Elina Noor joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in April 2018. Her areas of focus at DKI APCSS are international security and cyberspace; countering violent extremism; and Southeast Asia.
Prior to arriving at DKI APCSS, she spent most of her career at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she last served as Director, Foreign Policy & Security Studies. While there, she worked closely with the Malaysian and other governments on a range of strategic and regional issues, including the Malaysian Cabinet-mandated national interest analysis on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She was also the Secretary of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a 21-member Track Two regional security network.
Ms. Noor was a key team member of the Brookings Institution’s Project on US Relations with the Islamic World in its formative years post-September 11, 2001. Prior to that, she researched weapons of mass destruction terrorism at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Washington, DC.
Elina serves on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. She is also a member of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)’s roster of experts in supporting the UN’s work on building member states’ cyber-related capacity. She holds fellowships at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia and Pacific Forum.
Ms. Noor read law at Oxford University and earned her Blue playing ice hockey there. She obtained an LL.M in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, graduating with distinction at the top of her class. A recipient of the Perdana (Malaysian Prime Minister’s) Fellowship, she also holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University where she was a Women in International Security scholar.