Who we are

Dr Helmy Haja Mydin

  Chief Executive Officer  

Helmy is the Head of the Lung Centre at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur. Having completed his respiratory training in the United Kingdom, he returned to Malaysia as an Associate Professor with Universiti Malaya with a passion for healthcare policies, particularly in the area of tobacco control.


One of twenty global recipients of the Inter Academy Medical Panel’s Young Physician Leader award and part of Tatler’s Gen T, Helmy was a Research Fellow at IDEAS and is a co-founder of Asthma Malaysia. He remains actively involved in the development of respiratory medicine at national and regional levels and regularly presents and writes for both academia and the media. In his spare time, Helmy can be found bemoaning the fact that he enjoyed Frozen 2 more than The Rise of Skywalker.

Rashaad Ali

  Chief Operations Officer  

Prior to joining SERI, Rashaad was a policy advisor to the Parliamentary Office of Permatang Pauh under YB Nurul Izzah Anwar. He previously worked as an analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore with a research focus on federalism, institutionalism and public policy, publishing in academia as well as in media.


Rashaad also spent three years as an editorial manager at Groupon Malaysia. An avid musician, Rashaad has played drums in local bands for over 10 years and can still be found behind the kit at live music venues across the city.

Anisha Nadkarni

  Research Fellow  

Anisha works as an analyst in the innovation and digitisation department of a large multinational corporation in the Netherlands, where she mainly works on quantitative data analysis. She is an alumnus of the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford.


She earned her Masters degree in Social Science of the Internet, centred around the socioeconomic and policy implications of digital technologies, and hopes to bring this knowledge back to Malaysia. When she isn't curled up with a good book, Anisha might be found on her yoga mat; dancing her heart out; or learning the lyrics to a new rap song.

Ahmad Arif Astaman 

  Research Fellow  

Ahmad Arif Astaman holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and a Master of Science in Sport Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.He started his career in the retailing of firearms and ammunition before venturing into sport event management via the Jelajah Malaysia cycling race, and eventually becoming consultant to the Ministry of Youth and Sport for the Le Tour de Langkawi. He was also previously Head of Shared Services in the Shapadu Group, and an independent, non-executive director of Vastalux Energy Berhad (now known as Barakah Offshore Petroleum Berhad). 


He is currently a non-executive director in Nusa Utama Sdn Bhd, a property developer based in South Johor, and a trustee of the Titiwangsa Education Foundation in Kuala Lumpur. He remains actively involved in the field of sport administration, serving as Race Director for the Tour of Peninsular, President of the Kuala Lumpur Cycling Association, Council Member of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation and occasional legal counsel to the Kuala Lumpur Football Association. He is also a graduate of the Olympic Solidarity Advanced Sport Management Course (ASMC), and is currently an Olympic Council of Malaysia facilitator for the Sport Administrator Course (SAC). He also volunteers as the Research Coordinator for the Setiawangsa Member of Parliament. His areas of interest are sport management, corporate governance, defence and home affairs.

Nabila Hussain

  Tech Policy Fellow  

Prior to joining SERI, Nabila was Legal and Government Affairs Manager for Microsoft Malaysia, ASEAN, and SEA New Markets. She worked on policy, government relations, and philanthropies, for Microsoft across markets in the region. Nabila joined Microsoft with experience in anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery advocacy, intellectual property law, management consulting, migration, fundraising and research.

She spent two years studying in United World College Costa Rica, and three years pursuing a law degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, before pursuing post-graduate studies in Intellectual Property and Information Law at King’s College London. In her free time, Nabila can be found watching Spanish TV shows, annoying the family cat, or lost in a bookstore.

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