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We are a global team of highly-qualified consultants, comprising mainly social scientists (anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, ethno-linguists), information technologists, industrial designers and HR practitioners. The team came together to develop the concept of “anthropotechnology” as a business solution based on executive research to overcome emerging challenges faced by today’s multinational companies.

Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA)


Our research laboratory, namely “ANTROPOTEK” was founded at KITA, the Institute of Ethnic Studies, located on the campus of the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.

Our Team
Cognitive Psychologist
Maria Kozhevnikov, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Kozhevnikov is a cognitive psychologist specializing in Virtual Reality (VR). She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She has occupied various positions in the United States and Singapore, such as, the Director of Research, Department of Psychology, NUS; and the Program Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, US National Science Foundation. She is the author of several books and publications, which have become standard references in the VR Psychology field. Also, she is the author of the American patent, “Three-Dimensional Perspective Taking Ability Assessment Tool” and two other Copyrighted softwares on this subject. Thanks to her work, she has received numerous prizes and awards from around the world.

Cognitive Psychologist
Rozainee Khairudin, Ph.D.

Dr. Rozainee Khairudin is a cognitive psychologist specialized in psychology within the workplace. Her other research interests include, the study of Human Development and Neurocognitive Psychology. Dr. Rozainee is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology and Human Development at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and has been the head of the Human Development Program within the school. She has published within the “Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities”, and “The International Journal Of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management”. She is a member of the Malaysian Psychological Society (PSIMA) and is their head of publication.

Social Ergonomist
Nadia Chadourne

Nadia Chadourne is a social ergonomist specialized in Lean Management and psychosocial risks within the workplace. Trained as a work psychologist, she has 15 years of consultancy experience in HR training, organizational sociology, work team management and corporate stress management for several SMEs and big companies throughout France. She has led numerous projects on improving working conditions and psychosocial risks in the workplace through technical and methodological support of professional organizations, health services organisations and the Ministry of Labour in France.

Dr. James Collins
James Collins, Ph.D.

Dr. James T. Collins is a Ph.D. holder in linguistics. He focuses on the study of Malay dialects throughout Southeast Asia, and the description and classification of the minority languages of western Borneo. Dr. Collins is a principal research fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM). He is also Emeritus professor at the Northern Illinois University, U.S.A., where he was the director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. He served as a lecturer in linguistics at UKM; as Senior Research Associate at Cornell University; and as a professor of Indonesian language at the University of Hawaii. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas, El Paso (U.S.A.), Goethe-Universität (Germany), Leiden University (Netherlands), and at the International Institute of Asian Studies (Netherlands).

IO Psychologist
Fatimah Wati, Ph.D.

Dr. Fatimah wati Halim holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). She is a senior lecturer at the department of Psychology and Human Development Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, UKM and has been since 2009. She is actively involved in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Malaysian Psychological Association (PSIMA) and Army Family Welfare (BAKAT). Her professional experience has allowed her the opportunity to publish a number of papers, book chapters, policy papers and modules pertaining to psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology is her main focus of expertise, where she has been active in developing psychometric tools for the public and private sector. Recently, she provided a unique psychometric personality test module to analyse the psychological profile of STRAND Aerospace’s future-engineers, together with the Antropotek team at KITA, UKM.

Work Sociologist
Timo Giotto, Ph.D.

Timo Giotto is a sociologist specialized in the study of the workplace, and more precisely in the organization and optimization of time at work. Timo possesses extensive international experience, as he has worked on reconstruction programs for Tsunami affected areas in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia, and as Associate Dean for Enterprise in a private university in Malaysia. Timo is currently a research engineer and works on project-basis for the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS) in Toulouse area. For the past four years, he has been investigating a comparative study between France and Germany on working time capitalization, Health and decision-making power.  Timo Giotto speaks French, English, Italian and German.

Behavioural Analyst
Noor Ashikin Said

Noor Ashikin Said is specialized in anthropology applied within the workplace. She is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), the National University of Malaysia (UKM). She has been working as a Graduate Assistant Researcher within the research program entitled “Values’ Inculcation Program”, commissioned by MARA Aerospace and Technologies Sdn. Bhd. and co-funded by Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC). Based on her academic expertise and understanding of Malaysia, Noor Ashikin has collaborated on important research projects about technology transfer and anthropotechnology, particularly for the Aerospace industry in Malaysia.

Textual Analyst & Writer
Shada Bokir

Shada Bokir is a research textual analyst and creative writer; she has achieved her Master’s degree in Appalachian State University, NC (USA) in English literature. She has been working as a lecturer of language and literature in Hadharmout University (Yemen). She conducted successful research presentations both in Malaysia and Japan in topics related to cross culture literature and gender studies. She is also a member of Malaysia Writers’ Group as a published author of short fiction. Her textual analysis methodology aims at disclosing cultural elements encapsulated in various written forms of communication.

Cultural Anthropologist & Asia Specialist
Anisha Chai Mee Fong

Anisha Chai is an anthropologist by training and educationist by calling. She is both an effective and dedicated manager, and scholar – specialised in cultural anthropology, and food studies. Anisha has close to twenty years of extensive professional experience in managing academic units and teams, from a diverse background, in the private higher education sector in Malaysia.  She also has cumulated work experience in the hospitality industry sector. Having lived, worked and been educated in Taiwan for six years, she writes and speaks fluently in Mandarin.

Business Developer
Angeline Arumugam

Angeline is a project manager with experience managing large and complex projects in various fields such as consulting, power sector and investment banking. She has worked in the space of strategic operation and crisis management in her previous capacity. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, UKM, and Postgraduate in International business from St. Mary’s University, London, her passion has always been in the food and wellness industry and is currently pursuing Masters in Ayurvedic food studies with Institute of Ethnic Studies, KITA.