IMAN Research

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IMAN Research is a think tank which concentrates on community resilience, peacebuilding and political matters. We began by focusing in the domains of prevention of violent extremism, and ethnic-religious relations; today, we are diversifying into sustainable development and governance. Malaysia is ideally situated in the Southeast Asian region, right in the middle of Asian Tigers such as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, with neighbours like Japan and China. Its ecosystem allows us to test out solutions between orthodoxy and modernity, as well as indigenous and immigrant populations. We aim to deliver sound policy solutions along with implementable action plans with measurable outcomes.

IMAN is spearheaded by experts with extensive local and international experience in the areas of social policy development, community resilience and engagement, particularly in the area of PVE, electoral reform, participatory urban redevelopment and psycho- social intervention within communities in conflict. We are competent in cross-cultural engagement and as an organization, we place a high value on inclusivity, diversity and indigenous knowledge.


Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) Indonesia

Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), focuses on the role of women in peacebuilding and interfaith cooperation. Among their past and current work are:

  • Strengthening community resilience with the role of inter faiths mothers in 7 provinces, covering 39 communities
  • Engaging Women Ulama in Reflective Structured Dialogue related to Gender and Radicalism covered 87 women ulama from Sunni, Syiah, Ahmadiyyah, Salafi, and Wahabi groups
  • Advocacy in the integration of PVE into Women Peace and Security Agenda in Indonesia (ongoing project)
  • Strengthening Women Ulama to advocate Gender-Based Violence in Patani (Collaboration work AMAN, Oxfam Thailand and Walailak University)


Steering Committee Member: The Center of Excellence on Women and Social Security

Center of Excellence on Women and Social Security (CEWSS), Thailand, founded in 2017, is funded by Walailak University Thailand. The objective of CEWSS is to conduct social research and to promote gender equality, human security, and social justice. CEWSS’s activities entail publication of research, seminars to professionals, conferences and cooperation with different groups for gender mainstreaming.



The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), established in 1986, has worked since its inception to advance international exchange and cooperation. We work on addressing the diverse and complex issues of the 21st century. We strive to strengthen cooperation between Japan and other countries In order to respond to an increasing number of natural disasters and social crises, we implement and support a variety of programs and projects.

As a private Japanese foundation, we strive to strengthen cooperation at all levels between Japan and other countries. We make use of our freedom as a private foundation to effectively promote activities, proposals, and exchanges in the search for a new governance model for human society.


The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) was born from a desire to further strengthen, support and share Asian approaches to conflict transformation.

The foundations for what is now CPCS were laid by local peace initiatives such as the Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) and Action Asia. With ACT committed to peacebuilding at home in Cambodia, CPCS focused on engaging the Asia region at large.

CPCS is now home to a range of interconnected programmes and initiatives, such as the Applied Conflict Transformation (ACTS) Programme, in partnership with Pannasastra University Cambodia, the research and publications programme and various peacebuilding interventions in the Asia.


The Philippines Centre of Islam and Democracy

Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the study of Islamic and democratic political thought and the search for peace, democracy and development in Muslim communities.

PCID was the result of concerned discussions on the compatibility of Islam and democracy among young Muslim intellectuals that included Ms. Amina Rasul, a former Cabinet member under the Pres. Fidel Ramos, Atty. Nasser Marohomsalic, former Human Rights Commissioner, and, the late Abraham Iribani, a former spokesperson of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). Their concern on the future of democracy in Muslim Mindanao stemmed from the growing popularity of the discourse that somehow Islam and democracy are not compatible.

Today, PCID is seen as an objective and independent party with a track record of bringing together all sectors in the democratic dialogue for peace and development. The convenors of the PCID include politicians, civil society leaders, government, educators, ulama, feminists, media, military, Balik-Islam, business leaders coming from all the Muslim dominant provinces of Mindanao a well as from the Muslim diaspora of Luzon.


Sisters in Islam (SIS)

Sisters in Islam (SIS) is a non-governmental organisation working towards advancing the rights of Muslim women in Malaysia.

SIS was founded in 1988 by a group of Muslim women who came together to address the injustice women face under the Shariah (Islamic law) system. Our critical reading of the Al-Quran through a hermeneutical approach opened a world of Islam that we could recognise: a world for women that was filled with love and mercy, and with equality and justice.


Nisa Al Haqq

Nisa Al Haqq is a An ummah of peace-loving Bangsamoro women and men who value each other as equal partners in development, transcend tribal differences and biases, and promote justice and human rights.

Our mission is to To empower Bangsamoro women and men towards engagement in international, national, regional and local levels, for the promotion of women’s human rights, sustainable development; and peaceful co-existence of tribes, of religions, of nations, and of women and men.


EMPATIKU envisions a world where everyone is skilful in their emotional competent and empathy that guides their understand other people’s feelings, drives motivation and manages social relationship. With these skills people have the drive and resources to solve societal problems and become changemakers. EMPATIKU has a mission to mainstream empathy as life values and practices engaging community members, policy makers, women, children, education and other key stakeholders. In the peace building sector, it aims to build a system where empathy is the core of the service delivery; strengthen social workers’ competence in practicing empathy, ensure the clients exercise their emotional competence and empathy to become common citizens again, and empower community resilient capacity where empathy is the backbone practice in the community.

The Peacebuilding Project (PBP)

The Peacebuilding Project (PBP) is an international volunteer-led initiative dedicated to Conflict Transformation, Peacemaking and Humanitarian Action. It is aimed at preventing conflict and violence, fostering dialogue and deepening awareness and discourse on conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Through academic discourse as well as community engagement, it seeks to bring diplomacy to the people by educating and empowering communities about peace processes and strategies of peace. PBP explores constructive ways of dialogue and peacebuilding by promoting a culture of peace and understanding. Through the Project’s association with organizations working in the field, the PBP provides a channel for students and the community-at-large to explore careers in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, both in the scholarly and practitioner world.


Beyond Borders

Founded in 2018 by Mahi Ramakrishnan, Beyond Borders, is an NGO based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Beyond Borders creates various platforms for refugee voices to be heard, connect them with the Malaysian society and work towards a comprehensive policy that gives refugees the right to work, healthcare and education.



Dr. Aqsa Isa

Dr. Aqsa Isa is a lecturer based in the Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya. She graduated recently with a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Her research interests lie within the areas of Critical Discourse Studies, Social Semiotics and Multimodality. She’s also interested in understanding politics, extremism/terrorism, radicalisation and religion from the linguistic perspectives. She believes in the importance of creating an impact on the society through research.

Tham Jia Vern

Jia Vern is a Researcher at The Centre, a Malaysian think tank based on Kuala Lumpur. She is also a part-time PhD candidate at Monash University Malaysia. Her research interests include inter-group relations and criminal justice reform.

Irine Gayathri

Irine is currently a PhD candidate at the Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Centre, School of Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, supported by an Australia Award Scholarship. She is also a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Irine obtained her MA from the Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, in August 2005. In September & November 2017, she participated in regional forums facilitated by UN Women & UNODC in Bangkok to discuss the formulation of national plan of action on countering and preventing violent extremism (P-CVE). From 2017-2018, Irine joined a small team led by the National Counter Terrorism Agency in developing the draft for National Action Plan on Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism in Indonesia. Between 2007 to 2014 together with the Coalition of Anti Gender-Based Violence, she supported the adoption of UNSCR 1325 into Indonesia’s National Action Plan.

Malou Eudela

Malou Eudela is a development/humanitarian practitioner whose focus is on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience building, mainstreaming the SDGs/Sustainable Development Goals in development programs, and advocating for mental health. She has worked in the United Nations and Philippine Red Cross in various capacities. In 2015 and 2019, she was appointed by the Japan Cabinet Ministry to be the Discussion Facilitator in DRR, and Environment and Sustainability for the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program.

After completing her postgraduate degree in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development from the University of Newcastle, Australia through the Australia Awards Scholarship, she works to help bridge the gap between legislation and practical household application when it comes to DRR and climate action. She is a trained Climate Leader in 2016 and a member of The Climate Reality Project Philippines.

Dr. Ruetaitip Chansrakaeo

Dr. Ruetaitip Chansrakaeo is lecturer in Public Administration Programme at Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage, Thailand. She obtained Bachelor of Laws from Thammasat University and Master of Arts in Political Science from Institute of International Studies, Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. Her research interests include political insurgency, policing of terrorism, Insurgents/terrorist prisoners rehabilitation, and violence against women policy. Now she is conducting research on autonomous regions in Asia and reform in policing. Currently, she is KAICIID Southeast Asia Fellows 2022.