THE Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDREC) has appointed Sharmila Sharma as its new CEO effective Dec 2, taking over from Sujatha Sekhar Naik, who recently retired.
Sharmila practised as an advocate and solicitor for a short period before working in human rights for five years with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Since then, she has had over 10 years of experience in sustainable finance/investments having worked as an analyst, researcher and manager in corporate, financial and investment strategy with several organisations.
She was a key member of the secretariat to the Financial Services Professional Board (FSPB) in 2014/15, leading the development of the FSPB Code of Ethics for the financial services industry.
Prior to joining SIDREC, she was the head of strategy for M&A at Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd that invests in and develops renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as other ventures that reduce carbon footprints around South-East Asia.
Sharmila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and law from the University of Durham.
She has been called to the Bar of England and Wales and the Malaysian Bar.
She has also completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst examinations.