Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors represent a composite of visionary leaders who have proven to be the driving force behind Prokhas success. Their various talents and expertise have added value to the strong professional management team to enable Prokhas to grow into what it is today.
Ariff Riza Abdullah
Ariff Riza Abdullah was appointed as the Board member of Prokhas Sdn Bhd on 11 April 2023. He is currently a Director, Investments at Khazanah Nasional Berhad. Prior to this, Ariff spent 18 years in corporate and investment banking in various organisations and capacities. He was the Director, Head of Public Sector of Citibank Berhad Malaysia for close to a decade overseeing the portfolio of key Malaysian GLCs before taking a government and policy advisory role in 2023.
He started his career at CIMB Investment Bank in the Equity Capital Markets before joining AmReseach as a Research Analyst covering the transportation sector. Subsequently, he joined Maybank Investment Bank before joining BNP Paribas, Malaysia as Vice President under the Corporate and Investment Banking Division.
Ariff holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Decision Analysis from University of Portsmouth and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from University of Central Lancashire. He was also part of the Global Banking Leaders Programme by the Bayes Business School, University of London.
Norlela Baharudin was appointed as the Board member of Prokhas on 22 May 2023. She currently serves on the Board of Berjaya Corporation Berhad as an Executive Director. She has also served on Perkeso Malaysia Investment Panel as an Independent Director.
Equipped with her expertise in the areas of strategic transformation, investment, financial reporting and business continuity, Norlela brings with her over 30 years of working experience in various industries locally and abroad holding senior leadership positions such as Finance Director, Managing Director, Executive Director and Senior Management Team member. Among the companies she served were WPP Business Services Sdn Bhd, BASF Asia Pacific, Shell Shared Service and Shell Regional Asia Pacific, Australian Government Analytical Laboratory, Bureau Veritas, Avis Car Rental and Leasing Sdn Bhd and The Bank of Nova Scotia.
Norlela is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), a member of Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) and a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountant of Australia (FCPA Aus). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce in Accounting (Hons) from York University, Canada and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from ELS Institute, Kuala Lumpur.
She is a volunteer of the Yayasan My First Home and the 30% Club Malaysian Chapter.
Mohd Fariszan Ahmad
Mohd Fariszan Ahmad was appointed as the Board member of Prokhas on 31 August 2023. He is currently the Deputy Undersecretary of the Strategic and Generic Sector under the Government Investment Companies Division (GIC), Ministry of Finance (MOF). Presently, he sits on the Board of DanaInfra Nasional Berhad, Medini Leisure and Entertainment Sdn Bhd, Twin Eagles Ventures Sdn Bhd and Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd.
He started his career with the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development as the Assistant Secretary in October 2000. He further continued his service in the public sector with the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board Sabah in 2002 before commencing his career at the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in 2004. During his tenure at the Ministry of Domestic Trade he holds various positions such as Senior Assistant Secretary and Principal Assistant Secretary until 2009. He ventures into private sector with Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) under the Cross Fertilization Program where he was attached to the Risk and Policy Advisory Division for a year until September 2010. He returned to the same Ministry and continued serving for another five years and his final position was the Deputy Director. Thereafter he was assigned as the Head of Indirect Taxes Section with the MOF until 2017.
He begins a new chapter with the Ministry of Rural Development as the Deputy Undersecretary with the Strategic Planning Division before being assigned to a new position as the Undersecretary of the Corporate and Skills Development Division from February 2021 until June 2023.
Mohd Fariszan holds a Diploma in Business Studies from Institut Teknologi MARA, a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also holds a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and has attended Advanced Leadership Development Programme (INTAN – HARVARD).