Anas was born on 5 December 1980 (Hijri Calendar: 27th of Muharram 1401AH) at the Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield, England as the first child of ten siblings. He was raised in a family of moderate Muslims. Both his parents are lecturers at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Anas’ mother is from Kedah and his father is from Kuala Lumpur. Anas' maternal grandfather, Abdul Rahman bin Ibrahim was a Headmaster of a government school in Simpang Empat, Alor Setar Kedah.
Anas’ paternal grandfather, Mohd Zain bin Abu is of Bugis descent while his paternal grandmother, Siti Hajar binti Othman is of Minangkabau descent. Siti Hajar's father, Haji Othman bin Haji Abdullah, is a nationalist and a freedom fighter, founder of Seruan Azhar of Egypt and also the Malaya newspaper, Majlis. Haji Othman was a close friend of Indonesia's First Vice President, Mohammad Hatta.
Haji Othman's grandfather, Haji Mohd Taib bin Haji Abdul Samad, is regarded as an influenced tycoon in the early history of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Haji Taib owned tin mines, plantation land and large numbers of houses and shops mostly in Malay Street (Jalan Melayu), Kuala Lumpur. Haji Taib was a close acquaintance of Sultan Abdul Samad. In the late 19th century, Haji Taib was one of the wealthiest merchants and development centre of city, Kampung Baru.
Anas receives his preliminary education from Sekolah Rendah Islam Al-Amin (SRIAA) which was located in Jalan Gurney, Kuala Lumpur. The school was founded by Pertubuhan Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), now known as Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM). Anas did his lower secondary school in Sekolah Menengah Islam Al-Amin (SMIAA).
After his Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) result, he was offered and entrance to the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) and Sultan Alam Shah Islamic College (Malay: Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah - KISAS) which he accepted the latter. In KISAS, Anas was the President of the International Club and in 1997 he represented the school as part of the debating team for the Piala Perdana Menteri (PPM). The School won Central Zone championship by defeating debaters from the Royal Military College (RMC), Sekolah Seri Puteri (SSP), and Sekolah Alam Shah (SAS). KISAS won third place at national level.
After KISAS, Anas pursued his bachelor's degree from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. In 2011, he became the pioneer sole graduate with Distinction for Master of Project Management from the Open University Malaysia. In 2015, he again became the pioneer sole graduate for Doctor of Business Administration from the same University.
Anas was chosen as the "valedictorian" graduate and delivered a speech representing 7,506 graduates at OUM's 17th Convocation. In his speech, he urged all the graduates to become the candles that light the way for society, to be a leader for their family, their community, in the workplace and outside, and to make their voice heard.
Anas did his internship with IBM for six months in 2000. He joined the Oil and Gas industry with Sime Sembcorp Engineering and left as Assistant Project Manager in 2004. Anas then spent 15 months with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd as a Senior Project Controller. After that, Anas served Talisman Malaysia Limited for 10 years in various project management and developmental Oil and Gas roles in Engineering, Construction, Hookup and Commissioning, Offshore and Installation.
In the ten years, he served two years working onshore Vietnam and two years offshore at the Vietnam-Malaysia border and other assignments. As he is a certified Oil and Gas expert, the media would occasionally get his quote for business related issues on Oil and Gas. After the crude oil price falls in 2014, he joined as Director of a Malaysian Multi-National Company (MNC), a leading international heavy steel construction company in 2015.
Anas is an occasional contributor for The Edge, The Star, Astro Awani and online portals. In 2014, Gerakbudaya published his best-seller book, entitled Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians: Essays on Energy, Economy and Education. A Malay version of the book, Malaysia Kaya, Rakyat Miskin was also published the same year. Both versions was launched by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Malaysia's Former Finance Minister and also the Founding Chairman and CEO of Petronas in April 2014.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah applauded Anas' intellectual discipline in completing the writing which he describes as demanding mental toughness, tenacity and absolute patience. Policy makers, scholars and corporate figures are of the opinion that the views and ideas presented in the book can be usefully adopted for the formulation of policies by political parties and the government.
On Energy, the book touches on how Petronas plays it roles in its significant contribution to the country. It also explains the history, the regulations and mechanism used and the secret behind Petronas’ success.
On economy, the book introduces the Malaysia's inequality dilemma, the myth of the rich and poor, high income nation versus low income citizen, the Malaysia's hollow economy conundrum and addresses issue on the foreign workers, education and healthcare. It also explains the concept of free trade, its pros and cons .
On education, the book advocates revisiting the national education philosophy, the introduction of the Love Pedagogy, promoting reading and critical thinking culture, the introduction of philosophy. It also touches on volunteerism and how the third party can become an agent of democracy.
The book also offers insightful proposals and shares a way out for the problems facing the country.
The book was a bestseller for six months at Kinokuniya and Borders and is arguably a tour de force in the local intellectual landscape, as a venue for ideas that bridge policies and the hopes of the people, the responsibility of educators and the potential of their students and more important the problems of the present and the potential of a brighter future.
Anas is a co-founder of BLINDSPOT, a socio-economic think tank, a group of concerned citizens voicing out the voice of the voiceless - presenting critical, informative data and facts often missed.
Anas was formerly a Founding Chief Executive Officer on the board of Teach for The Needs (TFTN), a non-profit education-based civil society organisation which houses 1,000 volunteers, 300 university students and adopts 12 orphanages.
In 2013, Astro Awani named Anas as Top Ten social media influencers. That same year, The Malaysian Insider named Anas through Teach For The Needs (TFTN) as Inspiring person of the year. Anas has also been giving public talks and forum nationwide. His rise to fame and his published book came to attract one made up political allegations by a blogging website that he had a secret affair with a female politician, a foreign citizenship and Islamist alliances. However, nothing substantial has been proven.