Sustainability Focus of Budget 2021

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Sustainability Focus of Budget 2021


13 Nov 2020 @ 10:30 am (+8 GMT)

The impacts of climate change do not discriminate geographically and in the absence of drastic action today, serious issues regarding food security, health and biodiversity will be inevitable in the future. Acknowledging the need for a green recovery pathway, the Government is cognisant of the threats posed by “the twin Cs” — COVID-19 and climate change — and with Budget 2021 tabled recently, many are keen to understand its sustainability agenda.

Sustainability Focus of Budget 2021

Join us for a review of Malaysia’s development agenda regarding sustainability and green technology in Budget 2021 through the perspectives of banking and, financial services leaders and a prominent wilderness preservation NGO, and learn how efforts to build back better will play a vital role in driving tenable economic growth.

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Speaker's Profile

Thiagarajan WWF Malaysia web
Thiagarajan Nadeson

Head of Markets and Education

WWF-Malaysia

Thiagarajan WWF Malaysia web
Thiagarajan Nadeson

Head of Markets and Education

WWF-Malaysia

Thiagarajan Nadeson is Head of Markets and Education at WWF-Malaysia, where one of his main focuses is to support corporates and financial institutions with implementing best practice sustainable solutions. He leads teams that engage with Malaysian corporates, regulators, stock exchange, banks and institutional investors in a range of advocacy, capacity building and research initiatives on corporate sustainability and sustainable finance, including Islamic banking. Most recently, he supported the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in the development process of the Value-based Intermediation (VBI) Assessment Framework and was one of the environmental experts in the VBI Scorecard deliberation with local and international Islamic banks in Malaysia. He also represents WWF-Malaysia in all the sub-committees of the Joint Committee for Climate Change. Prior to this role at WWF, Thiaga worked on environmental education and rural community management. Before WWF, he spent over six years in the private sector, where he was the Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs in a private investment holding company that has interests in a wide range of sectors, including property, food and timber. In 19 years at WWF-Malaysia, he was exposed to various conservation issues and projects, including the most trending issues — plastic and species conservation.

Sazrin Mohd Razak Bank Islam web
Sazrin Mohd Razak

Assistant General Manager, Strategic Planning

Bank Islam

Sazrin Mohd Razak Bank Islam web
Sazrin Mohd Razak

Assistant General Manager, Strategic Planning

Bank Islam

Sazrin Mohd Razak carries with her over 20 years of experience in the field of strategic planning, finance and auditing. Sazrin’s formative years began in one of the big four accounting firms. She then continued her career, serving in the oil and gas as well as financial services industries, such as Petronas, RHB Islamic and Maybank. She joined Bank Islam as Assistant General Manager, Strategic Planning in September 2012.

Sazrin is also a member of the Values-based Intermediation (VBI) Community of Practitioners (CoP), representing Bank Islam as one of the eight Islamic banks identified by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to spearhead the journey of VBI adoption moving forward for Islamic banking industry. Sazrin holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management degree from the University of Essex, UK, and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Wan Suhaimie Kenanga web
Wan Suhaimie Saidie

Head, Economic Research

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Wan Suhaimie Kenanga web
Wan Suhaimie Saidie

Head, Economic Research

Kenanga Investment Bank Berhad

Wan Suhaimie Saidie has 29 years of working experience, of which 23 are as an economist. He began his investment research career with PB Worldsec Securities (a Hong Kong-based brokerage and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Tokyo Bank) in 1996. He started as an equity analyst but shortly after, switched to macroeconomic research. Following the Asian Financial Crisis of 1999, he briefly returned to financial journalism and later joined AmInvestment Bank before joining Kenanga Investment Bank in 2006 as head of economic research. After receiving a degree in economics at the International Islamic University Malaysia in 1991, he joined The Star daily newspaper as a reporter and later as a financial journalist at AFX Asia (a joint venture between Agence France Presse and Financial Times). He was also trained as a photojournalist at Brandenburg Berlin School of Journalism in Germany. His other main areas of interest include behavioral economics, finance, risk and history.

Rozani web
Mohamed Rozani Osman

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

Rozani web
Mohamed Rozani Osman

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

Mohamed Rozani Osman is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist with the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank in Kuala Lumpur, an assignment he started in June 2016. He is currently working on several areas, including sustainable finance, Islamic finance, disaster risk finance, capital markets, financial sector development and financial stability monitoring in the East Asia Pacific region. He has 18 years of investment management experience, including 10 years as Head of Treasury and Liquidity Management at Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the sovereign investment fund of Malaysia.

Prior to that, he headed the fixed income teams at Maybank Investment Management and KLCS Asset Management. While there, he managed several mutual funds and discretionary portfolios. He has also managed a leveraged multi-asset portfolio focused on the US technology and financial sectors. Before entering the financial industry, he worked in the oil and gas industry. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia.