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.
YB Khairy Jamaluddin is the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation for Malaysia. He is the MP for Rembau since 2008.
Shahril Hamdan is the Chief of Information for UMNO. He is also a football, cricket and music fan.
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.
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.
Aziff is a researcher under the ‘public goods’ research pillar, and explores issues relating to equitable urban living. His main research interest is exploring the intersection between social structures and policy-making.
Jia Vern works under the ‘societal contracts’ research pillar, and her research interests include inter-group relations, criminal justice reform, as well as electoral autocracies.
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.
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.
Marketing & Communications Lead
Shalini connects The Centre with the outside world. She enjoys creating meaningful relationships for the organisation. She read Law and completed her Malaysian Bar exams.
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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