Research and advocacy of progressive and pragmatic policy ideas.
Malaysia is undergoing immense political and social change. Against this backdrop, The Centre was established in July 2019 to be a voice for national resilience and to strengthen centrist thought in Malaysia. The Centre fulfils this goal by researching and proposing progressive, pragmatic and sensible policy ideas.
Our research focuses on understanding the gaps between top-down policy goals and ground-level impact. We also strive to increase public awareness on policy issues by communicating our work in accessible, reader-friendly ways.
Our team members come from diverse backgrounds but all share a commitment to the values of non-partisanship, pragmatism and people-first research.
Khairy Jamaluddin is Malaysia’s former Minister of Health.
Shahril Hamdan is the Vice Chief for UMNO Youth.
Khairil heads the The Centre and manages the ‘societal contracts’ research pillar. He is a political theorist who is interested in probing ideological underpinnings in contemporary policy discourses, and playing Football Manager.
Nell sets the overall research & branding direction of The Centre as well as manages the ‘safety nets’ research pillar. Her particular interests are behavioural economics, multi-ethnic democracies and scuba diving.
Kok Hin manages the ‘public goods’ and ‘safety nets’ research pillars. Trained in political science, sociology and public policy, he is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling.
Ziad supports the ‘public goods’ research pillar. He holds degrees in Engineering from Cambridge and Public Administration from Harvard, and lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife, Kat, and his cat, Monkey.
Idlan advises The Centre on aspects of research as well as communications. When she isn’t at her day job as an academic, she enjoys playing football, watching football and reading about football, in that order.
Edwin is a researcher under the ‘safety nets’ research pillar. His main research interests are behavioural economics and the digital transformation of work. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Fikri is a ‘public goods’ researcher at The Centre. While his research topics include political economy and public policy, history remains his first love.
Visual Content Head
Mimi draws stuff for The Centre. She loves visual problem-solving and making things pretty. She spends too much time on Instagram, but now she can justify it as work-related.
Social Media & Communications Lead
Natasha is The Centre’s all-round communicator. She has an affinity for short captions, great stories, baked goods, and all things Hallyu.
The Centre is a centrist think tank driven by research and advocacy of progressive and pragmatic policy ideas. We are a not-for-profit and a mostly remote working organisation.
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