BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Jerald Joseph (Malaysia) is a very experienced human rights activist and trainer specialising in human rights issues such as racism, indigenous peoples’ rights, and other crucial human rights issues. He also has extensive experience working on human rights issues in different countries in South East Asia, Asia-Pacific and Africa. He possesses a Masters degree in Human Rights. One of his passions is developing youth and students to become socially involved in Malaysian human rights issues.
Mr. Tan Jo Hann (Malaysia) is a co-founder of the South East Asia Popular Communications Programme (SEAPCP) and Pusat KOMAS. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, majoring in journalism from the University of the Philippines. Jo Hann is a community organising trainer with extensive experience working with grassroots organisations and movements in the SEA region. He is also skilled in many forms of creative media such as grassroots journalism, photography, visual graphics, community video and others. He has also written several books of community organising such as “Walking on Water, “Art of C.O.” “Get Organised”, “Popular Communications Facilitation” Jo Hann has been serving as a local councilor in the municipal council of Subang Jaya (MPSJ) in the Selangor State in Malaysia since 2008 until presently (2010) and he is the elected President of PERMAS (Community Residents’ Association), an urban poor movement in Malaysia.
Anna served as KOMAS Programme Coordinator for four years before pursuing her postgraduate to obtain a Masters in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, London. She specializes in developing community-based audiovisual units and support services for grassroots. She has extensive experience in producing social documentaries about Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. Anna was formerly the Creative Director of a Malaysian television production house and has since then established her own company Big Pictures Production. She is also the Festival Director of FreedomFilmFest in KOMAS.
MS. FARIBEL MAGLIN FERNANDEZ
Faribel is the finance officer of KOMAS and has dedicated several years to supporting KOMAS programmes in terms of financial management and administrative tasks. She completed three years training in the Chartered Institute of Managament Accounting (CIMA) and has worked in the corporate sector for seven years before joining KOMAS.
MR. ADLI ZAKUAN ZAIRAKITHNAINI
Adli Zakuan Zairakithnaini is a law graduate from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is an EXCO member of Muslims Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) that is in-charge of its International Affairs and coordinator for Human Rights and Counter Violent Extremism Task Force. Besides ABIM, he is also the High Council Member of the Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) and an EXCO member of Global Peace Mission Malaysia (GPM), a humanitarian agency, where he had the chance to coordinate several successful humanitarian missions to Arakan, Myanmar since 2012. Prior to joining Pusat KOMAS, Adli was the Director of Operation and Research Manager at Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF). He also had the experience to serve refugees in Malaysia as a Caseworker at International Rescue Committee and as Legal Aid Counsel at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) during his pupilage at Sreenevasan & Co under the guidance of Janini Rajeswaran and Ambiga Sreenevasan.
MR. RYAN CHUA
Ryan joined the KOMAS team as the programme coordinator of the non-discrimination programme. He is responsible of the research, monitoring and reporting of the trends of racial discrimination in Malaysia. Ryan has also organized, supported and participated in several ASEAN civil society programmes and project managed several non-discrimination projects in KOMAS. He also conducts several non-discrimination (racism) training with university students and government agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science Degree (Flinders-HELP Joint Degree) from HELP University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ryan is also actively involved in developing and training youths and students around Malaysia.