Team Members

Directors

Jerald Joseph

 

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.

Tan Jo Hann

 

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.

Our Staff Member

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.

Barathi Selvam

Ilaiya Barathi Panneerselvam has recently completed his Master of Communication (Screen Studies) at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Fondly known as Barathi, he is a journalism graduate from the same university. Barathi is passionate about class inequality and discrimination in films and society. Barathi is also involved in Students Activism that primarily advocates the issues of students autonomy, abolition of University and Universities College Act (AUKU) and an universal education accessible to all. He is an occasional writer who has numerous articles published in Aliran Online, Malay Mail Online and Free Malaysia Today.

Addy Samsudin

Addy Samsudin was born in 1990. He comes from Kampung Kalabakan, Tawau, Sabah. The youngest brother of 4 siblings, he graduated from University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in Psychology and Counselling. He was a former student activist from 2010 until 2013. Addy was a committee member of Bersih Sabah since Bersih 2.0 until Bersih 5. He also volunteered in Kelantan during the big flood in 2015 by helping out in the cleaning and distribution of food and supplies to the victims. Since then, Addy has been vocal on Sabah human rights issues such as land rights, democracy and corruptions. In July 2017, Addy joined PACOS Trust as the Project Coordinator for the UNDEF (United Nations Democracy Fund). He conducted several training and advocacy programmes to empower the Sabah Indigenous Youth. He is also the Founder of Majlis Belia Orang Asal Sabah. He joined Pusat KOMAS as the Programme Coordinator in June 2019.

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