Prominent Industry Leaders Appointed as Taylor’s Bachelor of Social Science Adjunct Professors

Taylor’s two new Social Science degrees; the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in International Relations (BSS-IR) and Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Social Innovation in Change (BSS-SIC) will be launched in April 2021. One key feature of these degrees is that they will be taught by Prominent Leaders who are shaping and contributing to the evolution of International Relations and Social Innovation & Change nationally and globally. These programmes will incorporate the emerging leader’s greenhouse models that will enable students to unlock their potential by shadowing and learning from prominent national leaders both on and off-campus for the entire duration of their undergraduate degree.


For this reason, the programme has appointed several prominent national and international leaders to share their knowledge, experience, and passion as leaders in international relations or social innovation and change. These national and international thought leaders will serve as advocates and successful role models for the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), co-teach modules to nurture the students as future leaders, and establish and grow industry partnerships with partner industrial organisations, international organisations, and relevant local, state and national government agencies. We are pleased to welcome our newly appointed Adjuncts to lead the way for the ever-closer relations of the programme to the industrial practice and leadership.


Dato’ Dr. Ilango Karuppannan is an academic achiever, seasoned diplomat and an established high government official. Academically, he was trained at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for his Bachelor and Master degree. He obtained his second Master in International Relations from L'Institut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP), Paris and his Ph.D from Universiti Malaya. He has a long list of amazing service experience as a high-ranking officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.


Dr. Carmelo Ferlito is a well-known economist who regularly appears in the Malaysian media. He received his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. from the University of Verona majoring in Economics. He is the Director of Petersime Southeast Asia Sdn Bhd. Dr. Carmelo is acknowledged for his long contribution to economics. He has served as the Director of the Center for Market Education Malaysia since 2019 as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) since 2012.


Mr. Ali Salman is the Managing Trustee of PRIME Institute Pakistan and CEO of Islam and Liberty Network, a global platform for researchers and academics. He was the former CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) Malaysia. An economist, public policy expert and a think tank professional, he has worked in the government, private businesses, NGOs, and universities. In 2013, he founded the Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an independent economic policy think tank in Pakistan.


Mr. Rashvin Pal Singh has been the CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, since 2013. He leads the Business Development and Strategic direction of the organization, whilst keeping in touch with the day-to-day operations. Mr. Rashvin’s main areas of passion and focus lie in the fields of Sustainable Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and alternative models to growth economics. He strongly believes in creating change through putting in place innovative business models, financial transparency, and using open source and collaborative principles.