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SDGs can guide our Covid-19 recovery

Development need not leave out anyone and should lift everyone out of... Read More

The net zero journey: What board members need to know

Presentation by: Alizan Mahadi Date: 13 July 2021 Presentation about the "Policy... Read More

Market forces push race to zero to forefront

Businesses, countries risk losing out if they fail to adopt net-zero emission... Read More

BFM Podcast: Translating green policies, councils and plans into real action

Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Philip See With... Read More

Budget 2021: Will Malaysia keep up with the Global Green Economy Transition?

By Alizan Mahadi and Darshan Joshi Joe Biden is set to become the... Read More

Make environment a security issue

By Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari Two incidents last month reminded us... Read More

Pandemic should pave way for green new deal

WHILE Malaysia has made huge strides in modernising and diversifying our economy,... Read More

Building resilience, adaptability vital

ON April 3, as Covid-19 was spreading around the world, Cyclone Harold... Read More

Covid-19 is a reminder of our relationship with Nature

Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari which appeared in Malay Mail... Read More

We should unite on climate action

Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nur Syahirah Khanum which appeared in New... Read More

Trash Talk: Is waste emerging as a new security threat?

In 1991, former chief economist of the World Bank Lawrence Summers caused... Read More

Environment can threaten health, security

SUSTAINABILITY and environmental issues caught the headlines globally and in Malaysia last... Read More

Climate Resilient Growth May Be Our Only Option

IN 1988, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen raised... Read More

The case for a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy

LAST week, environment ministers from around the world met at the United... Read More

Look Beyond Government to Boost Multilateralism

As the role of states wanes, countries that provide space and incentives... Read More

Clearing the Air on Our Basic Right to Clean Air

As the smog engulfs the region, many have questioned whether we are... Read More

Navigating the Technological Revolution

Imagine a world where computers grow the food we eat, drones construct... Read More

A New Climate of Cooperation

Last Saturday, the Paris agreement on climate change was struck and hailed... Read More

Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

IMPRESSIVE INITIATIVES: Translating rhetoric into solutions requires collective action If a dollar... Read More

A Sustainable World by 2030

WHAT can we do today for a better world in 2030? What... Read More

Raising Literacy on Sustainability Issues

EL Nino is reported by the World Meteorological Organisation to have 60-88... Read More

Clearing up Muddy Waters in Supply Issues

By Alizan Mahadi which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 January 2013 Read More

Governing Climate Change: Challenges for a Coherent ASEAN Policy on Climate Change

Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry... Read More

Warding off Easter Island Syndrome

Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in The New Straits Times, 7... Read More

Happy to be Rich

Has your life been 4.7 per cent better within the last three... Read More

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Mr Alizan Mahadi

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.


Published Articles

SDGs can guide our Covid-19 recovery

23 July 2021
Development need not leave out anyone and should lift everyone out of poverty towards a more prosperous, just nation. LAST week, amid the record number of Covid-19 cases, Malaysia presented its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations. While some may question the relevance of long-term and lofty targets when Malaysia…

The net zero journey: What board members need to know

13 July 2021
Presentation by: Alizan Mahadi Date: 13 July 2021 Presentation about the "Policy impact on corporate climate change responses" at an online forum hosted by Climate Governance Malaysia, titled “The net zero journey: What board members need to know”.  

Market forces push race to zero to forefront

28 June 2021
Businesses, countries risk losing out if they fail to adopt net-zero emission targets.  LAST week, naturalist David Attenborough called on all of us to take responsibility to address the climate crisis. While the message was not surprising, the platform from which he delivered it was.   The natural historian was the guest speaker at Malaysia’s Joint…

BFM Podcast: Translating green policies, councils and plans into real action

22 April 2021
Produced by: Arleen Webber Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Philip See With the Malaysian Climate Change Action Council and the National Low Carbon City Master Plan, we ask Alizan Mahadi from ISIS how Malaysia will be able to deliver on its promises and meet COP26 commitments. BFM 89.9 - https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/translating-green-policies-into-real-action 

Budget 2021: Will Malaysia keep up with the Global Green Economy Transition?

14 November 2020
By Alizan Mahadi and Darshan Joshi Joe Biden is set to become the next president of the United States of America, and many analysts have predicted that 2021 will see an acceleration in the global transition towards a green economy. With climate change one of his priority areas, Biden is aiming to rejoin the Paris Climate…

Make environment a security issue

09 October 2020
By Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari Two incidents last month reminded us about the absurd juxtaposition when it comes to environmental security in Malaysia. On Sept 3, water disruptions affected 1.2 million households in the Klang Valley, due to the act of river pollution. On Sept 10, Kuala Lumpur was hit by flash floods, with…

Pandemic should pave way for green new deal

22 August 2020
WHILE Malaysia has made huge strides in modernising and diversifying our economy, the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated our continued reliance on our natural resource base, in particular, oil and gas. The restrictions on movement enforced in most parts of the world resulted in reduced demand for oil, with Brent crude oil price dropping to as…

Building resilience, adaptability vital

19 May 2020
ON April 3, as Covid-19 was spreading around the world, Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu, a small island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With its economy that is heavily dependent on tourism already suffering, relief efforts were made difficult as resources were dedicated to combating Covid-19. The twin crisis in Vanuatu…

Covid-19 is a reminder of our relationship with Nature

28 March 2020
Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari which appeared in Malay Mail 28 March 2020 One of the few pieces of seemingly good news to come out in these troubling times is what might be called the return of Nature. Many on social media worldwide were joyous when pictures of dolphins swimming in the canals…

We should unite on climate action

23 January 2020
Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nur Syahirah Khanum which appeared in New Straits Times 20 January 2020 THE year 2019 saw greater action from all over the world calling for increased national ambition to address the climate crisis. Most notably, Greta Thunberg became Time magazine’s Person of the Year, making her the youngest person ever…

Trash Talk: Is waste emerging as a new security threat?

16 January 2020
In 1991, former chief economist of the World Bank Lawrence Summers caused a stir when he laid out an argument that the economic logic behind dumping toxic waste in developing countries was “impeccable”. The logic goes that more migration of dirty industries and toxic waste to developing countries should take place because it was cheaper…

Environment can threaten health, security

14 October 2019
SUSTAINABILITY and environmental issues caught the headlines globally and in Malaysia last month. In New York, as part of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the Climate Action and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summits were held. Swedish activist GretaThunberg, 16, stole the limelight with a rousing speech that put the blame on world leaders for…

Climate Resilient Growth May Be Our Only Option

24 July 2019
IN 1988, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen raised the alarm on climate change by telling a United States congressional hearing that, with 99 per cent confidence, human activity was responsible for the rise in global temperature. More than 30 years onwards, climate action is all the rage. Perhaps most notably, led…

The case for a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy

19 March 2019
LAST week, environment ministers from around the world met at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, with one of its agenda being to agree an implementation plan towards a pollution-free planet. At the same time, almost 4,000 people were reportedly treated for inhaling toxic fumes due to the dumping of hazardous wastes into Sungai…

Look Beyond Government to Boost Multilateralism

23 August 2018
As the role of states wanes, countries that provide space and incentives for non-state actors stand a better chance at achieving meaningful progress. AMIDST the ongoing trade tensions, the High Level Political Forum, the United Nation’s meeting to review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ended on a sobering note last month. A ministerial…

Clearing the Air on Our Basic Right to Clean Air

23 August 2016
As the smog engulfs the region, many have questioned whether we are doing enough to hold those responsible accountable. The challenge is that resolving the problem is mostly beyond Malaysia’s jurisdiction. Pollution from haze is transboundary and respects no borders, with its severity depending on the number and proximity to hotspots, or burning activities resulting…

Navigating the Technological Revolution

14 June 2016
Imagine a world where computers grow the food we eat, drones construct our buildings and robots diagnose our illnesses. It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie but many of these technologies already exist and may fundamentally alter our lives. Following on from the advent of steam and water power, electricity and then computers,…

A New Climate of Cooperation

15 December 2015
Last Saturday, the Paris agreement on climate change was struck and hailed as a historic turning point towards averting a climate catastrophe. Along with the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals, conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations and establishment of the Asean Community, we approach the end of 2015 as a landmark year for global and…
Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

03 March 2015
IMPRESSIVE INITIATIVES: Translating rhetoric into solutions requires collective action If a dollar is gained every time sustainable development is mentioned, it will probably be enough to fund all the solutions to combat the world's most pressing challenges. At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, influential figures such as Bill Gates, Unilever CEO Paul Polman…
A Sustainable World by 2030

A Sustainable World by 2030

11 November 2014
WHAT can we do today for a better world in 2030? What are the development goals that will chart a path to a future that we all want? These are the lofty questions that are being asked at the United Nations in charting out a new development path that addresses the challenge of pursuing human…

Raising Literacy on Sustainability Issues

08 July 2014
EL Nino is reported by the World Meteorological Organisation to have 60-88 per cent likelihood to be fully established between now and December. As this phenomenon looms, the nation faces important decisions to prepare for any adverse impacts it may bring to our wellbeing such as water shortages, air pollution and food security. It is…
water shortage

Clearing up Muddy Waters in Supply Issues

29 January 2013
By Alizan Mahadi which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 January 2013
climate change

Governing Climate Change: Challenges for a Coherent ASEAN Policy on Climate Change

02 November 2012
Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), September 2012, p. 4-5
mangrove

Warding off Easter Island Syndrome

09 August 2012
Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in The New Straits Times, 7 August, 2012 Attachments: Alizan_NST_7Aug12.pdf

Happy to be Rich

05 June 2012
Has your life been 4.7 per cent better within the last three months? If the economic indicator in the form of gross domestic product (GDP) accurately reflects personal well-being, this statement would ring true as the figure quoted is Malaysia's GDP growth rate for the first quarter of this year. However, the notion of GDP…
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