LLB, University of Liverpool; LLM in Transnational Law, King’s College London

Derek’s research focuses on social and welfare policies for children, particularly the linkages between social protection and child malnutrition. His recent publications reviewed childhood stunting in Malaysia, universal school breakfast schemes, and cash transfer programmes from a social protection framework. Derek has worked on public policy at both the national and international level – developing policy responses to violent extremism in Malaysia, drafting the national private sector anti-corruption framework for the Bhutan Government, and assisting on land & constitutional reform initiatives in Myanmar. His work and comments have been featured by the likes of Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Malay Mail, and Astro Awani. Derek holds an LLB with first class honours from the University of Liverpool and graduated with distinction with an LLM in Transnational Law from King’s College London.


Current Projects

  1. Introducing a Universal Child Grant in Malaysia
  2. Qualitative Evaluation of the Kasih Ibu Smart Selangor (KISS) Programme
  3. Multidimensional Child Poverty Indicators
  4. Social Protection and Child Malnutrition
  5. The Politics of Social Policy and Welfare Reform

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

Selected Talks and Presentations

  1. 14 Nov 2019: “Issues in Social Protection”, The Malaysian National News Agency
  2. 24 Oct 2019: “Free For All: The Case For A Universal School Meal Programme”, Policy Discourse Series, Razak School of Government
  3. 22 Aug 2019: “Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action”, Public Health Programme Continuing Medical Education Series, Ministry of Health Malaysia
  4. 30 May 2019: “Stunting in Malaysia: Costs, Causes and Courses for Action”, Development Research Seminar Series, World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub


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