DR DIANA CHEONG (Executive Director and Chief Researcher)
Dr Diana Cheong is the Executive Director and Chief Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) and heads research and other core activities at CSPS. She specialises in Sociology, Public Policy and Economic Development. Her experience in the policy analysis field spans more than 18 years and she is a leading Policy Researcher and Consultant in Brunei.
She has conducted pioneering research work in Brunei in the areas of poverty, unemployment, youth development, work and productivity issues.
She successfully led several research projects on Brunei including a number of studies on Brunei Futures and Strategic Foresight, Youth and Drug Abuse, Poverty Studies, Unemployment Studies, Feasibility Study on Alternative Energy Sources, Social Problems Among Young People , Blueprint For Vision 2035 Sustainable And Inclusive Land Transportation System , White Paper on Making Brunei Darussalam the Preferred Holiday Destination, Land Optimisation National Strategy for Industrial and Commercial Growth, Financial Literacy Survey and National Strategy and the Formulation of Brunei National Youth Policy and Strategy 2020-35. She leads in designing and facilitating Executive Development Programmes particularly within the field of Public Policy Analysis, Survey Research Methods, Strategic Planning and Strategic Foresight.
Prior to joining CSPS, she was a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy for Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and held a number of principal administrative posts at UBD such as Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Director of International Office and Director of the Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement. She has also worked for the Brunei Narcotics Control Bureau (Intelligence Unit). She is a qualified Advocate & Solicitor (Lincolns Inn, Supreme Court of Brunei), Harvard trained in Negotiations and Competitive Decision Making, Strategic Planning (Haines Gold Mastery), Change Management (Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia and Strategic Foresight & Horizon Scanning (Action Foresight Australia).
Scenario Development for Job Futures in Brunei Darussalam 2040, (CSPS Strategy Policy Journal Volume 8).
Cheong, D. (2000) “Administrative Accountability and the Law in Brunei Darussalam”, (2000/2001) Tinjauan IV.
DR AZRINAH RAHMAN (Researcher)
Dr Azrinah is a Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) and heads the Public and Social Policy Unit. Her research interest includes those on future skills and education, family and work-balance policies, intergenerational solidarity, gender disparity and women’s status in society, and early childhood development.
Her main focus and expertise are on qualitative research, which includes substantial literature reviews, data collection, and analysis, as well as conducting focus groups, in-depth interviews, and surveys. Azrinah has led several research projects including Mid Term Review of the ASEAN Socio Cultural Blueprint (ASCC), Evaluation of Current Policy Measures in achieving its Key Performance indictors (KPI) in Addressing Youth Unemployment, A Study of Reasons for the Commission of Theft by Convicted Persons Currently in Prison and Women Development in Brunei Darussalam.
SHAMBHU GHATAK (Researcher)
Shambhu Ghatak is a Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). He is involved in quantitative research in the fields of economics and public policy. His current research interest includes financial literacy, economic diversification, skill development, and income distribution. His expertise is in applied quantitative research techniques, in-depth analysis of survey and secondary data, and report writing.
Having a rich experience of working in areas like human development, employment generation, MSMEs, food security, and climate change in India, Shambhu, in his previous roles, has been a practitioner of data journalism and also worked as a quantitative researcher in different projects.
Shambhu obtained his M.A. and M.Phil. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
PG REDHUAN PG RAJAK (Associate Researcher)
Redhuan Rajak is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS) and heads the Data Analytics and Project Management Unit. His main responsibility is to manage and carry out research in the fields of economics and social policy. Recent projects that Redhuan has been involved in are the Financial Literacy Survey 2023, Women in Development, and the Brunei Economic Outlook.
His research experience is wide-ranging, but his interests lie in impact evaluation, field experiments, and behavioural economics for development. Redhuan has also been involved in numerous research projects using strategic foresight and strategic management techniques. Prior to working at the CSPS, Redhuan worked in the financial sector with the Brunei Darussalam Central Bank as an Economist. Redhuan obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick with a research dissertation on Bruneian perceptions of the local labour market with the main motivation being a possible future brain drain issue for Brunei Darussalam. He is also trained in using R and Stata for data analysis.
YUZILAWATI ABDULLAH (Associate Researcher)
Yuzilawati Abdullah is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). With a background in Energy Economics and Islamic Banking & Finance, Yuzilawati began her career in the petroleum industry where she gained extensive experience having held various roles in research and analyses of upstream and downstream projects.
She later joined the financial services sector as a Finance Manager in a leading Islamic Financial Institution, where she led the execution of Shariah compliant investment instruments. Yuzi has been involved in numerous projects at CSPS, and facilitates workshops for CSPS and government stakeholders. She has also provided training at the Civil Service Institute, in Strategic Foresight to senior government officers, as well as participants of the Youth Executive Programme. She is trained in Strategic Planning (Haines Master Class and Gold Mastery Certification), Strategic Implementation (Haines), Foresight (School of International Futures, London) and Strategic Foresight and Horizon Scanning (Action Foresight, Australia). She is a member of the ASEAN Foresight Alliance and Co-Vice Head of Brunei Futures Initiative (BFI).
DR KARTINI RAHMAN (Associate Researcher)
Dr Kartini Rahman is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). Dr Kartini has a PhD in Gerontology from University of Southampton, UK, a Masters of Science (MSc) in Social Research from London Metropolitan University, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Politics from the University of Kent, UK.
Her expertise is in qualitative research, with an emphasis on in-depth interviewing, participant observation, thematic and case study analysis. She has over 10 years of practice and training in qualitative data analysis with the software NVivo. Dr Kartini has considerable experience facilitating workshops, report writing, data collection and supervising fieldworkers in several research projects such as ‘The Brunei Barometer’ (2023), ‘Study of reasons for the commission of theft by convicted persons in prison’ (2021), ‘Brunei National Survey on Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases’ (2016), ‘National Health Survey System’ (2013), and so on. Her main research interests are population ageing, intergenerational support flows, with a focus on the contributions and unmet needs of older adults in Brunei.
NUR IZZATI HAJI SHAHARI (Associate Researcher)
Izzati Shahari is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). Izzati has an Msc in Social Statistics (Research Methods) and a BSc in Applied Social Sciences (Criminology) from the University of Southampton, UK.
Izzati’s strong academic background on research methods, particularly in survey design and quantitative analysis of social science data, is complemented by her certification in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is trained in experimental designs to assess the impact of public policies, public policy communication, and effective data visualisation. She also has considerable experience facilitating workshops and managing nationwide research projects such as the ‘Brunei Barometer 2023’, ‘National Financial Literacy Survey 2023’ and ‘Women Development in Brunei Darussalam’. Her capabilities include coding paper-based surveys into computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) tools, utilising digital tools to manage large survey data, as well as overseeing and providing guidance to fieldworkers throughout the data collection period for quality assurance. Prior to joining CSPS, Izzati worked with the Brunei Darussalam Central Bank, where her responsibilities primarily concerned the development and implementation of national Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) policies.
MUHAMMAD SUFRIZUL HJ MD HUSSEINI (Associate Researcher)
Sufrizul Husseini is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). Sufrizul has recently completed his PhD in Economics. His current research interest is in the area of international economics, economic growth, international trade and trade policy.
Prior to joining CSPS, Sufrizul was a PhD Candidate in Economics at the School of Business and Economics, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He graduated with a Master’s in Economics from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and a Bachelor's degree in International Economics from University of Essex, United Kingdom. Before entering UBD, he completed an internship at the Centre of Islamic, Banking, Finance and Management (CIBFM) and worked as a Research Assistant during his Masters in UBD.
AHMAD KHAIRUL ANWAR BIN NOR HASHIM (Associate Researcher)
Anwar Nor Hashim is an Associate Researcher at the Centre of Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). He graduated with a Master’s in Economics from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
Prior to joining CSPS, Anwar worked with Berjaya Corporation, Kuala Lumpur, where he was responsible for conducting data analysis and extracting valuable insights to support strategic decision-making across multiple business units.