The 30% Club appoints Nurul A’in Abdul Latif as new chair


THE 30% Club Malaysia has appointed PwC Malaysia executive chair and assurance partner Nurul A’in Abdul Latif as its new chair. 

In her new role, Nurul A’in will focus on advancing women leaders in Malaysian corporate boards. 

The 30% Club Malaysia founding chair Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar expressed her delight to appoint their new chair to ensure a commitment to achieving gender balance and fostering inclusivity in the boardrooms. 

“This partnership with PwC Malaysia as our new corporate sponsor underscores the vital role that local corporations play in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives,” she said in a statement. 

As of Jan 1, 2024, women hold 30.9% of board seats in the top 100 public-listed companies (PLC) and 25.6% of seats in all PLCs on Bursa Malaysia. 

Zarinah explained that this achievement is a significant milestone which provides true boardroom parity and recognises talented women.

“Thirty percent is not a ceiling. It is the minimum, a tipping point towards achieving true parity in boardrooms and C-suites, recognising talented and competent women by ensuring an equal playing field,” she added. 

On the other hand, Nurul A’in enhances inclusivity on company boards and senior management levels as well as leveraging its role to promote diversity and inclusion. 

She called for Malaysia to promote the investability of its leading listed companies by promoting inclusion and diversity on boards and senior management beyond just financial returns. 

“Today’s companies are faced with the pressure to transform, driven by technological disruption, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and rapidly changing consumer preferences. 

“Diversity, especially at decision-making levels, makes room for the range of perspectives, experience and knowledge needed to differentiate themselves for long-term business sustainability,” she explained. 

Although Malaysia has achieved 30% female representation in the top 100 PLCs, Nurul A’in believed the country needs to close the gender gap for all PLCs and ensure that women on boards contribute positively to organisational growth. 

“I look forward to driving greater engagement with business leaders to be advocates for gender parity in their networks, mobilise greater collective action across public and private institutions to build a more inclusive business environment, and expand our pipeline of quality, board-ready women for our PLCs,” she added. 

The 30% Club Malaysia’s Board Mentoring Scheme (BMS) has partnered with PwC Malaysia since 2017 and has helped 106 senior women leaders secure board roles, with 41% of mentees securing roles. 

The club is fostering collective action across sectors, with the backing of corporate advocates and partners, to accelerate progress towards a more inclusive future.

  • This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition