2017 – present
Currently pursuing PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany
Master of Arts (Muslim World Issues) by coursework & thesis. (Thesis: "Islamic Economic Thought in Malaya/Malaysia 1900-1980: Ideas, Setting, Interaction", International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC). (Awarded Best Overall M.A. Student 2013)
Bachelor of Human Science (Major-political science, minor-Islamic studies) International Islamic University, Malaysia
High School Diploma, International School of Kuala Lumpur
Visiting Researcher, Development Studies Program, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.
Senior Researcher with international non-governmental organization Third World Network (TWN), Kuala Lumpur, specializing on trade and investment agreements
2011-2012 and 2014-2015
Head of Research, Malay Economic Action Council, Kuala Lumpur
Assistant News Editor, Malaysiakini.com
Research assistant to Assoc. Professor Janet Steele (School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University, US) for her book Cosmopolitan Islam: Contending Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia (forthcoming, to be published by University of Washington Press) on Islam and journalism in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Researcher for Monitoring the Sustainability of Globalisation (Kuala Lumpur); the Malay Chambers of Commerce of Malaysia (Penang); and Citizens International (Penang).
‘The Everyday Politics of Halal Development and Governance at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’, at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.
‘The Everyday Politics of Halal Development and Governance at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’, (in workshop “Bureaucratizing Diversity in Muslim Southeast Asia”), Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change (ILSP: LSC), Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA.
‘The Everyday Politics of Halal Development and Governance at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’, (in Group Presentation “The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia”), Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, USA.
‘‘Trabaho Ko, Ibadah Ko: Everyday Political Economy at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)’ at ‘Mini‐Workshop on The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia’, held at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), National University of Singapore (NUS).
‘‘Maranao dominance in the NCMF and the Maranao in Muslim State-making in the Philippines: Preliminary Findings of Fieldwork at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’ at workshop on ‘Social Categorization and Religiously Framed State-Making in Southeast Asia’, held at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
‘Halal’ at Discussion-Workshop towards Collaboration on Muslim Society and Contemporary Issues in the Philippines,’ held at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
‘Everyday political economy in a Muslim bureaucracy: An ethnographic study of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)’ poster presentation at ‘Southeast Asia Meet-Up’ seminar, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Co-Convened Workshop on 'Conceptualizing the Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia: Anthropological and Transdisciplinary Perspectives’, organized by the Emmy Research Group 'The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia’ at the Department of 'Law & Anthropology', Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany.
‘‘Bureaucratization of Islam in a Christian-Majority State: An Ethnography of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’ at the Ninth European Association of Southeast Asian Studies Conference, Oxford University, UK.
‘‘Bureaucratization of Islam in a Christian-Majority State: An Ethnography of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos’ at the Third Annual Philippine Studies Workshop at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
Guest lecture: ‘Analysis of the Tablighi Jamaat as a bureaucracy’ in Anthropology of Bureaucracy undergraduate class at Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany.