Mr Alizan Mahadi is a Senior Director (Research) at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Previously, he served as the Special Officer to the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Alizan is currently completing his PhD at the School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Japan on understanding the influence of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address interlinkages across SDGs. His research area includes governance of and for sustainable development and global environmental governance and was previously the lead author for the National Readiness study to implement the SDGs for the Economic Planning Unit of Malaysia. His other areas of research include institutions for sustainable development and sustainable consumption and production. He is currently a team member of Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Network on SDGs (SDGs KAN). Alizan also has extensive experience in network building, including being a founding member of the Malaysian CSO SDG Alliance and the founding principal officer of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia Chapter. Alizan has a MSc in Sustainable Development from University of Uppsala, Sweden and had 5 years of experience as a sustainability consultant in the United Kingdom prior to that.