Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, more popularly known as Tunku ‘Abidin Muhriz, is the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia. He was educated at the Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School, Marlborough College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he obtained his BSc in Government and Sociology and MSc in Comparative Politics and Imperial History.
Tunku ‘Abidin worked in a number of London-based think tanks and the Houses of Parliament before moving to Washington DC to join the World Bank as a Public Sector Consultant. Upon returning to Kuala Lumpur in 2008, Tunku ‘Abidin worked at the United Nations Development Programme and a regional stakeholder management firm. Throughout, he helped to develop the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS, formerly known as the Malaysia Think Tank) which he co-founded in 2006. He has maintained his regular column Abiding Times in theSun since March 2008, and was a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore from March 2009 to August 2010.