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ICDM BNRC Dialogue & Networking + ADIP Graduation Ceremony: Cultivating Future Board Leaders

Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, ICDM(F), Rowina Ghazali Seth, ICDM, Lim Fen Nee, ICDM

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Cultivating Future Proof Board Leadership + ADIP® Graduation Ceremony

The increasing recognition of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in board leadership roles is encouraging. However, despite this, board positions remain less accessible for board-ready individuals or aspiring board members. Some boards are either still hesitant to consider capable executives who do not have directorship experience or, have unequal expectations on first-time director to-be as compared to the more experienced director candidates. 

To address barriers for diverse talents, boards must cultivate an inclusive culture, allowing space for a variety of perspectives. This is particularly crucial for integrating new, young, and fresh board members who bring unique traits such as technological proficiency, innovation, market insights, diverse networks, adaptability, and digital marketing expertise. Embracing these rising talents enhances board diversity and contributes to future-proofing the organisation. 

How can the BNRC position itself as a leader in providing opportunities for capable first-timers to gain valuable board experience? What criteria should be used to assess the potential value that first-time directors bring to the board? 

Please join us and our esteemed panelists to discuss how organisations can better consider rising talents and what aspiring directors can do to secure their first board seat. 

More importantly, please also join us in commemorating the remarkable accomplishments of our Aspiring Directors Immersion Programme (ADIP®) Graduates and recognising them as ICDM Graduate Directors. 

We take pride in acknowledging the dedication and achievements of ICDM’s Graduate Directors as they embrace directorship competencies, positioning themselves for future board roles with enhanced recognition, confidence, and promising prospects.  

Come and meet our graduates. See how they can benefit your board and your stakeholders! 

Programme Agenda


Time Topic
9.30 pm Arrival of Guests
10.00 am Housekeeping Briefing by Emcee
10.05 am Welcoming Speech by Ms Michele Kythe Lim, President & CEO of ICDM
10.10 am Keynote Address by En Mohamad Azhar Mohamad Hamidi, Head, Corporate Surveillance & Governance Division, Bursa Malaysia
10.15 Am Panel Discussion: Breaking the Glass Ceiling for First Time Directors

  • Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, ICDM(F), Chairman of Gas Malaysia Bhd & INED of various other boards
  • Ms Rowina Ghazali Seth, ICDM, INED of UEM Edgenta Bhd & various other boards
  • Ms. Lim Fen Nee, ICDM, INED of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad & various other boards.

Moderated by Mr Alvin Chiang, Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates 

11.15 am Certificate of Completion to ADIP® Graduates, presented by Ms Michele Kythe Lim & En Mohamad Azhar
11.30 am Certificate of Appreciation to Mentors of ICDM Graduate Directors, presented by Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, ICDM, Chairman of ICDM
11.45 am Photo Session, Networking and Light Lunch
1.00 pm End

Keynote Presenter

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Mohamad Azhar Hamidi

Mohamad Azhar Hamidi has been the Head of Corporate Surveillance and Governance Division for Bursa Malaysia Berhad since 2017. In his current position, he leads the market surveillance function for both the Equities and Derivatives markets, conduct market engagement and related strategic market surveillance developmental activities, with the objectives of promoting an orderly and fair trading environment and to protect investors interest in accordance with the provisions of Bursa Business Rules and Capital Market Services Act 2007.


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Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, ICDM(F)

Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee has vast experience spanning over 40 years, helming leadership roles in prominent companies, including PETRONAS, Malaysia Airlines Berhad and Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad. His breadth of experience spans across various areas such as management, leadership development, finance, regulatory affairs and economics. He has also served as Council Member for the East Coast Economic Region Development Council, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority and ASEAN Council on Petroleum. Tan Sri was also a Member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Stewardship Board of System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy, WEF’s Oil & Gas Governors Forum and the WEF Oil & Gas Action Group. He currently chairs the boards of DRB-HICOM Berhad and Gas Malaysia Berhad.

In addition to his extensive experience in the corporate world, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee also made significant contributions to the field of academia. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Razak School of Government, the Board of Governors of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), and as an Adjunct Professor at the Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences at IIUM. He was previously appointed Pro Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, member of the Advisory Council of Institut Pentadbiran Awam (INTAN), and Industry Advisor for the Engineering Faculty of University Putra Malaysia.

Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom.

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Rowina Ghazali Seth, ICDM

Rowina graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University, United States.

She began her career at SHELL in the Information Technology Division in 1985, then assumed various local and global positions in SHELL’s upstream, downstream and business operations. She rose to senior positions, including as SHELL Malaysia’s General Manager Corporate Affairs and Director of SHELL Business Services Sdn. Bhd.

As a senior member of SHELL’s management, she has more than 30 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, in all aspects of strategic government relations, external and reputation management.

Her last position was Director, Government Affairs at SHELL Malaysia, building the function from inception and pioneering the lead role.

Currently an Independent Non-executive Director of Top Glove Corporation Bhd, UEM Edgenta Bhd, Hong Leong Islamic Bhd and Velesto Energy Bhd.

Lim Fen Nee

Ms. Lim Fen Nee, ICDM

Lim Fen Nee is a qualified accountant with over 24 years of experience in the fields of accounting, assurance, and regulatory oversight. She was the Regional Partner of Deloitte Southeast Asia (SEA), SEA Regulatory and Public Policy Leader from 2017 to 2019. Her main role involves dealing with assurance and advisory, professional practice, quality initiatives, regulatory and public policy.

Prior to Deloitte SEA, she was with the Securities Commission Malaysia from 2010 to 2016. She was the Head of Audit Oversight Board (AOB) and was one of the founding management team.

She gained extensive experience in assurance and advisory in public companies and multinational companies during her roles in Ernst & Young, Kuala Lumpur and PwC, United States during the period from 1997 to 2009. She had also held consulting roles in The World Bank, Washington D.C covering governance and financial reporting.

She is currently the Independent Non-Executive Director of Shangri-La Hotels (Malaysia) Berhad, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad and Allianz Life Insurance Berhad.


Alvin Chiang

Alvin Chiang

Alvin Chiang partners with regional and international clients on their leadership and governance challenges. Based in Singapore, Alvin utilizes his expertise and experience to help directors and CEOs better understand the nuances of governance, as well as enhancing performance and improving dynamics within their boards. Alvin’s work comes as part of a specialized division of Russell Reynolds Associated aimed at helping boards and CEOs face the unprecedented challenges that shape our world. Alvin has spent time in commercial and consulting roles, his last role as the Chief Strategy Officer of a Singapore-listed construction firm. 

Before that he was a Senior Manager in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice, where he advised boards on corporate governance and enterprise risk. Alvin was also part of PwC’s Entrepreneurial & Private Business practice, where he worked closely with families of owner-managed businesses on issues relating to family governance. He began his career within the Singapore public service as an engineer in the Land Transport Authority, working on Intelligent Transport Systems.