Board of Directors

Dato Sharkawi Alis

DATO SHARKAWI ALIS, aged seventy-one (71), Male, Malaysian. Non-Independent Non-Executive Director since 7 January 2005 and was subsequently appointed as Non-Independent Non-Executive Chairman on 3 September 2007. Member of the Nomination Committee. He is a Barrister-at-Law from Middle Temple, London where he was called in 1971. He served in the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service in various capacities for eleven (11) years before he was appointed as Group Legal Adviser of Malaysia Mining Corporation Berhad in August 1982. In January 1997, he joined the Securities Commission, Malaysia as Director of Market Supervision and subsequently as Director of Corporate Resources Division till March 2003. Also Chairman of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad, Takaful Ikhlas Berhad, Sinar Seroja Berhad (formerly known as MNRB Retakaful Berhad),  Labuan Re and MRDL, a Director of  Development Bank of Sarawak Berhad, Permodalan Satok Berhad, Motordata Research Consortium Sdn Bhd and Perbadanan Kemajuan Ekonomi Sarawak (SEDC). He is also a trustee for Yayasan Hartanah Bumiputera Sarawak.  

Hijah Arifakh Othman
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

HIJAH ARIFAKH OTHMAN, aged fifty-seven (57), Female, Malaysian. Non-Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 June 2015. Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Risk Management Committee. She obtained a Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from City University of London. She began her career in Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in 1984 where she served in various divisions including in senior positions as the Managers/Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management of the External Reserves and Assistant General Manager/Head of Treasury of Danamodal from 1989 to 2000. She had also served as the Director/Head of Asian Fixed Income in Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia and subsequently as the Executive Vice President/ Head of Group Treasury Business in Malayan Banking Berhad from 2006 to 2009. She was appointed as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Islamic Bank from 2009 to 2011. A Director of KAF Investment Bank Berhad and Export-Import Bank Malaysia Berhad (EXIM Bank). She has been appointed as a member of the Listing Committee of Bursa Malaysia Berhad since July 2016.


Mustaffa Ahmad
Independent Non-Executive Director

MUSTAFFA AHMAD, aged sixty-two (62), Male, Malaysian. Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 April 2016 and re-designated as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 23 August 2017. Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and member of the Nomination Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Statistics from the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1978. He has worked for several insurance companies since 1978 and then joined Malaysian National Reinsurance Berhad as Senior Manager in 1989. He assumed various other roles whilst he was in Malaysian National Reinsurance Berhad. Following MNRB Group restructuring exercise in 2005, he was transferred to Malaysian Re and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer until 2010. Also a Director of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad.

Rosinah Mohd Salleh
Independent Non-Executive Director

ROSINAH MOHD SALLEH, aged fourty-eight (48), Female, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2017. Chairman of the Nomination Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.   She obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 1992 and was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law at Lincoln’s Inn in 1993. In 2000, she obtained a Master of Business Administration (International Industrial Management) from University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen, Germany. She began her career in 1994 when she joined Nik Saghir & Ismail, a corporate law firm as a Corporate Lawyer. In 2001, she joined RHB Banking Group as its Legal Manager. In 2004, she joined Ng & Shum, a law firm in Guangzhou, China as a Foreign Lawyer. In 2007, she joined Azmi & Associates, a corporate law firm in Kuala Lumpur as a Senior Counsel. In 2011, she joined TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd in Yokohama, Japan as the Coordinator at the Product Certification Department. From 2012 until to date, she is a Partner at Azmi and Associates in Kuala Lumpur. Also a Director of Takaful Ikhlas Berhad and Pelaburan Hartanah Nasional Berhad.

Arul Sothy Mylvaganam
Independent Non-Executive Director

ARUL SOTHY MYLVAGANAM, aged sixty-one (61), Male, Malaysian. Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2017. Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. Also a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Australia and Certified Financial Planner of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia. He completed his articleship in London and gained commercial experience in other United Kingdom companies. He had also served in Ernst & Young as Senior Manager of Audit before being appointed as the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of Syarikat Perumahan Pegawai Kerajaan Sdn Bhd. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Group Chief Operating Officer of PNB Commercial Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Permodalan Nasional Berhad before he commenced his own financial consultancy practice. Also a Director of Malaysian Reinsurance Berhad and two (2) other private limited companies.

Noor Rida Hamzah
Independent Non-Executive Director

NOOR RIDA HAMZAH, aged fifty-six (56), female, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2017. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool Polytechnic (now known as Liverpool John Moores University) in 1984. Associate member of Chartered Tax Institute, Malaysia. Upon her return to Malaysia, she embarked on a career in taxation when she joined Arthur Andersen in 1985. She then left to join BP Malaysia in 1995 where as National Tax Manager, she was in charge of the tax matters of the BP Group. She rejoined Arthur Andersen in 1997 and was made a tax partner in 2001. Subsequently, in 2002, she joined Ernst & Young and worked thera as a tax partner until her early retirement in 2011. A Director of Goodwill Upstream Sdn Bhd and Linfox Transport (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Datuk Johar Che Mat
Independent Non-Executive Director

DATUK JOHAR CHE MAT, aged sixty-five (65), Male, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 October 2017. Member of the Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Risk Management Committee. He obtained a Bachelor of Economics degree from University of Malaya in 1975. He has thirty-four (34) years’ of experience in the banking industry.He began his career in 1975 as an Officer at the Prime Minister’s Department. In 1976, he joined Malayan Banking Berhad (“Maybank”) where he served in various divisions including in senior positions as the Manager/Senior Manager covering the transactional banking (operations), retail finance, retail marketing and private banking. From 1993 to 1995, he was appointed as the Regional Manager for Maybank branches in Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. In 1996, he was promoted as the General Manager, Commercial Banking Division and subsequently served as the Senior General Manager, Corporate Banking and Enterprise Banking Division in 2000. In 2002 he was promoted as the Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Financial Services and was thereafter appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Maybank Group from 2006 till 2010. In 2012, he was designated as the Board representative of Amanah Raya Berhad. Also a Director of Rural Capital Sdn Bhd, Konsortium Bas Express Semenanjung Berhad and Asian Finance Bank Berhad.


George Oommen
Independent Non-Executive Director

GEORGE OOMMEN, aged sixty-four (64), Male, Malaysian, Independent Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2018. Member of the Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee and Remuneration Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also a certified Accountant by the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants Malaysia.

He has thirty-six (36) years’ of experience in the insurance industry. He began his career in 1981 when he joined American International Assurance Company Ltd as an Accountant. In 1999, he joined AIG Lippo Life Insurance Company, Indonesia as Vice President-Director. He then joined TATA AIG Life Insurance Company, India, in 2001, as Managing Director.  George Oommen later joined ACE INA Holdings Inc, India as Country Head/CEO in 2001. In 2003, he joined ACE Life, Cairo, Egypt as Chairman/Managing Director. In 2005, he joined ACE India Representative Office, India as Country Head/CEO. In 2006, he joined Signtech International Sdn Bhd as Chief Executive Officer. He later joined Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), UAE in 2007 where he was appointed as the Executive Director, Business Development. In 2010, he joined MENA Dubai, UAE as CEO & General Representative, Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.