The team behind IMAN consists of academics, researchers, writers, journalists, policy specialists, and civil society activists with more than 10 years of work experience within the public and private sectors.

IMAN aspires to provide reliable information to a young Malaysia and the region on matters pertaining to society, religion and perception. This is crucial in the domains of peace and security, ethnic relations and religious harmony in multicultural societies. Malaysia is the ideal ecosystem to test out solutions between orthodoxy and modernity, Muslims and non-Muslims, and indigenous and immigrant populations. We aim to deliver sound policy solutions along with actions and measurable outcomes.

We have grown from a small outfit to one that is reckoned with in the three years of establishing the organisation. We are driven by curiosity, and to understand the projects and people we work on, we have 'conversations' focus group discussions, fieldwork, and engaging with stakeholders such as governments and their agencies, and regional civil society organisations. We currently chair the Malaysian chapter of the Southeast Asian Network of Civil Society Organizations on Countering Violent Extremism (SEAN-CSO). Today, we speak at international and regional CVE conferences.

We aim to be a leading consultancy and research outfit on Southeast Asia affairs with global outreach. We value diversity, creativity, intelligence, ethics, empathy and trust. Our mission is to foster partnerships and collaborations in Southeast Asia, provide cutting-edge and evidence-based solutions, and to be a resource center on Southeast Asia affairs for governments, civil society organisations and businesses. 

We realise that it is urgent to partner with our friends and neighbours to build, manage, and sustain strong communities and cities. IMAN works and partners with civil society organisations, academic bodies, and institutions from around the world.


Work Areas

We have three pillars:

Society, Religion and Perception.

We work in these areas:

 Security and Community Resilience.

Our work entails:

Research and Analysis. Public Policy Formulation. Strategic Advisory.
Public Engagement. Capacity Building and Training. Media and Content.


Current Projects

The focus of our work currently revolves around Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Community Resilience.


1. The Assalamualaikum Project (2015 to 2016)

2. Women & Radicalisation (2016 to ongoing)

3. Violent Extremism Sentiment Analysis and Intervention Programme in Urban and Rural Malaysia (2016 to ongoing)

4. Youth Perception on New Malaysia (2018 to ongoing)

5. Countering Violent Extremism Among Vulnerable Refugee Communities in Malaysia (2018 to ongoing) 



We work with the Governments of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Canada, and UNICEF.