Karim Raslan

Founder, KRA Group


Karim Raslan is the founder of the KRA Group, an ASEAN-focused public affairs and political risk consultancy. As a graduate of the University of Cambridge, Mr. Raslan has developed a deep understanding of business and politics across Southeast Asia.

Mr. Raslan's writings have appeared in multiple languages, including English, Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Vietnamese, Thai and Burmese.

His latest series of columns, Ceritalah ASEAN ("Tell me a story, ASEAN"), is syndicated in Indonesia (Kompas.com), Malaysia (Astro Awani and Sin Chew), the Philippines (ABS-CBN), Vietnam (Tuoi Tre Newspaper), Thailand (Post Today), Myanmar (the Irrawaddy) and Hong Kong (the South China Morning Post). The columns are now augmented by an extensive social media presence, including Facebook in targeted language markets.

He has also helmed a series of well-received documentaries, including Ceritalah Malaysia (2012), Ceritalah Indonesia (2014) and Keberagamaan Agama ("Religious Diversity", 2017).

Mr. Raslan is the author of five books, Ceritalah: Malaysia in Transition, Heroes and Other Stories, Ceritalah 2: Journeys through Southeast Asia and Ceritalah 3: Malaysia the Dream Deferred as well as his first Bahasa Indonesia-language book, Ceritalah Indonesia.

In 2018, he started his website for Ceritalah by Karim Raslan.