Associate Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) and Executive Director, Nehginpao Kipgen Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (NKCSEAS)
B.Soc.Sci. (National University of Singapore);
M.Sc., Ph.D. (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Dr Mustafa Izzuddin is Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Nehginpao Kipgen Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He also holds and has held adjunct and visiting teaching and research fellowships in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, China, United Kingdom, and the United States. He has also, in the past three years, served as a Senior International Affairs Analyst and Consultant at Solaris Strategies Singapore. A Fulbright Scholar and a keen observer of Southeast Asian affairs for the past 15 years, Dr Mustafa received his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) after successfully completing his dissertation on Malaysia-China relations.
Dr Mustafa serves on several international advisory or editorial boards of academic journals of repute. He has also been serving as a consultant for the Department of Dialogue and Cultural Diversity at the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), which comes under the purview of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Dr Mustafa is a known political pundit and frequent media commentator related to matters pertaining to Singapore and Southeast Asia. He has pioneered work on neoclassical realism in Southeast Asia and has helped lead the way for more research to be conducted on small states and middle powers in Southeast Asia, diasporic studies, and internationalization of interfaith dialogue. He is also interested in analyzing the multifaceted relations at the regional and country levels between South Asia and Southeast Asia, and more recently, between Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
Dr Mustafa has produced more than 200 articles and commentaries, supervised and mentored over 100 youths and students, and has spoken at more than 150 seminars and conferences in the span of 15 years. He has briefed and provided consultancy services to more than 50 institutions and organizations, including universities in South and Southeast Asia, places of worship such as mosques, government ministries, non-governmental organizations chiefly in the social service sector, private sector companies, and Diplomatic Corps. Dr Mustafa is an award-winning educator, having taught over 20 university courses in the past 10 years and provided educational leadership in curriculum development, especially in the field of culture and international relations. He is proficient in several languages spoken in the countries of Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Outside of academia, Dr Mustafa has served more than 25 years as a volunteer-leader with the Singapore Malay/Muslim community and the wider society, sitting on several management boards and garnering a wealth of experience in public relations and raising funds. During the pandemic period, in the course of three months, Dr Mustafa raised more than US$450,000 to help the underprivileged in Singapore society. He was recently inducted as a member of the Inter-Religious Organisation of Singapore and an advisor to the National Youth Achievement Award Gold Award Holders’ Alumni of Singapore. He has received a number of local, regional and international awards for his voluntary leadership and community service, including the Junior Chamber International (JCI)’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World 2019. A modest philanthropist, Dr Mustafa has donated several university prizes to inspire graduating students to achieve academic excellence, give back to society and embrace regional or global citizenship.
At both the academic and non-academic fronts in the past seven years, Dr Mustafa has been playing a pivotal role as an interlocutor in forging regional and global partnerships and international collaborations between universities, institutions and non-governmental organizations.