Curriculum Vitae


Rajah Rasiah is Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya. He obtained his doctorate in Economics from Cambridge University in 1992, and was a Rajawali fellow at Harvard University in 2014. He was the first holder of the Khazanah Nasional Chair of Regulatory Studies, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. He was a member of the GLOBELICS scientific board over the period 2012-2017, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT since 2004, Senior Research Associate at the Technology Management and Development Centre at Oxford University, Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Rising Powers, Cambridge University, an advisory member of the Industrial Development Research Centre, Zhejiang University over the period 2010-2015,  Member of the Advisory Board of University of Cambodia over the period 2005-2015, Visiting Professor at Lahore School of Economics (2019), Visiting Professor at UNIMAS (since 2018).

He has delivered public lectures, policy talks and keynote speeches at several universities, including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, University of California (Berkeley), Emory, American University, George Mason University, University College London, Meijo University, Zhejiang University, National University of Singapore, Monash, Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Capetown, Witswaterand, Murdoch, Latrobe, Macquarie, Sydney, Wollongong, University of Philippines (Diliman), Jawaharlal Nehru, Culcutta, Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), Lahore School of Economics, Mohamad Ali Jinnah, University of Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chulalongkorn University, Chiengmai University, Beijing University, UNIKAMP (Sao Paolo), University of Buenos Aires, Manchester, National Taiwan University, Soeul National University, Bocconi University, University of Rome, UNU-MERIT (Maastricht), Adama, Copenhagen Business School, Aolborg, Lund, University of Indonesia, University Padjajaran, Agricultural University of Bogor, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Sunway University, University Institute of MARA (Shah Alam), and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

His policy-oriented work includes research in several countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Among the major contributions he has made for the benefit of society include the conceptualization of technology, and its link to development, and methodologies designed to capture clustering, technological capabilities and industrial policies. In recognition of his competence the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank, International Labour Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, United Nations Development Programme, the Asian Development Bank and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia have commissioned the writing of several reports for guiding industrial policy in the developing economies. He was also one of the principal authors of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) 2009 flagship report, and one of the editors of the 2015 UNESCO Science Report. His research and policy work has produced over 280 publications in international journals and prestigious presses.


While the prime focus of his research is on technology and international development, he has also worked extensively on foreign investment, human capital, public health and environment. He is the 2014 recipient of the Celso Furtado prize from the World Academy of Sciences for advancing the frontiers of social science (economics) thought. In light of his outstanding impactful contributions to scholarship, Malaysia's Ministry of Higher Education conferred him the award of Distinguished Professor in the field of Economics in 2017. He was conferred the Merdeka (Independence) Award for academic excellence in 2018.

  • Executive Director, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/06/2022 to present
  • Director, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 04/01/2022 to present
  • AJK Bersekutu CARUM, Faculty, 04/04/2021 to present
  • AEI, AJK Pengajian, Faculty, 01/01/2020 to present
  • Jawatankuasa pemilihan penilai luar, University Malaya, 01/01/2019 to 03/01/2022
  • AJK Akademik AEI, Faculty, 23/01/2018 to present
  • Jawatankuasa akademik AEI, Faculty, 23/01/2018 to 22/01/2022
  • Jawatan Kuasa Kenaikan Pangkat, Wakil senat untuk jawatan Jusa A dan Jusa B, University Malaya, 15/06/2010 to present
  • FELLOW, University Malaya, 01/06/2019 to 31/05/2021
  • FELLOW, National, 01/11/2019 to 30/10/2020
  • Senate representative PhD Vivas, University Malaya, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2020
  • CHAIRMAN, National, 02/11/2018 to 31/10/2020
  • Member of Energy Commission of Malaysia, National, 01/11/2018 to 31/10/2020
  • Review Panel Member, University Malaya, 12/07/2017 to 31/12/2020
  • Review and Endorse senate deliberations, University Malaya, 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
  • Senate representative to PhD viva, University Malaya, 01/08/2018 to 01/08/2018
  • Penilai Program Sarjana Keselamatan Siber untuk FSKTM, University Malaya, 30/07/2018 to 30/07/2018
  • SAPT review committee, University Malaya, 11/05/2018 to 29/12/2018
  • Wakil senat ke FSKTM for PhD viva., University Malaya, 05/04/2018 to 05/04/2018
  • Ahli senat, University Malaya, 30/12/2017 to 30/12/2018
  • Senate Member, University Malaya, 17/12/2015 to 16/12/2018
  • Jawatankuasa Kenaikan Pangkat JUSA A dan B Universiti Malaya, University Malaya, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Wakil Senat bagi Pemeriksaan Tesis di Fakulti Perubatan Universiti Malaya, University Malaya, 01/01/2016 to 31/12/2016
  • Jawatankuasa Penyelidikan Peringkat Fakulti, Faculty, 01/01/2016 to 30/12/2016
  • AJK KEWANGAN PERINGKAT FAKULTI, Faculty, 01/01/2016 to 30/12/2016
  • Member of Faculty Promotion Committee, Faculty, 23/10/2014 to 31/12/2015
  • Promotion committee, Professor A and B, and hiring committee, all academic levels, University Malaya, 09/11/2010 to 30/12/2015
  • Member, University Malaya, 10/09/2010 to 10/03/2015
  • Associate fellow, National, 04/01/2010 to 31/12/2015
  • Member, National, 04/01/2010 to 31/12/2015
  • Senate member, University Malaya, 21/12/2006 to 30/01/2015
  • Dean, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/07/2014 to 15/08/2014
  • Acting Dean, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 08/04/2013 to 30/06/2014
  • CHAIRMAN, Faculty, 21/03/2014 to 14/06/2014
  • HEAD OF UNIT, University Malaya, 05/01/2013 to 14/08/2014
  • HIR COORDINATOR, University Malaya, 13/04/2010 to 26/08/2014
  • Dean, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 01/07/2009 to 06/07/2010
  • Deputy Director, UNIVERSITI MALAYA, 17/06/2004 to 16/06/2005
  • DEPUTY DIRECTOR (ACADEMIC), University Malaya, 17/06/2004 to 16/06/2005
  • Permanent Member of High Tech Nation Council, Advisory Board, 2021 to present (National)
  • Technology Management and Development Centre, Oxford University, Fellow, 2012 to present (International)
  • Ediorial member of this scopus listed journal., Editorial Board, 2008 to present (International)
  • Editorial Board Member of this Scopus journal, Editorial Board, 2010 to present (International)
  • Honoary Advisory board member of this ISI listed journal, Advisory Board, 2017 to present (International)
  • One of the Editors of the SSCI journal European Journal of Development Research, Associate Editor, 2018 to present (International)
  • One of the editors of the Lahore Journal of Economics, Editorial Board, 2019 to present (International)
  • Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute of Technology, United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), Fellow, Since 2004 (International)
  • Advisory Board, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Member, 2005 to present (International)
  • International Journal of Technological Learning Innovation and Development, Editorial Board, Since 2005 (International)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Others, 2008 to 2022 (University)
  • Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, Editorial Board Member, Since 2009 (International)
  • Biotechnology Committee of Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Member, 2021 to 2022 (National)
  • Senate representative at Jusa A and Jusa B promotion committee, Member, 2010 to present (University)
  • Co-Chief Editor of Scopus journal International Journal of Business and Society, Chief Editor/ Editor in Chief, 2000 to present (International)
  • Malaysian Productivity Corporation, MITI, Advisor and Member, 2017 to 2022 (National)
  • Fellow of Academy of Sciences (FAS), Malaysia, Fellow, Since 2021 (National)
  • Permanent Member of Advisory Board on Funds, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, Advisory Board, 2016 to present (National)
  • Ministry of Education, Committee, 2018 to 2022 (University)
  • Centre for Rising Powers, Cambridge University, Fellow, 2017 to present (International)
  • Technology Management and Development Centre, Oxford University, Senior Fellow, 2012 to 2021 (International)
  • Member of taskforce on climate change impact and adaptation, Advisory Board, 2021 to 2021 (National)
  • Advisory Board Member of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, Advisory Board, 2019 to 2021 (National)
  • University of Cambodia, Advisor, 2004 to 2021 (University)
  • Lahore School of Economics, Others, 2018 to 2019 (University)
  • National Planning Ministry, Vietnam, Others, 2018 to 2018 (International)
  • Springer Asia Series, Editorial Board, 2013 to 2018 (International)
  • Institut Darul Ridzuan, Fellow, 2009 to 2018 (National)
  • Putra International College, Advisory Board, 2016 to 2018 (University)