Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a global Muslim think-tank which aims at promoting educational reform as a means to better humanity. He was also Malaysia’s Minister of Education from 1986 to 1991, during which he introduced the National Education Philosophy in 1988 to replace the system inherited from the British colonial, besides undertaking substantial reform to improve the educational system, including the introduction of Life Skills subject, as well as KBSR and KBSM. Dato’ Seri Anwar previously helmed the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) as its President from 1988 to 1998 and set its course to be one of the renowned international universities. During his ABIM leadership, the intellectual rigour among Muslim youth was conspicuous as he commanded a plethora of Muslim intellectual giants’ works to be translated into the national language, Bahasa Melayu. Dato’ Seri Anwar also held teaching positions at Oxford University in London, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University in the United States. He has published a number of papers and books, as well as giving forewords to several books. His latest paper was published in Journal of Democracy, titled Confronting Authoritarianism (2019).