Tashny Sukumaran is a Senior Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies division of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia. Her research interests include domestic politics, labour migration, gender parity and equality, and the regional role and position of international human rights mechanisms.
She is the founder of 50-50 Malaysia, a tool to connect policymakers, journalists and members of the public with female experts in, on or from Malaysia. Tashny also operates Kolektif BungaRaya, a support group for survivors of sexual harassment and assault, and is active in Cybher, a feminist collective that seeks to reclaim online spaces for women.
Tashny was previously the Malaysia correspondent for the South China Morning Post where she wrote extensively on the Belt and Road Initiative in Malaysia. She holds a postgraduate degree in human rights law from SOAS, University of London. In her spare time she enjoys reading speculative fiction and collecting records.