Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is the first holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair for a two year period starting 2007. He is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

He was also a Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was also the Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Professor Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organisation aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years, Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalisation, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as a Director of the Earth Institute, leads a large-scale effort to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.

In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high level civilian honor bestowed by the Indian Government in 2007. Professor Sachs formally lectures around the world and was the 2007 BBC Reith Lecturer. He is the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times, best seller The End of Poverty (Penguin, 2005). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently, as Director of the Center for International Development.

Professor Sachs is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his M.A and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively. He joined the Harvard faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1980, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and Full Professor in 1983.

Dr. Muhammad Ikmal Mohd Said

Dr. Muhammad Ikmal Mohd Said received his PhD in Sociology from University Malaya. He also holds an MA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. His specialties are Nationalism and ethnic relations, Sociology of Development, managing educational institutions and managing bright young talents under educational sponsorship. He was the Director of CPDS during November 2014 – November 2015.

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Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari

Professor Dr. Fatimah Kari received her PhD in Economics from Mississippi State University, USA. She also holds an MA from the University of Leiscester, UK. Her research has focused on poverty issues in Malaysia, in particular exploring the role of food price rise, subsidy reform and energy price escalation. She has also carried out field investigation into the livelihood choices of Orang Asli communities in peninsular Malaysia. She was the Director of CPDS during 2011 – March 2014.

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Professor Dr. Sulochana Nair

Professor Dr. Sulochana Nair received her doctoral degree in Economics from University of Sussex. She has conducted extensive research in the fields of poverty, labour, gender and rural development. In addition to providing policy inputs to the government, Professor Dr. Nair is also involved in teaching, consultancy, training and capacity building programmes. She has undertaken numerous research projects focusing on poverty groups and has been involved in formulating Master Plans for the rubber industry, rural entrepreneurs, fishermen and the rural sector. She has also been involved in research and training projects with international agencies and has worked on Central Asia and Cambodia. She was the founding director for the CPDS, a position she held until January 2011.