In 2009, PINTAR Foundation established the Board of Trustees (BOT) made up of esteemed individuals experienced in academia, corporate and other key Malaysian sectors.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES PROFILE
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad's working experience is extensive, having held senior positions in various Ministries from 1958 to 1983. His illustrious career includes being appointed the First Director of MARA Institute of Technology (ITM) from 1967 to 1975, the Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (1975 to 1977), and the Deputy Director General of Economic Planning Unit (EPU) from 1977 to 1978. He then moved on to become the Secretary General at the Ministry of Primary Industries, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Land and Regional Development.
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Ayub obtained a Diploma in Agriculture from the College of Agriculture, Serdang, Selangor, and a B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Economics with Statistics from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, the United Kingdom. He later pursued a Diploma in Business Administration from the Management Development Institute (IMEDE), Lausanne, Switzerland. He had also attended various notable courses at the Harvard Institute of Educational Management, IMEDE, and INSEAD.
Other directorships on his impressive record include Kulim (M) Berhad, KPJ Healthcare Berhad, Sindora Berhad, LBI Capital Berhad, Tomypak Holdings Berhad, Top Glove Corporation Berhad, and Malayan Flour Mills Berhad. He also sits as Chairman on several private limited companies, namely PFM Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd, CSR Building Materials (M) Sdn Bhd, Land Rover (M) Sdn Bhd, Pelaburan Johore Berhad, Bistari Johor Berhad, AmanahRaya JMF Asset Management Sdn Bhd, AmanahRaya Investment Bank Ltd, Nakagawa Rubber Industries Sdn Bhd, Bata (M) Sdn Bhd, Sato Amoy Sdn Bhd, Zalaraz Sdn Bhd, and Johmewah Maju Paper Mills Sdn Bhd.
Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad was born in November 1928 in Muar, Johor.
Tan Sri Dato' Dr Wan Mohd. Zahid Mohd. Noordin began his career as a teacher, and moved up the ladder quickly to principal level within just a few years. Subsequently, he held various positions in the Education Ministry, his last post prior to retirement in December 1997 being the Director-General of Education of Malaysia.
Tan Sri Mohd Zahid obtained his Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Malaya, and his Masters degree in Development Education from Stanford University, California, plus a Doctorate in Sociology of Education from the University of California, Berkeley, California. He is currently the chairman of the Sime Darby Health Care Supervisory Committee, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sime Darby Berhad.
His other directorships include Sime Darby Berhad, Paradigm Systems Berhad, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Federal Power Sdn Berhad, Furukawa Sdn Berhad, Kolej Universiti Teknologi, Pengurusan Malaysia, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad, Yayasan Felcra Berhad, Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad and Universiti Teknologi Tun Abdul Razak.
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Munir bin Abdul Majid is the current Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad. He obtained a B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1971, as well as his PhD in International Relations in 1978. While studying at LSE, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Munir taught at the university's Department of International Relations from 1972-1975, and later, was a research analyst for Daiwa Europe NV in London from 1975-1978.
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Munir joined the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) in 1979 as lead writer and progressed to become its Group Editor. During his time at NST, he published numerous articles on national and international politics and economics. He left NST in 1986 to become CEO of a small merchant bank, Pertanian Baring Sanwa (PBS) that he renamed Commerce International Merchant Bankers Berhad (CIMB) which was then transformed into what it is today - one of Malaysia's leading merchant banks.
He was invited by the Government of Malaysia to set up the Securities Commission in 1993, where he served for two terms until 1999 as its founding Executive Chairman. In 1997, he received the Cranfield Management Excellence award. After leaving the Securities Commission, he served as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Telekom Malaysia Berhad for 4 years until June 2004, and was Chairman of its mobile subsidiary Celcom (M) Berhad from 2002-2004. In June 2004, Dr. Mohd. Munir joined the Malaysian Airline System Berhad Board of Directors and in August 2004, was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysian Airline System Berhad.
Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching is currently Deputy Education Minister 1. Her areas of expertise include education issues focusing on school leadership and school management excellence, as well as quality teacher training. She started her teaching career as an English lecturer at the Sandakan Teachers' Training College, Sabah, in 1975, and later taught English in several schools in Tawau until 1989.
Thereafter, she held higher positions that included being Head of the Schools Inspectorate for the Tawau Zone, Director of the Sandakan Teachers' Training College and the Tawau Teachers' Training College respectively, and was the principal in both a mission school and a rural school before she was transferred to another school in 1996, to turn it around.
Datuk Mary Yap established a reputation for being innovative and achieving results during her headship at the Tawau Vocational Secondary School - now known as the Tawau Technical Secondary School, an institution which has since become a national benchmark. In 2002, she was promoted to Senior Principal (DG 54) and two years later, received her second promotion to Super Principal (a key position in the Public Civil Service - JUSA C post).
Her outstanding contributions in the field of education have been recognised by the conferment of various awards that include the Excellent Woman Award by the Tawau Parliament Constituency in 2003, the Outstanding Woman Award by the Sabah Women Advisory Council in 2004, and the Professional Excellence Award in recognition of her service to the community of Tawau from the Tawau Rotary Club on 28 June 2007, amongst others.
Datuk Mary Yap was born in March 1951.
Dato' Bernard Chandran is of both Indian and Chinese parentage and grew up in an average Malaysian family. His father wanted him to become an accountant and he almost followed this advice, before briefly considering becoming a tobacconist as he thought that would make for a good career.
However, at age 16, he had already decided he wanted to be a fashion designer but knew he would have to convince his father first. So he initially studied fashion in a local fashion college known as the International Fashion Training Centre (IFTC) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. During his initial fashion shows at the college, he was known for his shyness backstage around the undressed models. Given three months after graduation to prove himself, he arranged his debut solo show, taking the first steps on the road to becoming Malaysia's top designer. Bernard's father was won over by his son's amazing talent and helped fund his further studies, with Bernard soon winning a place at the prestigious Paris Fashion School in Paris, France.
He became the first Malaysian to win the 'Open European Contest for the Look of the Year 2000' in 1991. He is happily married to one of his former models, Datin Mary Lourdes, and has five children with her. He is intensely proud of his Indian ancestry and heritage.
Dato' Bernard Chandran was born in February, 1968.
Sabri Abdul Rahman started Television Airtime Services Sdn Bhd in 1992 and is one of two major shareholders. He has been actively involved in the development of private television in Malaysia since the inception of TV3 in 1983, the rescue of Metropolitan TV during the financial crisis of 1996/97, and the consolidation of the TV3 group into Media Prima in 2000.
Before venturing into business independently in 1992, Sabri worked for several companies and industries including banking and finance, automobiles, broadcasting services, and outdoor advertising. Currently, via Television Airtime Services, Sabri oversees the implementation of mobile solutions for e-Government through a subsidiary company, DAPAT Vista Sdn Bhd.
Sabri is known in the broadcasting and communications industries for his work with some of the most prominent broadcasting and communications experts and specialists in Malaysia, as well as in the Asean region.
Other directorships in his notable career include Metropolitan TV Sdn Bhd/8TV and Synchrosound Studio Sdn Bhd/HOT FM (subsidiaries of Media Prima Berhad). He is also Chairman for the Malaysian Coalition for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse (MCPCSA), as well as the Child Helpline Malaysia. Additionally, Sabri Ab Rahman is a Member of the Advisory Council for Communication and Media UNICEF Malaysia, and is also a Member of Majlis Penasihat dan Perundingan Kanak- kanak Kebangsaan.
Sabri Abdul Rahman was born in July, 1959.
Shahnaz Al-Sadat Abdul Mohsein is an independent advocate and promoter of education, talent development and social enterprising reforms in the interest of Malaysia and community at large. She is currently the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of arise Asia Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise founded with the intention to help any persons or institutions to undertake initiatives that will alleviate social disparities. It currently offers implementation services for initiatives particularly focusing on talent & education as a key enabler to closing disparities.
Shahnaz’s career began in the first 10 years in an international accounting firm, Arthur Andersen and in the second 10 years, contributing to nation- building through Government-linked companies. Her most recent working experience was as the Executive Director of Strategic Human Capital Management (“SHCM”) in Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”), the strategic investment arm for the Government of Malaysia.
To-date, Shahnaz brings her established corporate background into pursuing her passion in education sector and continues to sit on various Boards of education-related entities, such as; Teach for Malaysia (an affiliate to the global network of Teach for All,) Yayasan AMIR (the owner of the Trust Schools’ program where public schools are fully adopted by private sector to drive transformation), and MINDA (Academy for Board of Directors of public-listed companies).
She holds a LLB (Hons.) degree from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Shahnaz Al Sadat Abdul Mohsein was born in November, 1968.
Shareen Shariza Dato' Abdul Ghani is Director at the Special Projects Office, MD Office of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. She has been instrumental in shaping the Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy Khazanah Nasional Berhad.
In advancing the CR agenda for corporate Malaysia, Shareen works towards advocating and building capacity for Malaysian companies, in particular Government- Linked Companies (GLCs), to integrate business strategy with ESG (environmental, social and governance) principles. She is part of a team under the GLC Transformation Programme, spearheading the shaping of the next generation of world-class companies through a programme-based approach in which CR forms one of the strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Khazanah, she served as Chief Operations Officer for MERCY Malaysia, a humanitarian organisation working with vulnerable communities around the world. In the course of her work, she served in humanitarian missions to Darfur (Sudan), Sri Lanka, Iran, Aceh (Indonesia) and in remote areas throughout Malaysia. She was a Board Member of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, an organisation based in Geneva to promote greater beneficiary accountability for humanitarian organisations and donor agencies.
Her career footprint spans various sectors from retail and capital markets to strategic brand management with an oil and gas MNC. Shareen holds a Master in Public Policy from Universiti Malaya. She is currently pursuing a Master in Sustainability Leadership at University of Cambridge. Shareen Shariza Dato' Abdul Ghani was born in January, 1969.