Anwar Ibrahim


Honorary President, AccountAbility


General profile


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260 ICC

Office hours

By appointment


Anwar Ibrahim was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993-1998. He also served as Minister of Finance, Agriculture, Education, and Youth and Sports during his career in government. Highly respected for his principled stance against corruption and his skillful management of the Malaysian economy during the turbulent period of its financial crisis, Anwar is also viewed as one of the forefathers of the Asian Renaissance and a leading proponent of greater cooperation among civilizations. He is an ardent supporter of democracy and is an authoritative voice in bridging the gap between East and West.

Active on the national front, Anwar has also been highly engaged in the international arena. He has been a strong advocate for civilizational dialogue and has worked tirelessly towards the ideals of Convivencia, the mutual coexistence of civilizations and the interplay of different social, cultural, and spiritual ideas. Anwar also was Chairman of the Development Committee of World Bank and International Monetary Fund in 1998. During his tenure he strongly endorsed the initiatives of debt cancellation and reprieve for poor countries, particularly those in Africa.

Anwar was expected to succeed Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister of Malaysia but their relationship soured over policy disagreements and Anwar's strident campaign to combat corruption within the government. In 1998 he was the victim of a political assassination and smear campaign, and under the jurisdiction of a compromised judiciary he was convicted on trumped-up charges and sentenced to prison for 15 years. After serving six years in solitary confinement, Malaysia's Federal Court granted an appeal which led to his release in the fall of 2004.

Since then Anwar has championed the cause of democracy and freedom and has traveled and lectured around the world in support of greater transparency and accountability in business, government and non-governmental institutions. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Since 2004 he has also held lecturing positions at St. Anthony’s College at Oxford and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Anwar is a consultant to the World Bank in the areas of governance and accountability and in March 2006 he was appointed as Honorary President of the London based group AccountAbility.


  • Malay (speak, read, write)