Meet the Management

SIDREC’s Management Team

SIDREC’s management team is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of its service who are accountable to the board of directors. The team proposes and manages the organisation’s budget; oversee the execution of strategy and commitments; ensure effective and efficient operations; and manages responses to risks.

Sharmila Sharma

Chief Executive Officer

Sharmila Sharma was appointed as SIDREC CEO effective 2 December 2019. She practised as an advocate and solicitor for a short period before working in human rights for five years with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since then, she has had over 10 years of experience in Sustainable Finance/Investments having worked as an analyst, researcher and manager in corporate, financial and investment strategy with several organisations.

She was a key member of the Secretariat to the Financial Services Professional Board (FSPB) in 2014/15 where she led the development of the FSPB Code of Ethics for the Financial Services Industry.

Prior to joining SIDREC, she was the Head of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions of Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad that invests in and develops renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Sharmila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Law from the University of Durham. She has been called to the Bar of England & Wales and the Malaysian Bar. She has also completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations.

Suhana Mokhtar

Head of Dispute Resolution

Suhana Mokhtar has more than 10 years of experience handling dispute resolution on corporate/commercial, employment, industrial relations, construction and compulsory land acquisition matters where she carried out pre-litigation advisory work and played an advisory role for court cases as well as proceedings relating to the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act (CIPAA). She has also managed and conducted numerous negotiations for court cases up to the apex court level.

Suhana commenced her career in 2005. As a practising lawyer, she advised on securities, corporate, commercial, banking and conveyancing matters. As an in-house legal counsel, she was exposed to compliance, employment, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), Intellectual Property and litigation work.

Prior to joining SIDREC, Suhana held the position of Head, Group Legal with a public listed property group where she advised for three business segments: property & land development, integrated facilities management and project management & consultancy.

Suhana graduated with an LLB (Hons) degree from the International Islamic University Malaysia and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2005.

Linda Tey Mei Ling

Head of Operations

Linda Tey has over 20 years of experience in management services, membership development and engagement, events management, communication and marketing. She has a strong non-profit background, having worked with various professional and trade bodies including the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA), the Malaysian Bar Council, the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Prior to joining SIDREC, Linda was the Executive Director of the Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) for over five years. During her tenure, she led the MABC’s efforts in promoting the interests of members through the facilitation of networking opportunities including connecting Malaysian and Australian trading partners, advocating on issues that impact members and providing critical business insights.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics majoring in Economic and Management Studies from the University of London.

Zoe Rai

Head of Strategy and Communication

Zoe Rai is a public relations professional with over 25 years’ experience in private and public sector communications, stakeholder and crisis management.

Zoe served in Bank Negara Malaysia as a media relations officer and as executive assistant to the then Governor. He has also served at the Bank of International Settlements in Basel Switzerland. As a communications specialist, he designed, implemented and executed various comprehensive nationwide communication programmes for the Central Bank, ranging from policy changes, awareness campaigns and initiatives to financial literacy and education.

Zoe has also been a professional Chef, chocolatier, and pastry chef since 2014 and restaurateur from 2019 to 2020.

Zoe holds an MA in International Business from the University of Central Lancashire, BA in Marketing Middlesex University, a Diploma in Advertising from Lim Kok Wing, and graduated culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu, Adelaide and Savour School Melbourne, Australia, for chocolate and pastry.

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Head of Operations

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