Executive Director


Executive Director

Dr Hezri Adnan is the Executive Director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research. Before joining the Institute, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA, a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance) and Chairman of a number of its tourism business subsidiaries.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Malaya and previously at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Dr Hezri has also held visiting positions abroad at Kyoto University and the Australian National University. The latter is his alma mater, where he obtained his PhD in Public Policy in 2006. Hezri was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2016. Dr Hezri has also served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS).

Dr Hezri specialises in sustainable development solutions with work spanning areas such as the green economy and natural resources governance. He has consulted for international organisations such as UNDP, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNRISD and the World Bank on many issues related to the development and ESG investing challenges in the developing world. From 2015 to 2018, Hezri served as a Member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP), a UN Environment Programme expert body that focuses on strategic issues of resource scarcity and efficiency.

His past and current advisory roles include Cleared Advisor for the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industries, Board Member of the Penang Green Council and a Member of the Advisory Council for WWF Malaysia.

Dr Hezri has authored more than 100 publications. His most recent book is “The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future” and a report “An Overview Study of Water Food Energy Nexus in Malaysia”.

Executive Director's Office


Personal Assistant/Secretary

Norfaizah has been in MIER for 25 years. She is the Personal Assistant/Secretary in the Executive Director's Office. Throughout her career journey, she had contributed immensely to MIER's trajectory.




Maas has been in MIER for 26 years. He served as a dispatcher before being assigned as the chaffeur. A veteran football player and used to play for Satria Jaya FC.