FRF Profiles


Chairman, Financial Reporting Foundation

Tan Sri Azlan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Member of The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a Fellow, Chartered Banker and a former Council Member of Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.

Tan Sri Azlan was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Employees Provident Fund Board until his retirement in April 2013. He has more than 29 years of experience in the financial sector, having been appointed 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 Banking Group (Chairman), Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (Chairman), Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited (Singapore), Eco World International Berhad (Chairman) and RHB Hong Kong Limited. He is also a trustee of Yayasan Astro Kasih and OSK Foundation.



Section Head, Tax Division (Direct Tax), Ministry of Finance

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 a first degree in Accounting (Hons.) from International Islamic University of Malaysia. Currently, she is the Section Head of Tax Division (Direct Tax) which focuses on formulating and reviewing the Malaysian tax systems including income tax, petroleum income tax, stamp duties, and real property gains tax.



Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

Encik Donald Joshua Jaganathan is the Assistant Governor responsible for Bank Negara Malaysia’s supervisory function comprising the Financial Conglomerates Supervision, Insurance, and Takaful Supervision and Banking Supervision Departments as well as the Specialist Risk Unit. Prior to his current position, he held the position of director in several departments within the Bank including Insurance Supervision, Banking Supervision, Insurance Regulation, Financial Surveillance, Strategic Management, and Finance. He also had international work experience by way of appointment as a Banking Supervision Adviser to the Central Bank of Seychelles and Central Bank of Namibia between 1994 to 1998.

Apart from being a member of BNM's Management Committee, he also serves as a member of the Bank's Reserve Management Committee, the Financial Stability Committee, and the Risk Management Committee.

Encik Donald graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya, is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Chartered Accountant (CA). He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Cranfield School of Management, United Kingdom and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

He is a Fellow Chartered Banker (FCB) and is a Council Member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and the Chairman of its Education Committee. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Asian Banking School (ABS) and served previously as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.



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 Bhd. He has also served on the boards of several public-listed companies in Malaysia.



Non-Executive Chairman, Audit Oversight Board

Dato’ Gumuri, aged 70, is the Executive Chairman of Audit Oversight Board having been appointed to the position on 18 November 2016. 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).



Chief Executive Officer, Companies Commission of Malaysia

Dato’ Zahrah Abd Wahab Fenner is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM). Prior to her appointment as CEO on 1 January 2015, she was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Services) (DCEO Services) a post she held since the establishment of SSM in 2002. While serving as the DCEO (Services), her portfolio comprised of the Corporate Development and Policy Division, the Corporate Resource Division, the Information Communication & Technology, the Compliance Division, the SSM Training Academy (COMTRAC) and the Corporate Communications Section.

Dato’ Zahrah who graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons.) degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and is a Chartered Accountant (CA). She is also a member of the Approval and Implementation Committee of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and a member of the Public Sector Accounting Committee of MIA for the term 2015/2016.

Dato’ Zahrah was appointed as a board member for the Certification of Certified Integrity Officers which is an appointment of two (2) years commencing from March 2015 and is also a member of the Financial Reporting Foundation (FRF) by virtue of her position as CEO of SSM. Further, Dato’ Zahrah is a member of the Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA), member of the Board of Trustees, National Welfare Foundation of Malaysia and the Audit Oversight Board (AOB). She was also the chairperson of the SSM Cooperative between 2011 and 2014.

Dato’ Zahrah began her career as an Advisor Accountant with the Royal Malaysian Customs and Excise Department and served the department from 1984 to 1992 where she advised on matters relating to the valuation and standard international practices of the open market. Dato’ Zahrah was attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the Principal Accountant from 1992 to 1995 and was responsible for the financial accounts and auditing of the Malaysian Embassies and High Commissions worldwide. Subsequent to that, she joined the Registrar of Companies in 1995 and served as the Chief Accountant until her appointment as DCEO (Services) in 2002.



Chief Executive Officer, Bursa Malaysia

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.



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. Prior to becoming the President, he served as a member of MIA’s Taxation Practice Committee, Public Practice Committee and, Small and Medium Practice Committee, and Investigation Committee.

He is presently a member of MIA’s Audit Committee, MIA-MQA Joint Technical Committee (Chairman), Executive Committee (Chairman), Nominating Committee (Chairman), Monitoring Committee (*Chairman*) and the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Accountancy Research and Education Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Accounting and Audit Sub-Committee of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and Interview Panel for Approved Company Auditors and Liquidators.

Salihin was the immediate past President of Malaysia Accounting Firm’s Association (MAFA) and is a member of the Association of Malay Chartered Accountants Firms (AMCAF) and Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants (MATA).

Salihin has more than 20 years of experience in providing professional services to diverse clients from various industries. As a Founder and Managing Partner of SALIHIN, he self-started and nurtured it from grass to grace with a tenacious commitment to driving the firm globally. He is an innovative thinker and visionary leader spearheading the group in the provision of auditing and assurance, taxation, Shariah audit, and advisory, transactions, and corporate finance, IT and digital consulting and business advisory services.

His foresight and innovation led to the establishment of the First in the World, Teaching Accountancy Firm (TAF) in five local universities, UMT, UITM, UniKL, UPM and UIA (in the pipeline). With the tag “Learn and Earn” and “Industry coming to the University”, and “2U2i Program”, the TAF became part of 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 aims at bridging the gap between practice and theory in accounting sphere.

Apart from leading the TAF to bridge the gap between theory and practice, Salihin also contributes to the academia as an industry advisor for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in various universities including Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Universiti Kuala Lumpur Business School (UniKL BIS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

As an IT savvy, he initiated the 1st Local Accounting Software in the World with Zakat (alms) and Waqf (endowment) Modules, making it easier than ever for the accounting and management of charitable given and resources.

He received his Bachelor of Accounting from International Islamic University Malaysia in 1997 and obtained his Masters of Science in Accounting from the same university in 2008. He is a Chartered Accountant under the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).



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 & Management Accountants (ICMA). Encik Raslan was also an EXCO member and Treasurer of TI-Malaysia. He is a partner of KPMG since 1994 carrying out audit and advisory work. Encik Raslan was also the Managing Partner in KPMG from 2010 to 2013.



Independent Non-Executive Director, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad

Anne Rodrigues is a member of the 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 the 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 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 KL Kepong Bhd and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.



Managing Partner, BDO Malaysia

Dato’ Gan Ah Tee is the Managing Partner of BDO 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, and ICAEW, 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 International network. He also oversaw the roll-out of BDO’s proprietary audit process tool and methodology.

Dato’ Gan serves as both Council Member and Executive Committee member of MIA and MICPA, where he is also Chairman of their respective Insolvency Practice Committees. He has recently been appointed a Council Member of ICAEW in the UK and is the current Chairperson for the ICAEW Malaysia City Group. Dato’ Gan is also a Council Member and Immediate Past President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Malaysia (IPAM).

On the academic side, Dato’ Gan is a member of the Advisory Council to the Faculty of Business & 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.



Senior Partner, Azmi & Associates

Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali, is the Senior Partner of Azmi & Associates, a corporate and commercial-based law firm of close to 70 lawyers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He holds LL.B Hons. (University of Malaya) and LLM in US & Global Business Law (Suffolk University, Boston).

He is an experienced corporate lawyer with extensive expertise in areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, project finance, privatisation, debt restructurings, energy, oil, and gas. Prior to becoming a corporate lawyer in 1991, Dato' Azmi spent 6 years as an in-house counsel of PETRONAS. He was involved in projects of national importance for Malaysia such as gas sales agreements, production sharing contracts, joint development authorities, and petrochemical projects.

His vast skills and experience in the areas of corporate law in Malaysia are well noted and acknowledged by various international publications including the Asia Law Profiles, Asia Legal Business and Legal 500. Every edition of Legal 500 for the past several years recognises him as a leading corporate lawyer in Malaysia. He has represented Malaysian companies in cross border transactions involving the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, and many other countries.

He has been identified by the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Asialaw Leading Lawyers survey as one of the most highly-acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been regularly consulted by the World Bank in its annual surveys on nations’ competitiveness. He was named by ALB Magazine, as one of Asia’s 100 top ‘hottest’ lawyers of 2007, 2009 and 2010 categorised in ‘The Movers’ list.

He is presently a director for three listed companies, namely Sime Darby Berhad, Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad and Cliq Energy Berhad. He is also a director of Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS), a Government-owned company providing finance for a franchise business.

He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia’s Law Faculty for two years. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of University Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Law Faculty. He is also certified arbitrator for the Panel of Conciliators and the Panel of Arbitrators of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).