Lee Chooi Yee

Chooi Yee plays a key role in the planning, development and execution of events for both the Jeffrey Cheah Institute and the Jeffrey Sachs Center. She oversees the operations, communications, event planning, and brings together Sunway University’s staff and students to develop ideas on green event management. Chooi Yee has more than 10 years of administrative experience, including experience in corporate tax consulting, database development and project management. Before joining the JSC, she was an administrator for the teaching evaluation and GCHE program Monash University Malaysia. During this time, she was awarded PVC’s 2011 and 2012 Award for Excellence in Administration. Chooi Yee graduated with first class honours from University of Malaya in Economics (Honours) majoring in Applied Statistics.

Yeah Kim Leng

Professor Yeah is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Economic Studies Programme at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics. His research interests span development economics, monetary economics, capital markets and industry studies. These topics reflect his previous experiences as an economic analyst at a national policy think-tank, a chief economist at a credit rating agency and a lead consultant at an economics consultancy services subsidiary. His current project at the Jeffrey Sachs Center focuses on tax systems and structures and their effects on fiscal sustainability, economic growth and income inequality. He is an external member of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.

Woo Wing Thye

Professor Woo heads both the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. He also holds academic appointments at the University of California at Davis, Columbia University, Fudan University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Penang Institute. His research focuses on economies in transition, notably China, Malaysia and Indonesia, and he has written extensively on the middle-income trap, transition economics, globalisation, exchange rate economics and regional economic disparity. In 1997-1998, Prof Woo served as a special advisor to the U.S. Treasury, and headed the Asia Competitiveness Report 1999 to analyse the Asian financial crisis for the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was also the Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations from 2002-2005. Prof Woo appears regularly in international media and is a contributor to Project Syndicate.

Shandre Mugan Thangavelu

Professor Shandre is the Vice President of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. Before his appointment, he was a Regional Director at Centre for International Economic Studies at the Institute of International Trade in the University of Adelaide and the Director of the Asia Growth Research Centre at the university. He is an active researcher on human capital development, technology transfer, foreign direct investment, trade, government infrastructure investment, productivity and economic growth. He has written extensively on ASEAN integration, FDI, human capital development, technology transfer and economic growth and has published his research in major international journals. He has written several books on trade, investment, integration and outsourcing in Asia. He has also worked on several international projects commissioned by UNDP, World Bank, ASEAN Secretariat, APEC, and Asian Productivity Organization (APO).

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Mohamed Ariff Syed Mohamed

Professor Ariff is a Senior Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Head of the Department of Economics and Finance at the Sunway University Business School. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1986 and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1976. Before joining Sunway University, Prof Ariff held positions at the business schools of National University of Singapore, Monash University and Bond University. His industry experience includes executive positions in a public listed firm and Singapore’s central bank. Prof Ariff is an active researcher in financial economics with contributions appearing in numerous international journals on finance and economics. His publications on Islamic finance have earned him international recognition. He manages the annual Foundation of Islamic Finance conference series.

Leong Choon Heng

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.

Koh Hock Lye

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.

James Chin

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.

Ghauth Jasmon

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.

Nur Amirah Abdul Majid

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.