The Team


Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Fuzi Razak

Chairman of IMAN, Tan Sri Fuzi was previously the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. He joined the Malaysian Diplomatic and Administrative Service in 1972, and served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly in the Political Division, and at the Malaysian Missions abroad in Moscow, the Hague, Canberra, Washington and Dhaka.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi previously also served as Director General, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Malaysia; Ambassador-at-Large; Malaysia's Representative to the ASEAN High Level Task Force (HLTF) on the Drafting of the ASEAN Charter and Malaysia's Representative to the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Drafting of the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi is currently Secretary-General of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF) and Chairman/Director of Amanahraya-Reit Managers Sdn Bhd; Seremban Engineering Berhad; Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd; Theatre Management Associates Sdn Bhd; Optima Capital Sdn Bhd; Sofgen (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, ACE Holdings Sdn Bhd and ACE Asset Management Bhd.


Dina Zaman
Founding Member

Dina has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster, UK and Honours degree in Communications from Western Michigan University, US and works in the media. She has written a book on Muslim Malaysians titled I Am Muslim and covered Muslim life in her columns for, The Malaysian Insider and The Malay Mail Online. She was a recipient of the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship in 2012, and her research was a comparative study on saints in Indonesia and Malaysia. She is currently compiling her published essays for a new book.

She has been in the media for over 20 years, serving as editor at and The Malaysian Insider. She also has a background in corporate communications, and believes that research, advocacy and journalism can be utilised in a multimedia platform that will serve policy makers, governments and media owners.


Altaf Deviyati
Founding Member

Having worked for more than a decade in the field of development and humanitarian diplomacy with organizations such as the UNDP, ICRC and PEMANDU (Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Dept) as well as think tanks such as Penang Institute, Altaf is experienced in project development and social policy analysis. Her key area of work is on social inclusion policies. Altaf has an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law, NALSAR University, Hyderabad, India.


Nicholas Chan
Founding Member

Nicholas received his Master of Science (Forensic Science) degree from King’s College London. Formerly a senior analyst with Penang Institute, Mr Chan’s vast research experience includes many aspects of the Malaysian landscape, from federalism to police system, as well as its urban history and socio-economic issues.

Currently a postdoctoral student at the University of Cambridge, Nicholas graduated with a Masters in Asian Studies from the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He is interested in the intersection of authoritarian politics and political violence, as well as modernity and iconoclasms.  Nicholas is also an Associate of IMAN.


Arfa'eza A Aziz
Chief Executive Officer

Arfa'eza has more than 22 years of working experience of which 10 years were spent in the media industry, ranging from traditional print media to online news to publishing work.  This experience served her well when she switched to public relations and strategic communications in 2008, and she was handpicked to head Selangor's media secretariat with a wide-ranging and extensive job scope. Arfa'eza has deep insight on national politics, and graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Badrul Hisham Ismail
Programme Director

Badrul's professional experience revolves around various freelance and project-based works, including a stint in election observation where he monitored elections in Malaysia and other post-conflict countries in Asia, under the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). Others include arts projects in New York City that aimed to spur conversation through visual urbanism, such as Layered SPURA and Urban Reviewer. Badrul has also conducted research on alternative narratives in international relations theory with The Silk Road Research Institute. A Liberal Arts graduate from The New School in New York City, Badrul is also a filmmaker, with works including The Tailor of Pertama, Dialog Dengan Dendi and Kisah Pelayaran ke Terengganu.  


Lutfi Hakim
Research Lead

Lutfi has worked in various communication roles that spanned across corporate, political, and crisis campaigns. He was also involved in creative and content-related initiatives and collectives on human rights and environmental issues. His areas of interest include political thought and movements in Southeast Asia, community-based organisations, and digital media use in the region. Lutfi graduated with a Masters degree in International Political Communication from the University of Sheffield, and a Bachelor of Communication degree from RMIT University. 

Elida Izani
Programme Executive

Elida graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a degree in Sociology. As an Associate Editor of Sojourners, UBC’s undergraduate sociology journal, Elida championed papers from underrepresented voices and diverse topics. As a student researcher at the UBC Learning Exchange, she developed and conducted an ethnographic study with a colleague, which involved vulnerable populations from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.



Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin
Islamic Finance, Economics

Hafiza Nur Adeen Nor Ahmad
Terrorism, Political Violence

Marwan Bukhari A Hamid
Islamic Law, Islamic Political Thought

Dr Matteo Vergani
Political Science, Political Sociology

Dr Nazli Aziz
Policy Studies, Southeast Asian Studies

Dr Sivin Kit
Religion & Ethics

Tadzrul Adha
Elections & Democracy

Dr Tan Kit Aun
Psychometrics, Research Methodology

Vilashini Somiah
Migration & Border Studies

Ustaz Wanji Wan Hussin



Dr Siti Irma Ismail

Dr Siti is a trained clinical psychologist and attached to the Psychiatry Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Utilizing predominantly cognitive and behavioural approaches, she provides psychological intervention and psychometric assessment for adults and children. Her main interest is in implications of depression, anxiety and other common mental disorders and stress-related problems at both the individual and societal level. Dr Siti earned her PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of London.