About Hezri Adnan


Dr Hezri Adnan is a development specialist and formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority. Hezri holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Australian National University.

From 2015 to June 2018, Hezri served as a Member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP), a UN Environment expert body that focuses on strategic issues of resource scarcity, efficiency and decoupling. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), and currently holds visiting status as Honorary Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University and Adjunct Professor at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). He was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at Kyoto University, Japan.

Dr Hezri has consulted for international organizations such as UNDP, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNRISD, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, on many issues related to development and environmental challenges in the developing world. His past and current advisory roles include Cleared Advisor for the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industries, Member of the Advisory Council for WWF Malaysia, and Co-Chair of the Penang Green Agenda Advisory Committee as well as a Board Member of the Penang Green Council.

Hezri has been awarded research fellowships by various institutions abroad, including the Australian Studies Fellowship by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth of Australia, International Leadership Programme by the United States Department of State, and the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship by The Nippon Foundation. Among Dr Hezri’s over 100 publications is a book entitled The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future which was funded by Perdana Prime Minister’s Exchange Fellowship.