Dr. Munir started his illustrious career in 1978 as a leader writer for The New Straits Times Press, and progressed to become its group editor. He left NST in 1986 to become CEO of Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS), whose name he changed to Commerce International Merchant Bankers (CIMB), which later transformed into one of Malaysia’s leading merchant banks. He was invited by the Government of Malaysia to establish and become the first and founding Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission in 1993, where he served for two terms until 1999.
Upon leaving the Securities Commission, he has served as Chairman on the BOD of reputable organisations across various industries, including Celcom Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines, Bank Muamalat Malaysia, CIMB Asean Research Institute, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, and the Malaysian Chapter of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council. Dr. Munir is also an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics (LSE), and both started and headed its Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme. He has written for IDEAS publications and published in International Politics, a British academic journal.
Tan Sri Munir was appointed the Chairman of ICMR in November 2019.
Distinguished Professor Mohamed Ariff Syed Mohamed
Professor Mohamed Ariff is currently a Distinguished Professor and the Head of Department of Economics and Finance at Sunway University. His academic career spans across multiple universities in Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. He has also worked as a visiting professor or visiting fellow at universities such as Harvard (1994); Tokyo University (1989; 1991; 2008); UCD Dublin (1992; 2004) and the University of Melbourne (1994). He has consulted for three stock exchanges, securities commission, the UNESCO, ADB, and private corporations such as the Sandoz Corporation (Swiss), DBS Bank, National Australia Bank.
He is an active researcher in financial economics with contributions appearing in 163 international journals. His publications on Islamic Finance is recognized in that literature while his conference series named Foundation of Islamic Finance is held each year in different parts of the world. He is a series editor for a UK-based publishing house on Finance. He manages an international conference series (Foundation of Islamic Finance) to enable best papers to be published in journals and edit a book published by the Edward Elgar under Islamic Finance Series as its editor.
Professor Ariff was appointed as a board member of ICMR in November 2018.
Dato Dr. Nik Ramlah Mahmood was the Deputy Chief Executive from the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) before retiring in March 2016, having served 23 years in the organization. Prior to joining the SC, Dato Dr. Nik Mahmood was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.
Dato' Dr. Nik is renowned for her extensive experience in areas ranging from regulatory policy, legal reform, product and market development, corporate governance, Islamic capital market and investor education and enforcement. She is currently a board member of INCEIF- the Global University of Islamic Finance and a member of its Senate. She also serves as a board member of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), a member of the Financial Services Professionals Board (FSPB) and is a board member for Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysia (PIDM).
Dato’ Dr Nik also sits as a board member of several corporate boards including Pemodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB), United Malacca Berhad, Axiata Group Berhad and Edotco Sdn. Bhd
Dato' Dr. Nik Mahmood holds a First Class Honours in Law from University Malaya and a LLM and PhD from University of London.
Dato' Dr. Nik Mahmood was appointed to the Board of ICMR in July 2019.
Allen Ng is the Chief Economist of Securities Commission Malaysia since September 2018.
He was formerly the Director of Research at Khazanah Research Institute, overseeing the institute’s research work on technology, employment and the state of Malaysia’s economic development. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade at Bank Negara Malaysia holding various portfolios over the years. His last role at the central bank was Deputy Director of the Monetary Policy Department, where he was primarily responsible for leading macroeconomic surveillance and research on matters relating to money and credit, as well as supporting the secretariat function of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of the central bank’s Economics Department where he was, among other responsibilities, overseeing longer-term structural policy research to support the central bank’s economic advisory role to the Government. He also served as a deputy director in the Office of the Governor, and the Strategy Management Department of the central bank.
Allen has a BA and MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is also a Chevening alumnus.
Teoh Kok Lin is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singular Asset Management Sdn Bhd, a fund management company established in 2002, and is licensed by the Securities Commission of Malaysia. He is also the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singular Asset Management (Singapore) Ltd, a registered fund manager with Monetary Authority of Singapore.
He has over 33 years of experience in Banking, Credit and Investment with financial institutions such as Citicorp Citibank Malaysia, Barings Malaysia, HSBC Research Malaysia and UOB Kay Hian Singapore. Currently, he is an independent non-executive director at Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC), a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia and non-executive Director of Credit Bureau Malaysia. He also serves as an Alternate Member of the General Council of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia, Chairman of the Digital Economy Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Socio-Economic Research Consultative Committee of the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia. He was appointed as Secretary of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM).
Kok Lin is one of the earliest Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) in Malaysia and is a former president of the CFA Society Malaysia. He holds a First Class Honours Double Degree in Electrical Engineering and Commerce (Finance), University of Windsor, Canada and Master of Science in Industrial Administration, Purdue University, USA.
Kok Lin was appointed to the Board of ICMR in May 2021.