Datuk Shireen Muhiudeen is the founder, managing director, and principal fund manager of Corston-Smith Asset Management. She set up Corston-Smith after 12 years with the Malaysian arm of global insurance giant AIG Investment Corporation. In all, she has more than 28 years of focused fund management expertise, including her extensive current ASEAN client portfolio. In recognition of her work in the industry, she was named one of the 25 most influential women in the Asia-Pacific region for asset management by Asian Investor, a regional publication, in June 2011 and in March 2014, she was honoured by Forbes Asia as one of the 50 Asia’s Power Businesswomen 2014.
Datuk Shireen has long been a much sought-after speaker at national and international forums, including at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group. She was a member of IFC’s working group for the establishment of the Philippine Stock Exchange’s Maharlika Board, a distinct trading board for companies with world-class corporate governance practices. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Panel for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre. She was an Independent Director and chaired the Governance Committee of public listed company from 2011 to 2015. She was a director of a foreign bank from December 2013 to February 2016.
Datuk Shireen’s involvement in finalising the rules for the Maharlika Board is just one of her many unstinting commitments to good corporate governance, transparency, accountability, and greater representation of women in boardrooms. Besides nurturing and nudging companies that Corston-Smith invests in towards best practices, she has also successfully drawn many international investors to Malaysia by launching the ASEAN Corporate Governance Fund there in 2008 and then the ASEAN Shariah Corporate Governance Fund in 2009.
Datuk Shireen accepts speaking engagements whenever she can to reinforce her commitments, such as Invest Malaysia 2016 Conference, the 2016 and 2015 Pacific Pension Institute Winter Roundtable in Los Angeles, Global East Government Funds Roundtable by Sovereign Investor Institute (2014), Women Directors Onboarding Training Programme by MINDA (2014), the 6th Annual Corporate Governance Summit (2014), the 2013 Pacific Pension Institute’s Asia Dialogue in Partnership with the Asian Development Bank, International Women’s Forum Northern California & Women Corporate Directors (2013), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (2012), 4th Asian World Corporate Governance Summit (2012), the Securities Commission Malaysia panel discussion on the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance 2012, Singapore Institute of Directors Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom (2012), John Hopkins University Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom (2012), the 2012 Annual Meetings of The Boards of Governors of The International Monetary Fund and The World Bank Group and the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development’s Director Convention (2012). She builds on these consistently, notably with her monthly column, Governance Matters, in Malaysia’s best-selling English daily – The Star. On top of that, she and her team at Corston-Smith have published a handbook on personal finance for young working adults. Titled ‘Learn To Make Sense Of Your Money – What They Don’t Tell You When You First Start Work’, it is available in English and Bahasa Malaysia.
This equally avid sportswoman is no stranger to international representation, having been Malaysia’s hope at the Junior Wimbledon tennis championships in 1981. In recent years, she has served on her country’s Sports Advisory Council, the Board of Tourism Malaysia, and a member of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Financial Services Committee.
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