Dato’ Halipah Esa is a founding director of SIDREC. She currently serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of several public-listed companies, including Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd, KLCC Property Holdings Bhd and SP Setia Bhd. She also serves on the Boards of Cagamas Bhd, Putrajaya Holdings and Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn Bhd. She was Chairman of Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd and has also served on the Boards of MISC Bhd, Petronas, FELDA, Employees Provident Fund, Pensions Trust Fund, Inland Revenue Board, Putrajaya Corporation, NCB Holdings Bhd, UDA Holdings Bhd and Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Authority.
She started her career with the Administrative and Diplomatic Services in 1973 in the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department and has held various senior positions, including the Director-General of EPU before she retired from the civil service in 2006. She has also served as Deputy Secretary-General at the Ministry of Finance.
She 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, as well as an MEcons degree from the University of Malaya.