Hello, my name is Swee Kheng.


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Council on Foreign Relations (for the Global Health Initiative)

Council on Councils (an initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations)

South China Morning Post (op-eds in Hong Kong)

Vital Signs (column in The Star, Malaysia)

ISSUES (monographs for Penang Institute, Malaysia)

Malaysiakini (essays for Malaysiakini)

The Edge (longer essays to The Edge, Malaysia)

New Mandala (on Southeast Asia, hosted by Australia National University)


Health: The Nuts & Bolts (radio show on BFM)

Health Matters (TV show on Astro Awani)

Public Talks & Lectures


I am currently a Master of Public Policy student in the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

I receive fair value compensation for my columns in The Star (Malaysia) and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).

I do not receive any financial benefit, compensation or other consideration from my work for the Malaysian Health Coalition or its member societies, or from my fellowships, other writings for other platforms, and speaking & media engagements. Since April 2019, I do not receive any regular salary or benefit from any organisations, companies, legal entities or individuals. I hold no shares in any companies, and declare no conflicts of interest.

Professional Intro

I’m an interdisciplinary Health Systems, Health Policies & Global Health practitioner.

I’ve performed roles in the government, private, non-profit and academic sectors in five practice areas:
1. Clinical Medicine (2006-2010)
2. Refugee & Disaster Relief (2003-2008, 2011, 2015)
3. Clinical Research & Medical Affairs (2011-2012)
4. Healthcare Anti-Corruption & Governance (2013-2019)
5. Health Systems, Health Policy & Global Health (from 2019).

I’ve lived, worked or studied in nine countries across four continents. My professional experience covers >90 countries in Africa, Asia (including China & Central Asia), Europe (including Russia & Ukraine), the Middle East and all Least Developed Countries.

Initially trained as a physician, I have postgraduate degrees in Internal Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) and Public Health (Berkeley).

As a fun fact, I can say “thank you” in 65 languages (including Sign Language).

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