About the speaker

About the speaker [Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar]


YBhg. Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar
Chairman, Bursa Malaysia Berhad


Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, 56, is currently the Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Berhad and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He is regarded as one of the most versatile corporate leaders in Malaysia having successfully led four major organisations in infrastructure development, telecommunications, financial services and investment management. He served as Group Chairman of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Malaysia’s largest fund management company, from August 2016 to June 2018 following completion of his term as a Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning from June 2013 to June 2016.

Prior to his cabinet appointment, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid was formerly the President and CEO of Maybank, Malaysia’s largest public listed company and one of the leading banking groups in Southeast Asia, from May 2008. He was credited with transforming Maybank into a regional banking group and a global leader in Islamic finance. Prior to joining Maybank, he was the Group CEO of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) from July 2004 until its demerger with Axiata Group Berhad in April 2008. He was also formerly the MD/CEO of UEM Group Berhad, his first role as CEO at the age of 37. He successfully led the turnaround of UEM Group, Malaysia’s largest infrastructure development conglomerate (which owned PLUS Expressways), following its takeover by sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional in 2001.

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has received numerous awards throughout his career. This includes Malaysia’s CEO of the Year 2006 award from Business Times/American Express, The Asian Banker’s 2013 Leadership Achievement Award for Malaysia and The Edge Value Creator award 2013. He was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Economy from Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU) in 2014 and Honorary Doctorate in Economy & Muamalat Administration by the Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) in 2018.

Tan Sri Abdul Wahid currently serves as a Trustee of WWF Malaysia and as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

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