Tengku Iskandar – Senior Analyst
Tengku joined IAIS as a senior analyst in July 2010, after serving at ISIS–Malaysia for nearly seven years addressing policy-relevant dimensions of religion and politics in the Muslim world. He earned his B.Sc.–Hons degree in Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Previously he took two years of pre-university studies at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales.
Activities & Experience After university studies he undertook actuarial work for three years, first in Edinburgh with a major British insurance company, then in Singapore with a US multinational consultant firm. Over the following ten years he pursued investment management in Kuala Lumpur, and on individual free discretion attained a highly-ranked investment track record among comparable domestic and foreign funds investing in the Malaysian stockmarket. Tengku has travelled extensively in Britain & Continental Europe, experienced wide multicultural exposure, and has performed volunteer work with several NGOs. Cultivation of his long-standing interest in Islam brought him to eventually engage full-time at ISIS. / Tengku participates regularly in conferences including: “Muslim–Buddhist Dialogue” Bangkok (2006); and the Project on implications of 9/11 and its aftermath for multi-ethnic nations in S.E. Asia & Australia: Manila (2007) & Jakarta (2008).
Current Projects are Qur’anic interpretation as an authoritative resource for Islamic civilisational renewal. Duties comprise producing policy papers & opinion pieces, and pursuing IAIS policy recommendations with relevant external parties.
Publications covered Islamic religion and politics affecting the Muslim world, e.g.: ‘Iraq: ending the willful killing of civilians’ (2006); ‘Gaza: celebrations premature, the struggle must continue’ (2005); ‘The Second Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq’ (2005).