Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz is currently the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and has been holding the portfolio since 2000. She is the only woman in Asia to be holding the key position at the moment, and is also one of the very few in the world.
Dr Zeti has served the Bank for more than 20 years, starting in 1985 and has moved around in many various positions and divisions including financial policies, reserve management as well as secretary to the board.
Dr Zeti is the daughter and the only child of the country’s famous academician, Professor Diraja Tun Ungku Aziz. Prof Ungku Aziz is also a former Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaya (UM) and the brain behind the formation of Tabung Haji corporation. The impressive blood legacy does not stop there; her grandfather, the late Datuk Jaafar Mohamed was the first Chief Minister of Johor, while UMNO founder the late Datuk Onn Jaafar was her granduncle.2 years before her official appointment as the Governor, she accepted the role as Acting Governor in 1998 and faced one of the most challenging moment of her career, during which the country, together with the whole of Asian region, were facing a notorious economic crisis.
Backed by her superb background in Maths and Finance, as well as a string of daring corporate decisions has allowed her to flourish and soon made herself as one of the most respectable names in the corporate landscape.
Zeti was one of the key figures that were involved in the decision to introduce capital controls and the currency floating – a controversial implementation that raised the eye browses of financial critics and the likes. However, many years later, Zeti achieved a status of a hero or some sort after the move paid off and returned the country into competitiveness faster than any other countries in the region. Apart from being a high flier in the company, Dr Zeti has also written numerous dissertations and publications on monetary, financial economics, Islamic finance, capital flows, macroeconomic, financial reform, restructuring and so on.
Dr Zeti was schooled at Sekolah Menengah Assunta in PJ and received his tertiary education from Universiti Malaya (UM) in Degree of Economics. Later, she obtained here PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, United States.
In 2003, Euromoney named Dr Zeti as Central Bank Governor of the Year for her role in the reform of the exchange rate, the capital markets, and the banking industry. 3 years before that, she was made the list of ‘the most powerful women in the finance industry’ as was released by the international magazine, Global Finance.
*bole tak saya nak jadi macam die!dia hebat sangat,
saya minat die ok!