With a background in policy research and analysis, as well as experience in advocacy networks, Sofiah Jamil's passion in Hornbills stems from the need to break down silos to transform rhetoric on "multi-stakeholder collaboration" into reality.
Sofiah is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, which recognises professional competency in higher education. She is also in her final year as a PhD candidate at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Research Associate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In RSIS, she has been working on the area of non-traditional security since the middle of 2006. She has co-led two programmes: Climate Change, Environmental Security and Natural Disasters; and Energy Security. Her research and writing focuses on policy-relevant perspectives on the environment in the Asian region. Sofiah's recent publications include "Beyond Food For Fuel: The Little Red Dot' in GCC-ASEAN Relations" in Asia -Gulf Economic Relations in the 21st Century, eds. T. Niblock & M. Malik (2013); “Development as a double-edged sword: Managing environmental movement in Singapore’s urban environment” in Environmental Movements around the world: Shades of Green in Politics and Culture (2013), eds. T. Doyle & S. MacGregor; and two co-authored chapters in an edited volume on Energy and Non-Traditional Security in East Asia (2012).
Sofiah understands the importance of communication and people-to-people exchanges through her own in experience in several networks. In RSIS, Sofiah was a coordinator for the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia) and ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership. She was also part of the pioneer batches of two leadership programmes. First, the United States Institute of the Environment (USIE), a programme funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and hosted by the East-West Center in 2009. Second, the ASEAN-Australia Emerging Leaders programme supported by Asialink in 2011. She also serves on the Board of Management of the Young Association of Muslim Professionals (Young AMP) in Singapore and is a member of the WIEF Youth Network. In December 2010, Sofiah was featured in Singapore’s Berita Harian newspaper as 1 of 50 Singapore Malay/Muslims to look out for in terms of her work on environmental challenges. Sofiah has also been a speaker at international conferences such as the 2010 World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)’s Young Leaders Forum, the 2012 Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge and the 2013 Singapore International Energy Week.
Sofiah's appreciation for cross-cultural communication also extends to her joy in exploring the linguistical commonalities across cultures and societies. She is an aspiring polyglot and speaks English, Malay, Indonesian, German, Arabic, and Darija (in order of proficiency).