Alizan served as a special officer to the science adviser to the prime minister and chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He is currently completing his PhD at Keio University 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. He was the lead author for the national readiness study to implement the SDGs for the Economic Planning Unit. His other areas of research include institutions for sustainable development and sustainable consumption and production. He is a member of Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Network on SDGs (SDGs KAN). He was a founding member of the Malaysian CSO SDG Alliance and the founding principal officer of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Malaysia chapter. Alizan holds an MSc in sustainable development from University of Uppsala.