Chairman & Independent Director
Dato’ Ranita Mohd Hussein has been the Chairman of SIDREC since its inception in 2010. She is a legal consultant and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions. She also served as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.
Dato’ Ranita’s other previous posts include that of a Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission Malaysia (Suhakam), a partner of Skrine, a Judicial Commissioner in the High Court, Malaysia and an Adviser (now re-designated as Assistant Governor) to BNM. She began her career in the Judicial and Legal Services, serving in various positions ranging from Magistrate and Senior Federal Counsel at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Foreign Investment Committee to Head of Advisory and International Division, Attorney General’s Chambers to Chief Parliamentary Draftsman from 1969 to 1991.
Where the capital market is concerned, Dato’ Ranita served as a member of the Governing Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia) from 1997 to 2000 and as a director on the board of the Kuala Lumpur Options and Financial Futures Exchange from 1999 to 2000.
Dato’ Ranita obtained her LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore.
Chairman & Independent Director
Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai is the Chairman and Independent Director of SIDREC. Dato’ Mah joined the Judicial and Legal Services of Malaysia in 1973 and held various positions including Magistrate, President of the Sessions Court and Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court. He also served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Upon leaving the Judicial and Legal Services in 1985, Dato’ Mah commenced private practice as an advocate and solicitor at Mah Weng Kwai & Associates where he was the sole proprietor. He is a past-President of the Malaysian Bar and of LAWASIA (the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific). He was also a member of the Legal Profession Qualifying Board and the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board both established under the Legal Profession Act 1976.
Dato’ Mah was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya in January 2010 and in August 2011, a Judge of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal, Malaysia in September 2012.
Upon his retirement as a Court of Appeal Judge in February 2015, Dato’ Mah returned to MahWengKwai & Associates as a consultant. He is certified as a mediator by the Malaysian Mediation Centre and is currently on the panel of arbitrators and mediators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC). He is also an arbitrator with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Dato’ Mah is a Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), having been appointed since 2016 and following the 14th Malaysian General Election in 2018, he was appointed as a member of the Institutional Reform Committee. At the same time, between September 2018 and 2020, he was a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). Dato’ Mah is also a Commissioner of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM).
Dato’ Mah was called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law in 1971 and to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 1972. He obtained his Master of Laws degree with honours in 1985 from Australia’s University of Sydney and was appointed a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney in 1999.
Dato’ Halipah Esa is a founding director of SIDREC. She currently serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of SP Setia Bhd and Sime Darby Plantation Bhd, both public-listed companies. She also serves on the Boards of Cagamas Bhd. She was Chairman of Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd and has also served on the Boards of Petronas, MISC Bhd, KLCC Property Holdings Bhd, NCB Holdings Bhd, UDA Holdings Bhd, Employees Provident Fund, Pensions Trust Fund, Inland Revenue Board, FELDA, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd, Putrajaya Corporation, Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Authority.
Dato’ Halipah started her career with the Administrative and Diplomatic Services in 1973 in the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department and went on to hold various senior positions in the civil service, including the Director General of EPU and Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Finance, before she retired in 2006.
Dato’ Halipah was previously a consultant to the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), advising the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on economic planning and providing technical advice to planning agencies in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and several African countries.
Dato’ Halipah holds a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and a MEcons degree from the University of Malaya.
Dato’ Karam Chand Vohrah, until recently, was active in both domestic and international arbitration. In addition, he was Adjunct Professor, College of Law, Government and International Studies of University Utara Malaysia, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law and Government, HELP University and a consultant with Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill.
Prior to that, he was a Judge of the Court of Appeal, served in the judicial and legal service of Malaya and became Head of the Advisory Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He participated in many negotiations as legal adviser to international loan agreements (including those of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank) and Swiss and Japanese bond issues, and also various conferences in relation to the Tin and the Rubber Buffer Stock Agreements. He was involved in the Law of the Sea Conferences in New York and Geneva.
Dato’ Vohrah also served as a commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia from July 2002 up to April 2008 and was chairman of the Malaysian Corporate Law Reform Committee.
Dato’ Saiful Bahri Zainuddin is a founding director of SIDREC. He is currently the Executive Director of OSK Holdings Bhd and sits on all the boards of OSK Group of Companies. He is an Investment Committee Member of Eastspring Investments Bhd and an Independent Non-Executive Director of KAF Investment Bank Bhd where he chairs the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and sits on the Investment Board, Audit Committee and Risk Committee.
Dato’ Saiful’s most recent appointment was as Audit Committee Member for Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and Chairman of PT KAF Securitas Indonesia on 27 November 2019. He was also the Financial Adviser to the State Government of Negeri Sembilan and a member of the Negeri Sembilan State Government Think Tank. He was appointed by the Minister of Finance as Independent Non-Executive Director of Bursa Malaysia Bhd in 2008 and a Board Member of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd and Bursa Malaysia Securities Clearing Sdn Bhd from April 2015. He was then appointed as Senior Independent Director for his active role as a director. In addition to his board member role, he also sits on committees for market participation, risk management and nomination and remuneration.
Dato’ Saiful has a BSc degree in Economics and Finance from Western Michigan University and has attended the Global Leadership Development Programme at Stanford University.
Raymond Tang Chee Kin is a founding director of SIDREC. He is currently the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Eastspring Investments Bhd (EIB). He has over 30 years of experience in the asset management business, managing both institutional and unit trust funds.
Prior to EIB, he was the Head of International and Institutional Business of CIMB-Principal Asset Management Bhd. He is currently also the Chairman of Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM) and Chairman of FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is also an invitee in the Executive Committee of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC) as well as a committee member in the Market Participants Committee of Bursa Malaysia and Financial Markets Committee of BNM.
Tang is also a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered
Global Management Accountant. He holds a Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence
(CMSRL) for fund management under CMSA.
Dato’ Mohd Nizam Zainordin has over 30 years of professional experience in the finance industry. He is currently the Deputy President and Group Chief Financial Officer of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB).
Since joining PNB, he has also held several portfolios including Senior Manager of Operations, Assistant Vice President of Unit Trust Operations, Senior Vice President of Finance & Investment Processing and Chief Financial Officer of Finance & Information Technology Division. He is also a director in several subsidiaries within the PNB Group of Companies.
Dato’ Nizam is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and Certified Financial Planner. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Asian Institute of Management and has attended Huddersfield Polytechnic in the UK.
Mahadzir Azizan has held key positions both in the private and public sectors. He joined the Judicial and Legal Service of the Malaysian Government as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Federal Counsel upon completing his legal training as a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn in London, and was called to the English Bar in 1978.
He subsequently ventured into the private sector and served Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Bhd and Island & Peninsular Bhd, the property arm of Permodalan Nasional Bhd for the next 24 years. Whilst in the private sector, he also served as a MARA Council Member in addition to various other directorships in government-linked companies.
In addition to sitting on the SIDREC Board, Mahadzir is currently the Chairman of AmanahRaya REIT and also sits on the Boards of ECM Libra Group Bhd and RCE Capital Bhd. He has previously held directorships in Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Keluarga Bhd (2007-2020), Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Am Bhd (2017-2020), Asian Healthcare Group Bhd (2014 to 2016) and Libra Invest Bhd (2007 to 2019).
Angelia Chin-Sharpe is a seasoned capital market professional with over 20 years of experience in banking, capital markets and asset management. She is currently the CEO and Country Head for Malaysia for BNP Paribas Asset Management.
Angelia joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2007 and was responsible for the successful set up of its businesses in Malaysia. She was also Head of Institutional Sales for Southeast Asia when posted to Singapore in 2010 before moving back to Malaysia in 2012.
She is the Treasurer of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM), a Member of the Joint Climate Change Committee of the Securities Commission Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia and a member of the Reviewing Committee for the Continuing Professional Certification with the Securities Industry Development Corporation. When not wearing her corporate hat, Angelia serves the community through The Lost Food Project where she is the President and Founding Committee member.
Angelia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. She has completed her Chartered Islamic Finance Professional exams with INCEIF and is registered as a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) with the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals.
Pushpa Nair was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1986 and since then has had a varied career. She started her career as a legal practitioner with Messrs Zain & Co before moving on to teach at the Faculty of Law, Universiti Malaya for three years. Thereafter, she joined Fraser & Neave (M) Sdn Bhd as the first Legal Adviser based in Malaysia. She subsequently joined the Usaha Tegas group and amongst others, was involved in the initial stages of the establishment of Maxis and Astro.
After leaving Usaha Tegas, she ventured into the field of telecom regulations as the first Legal Adviser of the then newly set up Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in 1999. She served in the MCMC in various capacities including Head, Monitoring and Compliance and Head, Economic Regulations which saw her participating in Word Trade Organisations negotiations as the MCMC representative.
In 2007, she left for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take up the post of Director, Licensing at the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA). At the TRA, she was tasked with drafting the Licensing Regulations and operationalising the licensing framework for telecoms in the UAE. Her scope of work was subsequently widened to include e-commerce related matters. On her return to Malaysia, Pushpa acted as an independent consultant on legal and regulatory matters plus part-time academic in Universiti Malaya while furthering her studies in the field of Competition Law.
Subsequently in 2015, Pushpa took up the position of Director, Regulatory Affairs in Ooredoo Myanmar Limited, one of the two new telecom licenses in Myanmar. She returned to Malaysia upon completing her term in Myanmar. With her exposure to both the regulator and operator world views of telecom regulations, Pushpa was appointed as a member of the MCMC in September 2018. Her tenure ended in April 2020.
Pushpa is a member of LeadWomen and The 30% Club, both of which advocate gender diversity in corporate boards.
Pushpa graduated in 1985 from Universiti Malaya with an LL.B (Hons) First Class and also has a Master degree in law from the University of Cambridge. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Competition Law and in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College London.
Azura Azman joined RHB Investment Bank Berhad in 2007 and has since worked in various capacities within the Retail and Institutional Equity Broking as well as Coverage departments. She is currently the Head of Group Institutional Equities at RHB Investment Bank Berhad.
Azura has more than 30 years of broad-based experience in the banking industry in areas that include stockbroking, corporate banking, credit, business development and private equity. Prior to joining RHB, she occupied senior positions in various firms including Bank of Commerce, Southern Bank, Ke-Zan Securities, Crosby Securities Limited (London), Amsteel Securities, CAV Private Equity Management and HLG Securities.
Azura is an active member of the capital market industry. Presently, she is the Vice President and Committee Member of the Association of Stockbroking Companies in Malaysia (ASCM), an organisation she has served since 2009. She is also a member of various capital market associations and committees including Bursa Malaysia’s Market Participants Committee, the Bumiputera Dealer Representatives Education Fund, the Board of Trustees of the Bumiputera Training Fund of the Securities Industry Development Centre, and Securities Commission Malaysia’s Secondary Market Advisory Group.
Azura holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.