The Centre’s background, driving principles, and introduction to its core members.


As the world climate continues to change and becomes even more unpredictably dynamic, our Director Prof. Dr. Fakhru’l-Razi Ahmadun had the vision of propelling Malaysia towards a more prepared and more resilient country.

The National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM) realises this mutual goal and thus the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Research Centre was brought to life officially on February 2017. Located at the Langkawi Room of the Marine Centre, the HADR Research Centre is surrounded by tranquility and that belies the challenges faced in the field of disaster management.

Immediately following its conception, the HADR Research Centre began to integrate itself in several projects revolving around emergency response and disaster preparedness within the country. With the vision of the Centre reflected in its logo, the Centre hoped to make its presence not only known, but more importantly bring advancement in the field of disaster preparedness and response across the country.



To become the leading regional research centre in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

HADR Research Centre is committed to be a centre of excellence for research, training and consultancy based on interdisciplinary approach that contributes to the development of the country and humanity.

  1. To conduct and identify HADR research and consultancy needs/priorities across discipline, sectors and regions.
  2. To enhance and support civil-military operations coordination (CMOC).
  3. One-stop centre for HADR and disaster/emergency management, humanitarian logistics, training, and competencies.
  4. To conduct strategic and policy research in HADR.
  1. Review, optimise, and develop best practices to adapt them to national and regional socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions.
  2. Engage and collaborate with suitable institutes/organisations to conduct training, competencies, collaborative research and consultancies.
  3. Conduct activities to comply with national and international framework wherever applicable.
  4. Collaborate and coordinate HADR activities with the Malaysian Armed Forces.