FRF Profiles

Tan Sri Azlan Zainol

Chairman, Financial Reporting Foundation

Tan Sri Azlan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a Fellow Chartered Banker of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

Tan Sri Azlan was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Employees Provident Fund Board until his retirement in April 2013.  Tan Sri Azlan has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector, having served as the Managing Director of AmBank Berhad and prior to that, as the Managing Director of AmFinance Berhad.

Tan Sri Azlan’s other directorships in public companies include RHB Bank Berhad (Chairman), RHB Investment Bank Berhad (Chairman), Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (Chairman), Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Eco World International Berhad (Chairman), Grand-Flo Berhad (Chairman), RHB Capital Berhad (In Member’s Voluntary Liquidation) and Rashid Hussain Berhad (In Member’s Voluntary Liquidation).  Tan Sri Azlan is also the Chairman/Trustee of Yayasan Astro Kasih and a Trustee of OSK Foundation.


Puan Mahfuzah Binti Baharin

Deputy Undersecretary, Tax Division, Ministry of Finance Malaysia

Puan Mahfuzah binti Baharin started her career with the Tax Division of the Ministry of Finance Malaysia since 2000. She has a degree in MBA (International Business) from Universiti Putra Malaysia and first degree in Accounting (Hons.) from International Islamic University of Malaysia. Currently, she is the Deputy Undersecretary of Tax Division who is responsible on formulating and reviewing the tax incentives policy as well as evaluating the application of tax exemptions given to industries and services under various tax legislation.


Encik Donald Joshua Jaganathan

Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia 

Donald Joshua Jaganathan is the Assistant Governor responsible for Bank Negara Malaysia’s regulatory policy with direct oversight over departments responsible for financial surveillance, prudential policy, consumer protection and market conduct as well as money services business regulation.  Apart from being a member of BNM’s Management Committee, he serves as member of the Financial Stability Committee and the Risk Management Committee.

Donald graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.  He holds a MBA degree from the Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom and is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School.

He is a Fellow Chartered Banker (FCB) and a Council Member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, the Chairman of its Education Committee and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Banking School (ABS).  Donald is also the country representative on the EMEAP Working Group in Banking Supervision and the Basel Consultative Group.  He also held previous positions as the Board Chairman of Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PayNet) and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.


Datuk Syed Zaid Albar

Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar is the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). Prior to his appointment as the SC Chairman on 1 November 2018, he was the Managing Partner of Albar & Partners.

Datuk Syed Zaid has a degree in law from the United Kingdom. He is a Barrister at Law of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK and an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He has over 38 years’ experience in legal practice predominantly in the fields of corporate law, capital market, conventional banking and Islamic finance.

He has been recognised for his contribution and achievements in the legal practice through numerous domestic and international awards.

With his experience in finance and law, Datuk Syed Zaid has served on the Islamic Law Review Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia and the Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia Berhad. He has also served on the boards of several public-listed companies in Malaysia.


Dato’ Gumuri b Hussain

Non-Executive Chairman, Audit Oversight Board

Dato’ Gumuri, aged 71, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Audit Oversight Board. He was a Board Member of Securities Commission from 2006 to 2016 and Non-Executive Director of Audit Oversight Board from 2012 to 2016.

Among other appointments held by Dato’ Gumuri during his 45 years of experience in audit, accounting and corporate sectors were as a Senior Partner and Deputy Chairman of Governance Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia, Chairman of SME Bank, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad, Non-Executive Chairman of Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad, Rangkaian Hotel Seri Malaysia Berhad, Non-Executive Director of Media Prima Berhad, Malaysia Airlines System Berhad, Sabah Bank Berhad and Metrod Berhad.

Dato’ Gumuri is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).


Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift

Chief Executive Officer, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Umar, aged 54, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad. He is also the director of all subsidiary companies within Bursa Malaysia Group, and serves as a Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives and Clearing.

Prior to helming the Exchange, Umar was the Chief Executive Officer/Group Managing Director of MAA Group Berhad. In August 2008, he was also appointed as the CEO of Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad (now known as Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad).

Umar commenced his career in finance with Price Waterhouse Chartered Accountants in January 1986. Following that, he joined the banking industry in November 1992 as Manager, Corporate Finance for Bank of Singapore (Australia) Limited.

He then went on to hold numerous positions within the industry before joining Gas Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in January 1996 as General Manager, Corporate Finance. A year later, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Gas Malaysia in 1997. Umar left Gas Malaysia in January 2002, to become Practice Leader for the Utilities Business of Deloitte Consulting in Malaysia. 

In April 2004, he joined Maybank as Executive Vice President-Head, Enterprise Financial Services Group. All in all, he has more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of banking and financial services.

Umar graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Clayton, Australia in December 1985, and is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Tax Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) in Australia. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and a Registered Financial Planner.

Umar is married to Professor Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, and has two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, riding his bicycle and listening to music.


Encik Salihin Abang

President, Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Salihin Abang was elected as MIA President on 24 August 2017. He was elected as MIA Council member on 19 September 2015. In his capacity as the President, Salihin actively chairs various committees of MIA and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Accountancy Research and Education Foundation (MAREF) and the Financial Reporting Foundation.

Professionally, Salihin is a Chartered Accountant and an entrepreneur who founded SALIHIN and its group of independent advisory firms. He steers SALIHIN as the Managing Partner.  His professional qualifications include Chartered Accountant (Malaysia) (C.A.(M)), ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant (ASEAN CPA), Fellow member of the Association of International Accountants (FAIA, UK), Fellow member of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (FCTIM), a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM), Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants (MATA) and most recently an honorary member of the Institute of Cooperative and Management Auditors (ICMA).

In the corporate world, Salihin contributes his expertise and experience in the governance and management of both public listed and non-listed companies as well as government and Sarawak State statutory bodies. These roles involve Board and committee membership responsibilities in Audit, Risk, Investment and Corporate Strategy.

In bridging the gap between theory and practice of accountancy, Salihin led the establishment of Teaching Accountancy Firm (TAF) in five local universities, UMT, UiTM, UniKL, UPM and UIAM (in the pipeline). It brings to light the concepts of 2u2i and 3u1i introduced by the Minister, the government and the universities. This, first in the world TAF became part of the former Minister of Higher Education’s initiative on how industry and university can work together for the betterment of accounting students and achieve nation building. The TAF was eventually recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education as one of the best and most innovative curriculum designs and study programmes (Anugerah Pemikiran & Reka Bentuk Semula Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia 2017) and the Best Academia-Industry Collaboration Award 2017.  Salihin also contributes to the academia as an adjunct professor and an industry advisor to some universities for their undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

In recognition of his leadership and significant national and international contributions to both industry and academia, especially in the areas of audit and assurance, accounting, taxation and business advisory, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree in Management to Salihin during its 16th Convocation Ceremony on 11 November 2018. He obtained his Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting from International Islamic University Malaysia in 2008 and 1997 respectively. He also enrolled and participated in Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia's Senior Management Development Program (SMDP) in 2011.


Encik Mohamed Raslan Abdul Rahman

Chairman, Malaysian Accounting Standards Board

Encik Raslan, a graduate of University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, former Vice President and Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), former Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and has chaired its disciplinary and investigation committees, and Associate Member, Malaysian Institute of Cooperative and Management Auditors (ICMA). Encik Raslan was an EXCO member and Treasurer of TI-Malaysia. He was a partner in KPMG from 1994 to 2018, carrying out audit and advisory work. Encik Raslan was also the Managing Partner in KPMG from 2010 to 2013.


Dato’ Gan Ah Tee

Managing Partner, BDO Malaysia

Dato’ Gan Ah Tee is the Managing Partner of BDO in Malaysia and Regional Senior Partner of BDO ASEAN. Prior to these appointments, he was the Managing Director of the Financial Advisory Services Department at KPMG. A member of MIA, MICPA, ICAEW and CTIM, he has over 35 years’ experience in auditing, corporate finance, restructuring and other advisory services.

Under Dato’ Gan’s oversight, his audit and other colleagues have been guided to play active roles in technical working groups of MASB, professional bodies like MICPA and MIA as well as in the BDO Global.

Dato’ Gan serves as a Council Member of MIA and both Council Member and Executive Committee member of MICPA. He is also the Chairman of their respective Insolvency Practice Committees. In addition to being the Council Member of ICAEW in the UK and a Past President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Malaysia, he is also a member of the ‘Worshipful Company’ of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Dato’ Gan was conferred with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Nottingham.

On the academic side, Dato’ Gan is a member of the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University Malaya as well as an Industrial Advisory Board member for the professional accountancy programmes at Sunway College. He regularly shares his knowledge through talks and seminars organised by statutory and professional bodies and various financial institutions both locally and regionally.


Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali

Senior Partner, Azmi & Associates

Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali is the Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates, a full service corporate and commercial law firm of close to 75 lawyers, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The firm, Azmi & Associates under his leadership is recognised as one of the largest law firms (by size) in Malaysia.

He holds LL.B (Hons.) from the University of Malaya and LLM in US and Global Business Law from the Suffolk University, Boston, U.S.A.

He is an experienced and is one of the leading corporate lawyers in Malaysia with expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border transactions, project finance, privatisation, energy, oil and gas and foreign investments.

Prior to his endeavour in private practice, Dato' Azmi has spent 6½ years as an in-house counsel of PETRONAS. He was involved in projects of national importance for Malaysia and negotiated and concluded the NGPSA, a major gas development project for Malaysia, in 1990.

His accomplishments as a corporate lawyer are well noted and have earned him numerous awards, accolades and recognitions from reputed international legal publications.

Currently, he is a Director of 2 listed companies, namely S P Setia Berhad and Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad. He has also previously served as a Director of Sime Darby Berhad for more than 5 years and as a Director of CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad for close to 2 years.

He is also a Director of Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia and a Member of Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia and the Chairman of Malaysia International Franchise Sdn Bhd (MyFranchise).

He also serves as a Director of Terralex, a Florida-based world-wide network of 155 law firms with 17,000 lawyers with its member firms spanning across 100 jurisdictions world-wide.

On the academic front, he is a Director of a public university, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia for more than 3 years. He is at present an Adjunct Professor of Law at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Law Faculty.

He has been serving as a Member of Financial Reporting Foundation since 2013.


Puan Anne Rodrigues

Independent Non-Executive Director, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad

Anne Rodrigues is a member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (Distinction) from the University of Bath MIM and a Bachelor of Economics (Class 1 Honours) degree from University of Malaya. She has completed training programmes in “Project Appraisal and Risk Management for Bankers “by Harvard Institute for International Development and Institute of Banks Malaysia and training programmes in Japanese Securities Business by Nomura Securities Co. Ltd Japan.

Anne Rodrigues was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) till her official retirement in December 2010. Subsequent to that, she continued as Finance Advisor in FGV and also was posted to Boston as Chief Financial Officer of TRT Holdings Boston USA. She retired in December 2012. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, having been previously appointed as the Corporate Treasurer and subsequently Finance Director of Malaysia International Shipping Corporation and previous to that as Finance Manager, Boustead Travel Sdn Bhd.

Anne Rodrigues is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.