Profile

MSc Democracy and Comparative Politics, University College London; Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, London; LL.B (Hons), University of Bristol

Maha trained as a barrister and practised civil, commercial and public administrative law at the Malaysian Bar for 12 years. During her legal career, Maha contributed to the Malaysian Bar’s public advocacy work, participating in Royal Commissions of Inquiry and co-producing policy papers on legal and institutional reform.

Upon shifting her focus to political science, Maha obtained a Masters in Democracy and Comparative Politics under a Chevening scholarship. Combining the disciplines of law and political science, Maha has consulted for INGOs, NGOs and think-tanks. She served as the Political Advisor to the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for four years, where she provided interdisciplinary strategic analysis and developed multi-stakeholder partnerships, particularly on domestic institutional strengthening. Maha is a researcher, content producer, trainer and speaker on democratic development and institutional design, legislative studies and rights-based policy making.

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Current Projects

Selected Publications

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  • Audio Visuals:
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Fungsi dan Komposisi Dewan Rakyat. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2OgEUkcvjc
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Urusan Majlis Mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdD2J4_zfRo
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Pertanyaan Parlimen. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7rKR9imQq4
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Kamar Khas. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvI5fq_gsMw
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Rayuan Parlimen. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFuVz-Gcz-c
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Usul-usul Parlimen. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9PK6J2rTxQ
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Perbahasan dan Tatatertib Dewan Rakyat. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp2V_xHlyc0
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Penggubalan Undang-undang. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz6Ih6LrTb8
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Undian dalam Dewan Rakyat. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iETe9pPSKTM
    • Maha Balakrishnan (2021). Writer and narrator. Jawatankuasa Parlimen. Siri Video Tatacara Parlimen Malaysia. National Democratic Institute (NDI), Malaysia. 2 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-8hH9Onn4s