Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is currently the president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) and Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh from 1999 to 2008. She was also the Leader of Opposition in Dewan Rakyat from March 2008 until 31 July 2008. She resigned her parliamentary seat for Permatang Pauh on 31 July 2008 to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who won the subsequent by-election on 26 August 2008.
In December 2009, Dr. Wan Azizah was awarded the “Distinguished Pathfinders Award” by The Board of Trustees of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation. The award was established by the Foundation to “honor distinguished contemporary leaders and global institutions, in all fields, whose life or mission resembles the path followed by the great Islamic Pathfinder, the second Caliph Omar Ibn Al Khattab”.