Yeong Joo Kean is a Malaysian lawyer with a postgraduate degree from the University of London. She was in private practice for 11 years before joining IBFAN-ICDC in 1999. During her practising years, Joo Kean was awarded 2 Chevening Scholarships from the British High Commission to pursue her legal education in public interest work, an area she now actively pursues. Her work at ICDC has taken her out of the courtrooms into the international health arena where she trains government officials, policy makers and civil society organisations in Code implementation and Code monitoring at the international, regional and national levels.
Joo Kean helms ICDC’s Code monitoring programme and is in charge of ICDC’s periodic publications like its flagship global monitoring report, Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules, State of the Code by Country and other Code publications like the Code Essentials series.
Based in Penang, Malaysia, Joo Kean also acts as consultant to national governments on Code projects, which includes legislative drafting and training. Her work assignments have taken her to many countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.