Datuk Syed Zaid Albar

Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar is the Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). Prior to his appointment as the SC Chairman on 1 November 2018, he was the Managing Partner of Albar & Partners.

Mr. Albar currently chairs the Capital Market Development Fund, as well as the Malaysian Venture Capital and Private Equity Development Council. As Chairman of the SC, he is also a member of the Financial Stability Executive Committee and the Financial Reporting Foundation.

In January 2019, Mr. Albar was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the leading international body of capital market regulators and global standard setter for securities regulation. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Management Committee of the IOSCO Asia Pacific Hub.

Mr. Albar has a degree in law from the United Kingdom. He is a Barrister at Law of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK, and an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He has over 38 years of experience in legal practice, predominantly in the fields of corporate finance, equity and debt capital markets, conventional banking and Islamic finance.

He has been recognized for his contribution and achievements in the legal practice through numerous domestic and international awards.

With his experience in finance and law, Mr. Albar served on the then Islamic Law Review Committee of Central Bank of Malaysia from June 2003 to November 2005 and the Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia from May 2013 to October 2018. He has also served on the boards of several public-listed companies in Malaysia.