Puan Haliza Aini Othman

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Haliza Aini Othman was appointed a Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director of Amanah Raya Berhad (ARB) on 2 November 2020. She graduated with a law degree from Institute Technology MARA. Haliza has served as the Head of the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers Malaysia since December 2018. Haliza served as a Magistrate upon joining the Judicial and Legal Service in January 1989 before being appointed Federal Counsel with the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, and later in her career, as the Principal Assistant Director of the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILK.AP) and Legal Advisor of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

She was appointed Section Head of International Trade and Finance in the International Affairs Division in April 2009 and subsequently, as Deputy Head of the International Affairs Division before serving in her current post.

Haliza specialises in international trade, investment and finance. In her extensive career as a trade negotiator, Haliza has led the Malaysian delegation in the legal working groups for numerous free trade agreement negotiations including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Comprehensive and Progressive
Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Malaysia-EU Partnership Cooperation Agreement and the recently concluded Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP). She also supervises and assists policy stakeholders in formulating Malaysia’s positions in the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding Review process.

Besides trade, Haliza deals in other areas of International Law including environmental and labour issues, and sustainable development. She has also in the past dealt in international cooperation to combat crime through mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and extradition.