Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Vice Chairman
Wan Saiful Wan Jan is the Past Chairman of IDEAS Academy. He is also Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) a public policy think tank in Malaysia, Director of the Southeast Asia Network for Development and Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty. Additionally, he is also a member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia; member of the Advisory Board of the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics, History and International Relations, and a Governor at Rafflesia Education. In August 2015, he was appointed as a member of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, following the Prime Minister’s announcement to set up the group.
He lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he served several organizations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is now a columnist for The Star, a national newspaper in Malaysia. He also writes for several other national and regional press. His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.