Hezri is the director of technology, environment, and sustainability at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, a public policy and international affairs think tank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studies comparative public policy, specializing in natural resources governance, sustainable development strategy, and the green economy. He has held research fellowships including the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship, awarded by the Nippon Foundation. He currently holds a visiting appointment as an associate fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Hezri received a doctorate in public policy from the Australian National University.