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Institute of Malaysian and International Studies

International Advisory Panel

Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari


Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1981. In his distinguished diplomatic career in the Foreign Service of Malaysia, he served as Malaysia’s highest envoy in Qatar, Brunei, Egypt and Palestine. He was Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos, Zagreb, Croatia as well as in Amman, Jordan. He also served in different diplomatic Missions in different capacities. In addition, He is also serving  as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia and in the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) and Research Center of the Middle-East, the National University of  Malaysia and Member of the Advisory Panel of the National University of Malaysia.

At the Foreign Office of Malaysia, Ambassador Ku Jaafar worked in bilateral, multilateral and academic Wings. He overhauled and undertook major works on the restructuring of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during his office as Undersecretary. He also developed and guided the professional aptitude programme of the Malaysian Diplomats during his office at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) as its Director-General.

He hold B.A. (Hons) from the University of Malaya and a Diploma in Public Administration.

Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari holds two honorific titles namely, Ahli Mahkota Kedah (AMK) and Dato’ Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) conferred upon him in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is married and they are blessed with three children.

Ambassador Dato’ Jamaiyah Mohamad


H.E. Dato’ Jamaiyah Mohamed Yusof is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Latin American Studies, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Prior to her retirement, Dato’ Jamaiyah served as the Malaysian Ambassador to Mexico, accredited to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (2011-2015) and to Senegal, accredited to Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia and Mali (2007-2011). She has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin and a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration Malaysia. Her first degree was from the University of Malaya. Dato’ Jamaiyah has authored a book entitled, ‘Compilation of Manual and Etiquette for Palace Protocol (2006)’ and contributed a chapter (‘In the Land of Terangga’) in the book, ‘Malaysian Diplomats: Our Stories, Vol. 1’ (2011). Dato’ Jamaiyah received the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P) in 2007.

Ambassador Dato’ Muhammad Noor Yacob


Current positions: Board Member, Malaysia Productivity Corporation; Member, National Wages Consultative Council; Adjunct Professor, IKMAS; Chairman APEC Study Centre, UKM
Previous Positions: Executive Director, APEC Secretariat (2010-2012); Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Malaysia to WTO (2003-2009); Chairman WTO General Council (2007); Chairman WTO Dispute Settlement Body (2006); Chairman WTO Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation (2004-2005)

Education: Muhamad Noor is alumnus of University of Malaya, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Harvard Business School.

Royal Awards: Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang; Kesatria Mangku Negara

Prof. Dr. Julien Chaisse


Julien Chaisse is Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, School of Law. He is an award-winning scholar of international law with a focus on the regulation and development of economic globalization. He has published numerous well-regarded and widely cited books and articles, and his scholarship has been cited by international courts/tribunals, as well as U.S. Courts. Dr. Chaisse’s teaching and research include international trade/investment law, contract law, international arbitration, and Internet law. Dr. Chaisse served as a senior fellow at the World Trade Institute (Switzerland), and as a diplomat for the Embassy of France in New Delhi (India).

Prof. Dr. Anthony Milner


Anthony Milner is Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Visiting Professor at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya, and Emeritus Professor at Australian National University. His writings on Malaysian issues include The Malays (2011; Malay translation 2019) and The Invention of Politics in Colonial Malaya (2002). He is co-editor of Transforming Malaysia: Dominant and Competing Paradigms (2014) and Malaysian Perspectives on ASEAN Regionalism (2018).  He was co-editor of the three-volume series Australia in Asia (1996-2001) and Recovering the Orient: Artists, Scholars, Appropriations (1994). He has held visiting appointments at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, the National University of Singapore, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, ISIS Malaysia, Humboldt University, Kyoto University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. At Australian National University he was Basham Professor of Asian History from 1994 to 2013 amnd Dean of Asian Studies 1996-2005. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; in Malaysia he received the Merdeka Award in 2017.

Emeritus Prof. Dr. Hans Dieter Evers


Hans-Dieter Evers, emeritus Professor of Development Planning and Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. Before his academic career he worked in a German shipping company, a shipyard and as midshipman in the German merchant navy. He received a degree of Dr.phil. (PhD) from the University of Freiburg. Later  he taught sociology at Monash University, at Yale University, where he was also Director of Graduate Southeast Asia Studies, University of Singapore (Head of Dept.) and Bielefeld University (Dean and Director). He also served as Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universitas Gajah Mada, the EHESS (Paris), Trinity College (Oxford), the University of Hawaii, and as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. From 2014 to 2018 he was Distinguished Pok Rafeah Chair Professor in International Studies, IKMAS, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

His current research is concerned with maritime conceptions of space, the maritime economy, the South China Sea and knowledge management. He has published a large number of books, refereed journal articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of Catalysts of Change: Chinese Business in Asia, World Scientific 2013, Beyond the Knowledge Trap: Developing Asia's Knowledge-Based Economies; World Scientific 2011, Governing and Managing Knowledge in Asia, 2nd revised edition, World Scientific, 2010; The Straits of Malacca. Berlin: LIT 2008; Southeast Asian Urbanism: The Meaning and Power of Social Space. Singapore: ISEAS/McGrawHill 2000 and The Moral Economy of Trade, London: Routledge 1994.

Mr. Juergen Keitel


Throughout his career, Juergen Keitel has gained a vast international experience in the aviation industry in strategy and development, international affairs and commercial operations.

His initial roles were dedicated to Customer Services, Commercial Operations and Business Development at Airbus covering North and South America. Later in his career Juergen developed a strong expertise in International Affairs, Market Development and Digitalisation. He directed global multi-stakeholder projects covering Travel Facilitation & Security, Aviation Policy Development and Digital Transformation at the World Economic Forum in New York City followed with his engagement at AirAsia leading Global Affairs and Development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with focus on the ASEAN Economic Community and the ASEAN Single Aviation market. Today Juergen serves on the Board as Advisors of IKMAS for international policy matters and provides advisory services to the international aviation, travel and tourism community.

Juergen holds a MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and a BEng in Air Transport Engineering from City University London. He concluded a fellowship at the World Economic Forum with an Executive Masters in Global Leadership in 2017. In addition, Juergen attained a Certificate in International Development at SAIS in Washington DC in 2012 and successfully completed an Executive Management Program in Strategy and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015.