Board of Governors

Maheswari Kanniah


Maheswari Kanniah, 58 years of age, is currently the Group Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer of Kenanga Investment Bank Bhd. She reports to the Board of Directors and amongst others, plays an advisory role to the Board and Senior Management on all the regulatory, governance, ethics, fraud, risk and compliance related matters pertaining to the Kenanga Group. She also serves as the Chairman of the Group Tender and Procurement Committee and member of the Executive Committee and Talent Management Committees of the Kenanga Group.

Prior to joining Kenanga, Mahes also served at RHB Banking Group from mid-2002 to 2007 and Maybank from 1978 to 2002. All in all, she has been in the financial institution for the past 41 years.

Mahes was also the Chairman of the Compliance Committee of Malaysian Investment Banking Association (MIBA) and the Advisor for MIBA's Compliance Newsletter from 2009 to 2014 March. She has also represented MIBA to give her views on various consultation papers and table discussions with the SC, Bursa and BNM and served on SC's Steering Committee for the formation of the Alternate Dispute Resolution for the Capital Market and was a Member of the Licensing Examinations Review Committee of the Securities Industry Corporation from 2012-2014. Mahes also served as a Member of the Finance Accreditation Agency Moderation Committee for the discipline of Corporate Governance. With 41 years in the financial industry, Mahes has conducted various investigations in capital market areas and AML.

She was instrumental in Kenanga's corporate partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), being the first company in Malaysia and South East Asia to partner with the ACFE.

On the national and community front, Mahes was an active sportswoman. In the early 80s, she captained the Malaysian Hockey Team at various international games. She is currently a Member of the Women and Sports Committee of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), Member of the Finance Risk and Compliance Committee of the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) and Vice-President of the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA).

She is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, UK (FCIS) and the Malaysian Association of the Institute of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) registered with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, US.

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