Senior Management


Sharifatul Hanizah Said Ali

Chief Executive Officer

Sharifatul Hanizah Said Ali is Chief Executive Officer of SIDC effective August 2016.

With close to three decades of experience in the financial services industry, Sharifatul Hanizah’s career began in the capital markets industry in 1988 with a bank-backed broking house. She joined Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), the National Equity Corporation in 1991, where she held several senior positions with roles and responsibilities in the Investment, Corporate Services and CEO’s office, gaining vast experience locally and through various work attachments overseas.

The extensive experience gained during Sharifatul Hanizah’s formative years in PNB was instrumental in shaping both her leadership and business approaches in the latter years as she assumed leadership roles. The keen focus on balancing commercial aspirations of stakeholders against the backdrop of a continually dynamic and volatile business environment was always a priority for her.

In 2007, Sharifatul Hanizah took the helm of RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd and then became Managing Director of RHB Investment Management Sdn Bhd from January 2008 until July 2012. The six-year period under her leadership saw assets under management (AUM) growing from strength to strength, from RM4 billion to RM16 billion in July 2012.

During her tenure in PNB and RHB, Sharifatul Hanizah’s board experience was vast, spanning consumer goods, technology and manufacturing companies. She served on the boards of exchange-listed and private companies as a Nominee Director for both organisations.

Sharifatul Hanizah’s most recent role before joining SIDC was as Chief Executive Officer of Muamalat Invest, where she successfully led an impressive twenty-fold increase in AUM from RM120 million to RM3 billion during her four-year tenure.

Sharifatul Hanizah owns extensive and diverse experience in the fields of investment analysis, portfolio management, equity trading and unit trust. She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and an Islamic Financial Planner (IFP). She was a holder of the Securities Commission (SC)’s Capital Markets Services Representative Licence for fund management from 2005 to 2016.

Since 2010, Sharifatul Hanizah has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM). She was Treasurer from 2011 to 2013 before being elected President in July 2013, a position she held until July 2016.

Sharifatul Hanizah currently plays a role as both moderator and panel assessor for the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA), a body supported by both Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the SC. She is also a SIDC faculty member for the SC’s Capital Market Director Programme.


Sarimah Ramthandin

Director, Business Development & Partnerships

Sarimah Ramthandin is the Director of the Business Development Division. Her primary roles consist of strategic development, design and implementation of innovative learning modules, and customising intervention solutions for the capital market industry. In addition, Sarimah successfully led the expansion of SIDC into a learning and development consultancy for talent development in the capital markets. She was also instrumental in the conceptualisation, development and implementation of various Investor Education projects including strategic partnerships, key publications and core financial literacy and capability programmes.

Sarimah has also been invited to speak and share her experiences in implementing financial literacy and capability strategies and innovative programmes at various international forums.  She has made regular media and TV appearances, speaking on topics ranging from smart money management habits to wise investing.

Sarimah began her career in 1996 as an internal auditor for Hong Leong Finance Bank Berhad and later as a dealer’s representative in Kenanga Investment Bank before joining the Securities Commission Malaysia in 2000, where she was involved in developing examination study guides and questions in SIDC’s examinations department. She moved to the Investor Education (IE) department in 2003 and has since led multiple IE initiatives for SIDC.

Sarimah holds an MBA from University Malaya and a BSc in Business Administration (Finance) from Iowa State University, USA. She is a Certified Training Professional with over 20 years of experience in the capital market industry, and a Certified Professional Coach with learning and development expertise.


Salleh Hassan

Director, Professional Standards & Qualifications

Salleh Hassan oversees the overall integrity and management of the development and operations of the Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Licensing Examinations and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programme. He also supervises the continuing education department that develops learning and development programmes including public and bespoke courses, conferences/seminars and the upcoming qualifications. He leads in the new initiatives of competency assessment and industry insights.

Salleh is also the resident expert for corporate governance where he leads in developing curriculum, courses, insights and other initiatives related to corporate governance and board-level education. He was one the pioneering Corporate Governance Specialists (Consultants) engaged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in “Promoting an Interlinked ASEAN Capital Market”, a project that aims to promote and to heighten the standards of corporate governance of listed companies across the ASEAN region. He has been instrumental in the annual Malaysian Corporate Governance Index initiative undertaken by the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) where he continues to serve as an Associate, and serves as a member of the adjudication panel of the annual ASEAN-Malaysia Corporate Governance Award. He was recently inducted into the Expert Group Fellowship for Corporate Integrity System Malaysia (CISM) under the auspices of the Malaysian Institute of Integrity. During 2015, he served as a member of the panel hosted by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) to develop the Competence Matrix for Integrated Reporting <IR>. On the corporate sustainability front, he has on several occasions served as a member of the judging panel of the Malaysian Sustainability Reporting Award (MaSRA) organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He continues to conduct various sessions on corporate governance and/or sustainability practices and reporting to members of board of directors, senior management and other interested stakeholders of listed and unlisted companies and also foreign regulators.

Salleh was an Associate Professor of Accounting between 2001 and 2010 and the Deputy Director of the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) from 2005 to 2009. His consulting and research interests are in financial reporting, accounting policy choice and corporate governance/sustainability issues. He has published research papers in internationally refereed journals including the Journal of Business Communication, Accounting and Business Review, Asian Review of Accounting, Asia Pacific Journal of Accounting, and Accounting Research Journal. He also advises corporations in their effort to cultivate the corporate governance culture and to develop meaningful governance and/or sustainability reporting, through consulting engagements, seminars, workshops and conferences.


Faridah Abdullah

Director, Corporate Planning

As Director of Corporate Planning, Faridah is responsible for ensuring the delivery of SIDC’s strategic initiatives and projects, at the same time overseeing Analytics and Secretariat Office for Continuing Professional Education (CPE), Bumiputera Training (BTF) and Bumiputera Dealer Representatives Education Fund (BDREF)

Having more than 20 years of experience in the capital markets and related financial services industry, Faridah’s career began in early 1990’s with Aseambankers Malaysia Berhad in Project Finance and later in Corporate Banking. During the financial crisis in late 90’s Faridah joined Danaharta Managers Sdn Bhd in 1999 (the organisation responsible for recovering Sime Bank’s bad loans). She was tasked with overseeing the restructuring and recovery of more than 30 local and foreign non-performing loans for large corporations with average exposures of more than RM100 million.

In 2006, Faridah joined RHB Investment Bank Berhad in the Managing Director’s Office. In the decade spent with RHB, she managed various special projects and business transformation as well as corporate strategy, amassing invaluable experience in key organisational transformation approach.

Faridah was part of the team that oversaw the 5-year strategic initiatives under RHB Banking Group (IGNITE) and improving productivity and efficiency project (ASAP) for RHB Investment Bank.   

Faridah holds a BSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.


Sivalingam Navaratnam

Associate DirectorProgramme Development

Sivalingam Navaratnam is the Associate Director of  Programme Development, responsible for developing training programmes relating to human capital competency development. In addition to serving the local capital market industry, he also works closely with international regulators and funding agencies in developing training initiatives for the ASEAN and APEC markets.

Sivalingam joined the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) in 1998 and has played a key role in the development and implementation of the Continuous Professional Education (CPE) programme, the Capital Market Graduate Training Scheme (CMGTS), Bumiputera Training Fund (BTF), Industry Transformation Initiative (ITI) and the SC’s flagship programmes, namely the Emerging Markets Programme (EMP) and Islamic Markets Programme (IMP).

Prior to joining the SC, Sivalingam was a senior lecturer of finance at a local training institute and an auditor in Ernst & Young. His areas of expertise include development of human capacity building strategies and curriculum frameworks for capital market development, programme design, development and delivery of training models, evaluation and programme quality control.

Sivalingam completed the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He is also a Certified Training Professional.