The Team


Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Fuzi Razak

The 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. Her latest book, Holy Men, Holy Women, was recently published by SIRD Malaysia.

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.


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.

Vilashini Somiah
Head of Research

Vila  recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, she has maintained a keen interest for underrepresented narratives in Borneo and has focused a great amount of time understanding the different perspectives of these voices and their motivations. Her academic work focuses on deportation and socio-politically motivated mobility and how this impacts the way irregular migrants in Sabah engage with the Sulu Sea. She also holds two masters: a Masters in Research from the University of Malaya and another in Visual Ethnography on Southeast Asia from Ohio University. Outside of academia, she has been involved in filmmaking (Living Stateless, 2014) and published articles on ethnography and socio-political issues in Malaysia in the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The Affair, The Malay Mail Online, Students in Resistance, and the New Mandala.


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.  


Tadzrul Adha
Programme Coordinator

Tadzrul has worked for over 10 years in the field of human rights and democracy throughout the Asia region with an emphasis on refugees. On the election front, Tadzrul has served in 20 election circuits, both as core staff and as long- and short-term field analyst, with him most recently being deployed in Nepal. Tadzrul has participated in seven of The Carter Center’s election observation missions in South Sudan, Egypt, Mozambique, Myanmar, the Philippines and Nepal. At the national level, Tadzrul election works can be traced with BERSIH. At school, Tadzrul reads engineering but found his niche in humanitarian and international affairs. When not observing democracy, Tadzrul engages in community work in Malaysia.


Fatin Amalina Zaki
Programme Executive

Fatin Amalina graduated from the University of Selangor with a degree in Corporate Communications.  Before becoming the  Programme Executive at IMAN, Fatin worked at Agoda Malaysia and Traveloka as an Associate Market Manager with an extensive experience in business development. She joined IMAN in hopes of gaining more exposure in international relations studies. Outside of IMAN, Fatin manages an all female refugee football team at the Fugee School in Gombak.



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

Dr Tan Kit Aun
Psychometrics, Research Methodology

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.