His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah ascended to the throne of Perak on 29 May 2014 upon the demise of his father, His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah. Sultan Nazrin Shah is Chancellor of the University of Malaya; Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford; Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College and St Edmund’s College, both Cambridge; Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies; Royal Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia; and Royal Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security.
His Royal Highness was the Financial Ambassador and is currently the Royal Patron for Malaysia’s Islamic Finance Initiative. Besides his constitutional duties in Malaysia, Sultan Nazrin Shah served as Co-Chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. He has also served as Malaysia’s Special Envoy for Interfaith and Inter-Civilisational Dialogue at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations.
His research interests are in the area of economic and political development in developing countries. His previous publications include Charting The Economy: Early 20th Century Malaya and Contemporary Malaysian Contrasts (OUP, 2017) and Striving for Inclusive Development: From Pangkor to a Modern Malaysian State (OUP, 2019). He has written articles and spoken on a wide range of issues including constitutional monarchy, nation-building, governance, Islam, Islamic finance, ethno-religious relations, education, and socio-economic development. His Royal Highness holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.