PhD in Sociology, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts, Colby College

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.


  • Program Director, the Master in Sustainable Development Management, Sunway University
  • Deputy President, Harvard Club of Malaysia
  • Scientific Committee, International Conference on Sustainable Development, 2019

Current Projects

JCI Events

On the 20th of April 2019, the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development hosted the Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise at the Sunway ...

On the 27th and 28th of April, the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), in collaboration with UNICEF Malaysia conducted a two-day training ...

News & Op/Eds

1202, 2020

Closing in on a solution

Prof Leong Choon Heng gives the reasons he is optimistic that we will be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

2904, 2016

Hari Perpaduan

The question was then threw to the panelists. YBhg. Prof Madya Dr. Helen Ting explained that there are many dimensions of a nation, but...