The Team

Cynthia Gabriel

Cynthia Gabriel

Cynthia Gabriel, is easily recognized as a key human rights advocate in Malaysia. She has spent most of her professional life in the field of advancing and promoting human rights, good governance and democratic freedoms. Cynthia has also worked on UN contractual research work in the area of migrant and refugee research and their vulnerabilities towards HIV/ AIDS. Much of her time has been devoted to building and shaping the work of leading human rights advancements in Malaysia and across the globe. In recognition of this she was elected Vice President of the global advocacy group, the Paris based International Federation for Human Rights (2004-2009), and has recently set up a policy centre called the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

Ahmad Farouk

Ahmad Farouk Musa

Ahmad Farouk Musa was a trained cardiothoracic surgeon and an ardent researcher who had presented his work across Asia and Europe. He is the founder and Director of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), an intellectual movement and a think tank focusing on youth empowerment and promotion of intellectual discourse and reformation. He is also a Vice-Chairman of BERSIH 2.0, a powerful coalition of civil societies promoting clean and fair elections. He works for the promotion of democracy and establishment of civil society and had delivered talks related to Islam at the national and international conferences.

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun

Tan Sri Simon Sipaun held senior positions in the Sabah State Civil Service, including the State Training Officer, the Permanent Secretary of Local Government, Ministry of Communications and Works, Ministry of Finance, the Secretary of Natural Resources and Deputy Secretary of State. His last position before retirement was State Secretary from 1988 to 1993. From October 1993 to November 2003, he was Chairman of the Sabah State Civil Service Commission. He was appointed as the Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), by the Yang di Pertuan Agong on April 24, 2000 and was elected as Vice Chairman of SUHAKAM on October 13, 2003.

Richard YW Yeoh

Richard Y. W. Yeoh

Richard Y. W. Yeoh has 26 years' international corporate and banking experience in Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa and the U.S. Former Petaling Jaya City Councillor (2008-2013). Former Executive Director of Transparency International Malaysia (2006-2008). Active since 2003 in initiatives and advocacy work pertaining to democratic reform, corporate governance and transparency in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Recent involvements include the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC), the Steering Committee of the Initiative toward the formation of the Inter-faith Commission of Malaysia (IFC), the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Good Governance and Bersih Coalition for electoral reform in Malaysia.

Zaharom Nain

Zaharom Nain

Professor Zaharom (`Rom') Nain teaches in both the BA in International Communication and the MA in Cultural Studies programmes at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He is on the advisory board of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia, and has been a consultant to the Geneva-based United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research (MIER).His background and research interests are in the sociology of communications and the political economy of the media.