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Council Members

Climate Governance Malaysia was launched in May 2019, the second country in the world (& first in Asia) to set up the World Economic Forum's Climate Governance Initiative.


Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar (Chairperson and Director, CGM) 

is independent non-executive director of 5 boards as well as a trustee of 6 charitable foundations.

She is Adjunct Professor in Climate Governance and Sustainability at Unitar International University, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, member of the External Advisory Committee for Sunway University’s Master in Sustainable Development Management and the workstream lead for government policy for the CEO Action Network, an industry-led initiative to increase sustainability and climate resilience.

As Founder and Chairperson of CGM, the country chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, CGM was the second chapter to be launched in the world and first in Asia-Pacific. 

Under her leadership, in only 5 years, it has grown to be a significant advocate for an increase climate ambition and has been behind what is arguably the largest private sector mobilisation, for climate action.

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    Rizal Ishak

    is currently director of private equity firm RRJ capital with AUM of USD13bn and Hopu Capital (AUM USD2.4bn) since 2008. As a private equity practitioner, he is a persistent advocate of sustainable/impact investing having served the boards of Singapore-listed and ten country operation Berger International and the audit committees (as Chairman) of two Malaysian-listed companies. RI was senior advisor to govt ICT agency MIMOS and has been on panels and roundtables hosted by ISIS and UNGC. Upon majoring in Bsc CompScience at BostonU he pursued a career in strategy and change management consulting (Accenture fka Andersen Consulting) and equities research and investment banking (CLSA) for the energy/power, TMT, and banking/resources sectors in Malaysia, spore and Indonesia.

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      Dato' Tengku Marina Tunku Annuar Badlishah

      Experienced communications professional with strong leadership and relationship building skills. Over 30 years of experience in a leading multinational corporation, raising through the ranks from local to global role, requiring the highest level of integrity, professionalism, management and engagement skills. Expertise in all aspects of corporate reputation management, strategic communications and stakeholder engagement with proven track- record.  People oriented with strong history of leading high-performance teams to meet or exceed objectives. Broad industry experience in the food, beverage and nutrition business. Passionate about sustainable management, an advocate for ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).


      Recently retired and currently serving as Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of MISC Berhad, SP Setia Berhad and Westports Holdings Berhad.


      Also serving as Council Member of the Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM), Founding Member of the Circular Economy Club (CEC) Kuala Lumpur and Committee Member of The Lost Food Project (TLFP)

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        Jenifer Thien

        Jenifer has over 30 years of international C-suite experience in the consumer packaged goods industry and had the opportunity to work and live in several countries across Asia as well as the US throughout her career.  This includes 25 years with Mars Incorporated, where she last served as the Global Chief Procurement Officer.  She has successfully led complex business transformation and sustainability programs through her deep understanding of supply chains and what it takes to drive change. Currently Jenifer is an Independent Non-Executive Director of UEM Edgenta Berhad and Jadestone Energy plc; as well as serves on the Advisory Board of Lucta S.A.

        Jenifer is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion having played a pivotal role in championing women in STEM within Mars Inc. and continues to do so through contributing in organizations such as LeadWomen Malaysia and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. 

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          AR. (DR.) Serina Hijjas

          Ar. (Dr.) Serina Hijjas is one of the leading and earliest proponent on sustainable design in Malaysia. The principal creative director at HIJJAS architects & planners and is known for changing the building landscape of architecture through buildings that are responsive, energy conscious + bold. Her formative years exposed her to energy efficiency and sustainable design and have culminated in projects like the Heriot Watt University ‘green campus’, Celcom Tower ‘interconnective offices’ and EPIC waste training center and sustainable Data Center in Cyberjaya. Through a series of energy and sustainable award winning projects & buildings, the approach to design is holistic, responsive of placemaking + context with a view in generating new environmental sustainable specific strategies for every project.
          Serina Hijjas worked Malaysia Pavilion at Dubai EXPO designed by HIJJAS architects & planners and is the first Net Zero Carbon Pavilion at EXPO envisioned as a Pavilion in synergy with Nature inspired by the Rainforest and Malaysian traditional architecture of building on stilts. Touching the ground lightly, the Malaysia Pavilion hopes to inspire its nation on the importance of sustainable development in every aspect from embodied, operational carbon.
          HIJJAS supported BIG architects on BioDiverCity masterplan, envisioning 12 strong sustainable principles where cultural, ecological and economic growth can co-exist.
          Serina Hijjas is the Chairman of Green Building Index Accreditation Panel and President of Malaysia Green Building Council working on the release of CarbonScore as part of Advancing Net Zero in Malaysia and supporting our countries ESG transition.

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            Dr. Gary Theseira 

            is a Technical Expert/Trainer at Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC). He has more than a decade of experience in Climate Change and Sustainability Policy Development and Negotiation at International and National levels. Skilled communicator in climate science, policy positions and measures, and effects and outcomes of implementation of measures. Gary believes in Big-Picture direction setting, consensus building and multiple-win conflict management and resolution. Strong science and analytical foundation in Agronomy, Forest Ecology, Hydrology and Carbon Quantification with Programme and Project Management, Monitoring and Reporting essentials. 

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              Dato Seri Ahmad Johan Mohammad Raslan

              former executive Chairman of PwC Malaysia, is currently a director at the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, and an independent director and Audit Committee Chairman at Sime Darby Property Berhad.

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                Dato' Henry Barlow

                is a current member of the Board of Governors, International School, Penang (Uplands). Is a British national but is now a Permanent Resident of Malaysia with an extensive business interests in both countries. 

                He was educated at Eton College (Oppidan Scholar) & Trinity College, Cambridge (Trevelyan Scholar, on mark and release work on moths.) 

                In 1965, led a university student expedition to Mt Kinabalu, Sabah to study the Lepidoptera of the area. This resulted in collecting some 20,000 specimens lodged at the Natural History Museum, London. 

                Has an extensive experience in banking, investment and plantation industries. He was a board member of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Majedie Investments Plc, Guthrie Ropel Berhad, Golden Hope Plantations Berhad, New Britain Palm Oil Limited and Sime Darby Berhad. 

                Awarded Johan Setia Mahkota by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, June 1998, and in 2003 awarded Darjah Kebesaran Dato’ Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS) by the Sultan of Selangor, bearing the title of Dato’.

                Since 1971, Dato’ H.S. Barlow has lived at Genting Tea Estate, Genting Sempah, Pahang and developed this into an arboretum specializing in rare and endangered W. Malaysian trees. There has been a particular emphasis on the Dipterocarp family (Dipterocarpaceae) such that the collection now includes some 130 out of the 161 W. Malaysian dipterocarp species and a further 30 from Borneo, the Philippines and elsewhere. Many of these species are now all but extinct in the wild due to the felling of lowland rainforest. The W. Malaysian dipterocarp collection is now second only to that at FRIM. Over 50 years of collecting Lepidoptera at GTE have yielded over 3500 species, still counting. The property is being run as a nature reserve, in close collaboration with the S E Asian Rainforest Research Project established by the Royal Society, London.

                Dato’ H.S. Barlow is also an author who has published more than 40 books and articles in the media.

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                  Dato’ Mohammad Faiz Azmi

                  Dato’ Faiz was the Executive Chairman of PwC Malaysia until June 2023 and has over 38 years of experience in the audit and business advisory services in Malaysia and the UK. He was the leader of PwC's Global Islamic Finance Team practice from 2007 to September 2012, was the Chairman of the IASB Islamic Finance Consultative Group for 6 years and is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the MIFC determining the way forward for Islamic Finance in Malaysia.  He was instrumental in setting up the PwC Malaysia Sustainability and Climate Change (PMS&CC) practice over a decade ago and before retiring, led the ESG and Shariah Investing part of PMS&CC practice in Malaysia. He was also the firms representative on the Industry Advisory Panel of the JSFWG of the ASEAN Working Group on Capital Market Development and on the CEO Action Network Malaysia.

                  Much of his recent work has been with the Federal and State Governments involving work related to Accrual Accounting, acting as an Administrator for an airline and certain government entities and being part of the Federal Government National Covid vaccine rollout. He has also been involved in the financial restructuring of government agencies as well as investigations. He was recently appointed as a board member of Securities Commission Malaysia. In addition he is currently the Chairman of MyPAC an education focused NGO and is a member of a Royal Oversight Committee over the Pahang State Net Zero plan.

                  Dato’ Faiz is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, a Fellow of ICAEW and a was elected as the International Member on Council for the ICAEW Malaysia.. He has held the post of President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Chairman of the Malaysia Accounting Standards Board and ICAEW City Group Chairman.

                  He was educated in Malaysia and UK and read law at the University of Durham before being called to the English Bar. He is an alumni of Lincoln's Inn and a member of the Inns of Court of Malaysia. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants England and Wales. He was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Dato’, which carries the title Dato’ in 2013 by the Sultan of Selangor. He was conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Laws by the University of Nottingham in July 2016.

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