Dr. Carmelo Ferlito

Carmelo Ferlito is the CEO of the Center for Market Education (CME) and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a Research Advisor for Provalindo Nusa in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a Senior Fellow at the Property Rights Alliance in Washington, DC.

Carmelo Ferlito earned a Master in Economics (2003) and a Ph.D. in Economic History (2007) from the University of Verona in Italy. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as researcher with several Italian universities, including University of Verona, Salento University and University of Macerata. In 2017 he was Visiting Scholar at the University of Bergamo. Between 2013 and 2019 he has taught Microeconomic Theory and Policy and History of Economic Thought at INTI International College Subang (Subang Jaya) and at Universiti Kuala Lumpur-MFI (Bangi). As recognized international speaker, he has delivered guest lectures in prestigious institutions in Malaysia, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore and Indonesia.

His research activity is devoted to further expand free market economics as taught by the Austrian School of Economics, with particular reference to business cycle analysis, capital theory and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Ferlito is author of seven books and more than forty scientific papers.

He has applied his theoretical analysis to policy studies, in particular to monetary policy and macroeconomic analysis, the Malaysian property market and housing policies and to the issues of financial literacy, cost of living and agricultural policies. His opinions are regularly reported by Malaysian and international media.

Sammie Lee

Ms Sammie Lee is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Personal Assistant (PA) to the CEO of the Center for Market Education (CME).

Sammie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wollongong (Australia) and has developed extensive accounting and finance experience working with multinational companies from Europe and Canada.

She is specialized in a wide range of general management operations and particularly in financial reporting and data analysis.

While coordinating the financial operations of both CME branches in Malaysia and Indonesia, Ms Lee also closely assists the CEO in running the think-tank multifaceted activities.

Nick Chong

Nick Chock is the Project Coordinator for the Center for Market Education. Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce Economics and Finance from the University of Wollongong (Australia) and has developed extensive know-how on finance, office administration, logistic and customer service experience working with multinational companies from Europe and Canada.

Nick is specialised in coordinating logistic shipment and office management for more than 12 years. He is well-versed in building long-term relationships with customers. Nick had developed a team, which had achieved a constant 15% growth in sales by building good relationship and providing ‘hassle free’ atmosphere for customer.

Nick had a strong administration background which allow him to easily coordinate tasks within the organisation and with the suppliers. He had experience in creating a win-win-win situation which allow the organisation, customers and suppliers are satisfied with the program he is coordinating.

Nick had a passion in Data Analyst and had knowledge in building Power BI. He translated the raw data of a company and developed a ‘Instant Live KPI’’ for his management for better and faster management decision. This allows his management to have a helicopter view on the progress of their business and immediately tackles any issue that arises.

Imran Shamsunahar

Imran Shamsunahar is a Research Assistant for the Center for Market Education. He also works as a freelance writer, having written mostly on Asia Pacific and Southeast Asian affairs for publications including Nikkei Asia, the Diplomat, National Interest, Quillette, and the South China Morning Post. He’s been quoted in Benar News regarding security issues in Malaysia and also interviewed on Australia's ABC Radio News regarding Indonesia's 2019 elections.