Dato’ Halipah Esa | Sime Darby Plantation

Dato’ Halipah Esa

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Board Committee

Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
Chairman of Sustainability Committee
Member of Board Tender Committee

Dato’ Halipah Esa, 73, a Malaysian, is a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of the Board of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP). She was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2020. Dato’ Halipah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics as well as a Master of Economics degree from the University of Malaya. She also holds Certificate in Economic Management from the IMF Institute, Washington and the Kiel Institute for World Economy, Germany as well as a Certificate in Advanced Management Programme from Adam Smith Institute, London. She obtained a Certificate in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from the University of Cambridge.

Dato' Halipah began her career with the Administrative and Diplomatic Services in 1973 in the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Ministers Department and has served in the areas of economic development including macroeconomy, human resources, environment and natural resources, infrastructure, water supply, energy, health, education, housing, urban services, poverty eradication and equity distribution, agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors. She became the Director General of EPU before she retired from the civil service in 2006. One of the priority areas in economic planning and management she was involved in was establishing national policies, programmes and projects to tackle environment and sustainability issues, including Sustainable Development of the Highland, the Wetland, Coastal Zone and Biodiversity.

Dato' Halipah has also served as Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Finance. She had been a consultant to the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme.

Dato' Halipah has served on the Boards of various companies which include Cagamas Berhad, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad, Pengurusan Aset Air Berhad, Petronas, MISC Berhad, KLCC Property Holdings Berhad, NCB Holdings Berhad, Northport (Malaysia) Bhd, UDA Holdings Berhad, Employees Provident Fund, Pensions Trust Fund, Inland Revenue Board, Bank Pertanian Malaysia Berhad, FELDA, Putrajaya Corporation, Putrajaya Holdings Berhad, Malaysia Maritime Academy Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation and Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Authority.

Dato’ Halipah is a Director of S P Setia Berhad.

Training Programmes Attended for the Period from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022

Date of Training Title of the Seminar/Workshop/Course Presenter/Organiser
6 January 2022 Overview of Accounting for Property Development Activities S P Setia Berhad
23 February 2022 - 13 April 2022 Circular Economy & Sustainability Strategies University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
2 March 2022 Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) FIDE Forum Dialogue on Climate Risk Management and Scenario Analysis BNM FIDE
15 March 2022 Exploring Nature Related Financial Risks in Malaysia BNM – World Bank
16 March 2022 In-house Directors’ Training:
  1. Global Outlook for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Finance; and
  2. Digital Transformation
S P Setia Berhad; S P Setia Berhad in collaboration with Iclif Executive Education Center
21 April 2022 Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) Knowledge Forum 2022 : Sustainable Investing: ESG at the Forefront PNB
21 April 2022 PNB Knowledge Forum 2021- Climate Change : A New Green Deal for Malaysia PNB PNB
16 August 2022 Advocacy Sessions for Directors and Senior Management of Main Market Listed Issuers PNB
3 October 2022 Beyond Box-Ticking: Essentials for Effective Remuneration Committees Asia School of Business
18 October 2022 Board Talk on the Working Future: More Human, Not Less SDP/Bain & Company
10 November 2022 Case Study on Property Companies ANT Grou