People at IRF
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 is also a columnist for Harakahdaily and Malaysiakini. He was a founding member of the Muslim Professionals Forum and is now an active member of the steering Committee for BERSIH 2.0, a coalition for free and fair elections.
Rizqi Mukhriz is a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Chambers. He earned his law degree with Honours at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) in 2007. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same discipline at the National University of Malaysia.
Fadiah Nadwa Fikri
Fadiah Nadwa Fikri is a human rights lawyer. She is currently practicing law at Messrs Daim & Gamany. She is co-founder of Lawyers For Liberty, a human rights and law reform NGO based in Malaysia. She is also secretariat member of SUARAM, one of the leading civil and political rights advocacy NGOs in Malaysia.
Ahmad Fuad Rahmat
Ahmad Fuad Rahmat is the managing editor for www.projekdialog.com, Malaysia’s leading online venue for critical interfaith and intercultural discussions in Bahasa. He is also a co-ordinator at the Centre for Independent Journalism and a co-host for Night School, a show on BFM radio that explores fundamental concepts in the humanities and the social sciences. He was trained in political philosophy.
Ehsan Shahwahid graduated from Universiti Tenaga Nasional with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has conducted research for public and private institutions on various socio-economic and public policy issues. He maintains a keen interest in the progressive Islamic discourse in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Khalid Mohd Ismath
Khalid Mohd ismath is a well-known students’ activist. He completed the foundation studies in Law at UiTM Kedah and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Political Science at the Open University Malaysia. He was a student leader of KAMI – Independent Undergraduate Activists Group – under Malaysian Students Solidarity (SMM) and involved in issues affecting students’ rights such as academic freedom and the abolishment of study loan under PTPTN – National Higher Education Fund Corporation.
Fuad Nurhadi is currently a final year medical student pursuing his MBBS at Monash University. 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.
Muhammad Anas Danial Ismail
Muhammad Anas Danial Ismail holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany. During his studies, he was actively involved in student and community activism, focusing on religious, immigrant and minority affairs. He currently works as an executive at PETRONAS Chemicals Group Bhd.
Dr Ahmad Adli Arifin
Ahmad Adli Arifin is a medical officer at Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban. A graduate of Monash University, he has been an active member of the Islamic Renaissance Front since its inception.
Fakhrul Anwar Hussin
Fakhrul Anwar is a system administrator with more than 10 years of experience in e-mails, SAN storage and network monitoring. He graduated with a degree in computer science from University Putra Malaysia and is currently a staff at University Of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus.
Inda Hanum Samsi
Inda Hanum Samsi graduated with degrees in naval architecture and Islamic studies from the University of Michigan. She currently works in Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad. She maintains a keen interest in gender studies and Islamic jurisprudence.
Tuty Ashikin Abu Bakar
Tuty Ashikin graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration. She currently works as an IT consultant at a local telecommunications company. She maintains a keen interest in issues of gender in Islam.
Muhammad Adli Musa
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Imran Mohd Rasid
Imran Mohd Rasid is now a second year student of Politics,Philosophy and Economy studies at the University of Manchester. He is also the co-founder of the Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda (Open University for the Youths) group,which provides platform for intellectual discourses among the Malaysian university students around the world and has actively organizing street intellectual discussions with various groups and organizations in Malaysia.
Hazman Baharom is a final year student in Economics and Social Studies at The University of Manchester, UK. He is also the co-founder of Universiti Terbuka Anak Muda (Open University for the Youths) group.
Muhammad Nazreen Jaafar
Muhammad Nazreen Jaafar is a student of economics at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak. He works as a columnist for Roketkini.com and was appointed as a youth ambassador for the Malaysian Branch of Amnesty International in 2011. He is actively involved in local discussions on human rights and contemporary Islamic thought.
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.
Research Fellow, Abduh Study Group
Marwan Bukhari earned his diploma in Syariah and tahfiz studies from Darul Quran in 2011, after which he began his bachelor’s in Syariah with emphasis on the principles of jurisprudence at Yarmouk University, Jordan where he currently resides. He has been an active member of various student organizations throughout his academic career, including the youth wing of Malaysia’s Association of Ulamas.
Mohd Syazreen Abdullah
Research Fellow, Abduh Study Group
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.