Board of Trustees

Governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees, the Foundation aims to safeguard these institutions for the purpose of providing and sustaining quality education and research for present and future generations of students.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman


Prof. Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation on 24 June 2022.


Prof. Adeeba, is the First Malaysian Appointed to Global Commission on Drug Policy in late September, 2022.


She is also currently Chair of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and Co-Chair of the WHO Science Council.


Monash University has appointed Prof. Adeeba as the University’s next Chief Executive Officer, Monash University Malaysia, and Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia), Monash University Australia, following an extensive international search process.


Prof. Adeeba will commence in the role in May 2023, joining Monash from University of Malaya (UM) in Malaysia where she is Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, and Director, Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA).


A graduate of Monash University and trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases in Melbourne, Australia, Prof. Adeeba established the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University of Malaya (UM) Medical Centre. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University and was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UM, from 2011 to 2019.


In addition to her clinical and academic commitments, Prof. Adeeba has been actively involved in the community response to HIV and AIDS in Malaysia. As convenor of the Malaysian Harm Reduction Working Group of the Malaysian AIDS Council, she led advocacy for the implementation of harm reduction measures to tackle the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Malaysia. She was President of the Malaysian AIDS Council from 2006 to 2010 and in this capacity, was involved in advocating for and overseeing the implementation of community-based HIV and AIDS programmes across the country. She remains Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, a trust that raises funds for HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes implemented by the Malaysian AIDS Council.


In 2008, Prof. Adeeba established the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) at the University of Malaya. Research activities undertaken at CERiA include clinical and basic science studies and epidemiological and socio-behavioural research focusing on key populations in Malaysia, particularly people who use drugs, prisoners and men who have sex with men.


Prof. Adeeba is a member of the WHO Science Council, UNAIDS Advisory Group and WHO Academy’s Quality Committee. Her achievements have been recognized through several national and international awards, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, Monash University, for her contributions to medicine and as a health advocate.