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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 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.

 

ENCIK SRIDHARAN NAIR

Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sridharan Nair (or Sri) is PwC Malaysia's Managing Partner and the Territory Senior Partner of the PwC Malaysia-Vietnam firm.

Sri is also a member of PwC’s Asia Pacific Executive Board and Chairman of the Board of its South East Asia Consulting practice.

He is an alumnus of Universiti Malaya and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a Big 4 firm in London. He has 30 years' experience in audit and business advisory services, having worked with a wide range of clients in the UK and Malaysia. He has been responsible for a portfolio of large listed clients across various industries including financial institutions and has led a number of cross border financial due diligence assignments.

Sri has been a regular speaker, panellist and moderator at various conferences and forums in Malaysia, and has spoken on topics such as leadership, corporate governance, board diversity, current economic issues, human capital and talent development.

An avid sports fan, Sri is most happy to exchange banter on various sporting events but on football in particular, being a lifelong fan of Liverpool FC.

Sri is also an adventurous traveller and has scaled the 5,500 metre high Kalapathar peak in Nepal during a trekking expedition with a group of PwC colleagues and friends. Find him on Twitter (@Sri_PwC) where he actively engages followers and shares his opinions on various topics.

 

ENCIK JALALULLAIL OTHMAN

Partner, Shook Lin & Bok

Encik Jal Othman, was appointed as Independent Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 26 January 2018 and is a Member of the Board Risk Committee. 

He heads the Islamic Finance practice in Shook Lin & Bok, one of the oldest and largest law firm in Malaysia. Encik Jal was instrumental in setting up the Islamic Finance practice and continues to chart the course of this practice area within the Firm.

Encik Jal heads a team of approximately 20 lawyers advising on Islamic finance deals.  His portfolio of work includes advising on a wide range of sukuk issuances for financing power plants in Malaysia and China, vessel construction, project financing for the automotive industry, the textile and garment industry, the downstream and upstream palm oil industry, advising on Islamic structured products and Islamic syndicated financing.

Encik Jal is also actively involved in the drive for innovation in the industry and in this respect Encik Jal leads the team advising on various product developments for Islamic banks, both in Malaysia and abroad.   

In addition to Islamic Finance, Encik Jal’s other major areas of practice are corporate commercial law and real estate. His experience in advising on some major cross border mergers and acquisition and real estate acquisitions have benefited him in his role as an Islamic Finance lawyer. Encik Jal is the deputy head of the conventional banking and finance department.   

Encik Jal holds positions in INCEIF University (an institution established under the auspices of the Malaysian Central Bank). Encik Jal has also been commissioned by the Malaysian Securities Commission and the Rating Agency of Malaysia in relation to product development and regulatory requirements. Encik Jal is also involved in law reform with his involvement in the Malaysian Central Bank committee for Islamic Finance Law Reform.

Encik Jal also sits on the technical committees of the Malaysia Accounting Standards Board (“MASB”) and the Malaysia Institute of Accountants (“MIA”). Additionally, he is also a moderator with the Finance Accreditation Agency (“FAA”) and an arbitrator for Islamic Finance with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (“KLRCA”). Encik Jal is also a chapter reviewer and contributor for the International Shariah Research Academy (“ISRA”).  

After graduating from Queen Mary & Westfield College of the University of London and after completing the Malaysian Bar examinations, Encik Jal commenced his pupillage in Shook Lin & Bok and continued his employment with the Firm, culminating in his admission as a partner in 2001. He continued his progression within the Firm with his elevation as a senior partner of the Firm in 2004.

 

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.