DATUK SERI DR WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL
Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is currently the president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat. She was the Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh (1999-2008) and Leader of the Opposition in Dewan Rakyat from March 2008 until 31 July 2008.
Dr. Wan Azizah graduated as an ophthalmologist from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She served as a government doctor for 14 years before focusing on volunteer work which included serving as a patron of MAKNA (National Cancer Council). She is the second woman in Malaysian history to head a political party.
DR SYED HUSIN ALI
Dr Syed Husin Ali is a senator for the state of Selangor. He previously held the position of vice-president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat and led Parti Rakyat Malaysia up to its merger with Parti Keadlian. He was a distinguished professor of sociology and anthropology at Universiti Malaya. A committed social activist since his youth, Dr Syed was detained under the draconian Internal Security Act from 1974-1980. He is the author of several academic monographs with a particular focus on the life and conditions of rural Malays. His biographical writings include “Two Faces” and “Memoirs of a Political Struggle”.
DR TAN BOON KEAN
Dr Tan Boon Kean is an entrepreneur and investor. He has wide experience in the corporate and media sector and was formerly Managing Director of The Edge Communications group for nearly two decades before retiring. Dr Tan has worked in academia, journalism, economic and communications consultancy before launching and managing a start-up. He holds degrees from Columbia University, Harvard University and a doctorate from Institut Pengajian Tinggi, Universiti Malaya. His interests are in capital markets and political economy, media and communications.
WONG HOY CHEONG
Wong Hoy Cheong is an artist, educator and social activist. He holds degrees from Brandeis University, Harvard University and University of Massachusetts (Amherst). As an artist, his works have been exhibited and collected widely in Malaysia and internationally including the Guggenheim Museum (USA), Hayward Gallery (UK), MOCA (France), Asian Art Museum (Japan), National Art Gallery (Malaysia),etc. In 2011, he awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Frankfurt named a floor after him. In 2000, Newsweek named him as one of the ten trailblazers of Asia under the title “Mavericks & Rebels”. In 1999, Asiaweek named him as one of the Ten Art and Culture “Leaders of the Next Millennium”.
As educator, he has given lectures and taught at various institutions including Harvard, Oxford, Goldsmiths, New York University, Australian National University, etc. He was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, NUS (Singapore). Cornell University has a scholarship named after him for his work as “Outstanding Educator”.
As social activist, he was a founding member of SUARAM, and has recently, piloted urban regeneration and participatory budgeting projects in low-cost housing for local councils in Selangor and Penang.