MARITIME INSTITUTE OF MALAYSIA

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Researchers

Centre Head

Sumathy Permal

Position: Fellow (F) Centre Head - Maritime Security and Diplomacy
Email: sumathy@mima.gov.my

Qualifications

  • M.A. (Strategic and International Relations), University of Malaya
  • B. A. (International Relations) (Hons), University of Malaya

Research Interest

  • Strategic and Defense
  • Governance in Straits of Malacca
  • Maritime Security

Overview

Sumathy Permal is a Fellow and Head of Maritime Security and Diplomacy, with the Maritime Institute of Malaysia. Ms. Permal’s research areas are on geo-politic and geo-strategic in the Asia Pacific and maritime security issues in the Indo Pacific. Sumathy Permal is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs Australia and Associate Member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. She was also the International Expert Panel for National Bureau of Asian Research and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA on Maritime Awareness Program, 2016. She is a Profession Fellow On- Demand Exchange Program by the U.S. Department of State for Think-Tank in Asia and in the East Asian International Relations (EAIR) Caucus, a Network for Researchers Studying Scholarly and Policy Issues in Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.

Fellow (F) Centre Head - Maritime Security and Diplomacy

Cheryl Rita Kaur

Position: Centre Head - Straits of Malacca
Email: cheryl_rk@mima.gov.my

Qualifications

  • MSc (with Merit) in Marine Science, Policy and Law
    National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • BSc (Hons.) Marine Biology, University Malaysia Terengganu
  • Diploma in Multilateral Environmental Agreements, University of Eastern Finland

Research Interest

  • Marine Pollution
  • Marine Protected Areas Management
  • Natural Resources
  • Marine Tourism

Overview

Cheryl Rita is Head of the Centre for Straits of Malacca. Her research and consultancy focus has been extensive, particularly in ocean governance, natural resources, marine protected areas management, and marine pollution at national, regional, and international platforms. Among her experiences include an attachment to the government Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in Lowestoft, UK, for research on spatially managed areas, an Asian Conservation Fellowship award from the Earthwatch Institute of Australia, the JICA Programme for Young Leaders in Japan, Visiting Scientist at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, and country representative under the International Leadership Programme to the US on Coastal and Marine Management for emerging leaders.

She completed an Interdisciplinary Certificate on Ocean Governance focused on Policy, Law, and Management, at the International Ocean Institute, Dalhousie University in Canada in 2015. Subsequently, she gathered a Certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, and a Certificate in Economics of Climate Change Adaptation at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok in 2018.

She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS) of University Malaysia Terengganu, and served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the China-ASEAN College of Marine Sciences, Xiamen University Malaysia, on integrated coastal zone management.

Centre Head - Straits of Malacca

Huda Mahmoud

Position: Centre Head - Maritime Economics and Industries
Email: huda@mima.gov.my

Qualifications
Master of Public Policy (MPP), University Malaya
BA (Hons.) Journalism, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Research Interest

  • International laws and conventions
  • Shipping laws

Overview
Huda Mahmoud is the Centre Head and Senior Researcher at MIMA’s Centre for Maritime Economics and Industries. With experience from her Master in Public Policy and Management and Journalism degree, she has delved into various research involving policy interventions. Her research experience includes investigations into shipping laws and draft legislation activities. She is also the editor of several MIMA publications.

Centre Head - Maritime Economics and Industries

Nurul Ashikin Zakaria

Position: Centre Head (Acting) - Coastal and Marine Environment
Email: ashikin@mima.gov.my

Qualifications

  • Master of Sustainability Science, University Malaya
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Research Interest

  • Conservation and Responsible Use of Wetlands (RAMSAR)
  • Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Management
  • Fisheries Policies
  • Citizen Science

Overview

Ashikin is a Senior Researcher at the Maritime Institute of Malaysia. She has been exposed to marine environment policy research such as conservation and responsible use of wetlands (RAMSAR), harmful algal bloom management, fisheries policies in Malaysia, and fisheries protection at the South China Sea. She was also involved with many community and outreach programs, coordinated and engaged with training workshops to foster marine debris. She participated in the China-ASEAN Academy on Ocean Law and Governance training program in Hainan, China

Centre Head (Acting) - Coastal and Marine Environment
Researchers

Jalila Abdul Jalil

Position: Senior Researcher - Director of Research Office
Email: jalila@mima.gov.my

Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons.), Glamorgan
  • Diploma in Law of the Sea, Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy

Research Interest

  • Law of The Sea
  • Maritime Boundaries Issues
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Legal Matters Pertaining to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Conventions

Overview

Jalila Abdul Jalil is a Senior Researcher with the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) and has previously served with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. She graduated with an LL.B (Hons) Bachelor of Laws from the University of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom and is an alumni of the Rhodes Oceans Scholar in Law of the Sea, Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy. She is also a Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Inns of Court, London.

Her research interests include public international law matters, law of the sea, maritime boundaries issues, disputes settlement, and legal matters pertaining to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Conventions.

Senior Researcher - Director of Research Office

Cdr. Ang Chin Hup (R)

Position: Senior Researcher - Director of Research Office
Email: angch@mima.gov.my

Qualification

Master of Science in Engineering Business Management, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Business, RMIT University in Australia
Balanced Scorecard Course, United States
Resource Management Course, Canada

Research Interest

  • Maritime economics
  • Transportation
  • Maritime connectivity
  • Geopolitics

Overview

Commander (Cdr) Ang Chin Hup (R) is the Senior Researcher, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA). Cdr Ang is a former naval officer with the Royal Malaysia Navy (RMN), which included several years with Ministry of Defence and a year’s stint with the United Nations at The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) from 2010 to 2019. As a maritime economist, he spoke in international conferences both in Malaysia and abroad. He presented topics on transportation connectivity for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam – Thailand (CLMV-T) countries organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in Bangkok, Yangon and Vientiane and regularly invited as a speaker for APEC, IORA.

Senior Researcher - Director of Research Office

Nurfatin Wahida Puspa

Position: Researcher - COASTAL AND MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Email: nurfatin@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Shipping and ports operation and management
  • Technological development (IR 4.0)
  • Logistics and supply chain components
Researcher - COASTAL AND MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Mazlinawati Abdul Majid

Position: Researcher - Maritime Economics and Industries
Email: mazlina@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Maritime Economics
  • Smart Port & Maritime Ecosystem
  • Malaysia & Global Maritime Trade
Researcher - Maritime Economics and Industries

Zulhilmi Mohd Nizam

Position: Researcher - Ocean Law and Policy
Email: zulhilmi@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Area Beyond National Jurisdiction
  • International Law in Managing Refugees at Sea
  • Environmental and Marine Resources Law
Researcher - Ocean Law and Policy

Jeslyn Tan

Position: Researcher - Maritime Security and Diplomacy
Email: jeslyn@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • ASEAN-Major Power Relations
  • Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific
  • Regional Multilateralism
  • Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Researcher - Maritime Security and Diplomacy

Alif Imran Hidayat

Position: Researcher - Maritime Security and Diplomacy
Email: alif@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Southeast Asian Maritime Security Affairs
  • International Organisations and Regional Security Institutions
  • ASEAN-Major Power Relations
Researcher - Maritime Security and Diplomacy

Nurul ‘Atiqah Rosnan

Position: Researcher - Maritime Economics and Industries
Email: atiqah@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Trading Economics
  • Maritime Economics
  • Maritime Law

 

Researcher - Maritime Economics and Industries

Puteri Arlis Tsharina

Position: Researcher - Coastal and Marine Environment
Email: arlis@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Marine Conservation
Researcher - Coastal and Marine Environment

Raaga Manjari Annathurai

Position: Researcher - Ocean Law and Policy
Email: raaga@mima.gov.my
Researcher - Ocean Law and Policy

Muhamad Dom Din

Position: Research Assistant - Maritime Economics and Industries
Email: dom@mima.gov.my

Research Interest

  • Ship Financing
  • Ship Building & Ship Repair
  • Statistical & Data Collection
Research Assistant - Maritime Economics and Industries
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