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CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) in collaboration with ASEAN Business Club (ABC) held a roundtable discussion on 30th August 2016, with a theme on South China Sea ruling and repercussion : How geopolitics impact ASEAN integration. Speakers of the roundtable include, Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, Chairman of CARI and President of the ASEAN Business Club, Professor Anthony Milner, Visiting Professor of Centre for ASEAN Regionalism and University of Malaya, Professor Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Ahmad, Deputy Vice Chancellor of HELP University, and Bunn Sri Na Nagara, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia.

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Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid

Chairman, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute President, ASEAN Business Club

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Tan Sri Dr. Munir is the Chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and the president of ASEAN Business Club (ABC). He is also the Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd, and has been on its board since 2008. He obtained his B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1971, and his PhD in International Relations in 1978. He taught at the Department of International Relations in LSE from1972-1975, and was an analyst for Daiwa Europe NV in London from 1975-1978.

On his return to Malaysia at the end of 1978, Tan Sri Dr. Munir joined The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) as a lead writer and progressed to become its Group Editor. He left The NST in 1986 to become the CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS), which then became Commerce International Merchant Bankers, the genesis of today’s CIMB Group. He left CIMB in 1993 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia to set up the Securities Commission and became its first Executive Chairman until 1999. He continued with his illustrious career, serving in various capacities, including as Chairman of both Celcom and Malaysia Airlines System at different times. He was the founder and President of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (2003-2008), and was the chairman of its Advisory Council. Dr. Munir, an Honorary Fellow, is Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS (Centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy).


Professor Anthony Milner

Visiting Professor, Centre for ASEAN Regionalism, University of Malaya Professorial Fellow and International Director, Asialink (University of Melbourne) Advisor, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute

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Anthony Milner is an historian specializing on Southeast Asia (particularly Malaysia and Indonesia) and regional relations. He was Director of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences project on ‘Australian-Asian Perceptions’ and spent ten years as Dean of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is Co-Chair of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Relations in the Asia Pacific and International Director and Board Member at Asialink (University of Melbourne). He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya.

He has held visiting appointments at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the National University of Singapore (as Raffles Professor), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Humboldt University, Kyoto University, the National University of Malaysia and ISIS Malaysia (as Tun Hussein Onn Chair). He has served on a range of Australian government advisory councils and is a frequent media commentator on regional issues.


Professor Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Ahmad

Deputy Vice Chancellor, HELP University

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Dato’ Dr. Zakaria Bin Ahmad is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of HELP University. He started his career at the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, upon graduating from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) He was a teaching fellow at McMaster University, Canada from 1970-1971, where he completed his Master’s degree. Dr Zakaria joined Universiti Malaysia after completing his Master’s degree. He later taught at the University of Malaya from 1972-1973. Subsequently he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue his PhD.

Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Zakaria was appointed Head and Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia between 1978-1983. From 1983-1985 Dr. Zakaria was Deputy Director-General (Studies) at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) in Malaysia. In 1987 he returned to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Dr Zakaria was the incumbent of the Tun Abdul Razak Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University from 2001 to 2003.


Bunn Sri Na Nagara

Senior Fellow, The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

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Mr. Bunn Nagara is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, a press columnist and a commentator on contemporary strategic issues. He was Associate Editor and Foreign Editor of Star Publications (Malaysia), Consultant Editor at Moderation Monitor journal, Senior Analyst and Visiting Fellow at ISIS, Research Fellow at ISEAS (Singapore) and ASEAN Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (Tokyo).

He held senior editorial posts at New Straits Times and New Sabah Times newspapers as well as TV3 News, was Editor of New Voice of Asia journal, Contributing Editor of South Review magazine, analyst at Malaysian Industry and Asian Defence Journal as well as ABC (Australia) Radio, and guest commentator on Asiaweek magazine and Aljazeera television. For covering the 1986 People Power Revolution in the Philippines, he received an NUJ citation and a Medal of Honor nominated independently by Philippine media and church leaders.

Mr Nagara has published in Race and Class, The Indonesian Quarterly, Contemporary South-East Asia and Thinking ASEAN journals besides the Asian press. He co-authored Agents of Peace: Public Communication and Conflict Resolution in an Asian Setting (Jakarta, 2004), Regional Order in East Asia: ASEAN and Japan Perspectives (Tokyo, 2007), and The Rise of China: Perspectives from Asia and Europe (New Delhi, 2008).

He has contributed to undergraduate, civil/public service and journalism courses and served as tutor and lecturer at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College. He graduated from Southampton University and obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma from Uppsala University. He is a life member of the Malaysian Social Science Association and the Malaysian Association for American Studies. His research interests cover South-East Asia, ASEAN Community, South China Sea, national/regional security and defence issues, East Asian integration, China, developing world, Gulf region, global power blocs and major power relations.