Professor Leong is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Education and Social Progress Programme at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. He teaches in the fields of sociology, public policy, transportation and logistics. His research is largely in the areas of sustainable development, community participation, sustainable transportation and education delivery systems. Prior to joining Sunway University, he was the President of the Malaysia University of Science and Technology and the Head of the Transportation and Logistics Programme. His experience also includes teaching at the National University of Singapore, working in the Institute of Strategic and International Studies which is a policy think-tank for the Malaysian government, and as consultant to several international organisations on social development and environmental assessment. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College, USA.
Professor Koh is a proponent for the practical application of research to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He conducts society-oriented research and outreach that integrates the three pillars of the SDGs (economic, environmental, social) in the areas of clean water and sanitation, and life under water and on land. His research has been published in various journals, spanning topics such as conservation, ecology, biodiversity, tsunami-resilient communities, affordable healthcare, climate adaptation strategies, and the application of mathematical modelling and artificial intelligence to enhance food security. Prof Koh Hock Lye received his BSc from University Malaya, and holds both an MA and a PhD in Mathematics from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Professor James Chin is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Governance Studies at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. He is also the inaugural Director of the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania. He is a leading commentator on Malaysian politics and has published extensively on Malaysia and the surrounding region. He was previously Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore; and Professor of Political Science, Monash University, Malaysia campus. Prior to an academic career, he worked as a journalist in Malaysia and Singapore. His most recent publication are; Malaysia Post Mahathir: A Decade of Change? (2015); 50 Years of Malaysia: Federalism Revisited (2014) and Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia (2013). Prof Chin has published extensively in leading journals such as Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Journal of Political Science, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, The Round Table, Southeast Asian Affairs, Asian Politics & Policy, Journal of Democracy, Electoral Studies, Democratization and South East Asia Research. He has also written commentaries for leading publications such as The New York Times, The Diplomat, Australian Outlook, The Conversation, The Straits Times, East Asia Forum and New Mandala.
Professor Ghauth is a Senior Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and a Board Member of Sunway University. At the JCI, he is responsible for research and outreach activities pertaining to the latest challenges and developments in higher education, particularly in Malaysia. Before joining the JCI, he held several posts at Universiti Malaya – including as Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering. He was active in teaching, research and consultancy for 15 years.
As the Outreach Executive, Amirah Majid fosters collaboration and partnerships with key stakeholders in the areas of education and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through organising executive training programs, educational workshops and programs, and public events. Her work experience in the hospitality industry early in her career fuelled her passion for finding more sustainable management solutions and practices. She has worked in the environmental consultancy and reporting industry as well as an eco-resort in the areas of education, awareness and communication, eco-tourism, and community outreach. Amirah holds a Bachelor of Business degree in International Hotel Management from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), Australia and a Master of Sustainability in Corporate and Environment from Monash University, Australia.
Andrew’s areas of focus are development economics and performance management systems. His team is developing solutions for three major sustainable development issues in Malaysia: high carbon emissions, stunting due to chronic malnutrition and high loss of forest cover. Prior to joining JSC, Andrew served in the Prime Minister’s Department, where he was responsible for managing the KPI system for the ministries and the Central Bank of Malaysia where he worked on financial inclusion policies. He has facilitated multiple stakeholders to enhance Malaysian exports towards facilitating the country to achieve its high income goal by 2020. He has also designed and implemented risk-sharing and concessionary funding mechanisms to enable more access to financing by small and micro enterprises at an affordable cost.
Dr Fun is a Senior Fellow with special focus on low-carbon power generation and transportation. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering ; and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He spent much of his career working for Ford Motor Company, being appointed to the Board of Directors in 2003 and as Executive Director and Chief Corporate Representative. Throughout his time in industry, Dr Fun was involved in various universities as guest lecturer, and helped a local university to fund and set up a Center for Computer Aided Engineering.
Wai Sern is a Research Associate primarily concerned with the environmental issues of our time. His work at the Institute allows him to explore this topic in depth as well as the complex interconnections between environmental concerns and the other main pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His work covers several of the SDGs, primarily affordable and clean energy (SDG7), sustainable cities and communities (SDG11), responsible consumption and production (SDG12) and climate action (SDG13). Ongoing projects include the decarbonisation of energy systems, off-grid solar energy and urban river rejuvenation. Wai Sern holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Monash University.
Karen is the Director of Operations at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute and Jeffrey Sachs Center, where she plans, organises and oversees all programs and activities. Karen is currently spearheading the design and development of short courses, executive programs and immersive programs for the centre. She is also actively involved in a solutions-driven project in building sustainable cities and communities. Prior to joining Sunway, Karen was part of the senior management of the Razak School of Government where she led the development and delivery of senior level public sector executive education programmes; and research projects on public sector improvement. She was formerly the Research and Communications Manager to a prominent member of Malaysian royalty, with a research focus on human and economic development, governance, education, and national unity. Karen began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia as a strategy consultant. She is a certified career coach and regularly writes speeches and articles. She holds a Master of ASEAN Studies from the University of Malaya, and BSc in Finance and Accounting from the University of London.
Jeremy is a Research Associate with research areas in renewable energy technologies, energy policy and economic development. He is presently a researcher on a number of projects, including policies of decarbonising energy system, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ indicators and targets. He completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering from Monash University in 2015 with a scholarship from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. He has received a number of accolades in research and writing, such as being awarded Best in Malaysia for A Level General Paper and having an excerpt published in “Asia through the Eyes of Asia’s Tiger Cubs” by the Asia Business Council, on human capital flight. He has also been invited to join a number of fellowships and programs to train young leaders.