory bodies, and has conducted litigation for them as lead counsel. He also undertakes international advisory work. Has was formerly Vice-President of the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association; and is currently a member of the Syariah Law Committee, Bar Council Malaysia and a member of a joint research committee at the University of Malaya/YADIM Research Committee on Waqf to recommend legislative reforms and new products on waqf in the states of Malaysia.
DR MAVIS PUTHUCHEARY
Dr Puthucheary has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Manchester, England and was formerly Associate Professor in Public Administration in the University of Malaya. She has consulted for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok and is also engaged in research on ethnic issues, public enterprises, and privatization. Her publications include The Politics of Administration, Malaysia’s “social contract”: the invention and historical evolution of an idea, and, together with Norani Othman, Elections and Democracy in Malaysia.
Jannie Lasimbang is a long-time advocate for indigenous peoples’ rights. Since the 1980s, she has been actively involved in environmental and human rights advocacy at the local, national as well as the international level.
She has been actively involved with the Sabah-based PACOS Trust and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) since its formation, and was the Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) from 2000-2008.
She has been the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), which is a subsidiary body directly under the United Nations Human Rights Council. She is also one of the focal points for the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity dealing with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Ms Lasimbang most recently served as a Commissioner on Malaysia’s National Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), and was instrumental in driving SUHAKAM’s first National Inquiry on Orang Asal/Asli Land Rights.
DR ANDREW AERIA
Dr Andrew Aeria is presently Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak. He holds a B.Soc Sci (Hons) USM Penang, MA (Distinction) The Hague, and Ph.D from the London School of Economics, University of London. He teaches courses on political science, democracy and social movements, and political economy. His current research interests are in the area of democracy, elections, human rights, development, and poverty and inequality. He is an Exco Member of Aliran Kesedaran Negara, Malaysia’s first multi-ethnic reform movement dedicated to justice, freedom and solidarity.