Professor Hajjah Ruhanas graduated with M.A from Sorbonne University, Paris, Post Graduate Diploma in Political Studies from Institut d?ˉEtudes Politiques, Paris, B.A
(Hons.) in International Relations and Post Graduate Diploma in Translation from University of Malaya.
She is a Professor at the Department of Strategic Studies, Faculty of Management and Defence Studies (FPPP), National Defence University of Malaya (UPNM). She is a qualified translator and has taught extensively in Malaysia and abroad amongst others she has served as the Department Head of International and Strategic Studies in University of Malaya, a Lecturer and Professor in the Department of International Relations and Security Studies, National University of Malaya (UKM) and Malaysian Armed Forced Defence College, Kuala Lumpur. Professor Hajjah Ruhanas researches, lectures and publishes on her area of expertise which include Malaysia’s foreign policy, national security and peace building and regional integration.
Professor Hajjah Ruhanas is currently the Distinguished Fellow at the Malaysian Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Senior Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MIDAS) and Senior Fellow at the Regional Centre for Security Studies Kuala Lumpur.
Apart from making a mark as an expert on Malaysia's national security, Professor Hajjah Ruhanas has also distinguished herself as Malaysia's leading expert on Indo-China. Besides teaching and researching, she has translated books and articles from French into Malay (published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka). As a linguist, she speaks fluent Malay-Indonesian, English and French, and intermediate German and basic Vietnamese. She is also actively involved in community volunteer works and NGOs.
Professor Hajjah Ruhanas was appointed to the Board on 2 July 2018 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.