Associate Fellows


Managing Director, Zinkin Ettinger Sdn Bhd


Datuk John Zinkinis the Managing Director of Zinkin Ettinger Sdn Bhd and was the Managing Director, Corporate Governance at Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre. Before joining ICLIF, John was the CEO of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC). John was also Chairman of the UMSC Audit Committee until the end of 2009. Before joining SIDC John was Associate Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Nottingham University Business School, Malaysia Campus and director of the MBA programme with responsibility for external affairs. One of the founders of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility Malaysia (ICRM), he was Deputy Chairman, and an Exco member and the Vice President, Sustainability and Governance of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia (BCSDM).
He developed the Non-Executive Director Development Series with PwC and is a faculty member for the FIDE programme. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Working Group involved in the revisions of the Malaysian Code and the development of the Corporate Governance Blueprint 2011. He has written “What CEOs must do to succeed” published by Prentice Hall in 2003, and “Challenges in Corporate Governance: Whose business is it Anyway?” published in 2010 by John Wiley. He co-authored “Corporate Governance” with Peter Wallace, published by John Wiley in 2005 and translated into Chinese in 2008. He used to write a regular column on corporate governance for the Star, entitled “Whose business is it anyway?” and speaks regularly on corporate governance and corporate responsibility.

He has 40 years of experience in business of which 26 have been in Asia. In Hong Kong, John worked as the Chairman of the Marketing and Change Management Practices of Burson-Marsteller, as the Asia Director for Angliss Pacific, and as the Director, Business Machines, for Inchcape Pacific. Before moving to Hong Kong, John worked in London for the Inchcape Group, Rank Xerox, McKinsey and Unilever. John has a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford and an MSc in Business Administration from the London Business School.




Faculty of Law, University of Malaya


Professor Abu Bakar Munir is an internationally renowned scholar, expert and consultant on the ICT Law and Data Protection Law. He is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia and an Associate Fellow of the University of Malaya Malaysian Centre for Regulatory Studies (UMCoRS). He is also the Legal Adviser and Data Protection Consultant to the Straits Interactive Pte. Ltd., Singapore, a Senior Adviser to the Schinder Law Firm, Jakarta, a member of the Academic Advisory Council Member of the Asia Pacific Institute for Digital Economy, (APIDE) Tokyo, and a member of the Asian Privacy Scholars Network (APSN), Australia. 


Professor Abu Bakar is the author of several books; Privatization (1992), Cyberlaw: Policies and Challenges (1999), Privacy and Data Protection (2002), Internet Banking: Law and Practice (2004), and Information and Communication Technology Law: State, Internet and Information (2010), Personal Data Protection in MalaysiaLaw and Practice (2010) and Data Protection Law in Asia (2014). He speaks extensively at seminars, conferences and workshops within Malaysia and around the world including those organised/hosted by universities such as the NUS, Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, etc.  Google, Facebook, Yahoo are amongst the participants of his talks.


Professor Abu Bakar Munir has been far and wide, consulted by the governments and private entities in Malaysia and around the globe. He was appointed the Adviser to the Government of Malaysia and was instrumental in the crafting and passing of the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010. He was seconded as the IT Law Adviser and Principal Consultant to the Government of Dubai, UAE where he led an international team of consultants in developing and drafting several IT legislations to facilitate the Dubai Internet City, a multi-billion-dollar IT project. He is currently assisting the Government of Indonesia in developing the personal data protection law for the country.


He was a Council Member of the Asia Pacific Privacy Charter Council (APPCC) and the recipient of the Malaysia Cyber Security Awards (Minister’s Award) 2010 and the Malaysia Cyber Security, (Information Security Visionary of the Year) Award 2010. His other areas of specialization include the Air and Space Law, Nanotechnology Law and Policy, and Renewable Energy Law and Policy. He has published numerous articles on these subjects. His work, “Renewables: Solar Energy Needs Focus” was published in Nature in January 2016.




Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong


Dr. Bryane Michael is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law and visiting Oxford University’s Geography Department. He specialises in the design and drafting of legislation, regulations and contracts using tools from political economy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, game theory (for political incentive compatibility) and organisational theory. He has served as an advisor to 3 monarchs, 8 heads of government, over 70 cabinet-level ministers (mostly ministers of justice or finance), over 300 corporate CEOs, and trained over 6,000 senior officials world-wide.

His previous experience includes work for the World Bank and OECD (from 1995-2000) – where he advised cabinets in Bolivia and Nicaragua and helped teach courses at the Bank-Fund Joint Vienna Institute and the OECD Istanbul Centre for Private Sector Development. He taught at Oxford (roughly from 2000-2006) and since served as an economics and financial advisor to Ministries of Finance in Macedonia, Bulgaria, Russia, Turkey, other countries and legal advisor for the EU Commission (DG-Enlargement) on missions to Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries -- drafting over 15 pieces of legislation and various regulatory acts. In 2011, he taught at Columbia University and served as an advisor with one of Wall Street’s top three investment banks.

He has held Board-level directorships with several companies in the UK and Hong Kong. He holds a Series 7 (stockbroker) and Series 66 (investment advisor) license and has passed the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam. He has done his doctoral work at Harvard and Oxford in economics. He speaks English, French and Spanish and can manage in Russian and Turkish -- and is ranked in the top 1% of legal and economics scholars on the SSRN network.




Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya


Dr. Evelyn S. Devadason is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her previous positions include Head, Centre for Latin American Studies (CLAS, 15/7/2013 - 31/12/2014) and Deputy Dean (Research and Development, 9/9/2012 - 14/7/2013), Faculty of Economics and Administration. She received her Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Malaya in 2006 and M.Soc.Sci. (Economics) from the National University of Singapore in 1992. Her research focuses on international trade and regional integration. Her research work has seen print in international journals (indexed in SSCI and AHCI) such as the World Development, The China Review, India Review, The Pacific Review,  Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of International Development, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Asian Economic Journal, Global Economic Review, Singapore Economic ReviewAsia Pacific Education Review, Social Indicators Research, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence and Environment Science and Pollution Research.


She currently serves as an Associate Editor to the International Journal of Social Economics (Emerald) and a member to the Editorial Boards of two international journals, the Journal of Contemporary Asia (Taylor & Francis) and the NUST Journal of Business & Economics (National University of Sciences & Business School, Islamabad). She is also the Deputy Editor of a local journal, the Institutions and Economies, and serves as a member to the Editorial Board of another local journal, the International Journal of China Studies. She has been engaged in a number of international and local collaborative research projects, including the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions-Asian and Pacific Regional Organization (ICFTU-APRO, Singapore), Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, Japan), the Asian Development Bank (ADB, Manila), World Bank (WB, Washington DC), the Malaysian Competition Commission (MyCC, Kuala Lumpur), ERIA-UNCTAD (Economic Research Institute of East Asia  - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Jakarta), Open Economy and Trade Research Centre of Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce (People's Republic of China) and more recently Food Industry Asia (FIA, Singapore).




Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya


Dr. VGR Chandran is an Associate Professor at the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. He has also worked as a Principal Analyst of Economic and Policy Studies with Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Economics and has held positions as a consultant and research associate with several international institutions including United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Centre for Maritime Economics and Industries (Maritime Institute of Malaysia), National Science and Research Council, Malaysia, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), E-SUN Consultancy, Johor Corporation and Public Bank.


His research focuses on industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology policy, regional and industrial development and policy evaluation. He has published in Journal of Policy Modeling, Energy Policy, Applied Economics Letters, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, Innovation: Management Policy and Practice and Asian-African Journal of Economics and Econometrics. His current research projects include FDI Profiling of Malaysia with Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia University and R&D related projects with National Science and Research Council, KISTEP and NYAS. He has given invited speech at KIET, ADBI, University of Nottingham, Malaysia and many other places - locally and internationally.




Faculty of Law and Business, Australian Catholic University


Dr. May Cheong is a Senior Lecturer at the Thomas More School of Law, Australian Catholic University and also Professorial Visiting Fellow at UNSW Sydney. She was formerly Professor and Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. May has also previously practiced as a commercial litigation lawyer at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia having being admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.


May has more than twenty years experience in academia and has taught a wide range of subjects in private law including contract, property, restitution. Her current teaching units in ACU are Contract law and False or misleading conduct and economic torts where she is the National Lecturer in Charge. May has also an extensive supervisory experience having supervised at doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels.


Dr May Cheong's main research areas are contract law, commercial law, consumer law, unfair contracts and remedies. Her other research interest is competition law particularly on the legal and regulatory frameworks of competition law regimes in ASEAN member states. Her articles in these areas has been published in journals including Journal of Contract Law and World Competition.




Eng Teong & Co.


Dr. Vince holds a PhD degree with specialization in Competition Law and Policy which he obtained way back in 2009 upon a State scholarship. He was appointed as an Advisory Member to the Interim Competition Commission in 2010 prior to the formal establishment of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC). He spoke to trade associations, State development corporations, and various State chambers of commerce and industries on Competition Law in practice and the significance of compliance on many occasions. In addition, the MyCC commissioned him to prepare the draft of three Competition Law guides. He was invited by the ASEAN Secretariat to attend the first ASEAN Competition Conference held in Bali. He was a key speaker at the launch of the ASEAN Handbook on Competition Policy & Law organized by the ASEAN Secretariat. He was invited to attend the European Competition Forum hosted by the European Competition Commission, and events of the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition (AEGC). He was invited to present the newly-enacted Competition Act 2010 to the Japan Fair Trade Commission and Japan International Business Association. He was interviewed for and quoted in an article titled “Chasing Tigers” that is published in the International Bar Association’s Global Insight. He has been invited to speak on legal issues live on the national radio.


In addition to his PhD degree, he holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (with honours) from King’s College London and a Master of Laws degree in Aviation and Space Law from the Institute of Air & Space Law (IASL), McGill University in Montréal, Canada—the world capital of international civil aviation. When studying at the IASL—the world’s first and oldest institute specializing in Aviation Law—he received the Professor Masao Sekiguchi Fellowship in Air & Space Law, a prestigious fellowship for students with a high caliber and outstanding achievements in Aviation Law and Practice. At the IASL, he researched on Aviation Law relating to the Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944, Warsaw Convention 1929, Montréal Convention 1999, and national regulation of air transport, among others. While in Montréal, he participated actively in the activities of the ICAO and IATA. In addition to his academic degrees, he is a Barrister-at-Law of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, and Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.