Aizat Shamsuddin


He is the founder and non-executive director of the Initiative to Promote Tolerance and Prevent Violence (INITIATE.MY). For the past 7 years, he has been a staunch analyst and practitioner in the field of traditional and non-traditional security and its nexus with crime and ideology. This includes hate and violent extremism in the real and digital spaces, inter-group conflicts and post-pandemic organised crime – in the context of Southeast Asia and Muslim-majority. For most of the time, he leads niche database development, writes commissioned reports and engages in policy discussions. In doing these, his priorities are to minimise the threats to security and promote preventive measures for resilience. In recognition of his work in peace and security, he received Australia Awards scholarship from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ASEAN in 2018. Aizat obtained a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne in 2020 specialising in counterterrorism, conflict studies and political Islam. Aizat was also trained in Sharia and law in a 5-year bachelor’s degree at the Islamic Science University of Malaysia. He is an alumnus of German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and American Council of Young Political Leaders since 2018.