The Team

CMM is run by a small team of 10 people, including professionals and support staff. Below are its key officials.

Azhar Zabidi

Azhar Zabidi, Chief Executive Officer

Azhar was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Markets Malaysia (CMM) in September 2015. He is responsible for strengthening Malaysia’s position as an international capital market and drive greater levels of participation to ensure ongoing and future growth.

He has 20 years of experience in the financial sector, leading some of Malaysia’s largest IPOs, bond issuances and global M&A transactions for Malaysian corporates. He advised on numerous high-profile and notable industry shaping transactions. Among his key successes, Azhar helped lead and successfully list Malaysia’s first Real Estate Investment Trust - Axis REIT, the Jakarta Stock Exchange listing of Malaysian-owned PT Malindo Feedmills TBK, the listing of Rangsit Future Park on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (CIMB’s first Thai IPO) and more recently helped lead the listing of the world’s second largest healthcare company on Bursa Malaysia - IHH Healthcare.

He was also involved with and helped lead key cross-border M&A transactions involving Malaysian companies including, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank’s sale of their stake in RHB, IHH’s acquisition of Achibadem Hospitals in Turkey, Petronas’ foray into shale gas in Canada, SapuraKencana’s acquisition of Newfield Malaysia’s oilfield assets, SunLife Financial Group’s joint venture with government investment firm Khazanah Nasional, Khazanah Nasional’s venture into the insurance business in Turkey, and most recently, Felda’s take-over of London Stock Exchange-listed Asia Plantations Limited.

He has held key roles in investment banking/advisory operations for Malaysia in financial organisations such as Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Kenanga Investment Bank, HSBC, CIMB Group and Malayan Banking.

Zalina Shamsudin

Zalina Shamsudin, Head of Strategy and Business Development

Zalina was appointed to her current position in June 2014. She has over 20 years of experience, predominantly in corporate advisory, and has worked in five countries in different regions of Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Her key skills are in analysing and identifying solutions for long-term growth and sustainability.

Zalina returned to Malaysia in 2011 and joined InvestKL, a promotional agency for Malaysia’s capital and largest city Kuala Lumpur, as Head of Advisory and Research. She holds a MBA in Finance from CASS Business School, UK and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).


Navina Balasingam, Head of Research, Communications and Branding

Navina was recently appointed in August 2017 bringing with her extensive expertise in corporate event management and planning. She has managed the end-to-end planning of high level forums, dialogues and seminars in over 20 countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and has had extensive experience in building collaborative relationships with regulators and industry players in key financial markets globally.

Navina has led cross-functional teams in content research, event marketing and business development. With 20 years of experience, she kick started her career in MarcusEvans and has held major roles in companies such as REDmoney Group, LexisNexis Asia, and IQPC.

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