IIC Corporate Governance Conference 2024

Conference

05
Mar 2024

8:45 am - 5:15 pm

Conference Hall - Securities Commission Malaysia

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The Institutional Investors Council of Malaysia (IIC) is pleased to host the Corporate Governance Conference on 5 March 2024 (Tuesday). This year’s theme, “Countdown to 2030: Investing Towards Sustainable Development in Malaysia” wishes to relate corporate governance as a touchstone for achieving Malaysia’s sustainable aspirations.

The IIC believes that corporate governance is more than a sustainability pillar- it is the necessary precondition in order to fully address social and environmental concerns. Therefore, the CG Conference will attempt to explore and analyse contemporary corporate governance issues especially through the lens of institutional investors, as is consistent with our members’ mandates for long term value creation. Our goal is for such discourse to catalyse the necessary action that would raise the standards for sustainable investing and the attractiveness of the Malaysian capital market as a whole.

The conference will bring together institutional investors, company directors, government policy makers, and other stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of investing towards sustainable development. The conference will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions on a range of topics, including:

  • The role of institutional investors in promoting sustainability;
  • Board governance for sustainability;
  • ESG reporting and disclosure; and
  • Sustainability risks and opportunities

IIC Corporate Governance Conference 2024 Featured Speakers

Take a look at some of the top industry talents that will be speaking!

YB Senator Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan
Minister of Finance II

Dato’ Seri Dr. Awang Adek Hussin
Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

Datuk Hajah Nik Amlizan Mohamed
Chairman, Institutional Investors Council Malaysia /
Chief Executive Officer, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)

Tehmina Kaoosji
Independent Broadcast Journalist &
Communications Consultant

Tan Sri Azman Bin Haji Mokhtar
Chairman, MIFC Leadership Council

Steven Larson
Chartered Financial Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Global Equities,
Principal Asset Management

Muazzam Mohamad
Senior Vice President, Head of Investment Stewardship Division,
Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Rohaya Mohammad Yusof
Chief Investment Officer,
Employees Provident Fund (EPF)

Daniel Choong
Chief Executive Officer,
BNP Paribas Asset Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Michele Kythe Lim
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM)

Datuk Amran Hafiz Affifudin
Executive Director and Head of Malaysia Investments,
Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Amar Gill
Secretary General Designate,
Asian Corporate Governance Association Hong Kong

Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Nik Mahmood
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director,
Axiata Group Berhad

Goh Keat Siang
Director and Head of Investments Monitoring, Stewardship & Sustainability,
Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Julian M Hashim
Chief Regulatory Officer,
Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Nicole Lim
ESG Investment Manager,
Asia Fixed Income, abrdn

Datuk Wira Ismitz Matthew De Alwis
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer,
Kenanga Investors Berhad

Nazaiful Affendi Zainal Abidin
Head of Portfolio Strategy & Research Department,
Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)

Rohini Samtani
Sustainability Solutions Manager,
S&P Global Sustainable1

Munirah Khairuddin
Chief Executive Officer Malaysia & Global Shariah & Managing Director, Strategic Distribution & Institutional Client Relations (Southeast Asia & Global Shariah),
Principal Asset Management Berhad

Afzal Abdul Rahim
Chief Executive Officer,
TIME dotCom Berhad

Rafiza Ghazali
Director of Digital Banking,
KAF Investment Bank Berhad

Datuk (Dr) Nora A Manaf
Group Chief Human Capital Officer,
Maybank Group

Nicholas Khaw
Head of Research,
Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Rejina Rahim
Founder, Wahine Capital;
Advisor & Council Member IIC

Nadia Ismadi
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Pod

Saifulbahri Hassan
Director and Head of Private Equity Department,
Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) [KWAP]

Johan Rozali-Wathooth
Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Bintang Capital Partners Berhad

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify current trends and challenges confronting Boards and companies transitioning to sustainability;
  2. Assess the evolution of the roles undertaken by Corporate Governance players to discharge their oversight and stewardship roles;
  3. Discuss the tools and frameworks – already available and upcoming – to enhance corporate practices in Malaysia.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • IIC members;
  • Government policy makers;
  • Major public listed companies; and
  • Other stakeholders interested in corporate governance and sustainability.

The IIC CG Conference is a unique opportunity for institutional investors, company directors, government policy makers, and other stakeholders to gain insights on the future of investing for sustainability and to network with other like-minded investors, policymakers and leading experts and practitioners in the field.

5 March 2024 | 9.00 am - 5.40 pm

8.00 am REGISTRATION
8.45 am WELCOME ADDRESS

YBhg. Datuk Hajah Nik Amlizan Mohamed, Chairman, Institutional Investors Council Malaysia (IIC)( / Chief Executive Officer, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)

9.00 am OPENING ADDRESS

YBhg. Dato’ Seri Dr. Awang Adek Hussin, Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

9.15 am SESSION 1: THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY AND PERFORMANCE THROUGH GOOD CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Points of Interest:

  • How can institutional investors use their influence to improve the corporate governance of listed companies? What are the common misconceptions of stewardship?
  • What are the levers to influence change? What are some unique challenges in corporate engagement in Malaysia? Lessons in engagement and escalation.
  • Organisations such as the UNPRI have called for Stewardship 2.0 i.e., shareholder advocacy to create systemic change; do Malaysian institutions have what it takes to encourage system-wide improvements?
  • KLCI has declined 13% over the last 5 years. What needs to be done to revive the market?
  • Can sustainability and net zero strategies deliver the needed growth?

Moderator: Tehmina Kaoosji, Independent Broadcast Journalist & Communications Consultant

Panelists:

  • Tan Sri Azman Bin Haji Mokhtar, Chairman, MIFC Leadership Council
  • Steven Larson, Chartered Financial Analyst, Portfolio Manager, Global Equities – Principal Asset Management
  • Muazzam Mohamad, Senior Vice President, Head of Investment Stewardship Division, Permodalan Nasional Berhad
  • Rohaya Mohammad Yusof, Chief Investment Officer, Employees Providence Fund
10.15 am MORNING COFFEE BREAK
10.35 am SESSION 2: FIT-FOR-PURPOSE: THE CORPORATE BOARD’S ROLE IN THE GOVERNANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Points of Interest:

  • Are Malaysian corporate boards fit-for-purpose i.e., can they prepare and lead companies when dealing with the global and local sustainability challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, treatment of labour, workforce diversity, community engagement, etc.?
  • As the economy transitions; what must boards do to institute resilience and ensure just outcomes, i.e., that the rising tide does not leave some boats behind?
  • Discuss some examples of board failure/success in recognising megatrends and the important lessons to learn about preparing companies for the sustainability related headwinds to come.

Moderator: Daniel Choong, Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Asset Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Panelists:

  • Michelle Kythe Lim, President & CEO Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM)
  • Datuk Amran Hafiz Affifudin, Executive Director and Head of Malaysia Investments, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
  • Amar Gill, Secretary General Designate, Asian Corporate Governance Association
  • Dato Dr Nik Ramlah Nik Mahmood, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, Axiata Group Berhad
 11.45 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS

YB Senator Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan, Minister of Finance II

12.15 pm LUNCH BREAK
2.00 pm SESSION 3: HOW INVESTORS CAN ASSESS AND MANAGE SUSTAINABILITY RELATED RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Points of Interest:

  • ESG integration into investment strategies and its impact on company analysis, forecasts and valuation.
  • Will Malaysia’s approach to sustainability reporting be sufficient in demonstrating how companies are preparing for material sustainability related factors as they may impact asset values, earnings etc.?
  • Malaysia’s position in climate – have we “over mitigated”, whilst overlooking adaptation to climate change? Following the lead from establishment of the loss and damage fund at COP28 in December 2023 – is the Malaysian capital market able to support funding for adaptation?

Moderator: Goh Keat Siang, Director and Head of Investment Monitoring, Stewardship & Sustainability, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Panelists:

  • Julian M Hashim, Chief Regulatory Officer, Bursa Malaysia Berhad
  • Nicole Lim, ESG Investment Manager, Asia Fixed Income, abrdn
  • Datuk Wira Ismitz Matthew De Alwis, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kenanga Investors Berhad
  • Nazaiful Affendi Zainal Abidin, Head of Portfolio Strategy & Research Department, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)
  • Rohini Samtani, Sustainability Solutions Manager, S&P Global Sustainable1
3.00 pm SESSION 4: BUILDING MARKET RESILIENCE BY BRACING FOR DIGITAL DISRUPTIONS

Points of Interest:

  • As the development in generative AI gains speed, what will this mean for the workforce, particularly in a developing nation like Malaysia?
  • How can policymakers, corporations and educational institutions collaborate proactively to ensure the relevance of the Malaysian workforce particularly in light of increasing regional competition?
  • Cybersecurity is a growing ESG factor given multidimensional impacts on the firm and system. Discuss some of the challenges faced by the market in terms of cyber resilience, risk pricing (e.g., for insurance innovation and investor valuation), and policy framework.

Moderator: Munirah Khairuddin, Chief Executive Officer Malaysia & Global Shariah & Managing Director, Strategic Distribution & Institutional Client Relations (Southeast Asia & Global Shariah), Principal Asset Management Berhad

Panelists:

  • Afzal Abdul Rahim, Chief Executive Officer, TIME dotCom Berhad
  • Rafiza Ghazali, Director of Digital Banking, KAF Investment Bank Berhad
  • Datuk (Dr) Nora A Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank Group
  • Nicholas Khaw, Head of Research, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
4.00 pm AFTERNOON TEA BREAK
4.15 pm SESSION 5: INVESTING FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Points of Interest:

  • What are the right measurements, scopes and boundaries in assessing the social impact and SROI?
  • Does the challenge to collect reliable and relevant data present a formidable barrier to investment?
  • How can investors avoid “social washing”, i.e., where the companies overstate or misrepresent their social impact?

Moderator: Rejina Rahim, Founder, Wahine Capital; Advisor & Council Member IIC

Panelists:

  • Nadia Ismadi, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pod
  • Saifulbahri Hassan, Director and Head of Private Equity Department, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan)
  • Johan Rozali-Wathooth, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Bintang Capital Partners Berhad
5.15 pm END OF CONFERENCE
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