Firdaos joined MARC as Head of Economic Research on November 2, 2020, with over 15 years of experience in economic development. As MARC's Chief Economist, he is responsible for economic, sovereign and sub-sovereign rating as well as fixed-income macroeconomic research output.
Prior to joining MARC, Firdaos served with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia from January 2011 to October 2020 where he last served as the Director of Economics, Trade and Regional Integration. During his time with ISIS, he also served as a short-term external consultant to the World Bank and was a former EXCO member of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association.
Firdaos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance degree from Lancaster University, UK. He also completed his Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a 2019/2020 Chevening scholar.
Quah Boon Huat
Boon Huat is responsible for sovereign credit ratings at MARC. He previously worked as an economic consultant at the Paris-based OECD Development Centre. During his time there, he focused on generating policy recommendations to encourage stable, sustainable, and equitable economic growth and development in Southeast Asia.
Prior to this, Boon Huat was research fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER). At MIER, he was responsible for the well-regarded quarterly Business Conditions Survey Report. He participated as a consultant in, among others, projects commissioned by the state governments of Sabah, Perak and Negeri Sembilan, the Ministry of Finance, as well as the Jakarta-based Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He was also lead-trainer in the Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) trade and investment promotion training programme for civil servants from African nations.
An economist by training, Boon Huat has a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics from Nagoya University, Japan. He also has another Master of Economics from the University of Malaya.
Milly previously served as CEO of MARC Solutions. The focus of her work was on credit risk models and sustainability-linked financing assessments. Milly has over two decades of experience in the credit rating industry in various analytical, conceptual thinking and problem-solving roles; she was MARC’s Chief Rating Officer from 2007 through 2012 before moving to the role of technical director in 2013. As technical director, she was responsible for the development of MARC’s credit and non-credit rating methodology, as well as supporting business development in identifying new market spaces and in new service initiatives, and analytical capacity building. Milly has been a trainer since 2015. She is a certified CPA and holds accounting and MBA degrees from Monash University and Deakin University respectively.
Meor is the Chief Executive Officer of Bond Pricing Agency Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Over the years, Meor has progressively developed BPAM's core business to become the principal source of valuation and data reference on the Malaysian Sukuk and Bond market.
He continues to reinforce BPAM's position as a specialist in valuation and to expand its reach with its stable of innovative products, providing world class data in keeping with Malaysia's leading position in the global Sukuk market.
He has written a number of articles for various journals on credit as well as valuation issues. He is also viewed as a subject-matter-expert and has been engaged by many institutions including regulators to conduct lectures and training.
He has a Masters of Business Administration with specialisation in Finance from the International Islamic University, Malaysia. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom.
Prior to this position, he has been with Rating Agency Malaysia, Malaysia's first rating agency, since 1994 and his last posting was Head of Financial Institutions Ratings division. He was also a central banker with Bank Negara Malaysia between 1992 and 1994.
Dr. Syed Adam Alhabshi is Partner at Shook Lin & Bok, leading the Islamic finance and corporate banking practice. Dr. Syed Adam holds a PhD in Islamic Finance from the International Centre for Islamic Finance Education (INCEIF). He also holds a Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) from INCEIF, and read law at the International Islamic University Malaysia.
Dr. Syed Adam is currently an Honorary Secretary and Grand Council Member of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance (CIIF) and the Associate Member & Internal Auditor- Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS). Professionally, he is also a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF).
Kenny is a virtuoso in financial skills development whose career in banking and finance has spanned over two decades, covering major Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and Hong Kong. He has held various positions in corporate banking, project finance and capital market operations with organizations such as the United Overseas Bank, Singapore, the Malaysian Armed Forces Fund Board, TA Securities in Malaysia, JP Morgan Chase, the Dow Banking Group of Switzerland, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Asia Finance in Sydney, Australia. He is a registered chartered accountant (Malaysia) and also a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in UK.
Loke Lim has almost thirty years of banking and finance-related experience. Currently, he is the principal of i-Biz Concept. He is also director of a Bursa Malaysia-listed company and sits on the Board of Governors of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia, where he was the deputy president from 2011-2013. Previously, he was the chief executive/licensed representative of a fund management company, a general manager at KAF Investment Bank Berhad and the group chief internal auditor of a KLSE (now Bursa Malaysia)-listed company. He speaks regularly on topics relating to capital market, treasury, accounting and wealth management, and conducts training programmes for capital market professionals, private bankers and wealth managers in various financial centres in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Certified Financial Planner.