Board of Directors


Dr Amran Muhammad is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Islamic and Strategic Studies Institute (ISSI) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the Southeast Asia Director of Kalam Research and Media (KRM) based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

He received BSc in Economics from University of Alabama, USA, MA in Islamic History and Philosophy of Science from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC, Kuala Lumpur) and PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK. He is currently leading the Islamic Analytic Theology (Kalam) Revival Initiative in Malaysia in collaboration with various Malaysian Universities focusing on the re-establishing analytical, logical and systematic approach to understand religion and its relations to the advancement of knowledge.

This Malaysian initiative complements the 9 year project of the Global Islamic Analytic Theology between Kalam Research and Media (KRM) and the John Templeton Foundation (USA) starting from 2013.

Prior to this, he had been selected as the Malaysian National Research Partner for the Atlas of Islamic World – Science and Innovation under the Royal Society of United Kingdom and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) from 2009-2012. While serving the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur from 1998-2013, he was Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and Deputy Director of the University Malaya’s Centre for Civilisational Dialogue.

Dr Yusri Mohamad


DR YUSRI MOHAMAD is currently the Executive Chairman of the Islamic Dakwah Foundation of Malaysia (YADIM). Dr.Yusri was a faculty member with the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) for more than 15 years. He studied at the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Perak before pursuing Civil and Shariah Law education at the IIUM and School Of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London before successfully defending his Phd thesis in Islamic Jurisprudence at the IIUM.

Dr.Yusri has also been active in leading various social and non-governmental organizations including the National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM), the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM), the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) and the Allied Coordinating Committee for Islamic NGOs (ACCIN).

Dr.Yusri has been involved since his university days as a speaker, paper presenter and trainer at various NGOs, leadership, motivational and academic seminars both local and overseas. In the same capacity, he has appeared on several television and radio programs. He has also published a number of articles and has appeared in exclusive interviews in local newspapers, magazines and journals.


AZRIL MOHD AMIN  has an honours degree in law (LLB) from the Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia and was a Chevening scholar whilst reading MA in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London in 2005. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2000 and has been practising law ever since. He has over a decade of experience in law and human rights for the Asia-Pacific region.

He is one of the founding members and directors of Himpunan Keilmuwan Islam (HAKIM) since 2012, Panel Member of the Islamic Consultative Council (2016-2018) and chairman of Human Rights Cluster of Majlis Amal Islami (under the Islamic Foundation of Malaysia) since 2014.
His involvement with civil society accelerated in 2013 when he founded and led the MuslimUPRo delegation, a coalition of 16 major Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGI), to Malaysia’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review at the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2014, he founded and became the chief executive of CENTHRA (Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy) a full-fledged research and advocacy outfit focusing on issues of Islam and Human Rights. He had since spend much of his time managing projects and establishing triadic relationships for CENTHRA, domestically and internationally.

He also writes a personal blog which is focused mainly on Islam and human rights issues.


AHMAD SHAIFUL ALWI MD NOR is a professional pharmacist by training and has over 20 years experience in business management. He obtained a BSc. (Hons) Pharmacy from Sunderland University, United Kingdom in 1994 and Master in Business Administration (MBA) from University of South Australia in 2009. His business and management exposures include retail industry, hospital management, franchise operations, marketing and product management.

He holds the position as the board member of Mandalika Malaysia Chamber of Commerce (MMCC) and was the Board Member of Koperasi Belia Islam Malaysia Berhad (KBI) from year 2006 to 2010. He also once served as the board member for various national and regional trade associations such as The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA Malaysia), ASEAN Alliance of Health Supplement Association (AAHSA), and Brunei Health Supplement Association (BruHSA). He represented the ASEAN traditional and health supplement industry to ASEAN meetings and government-industry taskforces in his capacity as industry expert.

In the community services he is the co-founder of Pertubuhan Ikatan Kekeluargaan Rumpun Nusantara (HARUM) and recently, he is being appointed as the President of Adam Charitable Foundation (ACF) which is a global philanthropic and humanitarian based organisation.

His current research interests are in the area of Islamic economy, management & leadership practices and regulatory policy.