Zeti Akhtar Aziz to speak at Global Ethical Finance Forum


Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Asia’s 1st woman Central Bank Governor, to speak to the global responsible investments industry this September.

A keynote speaker at the upcoming Global Ethical Finance Forum, Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz is the 7th governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysia’s central bank, a position she has held since 2000. A Wharton PhD who authored a pioneering paper on capital flows and their policy implications, Dr. Zeti Aziz has played a formative role in the set-up of institutions of higher learning such as the Asia School of Business, in conjunction with the Massachusetts of Technology (MIT), and the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), the only university in the world that focused on Islamic finance.

Leading the world by example during crisis

Dr. Zeti Aziz is recognized as a pioneering force in the global financial system, most notably for her formative role in mitigating the effects of the 1997 Asian financial crisis both on the regional economy and that of Malaysia. In short, she helped set her nation on a sustainable and more inclusive path.

Since the crisis, Dr. Zeti Aziz has fundamentally transformed the Malaysian financial system, including the modernization of the country’s financial sector. In 2006, she announced the launch of the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC), paving the way for the creation of a preeminent Islamic finance hub.

Named as one of the World’s Best Central Bankers by Global Finance Magazine in 2013, Dr. Zeti Aziz will join other seasoned regulators and ethical finance pioneers in a conversation on how to create a sustainable financial system as well as establishing firm financial decisions and developing solutions that promote the best interest of society.

Dr. Zeti Aziz is one of the Keynote Speakers at the much-awaited Global Ethical Finance Forum, happening this September 1st and 2nd in Edinburgh.

“The ongoing economic challenges in the major advanced economies have resulted in the re-emphasizing of the importance of growth that is sustainable and responsible.”: Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

About Zeti Akhtar Aziz

Zeti Akhtar Aziz was born in Johor Bahru, Johor in 1947, to father Royal Professor Ungku Aziz, who is of Malay and English descent. Her mother Sharifah Azah Mohamed Alsagoff is of Hadhrami Arab and Malay descent.

Zeti received early education at Assunta High School, Petaling Jaya in 1958. She then did her Form 6 in St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. In 1970, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University Malaya. She subsequently continued her studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a PhD in monetary and international economics. As part of her PhD dissertation she carried out pioneering work on capital flows and its implications for monetary policy.

Zeti Akhtar Aziz began her career as an economic analyst for the South-East Asia Central Bank Training & Research Center, remaining at that post from 1979 to 1984. She was then appointed Deputy Manager of the Economics Department at Bank Negara Malaysia.

In 2009, Global Finance magazine, named her as one of the world’s best central bank chief. In 2010, she was named “Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah 1432H” at the national-level Ma’al Hijrah celebration.

On 20 May 2011, Bloomberg columnist William Pesek picked Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz as one of his top four nominees to head the prestigious International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the position became vacant following the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn who was arrested in New York, and is presently facing sexual assault charges.

In 2013, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz has again been accorded “Grade A” among the heads of central banks for the 10th time by the Global Finance magazine. She was awarded alongside Philippines’ central bank governor Amando Tetangco, Jr. and Taiwan’s Central Bank Governor Perng Fai-nan, from a list of central bank governors of more than 50 key countries.

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