Directors' Profiles


Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, 57 is currently Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.

Prior to his appointment, Tan Sri Dr Ali was Director-General of the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS) in the Prime Minister’s Department. Before that, he served in the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department where he was Director of the Disbursement Division and then Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme.

Tan Sri Dr Ali joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He was then made Senior Project Manager for the Economy and Public Policy Management (Putera) at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan).

Tan Sri Dr Ali obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Malaya before furthering his studies at Oklahoma State University in the United States where he obtained a Masters in Economics in 1986, followed by a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Economics in 1997.

He is also Chair of the Malaysian Integrity Institute (IIM), the co-Chair of the Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) and Deputy Chairman of Johor Corporation (JCorp).



Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid

Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, 51, is currently Chief Executive Officer of MRT Corp.

Prior to taking up the position, he was Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd. Concurrently, he was Divisional Director of Plantations and Food Division of Sime Darby Bhd. He also served as Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Association, board member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United Kingdom and member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

He is also shareholder and founder of Chelsea Capital Sdn. Bhd., an investment holding and corporate advisory company focusing on the oil palm, property and food sectors.



Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, 55, is currently Secretary-General to the Treasury.

Prior to his appointment, he had held various positions in the Ministry of Finance including Deputy Secretary General (Policy) and in the Economics and International Division from 2003 to 2008, he was the Under Secretary, Head of Multilateral Relations, Head of Econometrics Section, and Principal Assistant Secretary. In the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department from 1987 to 1999, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan was the Senior Assistant Director in the Privatization Division and Senior Assistant Director in the Energy Division.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the International Islamic University of Malaysia; Masters of Science in Energy, Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Bachelor in Population Studies (Honours) from the University of Malaya.

He currently sits on the board of Syabas, Govco Holding Berhad, Cyberview, Felda, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad, Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Petronas, Malaysia Development Holdings Sdn Bhd, Bank Negara Malaysia, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Perbadanan Insurans Deposit Malaysa (PIDM), Tabung Haji, International Islamic University of Malaya, Land Public Transport Commission, Cooperative Commission and Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pencen.




Datuk Dr. Rahamat Bivi Yusoff

Datuk Dr. Rahamat Bivi binti Yusoff, 55, is currently the Director-General of the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.

She has served the Government for 32 years, starting as Assistant Secretary (Tax Division) and then as Assistant Secretary (Contract and Supplies Division) in the Ministry of Finance. She was also the Project Officer in the National Institute of Public Administration, Assistant Director and subsequently Deputy Director in the Macroeconomics Section of the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department, and Director of the Industrial Development Department of the Energy Commission.

She holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Western Michigan, and a Doctorate in Economics from Australian National University, a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) (Hons) from Universiti Sains Malaysia, and a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration.

She also currently sits on the boards of other various government agencies including Felda, Johor Corporation and the Malaysia Thailand Joint Authority.



Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar

Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar, 40, is currently Group Managing Director of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad.

Before being appointed to the position, he was Chief Operating Officer of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD). Prior to that, he was attached to RapidKL as its General Manager of Corporate Planning. He was seconded as an Adviser to the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department where he was involved in the drafting of the Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat Act 2010 and the Land Public Transport Act 2010. He was also involved in the laboratory for urban public transport improvement which was held under the Government Transformation Plan.

Dato’ Sri Shahril has also held various positions in Penerbangan Malaysia Berhad, PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia, British American Tobacco (M) Bhd and Maybank Bhd.

He holds a Masters Degree in Management (with distinction) from University of Malaya and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Missouri, St Louis.

He is currently the Chairman of Rapid Penang Sdn Bhd and Prasarana Integrated Development Sdn Bhd (Pride); Board member of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, Prasarana Integrated Management & Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (Prime), Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd and Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd. He is also the Chairman of MRT Corp’s Audit Committee.



Datuk Che Mokhtar Che Ali

Datuk Che Mokhtar Che Ali, 58, is the founder partner of Messrs Che Mokhtar & Ling, a legal firm in Kuala Lumpur.

With almost 30 years of experience as a legal practitioner, Datuk Che Mokhtar has served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee Panel of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board and acted as the Chairman of the Committee. He was also appointed as a Notary Public by the Attorney General of Malaysia. As an advocate and solicitor, he has acted for various private and public companies, banking institutions, developers, and statutory bodies such as Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Public Administration) and a Bachelor of Law from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the New Zealand Supreme Court in 1980 and was later admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya three years later. He has also served as a Magistrate and Deputy Public Prosecutor.

He currently holds the positions as Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Tender Board and Remuneration Committee of Focal Aims Holdings Bhd. He also holds directorships in several companies, including KYS College Sdn Bhd which is the operator of Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka. He was also formerly a director of Idris Hydraulic (M) Bhd and Idaman Unggul Bhd.



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