Dr. Abdul Razak Ahmad is the Founding Director of Bait Al Amanah, a political think tank in Kuala Lumpur. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Chief Minister of Johor and Minister of Higher Education Malaysia. As a consultant for the National Economic Action Council (NEAC) of the Prime Minister’s Department, he contributed to the drafting of the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
On the international front, Dr. Razak has served as a consultant and policy advisor for higher education, democracy and development in Iran, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Timor Leste. He was also the resource person for the European Union and World Bank on human development related issues.
He is a qualified legal counsel and did his fellowship at East West Centre (University of Hawaii). He also attended leadership executive programmes at Said Business School (Oxford University) and Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University).
Mohd Daud is the Research Director at Bait al Amanah. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2010. He is actively involved as a debate and public speaking trainer. He was appointed multiple times by the Malaysia University Debate Council as the National Team trainer, winning the International Malay Language Public Speaking Championship for 5 series.
He is also an external translator for ITBM. As an alumni of the UK Government Scholarship (Chevening) in 2012, he is a graduating candidate in M.A Islamic Finance (Durham University). In addition, he is the former Malaysian Youth Representative to the Commonwealth (CYP) and the Asian Youth Caucus.
Shahrill Sabaruddin is the Consultancy Director for Bait Al Amanah. He completed his studies from University Sains Malaysia in Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Shahrill is a Data Scientist spearheading the Big Data Initiatives of Bait Al Amanah. Shahrill covers a broad range of quantitative and qualitative analysis on social media intelligence, politics and policy development.
Benedict Weerasena is an Economist at Bait Al Amanah (House of Trust). With several publications on politics and policy making, higher education, foreign worker dependency, his research interests include public finance, behavioural economics, development studies, international political economy and education policy. He has participated and presented in various international conferences and economic updates.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Economics degree, first class honours from University Sains 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. He also enjoys singing, cooking, art & craft and exercising during his free time.
Amirun Hamman is a Bait Al Amanah Analyst with a focused interest in Media, Big Data, and Technology. He graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering. During his time in university, Amirun Hamman was active in intellectual discourse events, primarily competitive debate where he represented his university in both national and international level.
He was the Program Manager for “Re:Action, Youth Engaged”, a public debate series involving youths and politicians, public figures, and academicians organised by IIUM World Debate and Oratory Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Astro AWANI. He was also involved in the inception of the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Malaysia Future Leaders School Tier 3 Communication module as a module writer and instructor.
Abel Benjamin Lim is an economist at Bait Al-Amanah research institute. His scope of research includes socioeconomics, public policy and higher education. He previously served as a research officer at Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility under the purview of National Higher Education Research Institute. Prior to that, Abel was involved in the review of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan (PSPTN) as a research officer. Abel graduated with a master’s degree in economics from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
At Bait Al Amanah, Cellini Basri is an analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the communications industry. Beyond that, she is a learning enthusiast with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Laws from International Islamic University Malaysia (UIAM). During her time in the university, she was actively involved in competitive debating and has represented her institution in at least 10 different countries across the globe, which paved the way for her to become the first ever female to chair the United Asian Debating Union after nine years of the council’s establishment.
Cellini also has experiences of working in the learning and development industry, focusing on visual communications. Prior to joining Bait al-Amanah, Cellini spent a year abroad in Shanghai, working as a communications consultant at an international education company. In her free time, she can be found teaching at her alma-mater, UIAM as a part-time lecturer or volunteering for local NGOs. Cellini is deeply passionate about female empowerment and believes in empowering youths through education.
Fariq bin Sazuki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major of mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA. He graduated with summa cum laude. He also spent one year studying Economics and Statistics in University of Oxford, UK.
In 2019, Fariq became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon international honor society. He received the Catherine Filene Prize in Economics and Jean Mulcahy Keefe ‘44 in Economics. Having studied International Baccalaureate at United World College of the Adriatic in Italy for two years, Fariq can also speak Italian.
Fariq previously worked as a teaching assistant at Wheaton College and a Mathematics private tutor before he joined Bait Al Amanah. His interests include development economics, econometrics, data analysis, and applied mathematics. Outside of work, Fariq mostly likes to read and write fictional stories.
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).
Nurul Adilla is the Administration Assistant at Bait Al Amanah. She assists the administrative executive in sending faxes and emails. Managing documents and file, sending and receiving documents for the company she may also assisting in various daily operations. She also assist office members with documentation, aside from storing, organizing and managing. She graduated from Cybernetics International College of Tecnology with a diploma in Human Resource management and has successfully completed 3 months practical training at Bait Al Amanah.
Dr. Nazli Aziz is a senior lecturer at Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. With a PhD in political studies from the University of Auckland, he also holds master’s degrees in Political Science (Leiden University) and Southeast Asian Studies (University of Malaya).
His research interests focus on the politics of governance and public policy, particularly on socio-political planning and socioeconomic development in Malaysia. Nazli has been involved in a number of teaching, research and consultancy projects at national and international levels with the government and private agencies such as ECER, Tourism Terengganu, PlanMalaysia, NAHRIM, UNESCO, WWF, NOAA etc.
Assoc. Professor Chang Da Wan holds a DPhil. from the University of Oxford and was trained as an economist at the University of Malaya and National University of Singapore. Currently, he is the Deputy Director at the National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia. His main interest is in higher education policy, and has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects relating to issues of governance and management, strategic planning, access and equity, doctoral education, the academic profession and internationalization, with a particular focus on developing countries.
Chang Da has been involved in projects with UNESCO-Bangkok, UNICEF, OECD, Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF), Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP) Research Cluster, the Head Foundation, Bait al-Amanah, and the Ministry of Higher Education/Ministry of Education Malaysia.
Assoc. Professor Lai received his PhD in Politics from University of Warwick. His area of specialisation includes Japanese-Chinese Relations, Japanese/Chinese Foreign Policy, East Asian Security and Malaysian Politics.
Professor Dato’ Dr. Morshidi Sirat is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and the Founding Director of Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF) and Advisor, Malaysia Society for Higher Education Policy and Research Development. Between April 2002 and February 2011 he was the Director of IPPTN and during this period he specialized in higher education policy research.
Subsequently, he served as Deputy Director-General, Department of Higher Education (Public Sector), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, a short stint as the 5th Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), and between 16 April 2013 and 30 May 2014 as Director-General of Higher Education/Registrar General, Private Institutions of Higher Education.
Assoc. Professor Kuik received his PhD in Asian Studies and International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-founder of the East Asian International Relations (EAIR) Caucus, a research platform for exchange, engagement, and empowerment among foreign affairs professionals in Malaysia.
Dr. Wesam received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Currently a Visiting Scholar at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, UTM, he has also served as a Consultant with the USAID and secured a Fellowship at Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His area of expertise includes Air and Noise Pollution, Environmental Impact Assessment, Sustainable and Resilient Cities.