People at IRF

Dato’ Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa

Chairman and Director

Ahmad Farouk Musa is an academician at Monash University and a cardiothoracic surgeon. As an ardent researcher, he has presented his work at prestigious conferences across Asia and Europe. He is actively involved in civil society and the emerging discourse on post-Islamism. He was a Vice Chairman of BERSIH 2.0, a powerful coalition promoting free and fair election and a founding member of the Muslim Professionals Forum. He is currently a Commissioner at the Commonwealth Initiative for the Freedom of Religion or Belief (CIFoRB) based in Westminster, London and also a Director of the Centre for Combating Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

Rizqi Mukhriz

Secretary General

Rizqi Mukhriz is a lawyer by training and a qualified Advocate and Solicitor after obtaining his LLB (Hons) from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and LL.M (International Law) from the National University of Malaysia. He later served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Chambers. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Ehsan Shahwahid

Program Manager

Ehsan Shahwahid is a social researcher. He attended Islamic religious studies at community and national schools, before completing his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and recently completed his Master Degree from National University Malaysia (UKM) in Sociology and Anthropology, with a focus on Religion. He was a fellow with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) in 2014 to promote freedom of religion. He is committed to the study of relations between religion and society and realizes the need for a more sophisticated understanding and approach among scholars in dealing with the problems and challenges relating to religion towards progress and development of all human societies.

Osman Softic

Research Fellow

Osman Softic is a graduate of the Faculty of Islamic Studies (FIN) at the University of Sarajevo and has a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He was the President of the Bosnian Islamic Council of Australia and was a Secretary of the Islamic Council of New South Wales (ICNSW) and named the Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). He also writes commentaries on Middle Eastern and Islamic Affairs for the web portal Al Jazeera Balkans.

Elma Berisha

Senior Fellow

Elma is an alumni of International Islamic University Malaysia. She is a social researcher, psychologist by training, data-scientist by profession. In the past decade, Elma has worked with a wide spectrum of public institutions in Malaysia including top universities, international organisations, and professional bodies. Until 2015, she was the Regional Manager for Consumer Research and Public Perceptions in Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan. Her key focus was on the evaluation of public perceptions in Malaysia and Singapore, primarily monitoring issues of public safety, corruption, and urban development. Her main interest is on contemporary Islamic thought.

Dr Fuad Nurhadi

Fellow

Fuad Nurhadi is a MBBS graduate from Monash University and currently a Medical Officer at University Malaya Medical Centre. He maintains a keen interest in leadership and neuroscience and has attended multiple conferences pursuant to the role of youth empowerment in the cultivation of leaders.

Hazman Baharom

Fellow

Mohamad Basil Hazman Baharom is a graduate in Economics and Social Studies from the Universit of Manchester, UK. He is also one of the co-founders of Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda (Open University for the Youths), a Malaysian intellectual movement that organizes street discussions, seminars and open weekly classes on economics and philosophy.

Shuhaib Ar Rumy

Fellow

Shuhaib Ar Rumy Ismail is a hāfiz, a graduate of Darul Qur’an, an established centre for creating huffaz – people who completely memorized the entire Qur’an. He then pursued his degree in Biotechnology from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). Shuhaib maintains a keen interest in democracy, social justice, and intellectualism and is actively engaged with multiple discourses on youth empowerment in Malaysia.

Muhammad Syamil Dzulfida

Fellow

Muhammad Syamil Dzulfida is a Civil Engineering graduate from University of Malaya and is currently a Civil and Structure Engineer at a Consultant firm. As an active member of Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM), he has engaged in various kind of social and intellectual activities. He main interest is on politics, sociology and democracy.

Muhammad Adli Musa

Analyst

Muhammad Adli Musa is a fellow at the Dept of Qur’an and Sunnah at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is also currently pursuing his PhD in Hadith literature at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his first degree in electrical engineering, with Honours from University College London, and his master’s degree in Hadith literature from IIUM. He also holds a certificate in Arabic language from the Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

Wan Aiman Khudzri

Multimedia Coordinator


Wan Aiman Khudzri is a student of Bachelor of Homeopathy Medical Sciences (BHMS) at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). His interest in activism was spurred by the intellectual reformist discourse as propagated by Syeikh Rachid Ghannouchi in advancing the idea of the creation of a Civil State as opposed to the utopian Islamic State. He has a vast personal experience in photography, videography, design and multimedia. He is also an active member of Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM).

Nur Afiqah Zulkifli

Development Officer

Afiqah Zulkifli is a final year student at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Former exco member of the IIUM Students’ Representative Council, she has a keen interest in sustainable development, Islamic studies and reform ideas. She is also an alumnus of a Germany political foundation program.

Dr Maryam Zakiah

Media Officer

Maryam Zakiah is a MD graduate from USM KLE International Medical Programme,India. Inspired by the poet-philosopher Allama Muhammad Iqbal, she maintains a deep interest in Near Eastern studies on tradition especially classical Persian literature and contemporary Islamic thought.

Husan Ruzehaji

International Relations Officer

Husan Ruzehaji is a graduate in sociology from the University of Otago. His interests lie in economic sociology, world systems analysis and the sociology of religion. As an active member of the Australian Muslim community, he is actively involved in interfaith programs in both Australia and New Zealand. He currently works with the Islamic Foundation Australia.

Ahmad Salman Mohd Sulaiman

Special Tasks

Ahmad Salman holds a degree in architecture from the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He was president of IIUM’s Architectural Society for two-terms from 2003 to 2005. He is currently working in an established architectural firm in Kuala Lumpur and is actively involved in current political debates.

Shawn Syazwan

Public Relations Officer

Shawn Syazwan is a graduate in architecture from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and is currently practicing in a leading architectural firm in Kuala Lumpur as lead designer and project coordinator. Currently, he is also pursuing a master’s in 21st century Islamic thought and mosque architecture.

Lizawati Mohamed Hassan

Internal Auditor

people-lizawati Lizawati Hassan holds a Degree in Science and System Management from the National University of Malaysia. She has wide experience in managing accounts for the Asian Renaissance project under the Institute for Policy Research and Sasakawa Foundation and also School of Politicians under Konrad Adenuer Stiftung.

Ahmad Muziru Idham

Advocacy Officer

Ahmad Muziru Idham a graduate of International Studies at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). He was the Secretary General of Unimas Science Social Society for the academic year of 2013/2014. He also maintains a keen interest in international relations, politics, civil society and human rights.

Saifullah Qamar

Intern

Saifullah Qamar is a final-year law student from University of Malaya (UM). He is in the Dean’s List and is active in UM Law Faculty’s mooting scene – simulated appellate-level hearings – as a mooter and a student-coach. Saifullah has represented Malaysia in high-level mooting competitions at the international stage several times. He is also interested in politics, human rights and reforming Muslim thinking.

Dr Ahmad Nabil Amir

Head, Abduh Study Group

Ahmad Nabil Amir holds an M.A. from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and a PhD from Universiti Malaya in Usuluddin. He has written extensively on the political thought of Islamic revivalists and is at present translating Muhammad Asad’s magnum opus, The Message of the Qur’an, while pursuing his post-doctoral studies.

Mohd Syazreen Abdullah

Research Fellow, Abduh Study Group

people_ syazreen Mohd Syazreen Abdullah is a final year student at the University of Yarmouk, Jordan in the field of Theology. He is active in students’ leadership at Yarmouk University and involved in philosophical and political discourses. He is a crew member of Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda – Open University for the Youths, a platform for intellectual discourses among university students.

Muhammad Thufail Sayuti

Research Fellow, Abduh Study Group

people_sayuti Muhammad Thufail Sayuti is a student of Fiqh and Usul Fiqh at the International University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is a hāfiz from Maahad Tahfiz al-Qur’an Lorong Alif (MTALA) Jitra, Kedah; a centre known for creating huffaz – people who completely memorized the entire thirty chapters of the Qur’an. He later pursued Islamic Studies at Al-Iman University in Sana’a, Republic of Yemen for two years before enrolling into IIUM. As an active member of Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM), he has engaged in various kind of intellectual activities and maintained a keen interest in the Islamic reform agenda.