Centre Associates comprise experts who are scholars and practitioners of international repute who provide training and advice. The Associates are experts in their field of specialty, whom the Centre draws on from time to time to execute or deliver selected programmes.


Lutfi Hakim Ariff is an independent communications professional based in Kuala Lumpur. He has previously served in various roles in government, INGOs, research, and the private sector, in areas such as financial inclusion, human rights, and issues management. He also writes and produces a podcast on current affairs in Malaysia. He will serve as Asia Centre Malaysia’s contact person in Kuala Lumpur.


Atena Feraru is a postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. She is the author of the book Weak States, Vulnerable Governments, and Regional Cooperation: An ASEAN Case Study (Routledge, UK, 2022) and published articles in International Studies Review (open access), The Pacific Review, and Asian Development Policy Review (open access). Atena’s research interests center on ASEAN and non-Western regional cooperation, East and Southeast Asian politics, and state-society relations.