Shireen Muhiudeen is the founder, managing director, and principal fund manager of Corston-Smith Asset Management. She set up Corston-Smith after 12 years as chief executive of the Malaysian arm of global insurance giant AIG Investment Corporation. In all, she has more than 24 years of focused fund management expertise, including her extensive current ASEAN client portfolio. In recognition of her work in the industry, she was named one of the 25 most influential women in the Asia-Pacific region for asset management by Asian Investor, a regional publication, in June 2011.
Shireen has long been a much sought-after speaker at national and international fora, including at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank group. She is currently also a member of IFC's working group for the establishment of the Philippine Stock Exchange's Maharlika Board, a distinct trading board for companies with world-class corporate governance practices.
Shireen's involvement in finalising the rules for the Maharlika Board is just one of her many unstinting commitments to good corporate governance, transparency, accountability, and greater representation of women in boardrooms. Besides nurturing and nudging companies that Corston-Smith invests in towards best practices, she has also successfully drawn many international investors to Malaysia by launching the ASEAN Corporate Governance Fund there in 2008 and then the ASEAN Shariah Corporate Governance Fund in 2009.
Shireen accepts speaking engagements whenever she can to reinforce her commitments, such as the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)(2011), the Hankook Ilbo Global Women's Leadership Conference (2010), Deloitte's Global Council for the Retention and Advancement of Women (2011), and the Ministry of Women, Family & Community’s Women’s Summit (2009 & 2010). She builds on these consistently, notably with her monthly column, Governance Matters, in Malaysia's best-selling English daily - The Star, as well as a frequent commentator on global finance for such broadcasters as Bloomberg and CNBC. On top of that, she and her team at Corston-Smith have taken it upon themselves to publish a free handbook on personal finance for young working adults. Titled ‘Learn To Make Sense Of Your Money - What They Don't Tell You When You First Start Work’, it is available in English and Bahasa Malaysia.
This equally avid sportswoman is no stranger to international representation, having been Malaysia's hope at the Junior Wimbledon tennis championships in 1981. In recent years, she has served on her country's Sports Advisory Council, the Board of Tourism Malaysia, and a member of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Financial Services Committee.