CARI draws on the expertise of leaders in their respective fields from diverse backgrounds to shape our research initiatives.


Senior Fellows

Yang Amat Mulia Tunku
Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni
Tuanku Muhriz

Founding President
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)

Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, more popularly known as Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz, is the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia. He was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, Marlborough College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his BSc in Government and Sociology and MSc in Comparative Politics and Imperial History.


YBhg Dato’ Ooi Sang Kuang

Chairman, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation
Chairman, Cagamas Holding Cagamas Berhad
Former Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

Dato’ Ooi Sang Kuang is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyClear), Cagamas Holdings and Cagamas Berhad. Ooi is also an independent non-executive Director at OverseaChinese Banking Corporation Limited, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad.



Prof Dr. Jörn Dosch

Professor of International Relations
Acting Head of the School of Arts and
Social Sciences Monash University,
Sunway Campus, Malaysia

Prof Dr. Jörn Dosch previously held the chair of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds where he was also Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, one of the largest university departmetns of its kind in Europe. He began his acedemic career in the early 1990s as a lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Mainz Germany, before moving to Stanford University as Fulbright Scholar later in the same decade.


Pauline Loong

Managing ​Director, ​Asia-Analytica

Pauline Loong has earned an outstanding reputation as among the best-informed analysts of China’s political economy. She authors the well-known “Loong on China” newsletter which has won accolades for its perceptiveness as well as its meticulous research and reliability.




Hanim Hamzah
Ms. Hanim Hamzah

Senior Fellow (Legal),
CIMB ASEAN Research Institute and
Regional Managing Partner,
ZICO Law network

Hanim is currently the Regional Managing Partner of the ZICO Law network and also leads the Corporate M&A practice group at Roosdiono & Partners. Her portfolio covers major infrastructure project financing, M&A deals in aviation, banking, insurance, mining, oil and gas, plantations, and property. She is also well-versed in cross-border securitisation deals, structured financial products, and Islamic finance.


Dr. Sufian Jusoh
Dr. Sufian Jusoh

Deputy Director and Professor, International Trade and Investment, Institute of Malaysia and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Dr. Sufian is currently the Deputy Director and Professor of International Trade and Investment at the Institute of Malaysia and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Sufian is the Chairs of the ASEAN Integration Grand Challenge for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also plays a key role in the reform of the investment laws in Myanmar, Timor Leste, Laos and the Federated States of Micronesia.


Chandran Nair

Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

Chandran Nair is the Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT). A bio-chemical engineer by training, Chandran was the Asia Pacific Chairman for a leading global consulting firm until 2004, and was responsible for opening offices in over 12 countries and establishing Asia as the business’s most successful region. 


Paolo Vergano
Paolo R. Vergano

Partner at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers

Mr. Paolo R. Vergano is a partner at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers in Brussels, Belgium and Singapore. His practice focuses on international trade law (World Trade Organization (WTO) law, dispute settlement and trade negotiation in the areas of agriculture, services and non-tariff barriers (NTBs) such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade).


Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Bambang Irawan

Senior Research Fellow,
CIMB ASEAN Research Institute

Dr. Bambang Irawan was formerly an Assistant Director at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia. His portfolio covered cooperation and initiatives under the ASEAN finance integration. In his capacity, he coordinated activities and initiatives under financial services liberalisation, capital account liberalisation, capital market development, insurance and taxation.