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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”.


  • Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

  • Fellow, The Academy of Sciences Malaysia

  • Former CEO, Langkawi Development Authority, Ministry of Finance

  • Past Member, United Nations International Resource Panel

Recent Publications:

Hezri, A.A. (2020). 'Policy Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development in Malaysia: A Reflection'. In: Indrawan, M. et al (ed.), Civic Engagement in Asia. Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia; Jakarta.

Hezri, A.A. (2019). 'Urbanization and Multiple-Scales Environmental Challenges in Malaysia'. In: Padawangi, R. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia. Routledge; London.

Hezri, A.A. and M. Kwa. (2018). 'Resources Nexus: The Importance for Asia and the Role of Institutions'. In: Marsden, T (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Nature. Sage Publisher; London.

Hezri, A.A. and N.M. Dom. (2017). 'Customising Integrated Water Resources Management at the River Basin Level'. HTCKL and UNESCO; Kuala Lumpur.

Hezri, A.A. (2016). 'The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future'. Areca Books; Penang, 240 pages.

Hezri, A.A. (2015). 'Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainable Development Policies'. In: Weiss, M.H. (Ed.), Handbook on Contemporary Malaysia. Routledge; New York.

Hezri, A.A. and W. Hofmeister. (2012). 'Towards a Green Economy: In Search of Sustainable Energy Policies for the Future'. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Singapore, 175 pages.

Hezri, A.A. & R. Ghazali. (2011). 'A Fair Green Economy? Studies of Agriculture, Energy and Waste Initiatives in Malaysia. Occasional Paper Two: Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development'. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; Geneva.

Dovers, S.R. and A.A. Hezri. (2010). 'Institutions and Policy Processes: The Means to the Ends of Adaptation'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.  Vol.1(2): 212-231.

Hezri, A.A. and S.R. Dovers. (2006). 'Sustainability Indicators, Policy and Governance. Ecological Economics'.  Vol. 60(1): 86-99.

Hezri, A.A. and M.Nordin Hasan, (2004). 'Management Framework for Sustainable Development Indicators in the State of Selangor, Malaysia'. Ecological Indicators, Vol. 4 (4): 287-304.