Dr. Nasharudin Mat Isa is the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation, an organisation established as a referral point for the consolidation and dissemination of information and material pertaining to moderation and the fight against extremism.
Concurrently, he is also Chairman of the Nassar Foundation as well as recently being appointed as a panel member of the Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for the term August 2016-2017.
Dr. Nasharudin Mat Isa was also formerly a two-term Member of the Malaysian Parliament, from 1999-2004 (Yan) and 2008-2013 (Bachok), in addition to prior lecturing stints at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) respectively.
Dr. Nasharudin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Islamic Jurispudence from the University of Jordan, an MA in Comparative Law from the International Islamic University of Malaysia and a PhD in Education (Leadership) at the Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
There has been a lot of confusion when we talk about extremism and moderation; and while it is somewhat undeniably relative, there remains the germane need for the narratives of moderation to be properly defined, diplomatically disseminated in a most just and intellectual manner. The propagation of moderation to all spheres of society – from the elites to the masses – is most necessary so as to combat extremism, handle negative and unwarranted perceptions to even to managing differences. In general terms, moderation is an act of balance between two extremes or tendencies in handling issues and conflicts. Moderation – as a philosophy – is an area that translates to the various faiths and cultures of the world and we believe that it can play a part in navigating the global scenario that we are currently facing, especially in bridging differences and resolving disputes.