With a background in genetics and public health policy, Azrul has worked as a development and programme policy specialist for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience working on strategic health system issues related to access to healthcare, sexual reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, and humanitarian assistance.
Azrul is currently the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy. His previous positions have been with the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS); the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF); representing the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Azrul has also worked with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Malaysian AIDS Council.
He is co-founder of the CodeBlue health news website. Azrul is also a board member of the Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center). He is a writer, has been a columnist with two Malaysian media outlets, and is a co-presenter with BFM 89.9’s Health & Living program where he discusses health policy.