Mohd Ridzal Bin Mohd Sheriff

Member of Malaysian Advisory Board

Mohd Ridzal Sheriff was the Deputy Secretary General of the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade & Industry (April 2012-Mar 2015). Part of his role was to infuse private sector culture into the civil service, whilst cultivating, building and maintaining trade ties on a bilateral and multilateral basis for ASEAN, APEC, OIC and country to country trade relations.

Amongst his many roles, he has represented Malaysia as trade negotiator for both bilateral and multilateral trade, in the role of Senior Trade Official in ASEAN, OIC (Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) and as Chief Negotiator for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (“RCEP”) negotiations – a multilateral 16 country trade agreement.

He has been Chair of ASEAN’s AEC 2025 Vision Working Group, Senior Official for Malaysia-China Joint Trade Committee, led numerous special committees responsible for enhancing trade ties including committees on trade with China, committee responsible for Look East Policy 2.0, committee responsible for charting ASEAN Economic Community 2025, committee to enhance trade ties with Kazakhstan, and committee responsible for the economic offset program with South Africa. Prior to this role, Mr Sheriff has had a very successful career in the financial industry of Malaysia.

He was at Deutsche Bank Malaysia Bhd (DB) (2006 to 2012) as Head of Global Transaction Banking Malaysia, Head of Direct Securities Services Malaysia, and Director of Corporate Investment Banking where he successfully built a very strong domestic franchise in transaction banking domestically.

Prior to this he was CEO of Duetsche Trustees (M) Bhd where he successfully led the Trustee business from zero-base to a leading position measured by funds under management, and secured 4 out of the 5 top mutual funds clients in Malaysia, was a trustee for marque Islamic fund, led large client migration to DB, led the market in collective investments schemes development, amongst others, entrenching DT’s position a leading market player.

From 2000 to 2005 Ridzal had a senior management role in Bursa Malaysia, the Malaysian stock exchange. He held various positions in the Exchange, such as the the Head of Group Business Development, General Manager of Clearing, Settlement & Depository Division at Bursa Malaysia Bhd and CEO of the Malaysian Derivatives Clearing House Bhd.

He has also represented organisations at Board level. Most recently, he was Deputy Chairman of SME Corp Malaysia, was previously a Director of Duetsche Corporate Advisory Malaysia, the Malaysian Derivatives Clearing House Bhd, the Kuala Lumpur Options & Financial Futures Exchange Bhd and Chairman of Deutsche Trustees Malaysia Bhd. Ridzal holds a law degree from the University of London and is a qualified stock and derivatives trader.