Dato’ Halipah Esa

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Board Committee

Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Chairman of Sustainability Committee
Member of Board Tender Committee

Dato’ Halipah Esa, 74, a Malaysian, is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of SD Guthrie Berhad. She was appointed to the Board of SD Guthrie on 1 September 2020.

Dato' Halipah began her career with the Administrative and Diplomatic Services in 1973 in the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department and has served in the areas of economic development including macroeconomy, human resources, environment and natural resources, infrastructure, water supply, energy, health, education, housing, urban services, poverty eradication and equity distribution, agriculture, manufacturing and services sector. She was appointed Director General of EPU prior to her retirement from the civil service in 2006. One of the priority areas in economic planning and management which she was involved in was the establishment of national policies, programmes and projects to tackle environment and sustainability issues, including Sustainable Development of Highland, Wetland, Coastal Zone and Biodiversity conservation.

Dato' Halipah has also served as Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Finance and was appointed as a consultant to the World Bank as well as the United Nations Development Programme.

Dato' Halipah was on the Boards of various companies, namely, S P Setia Berhad, Cagamas Berhad, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad, Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad, Petronas, MISC Berhad, KLCC Property Holdings Berhad, NCB Holdings Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, UDA Holdings Berhad, Employees Provident Fund, Pensions Trust Fund, Inland Revenue Board, Bank Pertanian Malaysia Berhad, FELDA, Putrajaya Corporation, Putrajaya Holdings Berhad, Malaysia Maritime Academy Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation and Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Authority.

Dato’ Halipah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics and a Master of Economics degree from the University of Malaya. She has also obtained various certifications, namely, Certificate in Economic Management from the IMF Institute, Washington and the Kiel Institute for World Economy, Germany, Certificate in Advanced Management Programme from Adam Smith Institute, London and Certificate in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from University of Cambridge.

Training Programmes Attended for the Period from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023

Date of Training Title of the Seminar/Workshop/Course Presenter/Organiser
10 January 2023 Forum: Building a Strong Company with Integrity SD Guthrie, Rasuah Busters & Transparency International Malaysia
17 February 2023 In-house Directors’ Training:
Demystifying ESG - Understanding Bursa Malaysia's Requirements and ISSB's Global Baseline on Sustainability Reporting
S P Setia Berhad
8 March 2023 Digital: Beyond Efficiency
Digital: Culture by Design Innovation Engine
SD Guthrie, Robin Speculand, Innosight, Amazon Web Services
9 June 2023 Palm Oil: Upstream Malaysia Business Operation
Palm Oil Mill Operation
R&D: Transforming Science into Solutions for the Ever-Changing World
SD Guthrie
13 July 2023 Breakfast Talk: Stepping Up to the Role: Objective Assurance & Advisory on ESG SD Guthrie & Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance
17 to 18 July 2023 CEO Action Network Back to Nature Retreat 2023 CEO Action Network & WWF
23 October 2023 What Amounts to a Conflict of Interest by Directors Asia School of Business & SD Guthrie
15 November 2023 PNB Knowledge Forum 2023:
Education Reimagined
PNB Research Institute Sdn Bhd