Who We Are


Board of Trustees


Tan Sri Datuk Dr Kamal Salih

Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Kamal Salih, born in 1946, graduated with B.A. (Hons) (Tan Monash) and PhD (Uni. Pennsylvania) in 1973. Served Universiti Sains Malaysia between 1973-85 as Professor, Dean and Deputy VC (Academic). He was the founding Executive Director of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) 1986-1994. As a policy advisor Tan Sri Kamal was a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Panel in 1981-86, the Malaysian Business Council 1991-1996, and acted as the Rapporteur-General of the first National Economic Consultative Council, MAPEN1 1989- 1991. In 1992 he established the first private medical college in Malaysia, the International Medical University (IMU) and remained its Executive Chairman until 2004. On retiring from IMU, Tan Sri Kamal served as economic advisor on the National Implementation Task Force (NITF) in the Abdullah Badawi Admin 2006-08. He was elected Member of Parliament for Wangsa Maju from 1996 to 1999. In 1996 he established Yayasan Wangsa Maju now known as Yayasan Mahkota, and remains its Chairman until now. He was for a time Senior Technical Advisor at UNDP Malaysia.  He has recently returned to MIER as it’s Chairman. He is currently also Adjunct Professor of Economics and Development Studies in Asia Europe Institute Universiti Malaya. He is currently the Chairman of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER). He also will next month be assume the President of the newly formed ASG Group of Companies.

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Sulaiman MahboB

Tan Sri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob was once a career civil servant in the Malaysian Government and his last designation was the Director­‐General of Economic Planning Unit (EPU 2006 – 2009) of the Prime Minister’s Dept. During his service, he had also served in the Ministry of Finance (Economics and Budget Divisions) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs. Currently, Sulaiman serves as a member of the Board of Directors Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN). He was also a Member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal between 2014 and 2017. Sulaiman had also been the Chairman of Malaysia Investment Development Authority (2010 – 2012) and was a board member of Perbadanan Insurance Deposit Malaysia (PIDM) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for several years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Malaya (INPUMA) and University Tun Razak (UNIRAZAK) where he teaches Economics and Public Policy. Dr. Sulaiman studied economics at University of Malaya and then at the University of London, and finished his PhD at Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA. He was the President of Malaysian Economic Association throughout 2015 ­‐ 2018. Dr. Sulaiman frequently contributes articles on Economic Policy, Public Finance and Development to the local press, in particular New Straits Times (NST). He has also given lectures abroad on Malaysian Economy and Public Policy, specifically in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan and Sudan.  

Tan Sri Datuk Yong Poh Kon

He has served as a Board member of the Malaysian Productivity Corporation, Malaysian Industrial Development Authority and Bank Negara Malaysia. He was also a Member of the National Economic Consultative Council (MAPEN I and II), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and a member of the Advisory Board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. He was appointed as Co-Chair of PEMUDAH the “Special Task Force to Facilitate Business” together with the Chief Secretary of Malaysia from 2007 to 2013. In 2013, he was appointed as member of the Economic Council of the Prime Minister’s office. He is currently the Chairman of Royal Selangor International Sdn. Bhd. and GS1 Malaysia Berhad. He is a director of TAHPS Group Berhad, and RAM Holdings Berhad. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences and the Malaysian Institute of Management. Tan Sri was previously the President of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (“FMM”).

Dato' Dr M Shanmughalingam

Dato’ Dr M SHANmughalingam is Managing Director, Trilogic Sdn Bhd. He helped list six companies on Main Board, Bursa Malaysia. Ex-Director, Delloyd Ventures Bhd, Mamee Double Decker (M) Bhd, PBA Holdings Bhd, listed on Main Board, CIMB (L) Limited, CIMB Discount House Bhd, CIMB Securities Sdn Bhd, Hextar Holdings Bhd, EON, MIDF Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn Bhd, Executive Committee, MIMB, (subsidiary, MIDF, assoc. Barclays Bank Group, UK), PTD Alumni Association, Board, VIOBA Foundation, Selectors Board, Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. Managing Director, Sri Inderajaya Sdn Bhd (1992 – 96), General Manager, PETRONAS (1979 – 91), Dep. Secretary (Economic) the Treasury, Ministry of Finance (1962 – 78). Fellow, Economic Development Institute, World Bank. On invitation by Harvard University, helped design new Executive Program for Leaders in Development: Managing Economic and Political Reform developed jointly by Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass, USA. Honours (Economics), University Malaya, Masters, Harvard and DPhil, Oxford universities. At Harvard, he graduated first with eight A’s and was admitted to Ph.D. programme without formal application. Chapter on Malaysia, Laswell, (Yale) Lerner (MIT) and Montgomery (Harvard) ed. Values and Development: Appraising Asian Experience, MIT Press. Quoted in TIME Magazine cover story on Tun Dr Mahathir, Dec 9 1996. Stories and poems in 37 national and international anthologies and broadcasts. Producers from Australia and New Zealand offered to make movies of his short stories. Published with three Nobel prize-winners. Latest publication Marriage and Mutton Curry, Malaysian bestseller and audiobook by Storytel Europe.

Tan Sri Mohd Effendi Bin Norwawi

Tan Sri Effendi is currently the Chairman of Enspire Ventures, an investment holding company involved in food production, higher education, property development, construction and media.  Tan Sri Effendi was the Federal Minister of Agriculture Malaysia (1999-2004) during which time he initiated the modernization and commercialization of agriculture. His last post in Cabinet was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning Unit (EPU) (2006-2008). Effendi also served as a state assemblyman (ADUN) in Sarawak for nine years (between 1991 to 1999). He was a member of Federal Parliament from 1999 to 2004 and later a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament (2006 to 2011). He retired from politics in 2011.  Tan Sri Effendi was most recently the Executive Chairman of Encorp Berhad, a property development company he founded in 1995 and listed on the main board of the KLSE in February 2003, which he recently divested.  In media Tan Sri Effendi had collaborated with Bloomberg L.P and was Chairman of Bloomberg TV Malaysia (2014 – 2016). He also founded ntv7 in 1998, the private free-to-air TV channel that he has since divested.  Tan Sri Effendi was Executive Chairman of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), which he led for 15 years (1981-1995). He was the Chairman of Bank Utama (now part of RHB Banking Group) between 1990 and 1995 during which time he led its turnaround into one of the major banks in Malaysia then.  Tan Sri Effendi attended the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar from 1961 to 1967. Effendi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree majoring in Development Administration from the University of Tasmania. He was also conferred an Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Law from the same university in October 2000. He was made Adjunct Professor under the Faculty of Business at the University of Tasmania in November 2008.  In September 2013, Swinburne University appointed Effendi as Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Business and Design in recognition of his well-established success in Business and Property Development.  In October 2017, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysian National University) awarded him Honorary Doctorate Degree (Public and Corporate Leadership) in appreciation for his services to the development of education in the region, particularly in the area of public and corporate leadership.

Tan Sri Dato' A. Ghani Othman

Tan Sri Dato’ A. Ghani Othman is currently the Chairman of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation.  Tan Sri A. Ghani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Honours) from the La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the University of Queensland, Australia. He began his career in 1974 as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Malaya and later served as the Dean for the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya from 1980 to 1984.Tan Sri A. Ghani was appointed as a Member of the Senate in December 1984 and subsequently elected as a Member of Parliament for Ledang in August 1986. He was later appointed the Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Post, and thereafter became the Deputy Minister of Finance in 1990. In December 1993, he was appointed the Minister of Youth and Sports and served in that capacity until March 1995.  Tan Sri A. Ghani has served as the Chief Minister of Johor from March 1995 to May 2013. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johor Corporation, Sime Darby Berhad and Sime Darby Property Berhad.

Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid

Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid was the Economic Adviser to the former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.  Prior to the appointment, led the Council of Eminent Persons’ (CEP) secretariat. The Council was set up three days after the 2018 general election to advise the new Malaysian government on economic and financial issues.  He has served as consultant for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.  He had also served as a Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute, Head of Economics at the Securities Commission Malaysia and a senior analyst at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies.  He was also a Senior Technical Advisor at the UNDP Malaysia.  Dr Muhammed obtained his PhD from the Institut d’études Politiques de Paris, France, and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Malaya and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Advisory Panel

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot

Datuk Dr Pang Teck Wai

Professor Dr Bala Shanmugam

Distinguished Fellow

Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohamed Ariff

Associate Research Fellows

Professor Shahwahid Hj Othman

Dr Jean-Francois Gautrin

Professor Dato' Dr. Ahmad Zubaidi Baharumshah

Dr Khalid Abdul Hamid

Associate Professor Dr Lau Wee Yeap

Dr Hj Mohamed Thalha Hj Alithamby

Staff Members

Executive Director


  • Vacant

Deputy Director


  • Vacant

Assistant Director

Elayne Yee Siew Lin

  • elayne@mier.org.my

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Shankaran Nambiar

  • nambiar@mier.org.my

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow

Senior Research Fellow

Research Fellow

Dr Saizi Xiao

  • saizi@mier.org.my

Research Fellow

PA to Chairman

Ayesha Yusof

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