The International Advisory Panel
The International Advisory Panel (IAP), which was set up in 2004, is a consultative body that advises on the strategic direction of the IBFC relating to the business and market developments. The Authority appoints members of the IAP. The members of the IAP are:
1. Dato' Mohammed Azlan Hashim
Dato' Mohammed Azlan is the Chairman of D&O Green Technologies Berhad, SILK Holdings Berhad and Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn. Bhd. He is also a member of the board for Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Scomi Group Berhad, Employees Provident Fund and the Government Retirement Fund Inc. Investment Panel.
Mr Neoh is a senior member of the Hong Kong Bar, active in civil appellate and international litigation and arbitration cases. He was Chief Adviser to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) from September 1998 to June 2004 at the personal invitation of former Premier Zhu Rongji. He remains a member of the International Advisory Board of CSRC.
He was Chairman of HKSFC from 1995 to 1998. He was the first Asian to be elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of IOSCO from 1996 to 1998. Prior to his appointment to the chair of the Hong Kong SFC, he was in private legal practice, which he began in 1979 after 13 years in the Hong Kong Civil Service. His last appointment with the Hong Kong Government was as an Assistant Director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Mr Neoh is appointed Arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Legal Adviser to the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and Senior Economic Adviser to the Fujian Provincial and Tianjin City Governments. In 2010, he joined the Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators of ICSID, the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, upon nomination by the People's Republic of China.
Mr Neoh was appointed Queen's Counsel (now re-titled Senior Counsel) in April 1990. A law graduate of London University, he was called to the English Bar by Gray's Inn in 1976. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 1990/91 and from September 2001 to May 2002, he was Visiting Professor from Private Practice at Harvard Law School. He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the Chinese University in 2003. In 2008, he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Securities and in 2009, an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Science.
He was also the Chairman of Maxis Communications Berhad from January 2004 to November 2007, Etiqa Insurance & Takaful from January 2006 until February 2009, Malaysian Rubber Board from February 2009 to May 2010, Director of Capital Market Development Fund from January 2008 to January 2010 and Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, from December 2007 to April 2011.
He built an outstanding career in the oil and gas industry for 31 years with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies and was the Regional Business Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Shell Exploration and Production B.V. prior to his retirement in early 2004.
Tan Sri Dato' Megat Zaharuddin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mining Engineering from Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London.
He obtained his degree in Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Accountancy from City of Birmingham Polytechnic, UK in 1982 and Master in Business Administration from University of Aston in Birmingham, UK in 1984
Prior to joining PETRONAS as Vice President (Finance) in 2003 he was attached to a local investment bank for 18 years, concentrating on corporate finance where he was involved in advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets. He served as Managing Director of the investment bank from 1997 to 2002.
He also sits on the Board of KLCC Property Holdings Berhad, MISC Berhad and Cagamas Holdings Berhad.
Prior to joining Citi Private Bank, he spent 13 years with Jardine Matheson Trust Corporation, of which the last 10 years were in Asia where he was Managing Director of its Asian Trust Business.
Mr Troth obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester University, Institute of Science and Technology. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds a Diploma in Trust and Estate Practice. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is based in Singapore.
Frederik has an extensive background in international financial and business planning, which spans more than 20 years. Specialising in the use of trust and corporate structures, he started his career with Mees Pierson N.V. in Hong Kong where he spearheaded the setting up, and development of, the bank's trust division in Asia. He has a strong track record in leadership, business acumen and team management.
Joining Equity Trust (now TMF Group) in 1994, in 2003 was part of the management buyout team, he has seen the company expand, both organically and through acquisition, and has played a vital role in its development and success.
Before taking up his current post as Chief Operating Officer and CEO of Asia with TMF Group, Frederik was CEO of Equity Trust.
Frederik is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the International Tax Planning Association, the International Fiscal Association, and is a regular presenter at industry thought-leadership events on topics including cross border tax planning and structuring.
Educated in England at Eton College, where he was President of the Eton Society, Mark went on to qualify as a Solicitor in 1970 in the City of London. He joined the Merchant Bank, N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited. Mr. Lea became a Director of Rothschild's Trust Companies and of its Guernsey Bank.
He was subsequently Head of the Private Client Department, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Head of the International Special Interest Group for one of the UK's most successful provincial law firms. This took him to Hong Kong and Singapore in 1990 and he was admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 1995.
Mr. Lea has acted or is acting as adviser to government and professional bodies on changes to trust and related laws in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Samoa and Singapore where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore.
He has vast experience in international estate planning and structuring, international trust laws and international and comparative taxation. He frequently lectures and gives workshops on these subjects.
He has served on committees of both the Hong Kong Trustees Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is a partner in Lea & White, Solicitors in Hong Kong, and Managing Director of Lea & White International Advisers Limited.
Former Director General of MIDA
- Hands on experience in Industries
Known as an articulate speaker with excellent PR communication skills, has been a lead speaker for Malaysia at various national and international conferences such as :
Frank is an actuary and has worked in the Life Insurance Industry for over 35 years. He started his career with National Mutual of Australasia in London in 1973 and has worked in the Direct Insurance market in London and Australia after he migrated there in 1982.
Frank has worked in Life Reinsurance for nearly 20 years. This initially was in Melbourne Australia but he moved to Zurich Switzerland for 5 years and for the last 6 years has been working in Singapore. His current role is General Manager Life Health of General Reinsurance AG's Singapore Branch. In this role he is responsible for Gen Re'sLifeHealth business in South East Asia as well as the Indian Sub-Continent. He is Principal Officer of Gen Re's Labuan Life and General Branches.
During his career Frank has held a number of senior actuarial roles including Appointed Actuary roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Frank was President of the Singapore Actuarial Society from 2008 until 2010. In addition Frank has been active in the Actuarial Profession in Education and Experience Studies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and also is a Fellow of the Australian Institute and the Singapore Society.
Datuk Shireen founded Corston-Smith Asset Management, which emphasizes governance and responsible investments in the ASEAN region. Prior to Corston-Smith, Datuk Shireen was the CEO of AIG Investment Corporation (Malaysia), and has over 25 years experience in managing funds. She formerly served on the Malaysian Tourism Board.
In June 2013, Datuk Shireen was appointed as a member of the International Advisory Panel for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre.
Datuk Shireen authors the popular monthly column "Governance Matters", which is published in the largest English Malaysian daily. In 2007, she authored a self-help financial handbook for young adults.
Datuk Shireen's speaking engagements include the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (2012), 4th Asian World Corporate Governance Summit (2012), the Asian Corporate Governance Association Members' Briefing (2012), the Securities Commission Malaysia panel discussion on the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance 2012, Singapore Institute of Directors Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom (2012), John Hopkins University Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom (2012), the 2012 Annual Meetings of The Boards of Governors of The International Monetary Fund and The World Bank Group and the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development's Director Convention (2012). She also co-chaired at the 2012 Pacific Pension Institute's Asian Roundtable – Managing Risk In A Rebalancing World which was held in Jakarta in November 2012.
In June 2011, Datuk Shireen was named one of the 25 most influential women in Asia Pacific for Asset Management by Asian Investor.
Faiz has over 28 years experience in the audit and business advisory services of financial institutions both in UK and Malaysia. In addition to Financial Services, he has also been involved in the audits of clients in the conglomerates sector, healthcare, power and construction sectors.
A subject matter expert on banking and Islamic finance topics, Faiz is often invited to speak at seminars and forums, both locally and abroad. He is currently an Adviser to the Federal Government on implementing IPSAS.
Faiz serves on the boards of several professional bodies. He was appointed by the Minister of Finance II in 2009 to be the Chairman of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Faiz also sits on the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) Shariahcompliant transactions Consultative Committee. In addition to being appointed by the Minister of Higher Education to the Hala Tuju 3 Committee, he also chairs the SSM XBRL forum.
Faiz was educated in Malaysia and UK and read law at the University of Durham before being called to the English Bar.