Professor Datuk Norma Mansor


Norma Mansor is the Director of SSRC, a position she holds since 2013.  She is a professor at the Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya where she served as the Dean from April 2004 to June 2009. She was appointed as Secretary of the National Economic Advisory Council in Prime Minister’s Department from July 2009 to May 2011. She was a Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor at Talinn University of Technology, Estonia in 2015.  Prior to these appointments, she has served as advisor and consultant to various government bodies and private organizations which include The National Institute Of Public Administration (INTAN), Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA), The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, International Labor Organization (ILO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU).

Her research interest includes public policy, governance and social protection.  She has written extensively in books and scholarly journals. She sits as Editor in Chief of Institutions and Economies Journal, Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Public Management and Money and guest editor to several academic journals.

Dr. Halimah Awang
Senior Research Fellow

Halimah Awang is a Senior Research Fellow at SSRC. She holds a PhD in Applied Statistics from Macquarie University, Australia. Her research interest includes social protection, ageing, education, and sexual and reproductive health. Her ongoing research projects include understanding ageing and retirement, savings adequacy among EPF members, social protection programs in the ASEAN region and Return to Work Program of injured workers. She was also involved as research consultant for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, National Population & Family Development Board (LPPKN), PLUS Expressways Berhad and Social Institute Malaysia.

She was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya from 2005 to 2012. She has also served as Academic Director at Stamford College in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia and is currently an Adjunct professor (Academic) at Binary University, Malaysia. As an academician she has extensively published in various international journals.

Dr. Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada (Guatemalan) is currently Senior Research Fellow at SSRC and Associate Fellow in the Centre of Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS) at Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA) in the University of Malaya (UM), since April 2001. Prior to joining University of Malaya, he was a tenured senior lecturer at Universidad de San Carlos (Guatemala). Dr. Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada has a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Malaya, Master’s degree in Economics from Otaru University (Hokkaido, Japan) and degree in Economics from Universidad de San Carlos (Guatemala). His main research fields are policy modeling, economic modelling, econographicology, natural disasters, terrorism, war and borders conflicts, economic indicators, international trade, and development of socio-economic issues.

His research, which has been published extensively in journals such as Journal of Policy Modeling, Disasters, Quality and Quantity, Singapore Economic Review, Panoeconomicus, Contemporary Economics, Defense and Peace Economics, Procedia Computer Sciences, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, Malaysian Journal of Science, and books, that revolves around policy-oriented topics relevant for worldwide long-term development, including policy modeling, natural disasters evaluation, war and border conflicts, social security, and food security issues.

Dr. Evangelos Koutronas
Junior Research Fellow

Evangelos Koutronas is a Junior Research Fellow at SSRC. Evangelos Koutronas holds a PhD in Economics with concentration in Social Security from University of Malaya. His research interests span a wide range of topics, including social security, economics of terrorism, natural disasters, war game theory, mathematical economic modelling, and labor economics.

Evangelos Koutronas specializes in business, financial and economic analysis. He has an overall 10-year working experience with significant exposure to a wide variety of business fields. He graduated with Bachelor of Science as well as his first Master in Business Administration with concentration in Finance from University of La Verne, California and his second Master in Economics with concentration in Financial Economics and International Trade & Economics from West Virginia University, both in United States. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he participated in two national-level competitions in Economics where he received two distinctions.