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YAM Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz
Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin is the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and a newspaper columnist. He was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, Marlborough College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his BSc in Government and Sociology and MSc in Comparative Politics and Imperial History.
Tunku ‘Abidin worked in a number of London-based think tanks and the Houses of Parliament before moving to Washington DC to join the World Bank as a Public Sector Consultant. Upon returning to Kuala Lumpur in 2008, he worked at the United Nations Development Programme and a regional stakeholder management firm. Throughout, he helped to develop the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS, formerly known as the Malaysia Think Tank) which he co-founded in 2006. He was a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore from 2009 to 2010. He began writing in The Sun in 2008, The Star and Sin Chew Daily in 2011 and is currently writing in the Malay Mail, Oriental Daily and Borneo Post.
A member of the Negeri Sembilan Royal Family, Tunku ‘Abidin authored the official book for the Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar and also led a major project to revitalise the State Anthem. He is a trustee of Yayasan Chow Kit and Yayasan Munarah, an advisor or patron to several educational and cultural organisations, an honorary major in the Malaysian Territorial Army, and a committee member of the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia, the LSE Alumni Society of Malaysia and the Malaysian British Society.