Dato’ Dr Hartini Zainuddin

Founder, Yayasan Chow Kit


HARTINI ZAINUDIN is a child activist in Malaysia. She works as a consultant for different, local humanitarian organizations as their fundraising and resource mobilization consultant and strategist. She was also South-East Asia’s focal person for the United Nation’s Relief Work Agency (UNRWA), working on the plight of Palestinian refugees and had previously worked for the Asia School of Business, as well as UNICEF, Malaysia. She conducted fundraising training with UNHCR Global too. Prior to these two positions, she was the CEO of Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin for 3 years.

She is the co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit (formerly known as NurSalam). She is also the Vice President of Voice of the Children, (founded in 2008) a local NGO that does advocacy work, law and policy reforms and training on children’s issues.

Hartini has been a member of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development’s National Advisory Council on the Welfare and Protection of Children and is a member of a few national task forces- Child Protection Policy Training, Child Trafficking, Stateless Children, Alternative to Detention of Children and the review of the Malaysian Adoption System. She did training here in Malaysia for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency on the issue of baby selling and child trafficking. She currently sits as a council member of the National Recovery Council, looking into food security and child protection issues within marginalized communities in Malaysia.