H.H. Tunku Zain  Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz

H.H. Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz


Malaysia

H.H. Tunku Zain ‘Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz is the founding president of Malaysia’s first libertarian think tank, the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS). A graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained a degree in Government and Sociology, and a Master’s in Comparative Politics and Imperial History, H.H. Tunku Zain has previous experience at London-based think tanks. He worked as a parliament researcher at the House of Commons before moving to Washington, DC to serve at the World Bank as a public-sector consultant, followed by work as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore. Returning to Malaysia, in 2010 H.H. Tunku Zain partnered with two friends to establish IDEAS, an economic and public-policy research non-profit organisation that has contributed towards policy making in Malaysia by promoting solutions to public-policy challenges. He is a regular columnist in several local newspapers, where he shares his thoughts on public policies and speaking out for a better Malaysia. H.H. Tunku Zain is a trustee of Yayasan Chow Kit, Yayasan Munarah and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, and was recently appointed the first Pro-Chancellor of UCSI University. Outside the think-tank and public-policy world, Tunku Zain is a great champion of the arts. The accomplished pianist, who is a patron of Hands Percussion and the Euroasia Association of Performing Arts, previously collaborated with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to revitalise the state anthem of Negeri Sembilan.