People at IRF

Board of Directors

Dato’ Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa

Founder and Executive Director

Ahmad Farouk Musa is an academic researcher at Monash University Malaysia and a Cardiothoracic Surgeon. 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, a Director of the Centre for Combating Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and also a Research Fellow at Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Islam – STFI Sadra, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tuan Hassan Tuan Lah @ Abdullah


Tuan Hassan Tuan Lah holds an MBA from Drake University, Iowa, USA. Formerly a Senior Lecturer with Universiti Teknologi MARA, a founding member of Multimedia University, he has spent twelve years of corporate life with Telekom Malaysia (TM) and five-year experience doing consultancy job in Saudi Arabia. He pioneered the cyber-dakwah work since 1996, using multiple platforms; mailing list, websites and blogs. He created a world famous renaissance, tajdid and fiqh materials with al-, and which was based in the UK. Since returning from the Middle East, he is now actively developing an online content for Islamic teaching and learning using Telegram apps with Universiti Islam Telegram Online (, an NGO registered with the Registry of Societies Malaysia.

Shawn Syazwan


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.

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.

Muhammad Syamil Dzulfida


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.

Office Bearers

Ehsan Shahwahid

Senior Research Fellow

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

Senior Research Fellow

Osman Softic graduated from the Faculty of Islamic studies, University of Sarajevo and obtained masters degree in international relations from the University of New South Wales. He was named ambassador for peace by the Universal peace federation and served as secretary of the Islamic council of NSW in Sydney. His career spans business and corporate sector, academic research, journalism and charitable work. He was selected to serve on Gift Fund committee with Together for Humanity Foundation in Australia. He later worked as office manager for CEO of Bosna Bank International where he coordinated Sarajevo business forum and as a research associate for Bosniak academy of science and the arts (BANU). In addition, he worked as vice president for student services at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH). His research is focused on intra Muslim discourse, Middle East politics, Islam in Southeast Asia, democratization and post Islamism. He contributed articles to various online publications such as Al Jazeera Balkans, Online Opinion, PIS Journal of politics and international studies of Ibn Sina Institute.

Imran Mohd Rasid

Research Fellow

Imran Mohd Rasid is a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Manchester and holds a Master degree from Universiti Malaya in History. He is also Research Fellow at Strategic Information & Research Development Centre, Malaysia and currently involved in a research project under European Union called ‘Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion: Bringing together European and Asian Perspectives’ (GREASE). His area of research includes critical theory, Malaysian political history, global political economy, and the phenomenon of transnational and translocal religio-political movements. He’s also the vice president of Imagined Malaysia.

Marilyn Ong Siew AI

Research Fellow

Marilyn Ong Siew Ai began her professional career as a corporate lawyer in the High Court of Malaya. When she joined the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), she finally found her vocation in the multidisciplinary fields of law, business, and society. She lectured the undergraduate courses Business Law, Corporate Governance & Ethics and Investment Law and the postgraduate Corporate Master of Business Administration course, Law for Managers, in the Faculty of Economics & Business, University Sarawak Malaysia. She was appointed Founding President, Association of Business Scholars, East Malaysia, Founding Managing Editor, Journal of Business & Society, and as Research Leader, Corporate Governance Research Group. She is also active in social entrepreneurship & indigenous community development work.

Hazman Baharom

Research 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.

Ahmad Muziru Idham

Program Officer

Ahmad Muziru Idham is a graduate of International Studies at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and holds a Master degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in International Relations. 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.

Dr Maryam Zakiah

Advocacy Officer

Maryam Zakiah is an 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.

Mohd Hazim Kamaludin

Executive Officer

Ahmad Hazim Kamaludin obtained his bachelor degree in Administrative Science and Policy Study from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He has represented UiTM in the International Brunei Borneo VIII (KAIBVIII) Conference in 2015 and has a keen interest in public policy, social change and youth empowerment.

Shuhaib Ar Rumy


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.

Dr Fuad Nurhadi


Fuad Nurhadi is an 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.

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).

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.

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 graduate of 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.