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, Professional Standards & Qualifications

Sarimah Ramthandin is the Director of the Professional Standards and Qualifications 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, Corporate Services

Salleh Hassan brings with him years of experience in corporate governance and professional education.

Salleh is currently the Director of Corporate Services overseeing the effective delivery of enterprise support services to SIDC. Prior to this, he was the Director of Professional Standards & Qualifications. He oversaw the initiatives and activities that lead towards strengthening the competency and capacity of professionals in the Malaysian capital market via the industry-wide competency framework (ICF), certification and qualification, and the award winning Competency Management Systems (CMS).

As the subject matter expert on corporate governance, Salleh also leads in the development of curriculum, courses and industry insights initiatives. He was involved in a project to develop the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard and thereafter, had been an assessor of the Malaysian, Philippines and Vietnamese listed companies against the Scorecard. He has also served as an Associate and as a member of the adjudication committee for the corporate governance award by the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group (MSWG).

Salleh is a committee member of the Corporate Integrity System Malaysia initiative, a member of the National Advisory Group for the Business Integrity Country Agenda (BICA) study by Transparency International (TI-Malaysia), a member of the judging panel of the Malaysian Sustainability Reporting Award (MaSRA) organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council Training Advisory Group.

He also advises corporations in their efforts to cultivate corporate governance culture and to develop effective sustainability reporting. He speaks regularly at local and international platforms to directors and senior management of listed and unlisted companies on corporate governance.

He was the Deputy Director of the Nottingham University Business School (Malaysia) between 2005 and 2009. He had published papers on financial reporting, accounting policy choice and corporate governance/sustainability issues and presented them at international conferences.

Salleh holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting & Finance and also a Master of Business (Accounting) from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He is a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM).


Faridah Abdullah

Director, Business Development & Partnerships

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

DirectorProgramme Development

Sivalingam Navaratnam is the 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.