Khazanah Nasional Chair

Malaysia’s initiative on improving the regulatory environment has been complemented by the establishment of UMCoRS. A generous endowment from Khazanah Nasional has resulted in the establishment of the prestigious Khazanah Nasional Chair. Additional support is provided by major regulatory authorities, foundations, corporations and individuals committed towards regulatory excellence in Malaysia and in the region. Underlying UMCoRS strategic focus is the demand for transformation of stakeholders in working towards understanding key regulatory issues and their implications, including developing strategic responses and solutions.


Prof. Dr. Rajah Rasiah

1st Holder of Khazanah Nasional Chair


Rajah Rasiah is Professor of International Development at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya. He obtained his doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University in 1992, and was a Rajawali fellow at Harvard University in 2014. He was the first holder of the Khazanah Nasional Chair of Regulatory Studies, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. He is a member of the GLOBELICS scientific board, and an advisory member of the Industrial Development Research Centre, Zhejiang University, professorial fellow at UNU-MERIT, senior research associate at the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD) at Oxford University.


His policy-oriented work includes research in several countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Among the major contributions he has made for the benefit of society include the conceptualization of technology, and its link to development, and methodologies designed to capture clustering, technological capabilities and industrial policies. In recognition of his competence the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank, International Labour Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia have commissioned the writing of several reports for guiding industrial policy in the developing economies. He was also one of the principal authors of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) 2009 flagship report, and one of the editors of the 2015 UNESCO Science Report. His research and policy work has produced over 280 publications in international journals and prestigious press.


While the prime focus of his research is on technology and international development, he has also worked extensively on foreign investment, human capital, public health and environment. He is the 2014 recipient of the Celso Furtado prize from the World Academy of Sciences for his seminal contributions in the field of social sciences.


Dr Robert Ian McEwin FAICD 

2nd Holder of Khazanah National Chair


Dr McEwin LLB (Hons 1) PhD (Australian National University) is an Australian lawyer with a PhD in Economics.   He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He specialises in ASEAN competition law and economics.   He has been an expert witness in major competition law cases in Australia and New Zealand and was foundation Director of the Centre for Law and Economics in the Law Faculty at the Australian National University in Canberra.  In 2002 the Singapore Ministry of Trade & Industry recruited him to help with the drafting of the Singapore competition law and the setting up of the Singapore Competition Commission. He then became the Commission’s first Chief Economist.  Following that he became a visiting Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and a Member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal.  He then became Visitor Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and set up Competition Consulting Asia LLP.  


He is co-General Editor of ASEAN Competition Law published by LexisNexis in loose-leaf format and edited Intellectual Property, Competition law and Economics in Asia published by Hart Publishing, Oxford in 2011.  He helped draft three of the Guidelines for the Malaysian Competition Commission and has given courses and advice to several governments in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Experts Group on Competition.  He is a Member of the Editorial Boards of the Australian Business Law Review and Compliance Insider and a Co-Editor of Competition Policy International Journal, Boston.  He was recently appointed to the Foundation Board of Advisors of the Global Antitrust Institute at the George Mason University School of Law in Washington.  He is currently writing a book Competition Law in Southeast Asia for Cambridge University Press.