The Istanbul Network Council members have fiduciary responsibilities towards the Foundation and are referred together as Council in accordance with the Malaysian laws, where the Foundation is registered. 


Wan Saiful Wan Jan (Chairman)

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is Founding Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (, Malaysia. He is also Board Member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (, Honorary Advisor to the Malaysia China Chamber of Commerce (, and member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia. Wan Saiful lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he worked for several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is a regular contributor to several national and regional newspapers. His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.


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Ali Salman (CEO)

Ali is an economist by training and author of “Discord between Social Justice and Economic Freedom in Islam”. He is a founding member of Istanbul Network for Liberty. He is also the founder of Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) – Pakistan’s leading free market think tank. Earlier, he has worked as a consultant and trainer for major international development organizations, public sector organizations and non-profits; worked in the government, academia and private sector. He has held a Fulbright scholarship, Royal Netherlands Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship and has master degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration. He writes fortnightly for Express Tribune, a partner publication of International Herald Tribune/New York Times. 


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Dr. Edo Omercevic

Edo Omerčević started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he obtained his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree while at the International University of Sarajevo he obtained his Ph.D. in Economics. After more than a decade of working in the academic sector, he chose a change and is now active as an independent business consultant. Mr. Omercevic is also a co-founder and the executive director of the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that has a mission to identify and advocate policy solutions that improve Bosnia’s business climate, governance and economic freedom.


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Dr. Nouh Elharmouzi

Nouh Elharmouzi is Editor of the Arabic-language news and analysis site ( of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation / Cato Institute (USA) and university professor at Ibn Toufail University in Kenitra, Morocco.  He is also Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco. He served as a university professor for five years at Paul Cézanne University in France, teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy & Thought.  His main research focus is on institutional dynamics, ideological beliefs, and their relationship with the process of development.  He published many articles and research papers in various periodicals and wrote “Underdevelopment in the Arab-Muslim world: what is the role of non-formal institutions?” [Le sous-développement dans le monde arabo-musulman: Quel est le rôle des institutions informelles?]


Souad Adnane

Souad Adnane

Souad Adnane is Foreign Relations Coordinator at the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco.  She is a women’s rights activist. She served as a project coordinator for five years in different local and international NGOs. She is currently in charge of coordinating and monitoring a community development program aiming at improving life conditions of vulnerable populations in the MENA region.


Linda Whetstone

Linda Whetstone

Linda Whetstone is Chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Istanbul Network for Liberty. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organiser of MPS meetings in Nairobi in 2007 and Istanbul in 2011.  She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.


Özlem Çağlar Yılmaz

Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz

Ozlem has been Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) executive director of the projects conducted with NED titled “Promoting Democratic and Secular State an Rule of Law” between 2008-2009; “Developing the Idea of Democratization among opinion leaders” in 2010; as well as coordinator of various projects on entrepreneurship, and “Islam Civil Society and Market Economy” with Center for International Private Enterprise. Along with Ozlem’s coordination ALT partnered with NED funded projects of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy for programs in Ankara.











Mohammed Amin

Mohammed Amin was born in Pakistan but has lived in the UK since the age of 2. He is a Cambridge mathematics graduate, a chartered accountant, a chartered tax advisor and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Before retirement, he was a tax partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, their UK Head of Islamic Finance and a member of PwC’s UK Supervisory Board. In retirement, Amin divides his time between several political and interfaith organisations, mentoring individuals, and writing and speaking in the media. His website contains most of his past writings and some of his media appearances.