Tenaga Nasional (TNB) corporate risk manager Suriati Asmah Abdullah has three decades of experience in risk management. She was a part of the pioneer team that established TNB risk management department.
TNB is the largest public listed electricity utility in Malaysia covering generation (23,000MW installed capacity), transmission (25,000km and 480 substations) and distribution (741,000km and 87,00 substations) business.
Ms Abdullah’s work involved handling engineering loss control and insurance claims for TNB’s generation assets consisting of 12 power plants.
She is also a certified risk management professional, issued by Disaster Recovery Institute International and holds the certificate of the Malaysian Insurance Institute.
Academically, Ms Abdullah is masters in risk management with distinction from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland and a bachelor of engineering (mechanical) (hons) from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
She has been instrumental in establishing the business continuity management structure and manual for group finance division.
A member of the TNB Group Risk Management Working Committee, Ms Abdullah also plays a dual role as the reinsurance strategy and business development officer at TNB Global Captive, TNB’s captive insurance company based in Labuan.
Over the years, Ms Abdullah has provided risk management strategy and insurance advisory services in various departments. Under TNB Risk Management Services, she played a significant role in integration and management of office administration, HR and IT.
Ms Abdullah’s work in corporate risk management provided her an opportunity to collaborate with governmental agencies including Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Ministry of Finance and the Electricity Commission, and to connect with public organisations such as the Malaysian Association of Risk and Insurance Management.