Datuk Syed Zaid Albar

Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia


DATUK SYED ZAID ALBAR is the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). Prior to his appointment as the SC Chairman on 1 November 2018, he was the Managing Partner of an established law firm in KL.

Syed Zaid was appointed as Chairman of the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) in January 2020, the learning and development arm of the SC. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the Capital Market Development Fund (CMDF), a statutory fund established in 2002 with the objective of funding the development and promotion of the capital market.
As the Chairman of the Commission, Syed Zaid is a member of Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Stability Executive Committee (FSEC) chaired by the Governor of BNM and the Board of Trustees of the Financial Reporting Foundation.

On the international front, Syed Zaid was the Vice Chair of the Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) from 2019 to 2020. From June 2020 to date, he is the Board representative for the Asia Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) of IOSCO, and a member of the governing Board of IOSCO, the global body of capital market regulators. He is also the Vice Chair of the Management Committee of the IOSCO Asia Pacific Hub based in Kuala Lumpur. Syed Zaid also represents the SC in the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF).

Syed Zaid is a Barrister at Law of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK. He has a degree in law from the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the SC he has been an active practitioner for over 38 years, predominantly in the fields of corporate law, banking and capital market (debt and equity) in the area of both conventional and Islamic finance. His contribution and achievements in the legal practice has been recognised through numerous domestic and international awards.