The Penang Institute is funded by the Penang state government. It was established in 1997 (as SERI, the Socio-economic and Environmental Research Institute), and underwent a name change in 2011. The Institute aims to: contribute towards making public policy-making in Penang and in Malaysia; provide platforms for intellectual and professional exchanges on critical, current and strategic issues affecting Penang and its surrounding region; promote interest in Penang’s cultural activities, and specifically in literary pursuits; aid academic research in general through the maintenance of a research library.
Areas of focus
Founder gender: Both male and female founders
Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2020): Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng (Executive Director)
Leader gender: Male Leader(s) (2019): Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng
Leader gender: Male