Encik Saffie Bin Bakar, Malaysian, age 67, was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director on 28 August 2020. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) majoring in Geography in 1977 and subsequently received a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (DPA) from the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1978. In 1988, he obtained his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the United States International University (USIU) (ALLIANT) in San Diego, California, USA.
He has more than 42 years of experience specializing in management with extensive knowledge and skills in industrial project planning, internal auditing, corporate governance, business development, property development, human resources management, project management, cross-border investment / Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), mining exploration, privatization, corporate advisory transactions including Initial Public Offering (IPO), Reverse Takeovers (RTO), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and General Offer (GO).
He was attached to the Perlis State Government, Malaysia from May 1978 to August 1983, during which he served as Director of Perlis State Economic Planning Unit (SEPU). He joined Perlis State Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in September 1983 as Business Development Manager until his optional retirement from the Government Service in August 1994.
He had undergone numerous training programs with the World Bank, UNDP, UNCTC, University of California, Berkeley, USA, University of Hong Kong and Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Between August 1978 and March 1981, he also received in-house training in the “State and Rural Development Project” (SRDP), which was funded by the Malaysia Economics Affairs Ministry (MEA) and organized by UNDP and the World Bank. He became a Local Counterpart to the Regional Planning Advisor, the Industrial Project Advisor and the Infrastructure Project Advisor who are all World Bank experts.
He is a Chartered Audit Committee Director (CACD) of The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIAM) since 2008 and also a life member of Malaysian Drug Prevention Association.
Between September 1994 to December 2016, he was the Advisor to Shorubber (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SHOWA Group, a Japanese Own-Brand Manufacturer (OBM) and exporter of industrial gloves.
Currently, he is a Chairman/ Independent Non-Executive Director of EKA Noodles Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Director of AE Multi Holdings Berhad (AEM) and MESB Berhad, which he is a member of the Board of Directors since 2004 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016.
He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination Committee and Audit and Risk Management Committee.