Team Members

Directors

Jerald Joseph

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For the last 25 years, Mr Jerald Joseph has been a human rights defender and trainer consultant at both local and international levels on human rights issues concerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples, elimination of racial discrimination, and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).

Pioneering the programme of non-discrimination since 2006 in Malaysian CSO context, he has developed advocacy and education tools on combating racial discrimination.

He is a senior CSO members who has led the Malaysian NGOs’ reporting to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva. He was Chairman of the ACSC/ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) process in 2006/2007.

He has served as a member of various human rights CSO including the Commonwealth Foundation Advisory Body, Asian South Pacific Bureau for Adult Education( ASPBAE), Asia-Pacific NGO Steering Committee of World Conference against Racism (WCAR) etc.

He is a Board Member of Pusat KOMAS and Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Mr. Jerald Joseph is at present a Commissioner of SUHAKAM for the term 2016-2019 / 2019-2022.

Tan Jo Hann

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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

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Dr. Ryan Yumin Chua

Ryan is the Programme Director of the non-discrimination programme in Pusat KOMAS, a local human rights non-governmental organization in Malaysia, where he has previously held the position of Programme Coordinator. He has completed his PhD in Psychology at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, examining the psychological resilience mechanisms and processes of the Semai indigenous communities in Peninsular Malaysia.

Prior to Ryan’s appointment as the Programme Director of Pusat KOMAS, he was responsible for the research, monitoring and reporting of the issues of racial discrimination in Malaysia. He has also organized, supported and participated in several ASEAN civil society programmes and project managed several non-discrimination projects in Pusat KOMAS. Ryan has also developed the “Code of Conduct for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities through the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” and the “Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Monitoring Framework” which was adopted by the Penang state government and the Malaysian government respectively. He was also actively involved in providing non-discrimination (anti-racism) and human rights education to marginalized communities (Orang Asli), university students and governmental agencies.

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.

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Jeremy Robeiro

Jeremy was volunteering actively for Pusat KOMAS when he was pursuing his Bachelor’s of Law (University of London Programme) prior to becoming a staff of Komas. Besides labouring effort in the office, Jeremy is passionate about the art of debating and is currently a debate coach for his Alma Mater (St. George’s Institution, Taiping). Jeremy also works closely with the youth movement in Malaysia and has coordinated several different projects such as character formation, personal development and training for youths.
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Awang Ilham

Awang is a Programme Coordinator at Pusat KOMAS entrusted with grassroots community engagement. With a focus on empowering the Malay-Muslim community, he aspires to bridge the gap between international standards of non-discrimination and current community practices. Prior to Pusat KOMAS, he was committed to Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM) a moderate Islamic civil society organization. Currently, he is a part of BERSIH 2.0’s Parliamentary Reform Seed Community group; serves on several committees and youth coaching with IKRAM. He occasionally writes on racial discrimination, democracy and leadership for online Malay news portals. He read microbiology at a local university in Malaysia.

Beverly Joeman

Beverly is from Penampang, Sabah. She was the Secretariat Director of Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS); working on Indigenous Peoples’ issues, particularly on land matters, self-determination; advocacy for women & youth, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); attended a training programme on Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking for Indigenous Peoples’ Representatives at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Geneva; and Diplomacy Training Programme organised by UNSW Faculty of Law, on UNDRIP and UN mechanisms.

Currently, Beverly is the Vice Chair (Sabah) for Bersih 2.0, and Pusat KOMAS’s Programme Coordinator for CSO Platform for Reform

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Angeline Choong

A graduate with a degree in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, Angeline incidentally stumbled upon the existence of civil society organisations and was introduced to many social concerns in this country through a volunteer stint at a social care organisation. Subsequently, she found her way to Pusat KOMAS, to work as programme coordinator for COMANGO in preparation for the UPR mid-term report.
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