Board of directors

(69 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Chairman/ Independent Non-Executive Director

Datuk Ali Kadir, was appointed as Chairman and an Independent Non- Executive Director of Privasia Group on 4 May 2009. He is also a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Datuk Ali Kadir is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (“ICAEW”), member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“MICPA”) and the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. He is also currently Honorary Advisor to ICAEW-KL City Chapter, Honorary Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK) and the Malaysian Institute of Directors.

Datuk Ali Kadir is currently Chairman of JcbNext Berhad, Privasia Technology Berhad and Enra Group Berhad. He is a Board Member of Glomac Berhad, Citibank Berhad, Labuan Financial Services Authority, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad and other private companies and foundations.

Datuk Ali Kadir was Chairman of the Securities Commission of Malaysia from 1 March 1999 till 29 February 2004. He also sat on a number of national committees including the Foreign Investment Committee, the Oversight Committee of National Asset Management Company (Danaharta). On the international front, he was a member of the Exco Board of International Organisation of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”), chairman of their Asia-Pacific Region Committee and the Islamic Capital Market Working Group. He was trustee of Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (“AAOIFI”), Force of Nature Aid Foundation, and also Advisor to the Sri Lanka Securities & Exchange Commission.

Previously, he was Executive Chairman and Partner of Ernst & Young and its related firms. He was also the former President of MICPA, chairing both its Executive Committee and Insolvency Practices Committee and co-chairing the Company Law Forum. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Accounting and Business Faculty, University of Malaya (2008 till 2011) and was then appointed to the Advisory Board of the same Faculty. He was also previously chairman of Milux Corporation Berhad, Microlink Solutions Berhad and Financial Reporting Foundation.

Datuk Ali Kadir was awarded the Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) by the YDP Agung in 2002. In 2012, he was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award by ICAEW-KL City Chapter, and the President’s Award by MICPA.

(42 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director

Mr. Puvanesan is one of the founding members of Privasia Group, and was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Privasia Group on 4 May 2009. He was appointed to the board of Privasia Sdn Bhd on 4 August 2004. He is also a member of the Investment Committee.

He graduated with BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from London South Bank University and holds a Diploma in Economics from the National Council for Educational Awards, Ireland.

He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has completed the Senior Management Development Program and Program for Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Prior to this, Mr. Puvanesan was a senior in the Business Advisory and Assurance Department of BDO Simpsons Xavier in Ireland and upon his return to Malaysia, was the Chief Financial Officer of the Makmal Jaya Group.

Mr. Puvanesan is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the President of TiE Malaysia Chapter. He is also a director of Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia.

(42 years of age, Male Malaysian),
Deputy Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director

Mr. Andre, is one of the founding members of the Privasia Group, and was appointed as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Group on 4 May 2009. He is an alternate member for Mr. Puvanesan in the Investment Committee.

He is a LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.

He started off his working career while still at university, working as an intern with the New Straits Times press in 1996 followed by a short stint in a legal firm the following year.

Upon graduation, Mr. Andre moved into the dotcom business with Dreammotor.com as a member of its business development team. He was involved in the setting up of the company and the expansion of its operations and business to Singapore and Hong Kong. Mr. Andre’s passion, however, was very much in the logistics industry and he eventually joined Westport’s IT Department to harness his skills in this area. The various IT research studies carried out while at Westport led him to believe that there was an information technology gap to be filled in the port and shipping industry, and coupled with his IT experience from his stint at Dreammotor.com, he ventured full-time into IT consultancy.

Once fully into the IT field, Mr. Andre harnessed his skills in various areas of IT as well as in the management and operation of running a business. He helped steer and grow Privasia from the small IT Company focused on a niche area to the large group that it is today.

Mr. Andre is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Senior Management Development Program. He was the President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia's associate wing from 2010- 2012 and also independent director of Labuan Port Authority.

(45 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Brian Wong was appointed as an Independent Non- Executive Director of Privasia Group on 4 May 2009. He is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of both the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and the Investment Committee.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of Western Australia and is a licensed auditor in Malaysia and Cambodia, a Fellow with CPA Australia, a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and a Certified Financial Planner with the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.

He was previously with KPMG, Kuala Lumpur and a public company as their head of corporate affairs. Currently, he is a partner of PKF Malaysia.

He is also an independent non-executive director in Mann Seng Metal International Limited, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.

(49 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dato' Sharil was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Privasia Group on 5 July 2017. He is the Chairman of the Investment Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

He graduated with an LL.B(Hons) from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and is a Barrister at Law, Gray's Inn, London. He was also called to the Malaysian Bar and was formerly an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya practicing with Azman Davidson & Co and Zaid Ibrahim & Co early in his career before becoming a partner in an investment advisory firm called BinaFikir Sdn Bhd which was eventually acquired by Maybank Berhad. Thereafter, he held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), an independent regulatory body set up by a Malaysian Act of Parliament to develop, oversee and regulate the communications and multimedia sector in Malaysia from 16 October 2011 to 31 December 2014 and was also the regulator for the postal and courier industry during the same period.

In the international arena, Dato’ Sharil was also a Board Member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global Internet domain name coordinating body and Chairman of ICANN's GAC from 2004 to 2007. Dato' Sharil has worked closely with international organizations such as ICANN, ISOC, ITU, World Bank, the WTO, APT, PITA, CTO, IIC, UPU and UNICEF and remains in an advisory capacity to some of them. In recognition of his contribution to the global internet community, Aberystwyth University conferred an Honorary Fellowship to him in 2017.

He is presently the Chairman of Quantephi Sdn Bhd, a boutique investment advisory firm licensed by the Securities Commission of Malaysia and a Senior Advisor to Asean Advisory Pte Ltd, a specialist advisory and consulting firm based in Singapore. He also serves on the Board of Directors of LotusCars UK.

(63 years of age, Male, Malaysian),
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ronnie Kok Lai Huat was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Privasia Group on 5 July 2017. He is the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

He graduated with a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, United Kingdom.

He was Vice President of JT International Tobacco Company (formerly R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company) from July 1996 to February 2002. Subsequent to this, he was the Marketing Director of Sampoerna Malaysia from June 2002 to August 2004 and thereafter Director-International Marketing of Sampoerna International from September 2004 to January 2007.

His directorship in other public company is Time dotCom Berhad in which he is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of both the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Tender Committee.