Karen Chand

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. Prior to that, 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 Lim

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.

Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham

Jasmin is a Research Associate whose research interests include urban sustainability, socio-ecological studies, climate change and environmental education. Before joining the Institute, she was based in Astana, Kazakhstan as Green Growth Guru for Malaysia at EXPO 2017. Prior to that, she was a Research Assistant at the School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia and was involved in setting up Malaysia’s pioneer bike sharing system, Melaka Bike Share. Jasmin is actively involved with youth mobilisation at the climate change negotiations via the Malaysian Youth Delegation. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus and Certificate in Environmental Issues from the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Clarissa Lee

Clarissa is a Research Fellow with expertise in science and technology studies, science and technology policies and science communication. She currently runs two research projects: Healthy Ageing and Speculative Design; and Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (with particular focus on nuclear science and technology). Clarissa has experience in the deployment of interdisciplinary methodology that brings together approaches in the arts and sciences to mediate new approaches and thinking to new or old problems, and towards the shaping of new knowledge areas. She is also working on a book project that connects the past and present work of the JSC and JCI.

Chong Kok Boon

Dr Chong is a physicist specialising in condensed matter. He completed his PhD at Queen Mary University of London and worked at several universities in the UK prior to relocating back to Malaysia. He is involved in a number of international consortium projects in nuclear energy research, and has served as panellist for UK, USA, China and European Research Council. He was recently appointed as an overseas expert to assist Chongqing SAR in research and development infrastructure, especially in human capital training. He is currently an Ambassador of Academic and Research Partnerships at Sunway University, Malaysia.

Derek Kok

Derek is a Research Associate whose research interests cover the interactions between law, politics and social policy. Before joining the Institute, Derek was an analyst at a Malaysian think tank, where he researched and developed policy interventions on violent extremism in Malaysia. Derek holds an LLB with first class honours from the University of Liverpool and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue an LLM in Transnational Law at King’s College London, where he graduated with distinction. Derek is the lead research associate for chronic malnutrition under the SDG Indicator project.

Aniq Izzat Ishak

Aniq is a Research Assistant at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. His work at the Institute focuses on Malaysian higher education research. He works closely with Prof Ghauth Jasmon to organise seminars and public lectures on the subject. Before joining the JCI, he worked for Zalora, Malaysia’s largest online shopping company. He graduated from Multimedia University in Business Administration (Honours) majoring in Management with Multimedia, and is currently pursuing his MBA at University Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Ooi Kee Beng

Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng is a Senior Fellow of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. He is also the Executive Director of the Penang Institute, before which, he was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies for five years. He is the founder-editor of Penang Monthly and ISSUES (Penang Institute) and ISEAS Perspective and Trends in Southeast Asia (ISEAS). He writes regularly for The Edge Malaysia, and other periodicals in the region. His The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time (ISEAS 2007), won the “Award of Excellence for Best writing published in book form on any aspect of Asia (non-fiction)” at the Asian Publishing Convention Awards 2008. The book was turned into a musical by the Kuala Lumpur Performance Arts Centre, titled “Ismail: The Last Days”, performed in August 2008 at KLPAC. It won seven theatre awards in 2009.

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.