Former Malaysian Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, a member of Parliament, and current chairman of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC).
Abdul Razak Ahmad is a qualified legal counsel. He carried out his training in Malaysia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Abdul Razak received the fellowship for ‘Future Leaders in Developing Countries’ programme from the East West Centre at the University of Hawaii.
Abdillah Noh works in the area of public policy and political economy. His current research focus is on political change. Abdillah is currently a research fellow at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy, Murdoch University, Australia. He has also completed stints at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies (OXCIS), University of Oxford as the Imam Termizi Scholar and at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore as a visiting research fellow. Abdillah is currently on sabbatical leave from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak where he was the Deputy Dean at the Tun Abdul Razak School of Government. Abdillah holds a DPhil (Politics) from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Chang Da Wan (C.D. Wan) is with the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Universiti Sains Malaysia. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in higher education and was trained as an economist at the University of Malaya and National University of Singapore. His main interests lie in higher education and economics. Chang Da has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects with UNESCO-Bangkok, OECD, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF), Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) Research Cluster, Bait al-Amanah, IPPTN, and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and was a Team Member of the Higher Education Strategic Plan Review Committee to review the Malaysian National Higher Education Strategic Plan.
Benedict Weerasena graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree, first class honours from University of Science, Malaysia. He is a recipient of the Conference of Rulers’ Royal Education Award and Gold Medal Award for Best Student in Economics 2015/2016. He previously worked with the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), researching on university autonomy and shadow education. Benedict’s research interests include development economics, public finance, behavioral economics, international political economy and education policy. He also enjoys singing, teaching Mathematics, art & craft and exercising during his free time.
Emylia Atika is a Bachelor of Science – Human Development graduate from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She graduated with first class honours and is also a recipient of the Conference of Rulers’ Royal Education Award 2016 and Leader of the Year 2016 Award from the Faculty of Human Ecology. She was previously attached to a Minister in the Prime Minister Department, who also served as a Member of Parliament in Sarawak under the Perdana Fellowship Programme. She is passionate about Public Policy and Governance alongside high-impact community-based projects and activities among diverse personalities.
A firm believer that branding speaks volumes when done right. Attached with Bait Al-Amanah, based in Johor, for three years and counting. Focuses on visual communications with areas of expertise ranging from photography, video, publication and collateral.
Irwan Sharkawi is the Administration Executive at Bait Al-Amanah. As a highly responsible and diligent executive, he handles the operations and maintenance of the office, develops and carries out an efficient documentation and filing system, addresses human resource matters and acts as the point of contact between out think tank and external clients. He graduated from Saito College with a diploma in Security management and has attended a 3 months practical training at Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara (Security Department).
Ijlal Hannan Hafeedz is currently reading law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Recently, he won first runner up in the National Round of 12th Lawasia International Moot Competition 2017 and made Malaysia proud by making it to the semi-finals of the international round. As an experienced writer with a demonstrated history of working in several think tanks, Ijlal is skilled in Research, Logistics Management, Essayist, Liasoning, and Public Relations.