The Team

Cynthia Gabriel

Cynthia Gabriel

Cynthia Gabriel, is easily recognized as a key human rights advocate in Malaysia. She has spent most of her professional life in the field of advancing and promoting human rights, good governance and democratic freedoms. Cynthia has also worked on UN contractual research work in the area of migrant and refugee research and their vulnerabilities towards HIV/ AIDS. Much of her time has been devoted to building and shaping the work of leading human rights advancements in Malaysia and across the globe. In recognition of this she was elected Vice President of the global advocacy group, the Paris based International Federation for Human Rights (2004-2009), and has recently set up a policy centre called the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

Ahmad Farouk

Ahmad Farouk Musa

Ahmad Farouk Musa was a trained cardiothoracic surgeon and an ardent researcher who had presented his work across Asia and Europe. He is the founder and Director of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), an intellectual movement and a think tank focusing on youth empowerment and promotion of intellectual discourse and reformation. He is also a Vice-Chairman of BERSIH 2.0, a powerful coalition of civil societies promoting clean and fair elections. He works for the promotion of democracy and establishment of civil society and had delivered talks related to Islam at the national and international conferences.

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun held senior positions in the Sabah State Civil Service, including the State Training Officer, the Permanent Secretary of Local Government, Ministry of Communications and Works, Ministry of Finance, the Secretary of Natural Resources and Deputy Secretary of State. His last position before retirement was State Secretary from 1988 to 1993. From October 1993 to November 2003, he was Chairman of the Sabah State Civil Service Commission. He was appointed as the Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), by the Yang di Pertuan Agong on April 24, 2000 and was elected as Vice Chairman of SUHAKAM on October 13, 2003.

Richard YW Yeoh

Richard Y. W. Yeoh

Richard Y. W. Yeoh has 26 years' international corporate and banking experience in Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa and the U.S. Former Petaling Jaya City Councillor (2008-2013). Former Executive Director of Transparency International Malaysia (2006-2008). Active since 2003 in initiatives and advocacy work pertaining to democratic reform, corporate governance and transparency in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Recent involvements include the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), the Steering Committee of the Initiative toward the formation of the Inter-faith Commission of Malaysia (IFC), the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Good Governance and Bersih Coalition for electoral reform in Malaysia.

Zaharom Nain

Zaharom Nain

Professor Zaharom (`Rom') Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He is on the advisory board of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia, and has been a consultant to the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).His background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media.

Sutinah binti Sutan

Dato’ Hjh. Sutinah binti Sutan started her career in the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on June 1980. Throughout her decades of service, she quickly moved up the ranks as she dedicated her life to preventing corruption. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) of the MACC from 2010 until her retirement. She is involved in numerous local and international taskforces and committees that promote integrity including the National Integrity Committee on Public Governance as Chief Secretariat, Integrity Committee on Policy, System and Procedure, the National Integrity Plan, the MACC Oversight Group, the South-East Asian Anti-Corruption Pact (SEAPAC), ADB-OECD Anti-Corruption Initiatives for Asia and the Pacific, and the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities. Dato’ Hjh. Sutinah binti Sutan holds a Bachelor Degree in Humanities from the University of Science Malaysia.

Terence Fernandez

Terence Fernandez is a former journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He was a former managing editor of The Malay Mail newspaper and now works as a consultant for various organisations. During his stint as a journalist, he sunk his teeth into everything he could from politics and social issue to sports and entertainment while his main focus was on investigative reporting, local government, transparency, and corruption matters. He was a regular columnist in theSun for almost a decade and frequently wrote on good governance. Of his numerous awards for investigative journalism, his most notable were from the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) and the Society of Publishers Asia (SOPA).

Azrul Mohd Khalib

A firebrand social activist who has dedicated his life to fighting for human rights and public health. He now heads a social policy thinktank called the “Galen Centre”. His previous positions include being a senior manager with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) as well various positions in humanitarian organisations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). As a writer, Azrul is a frequent columnist for the Malay Mail and China Press. 

Prof. Dr. Edmund Terence Gomez

Edmund Terence Gomez is Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya.  He specializes in state-market relations and the linkages between politics, policies, and capital development. He has also held appointments at the University of Leeds (UK) and Murdoch University (Australia) and served as Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Japan and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as Research Coordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), in Geneva, Switzerland. Other academic appointments include Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University, Canberra and at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark. He has written and published several books on politics, economics, and Government-Linked Corporations (GLCs).