Leadership

Hajah Zainab binti Haji Ali

Country President, Brunei Darussalam

Hajah Zainab binti Haji Ali is the Director of Economy Stream Area for the Regional Business Development Center (RBDC)  Sdn. Bhd. , a company that fosters the economy, digital and triangle streams of the Malinau (Indonesia) Lawas (Malaysia) and Temburong (Brunei) - MALATE Triangle and beyond. 

Leading the Economy stream, Hajah Zainab works with a pool of experts and consultants committed to grow and protect the agriculture and agri-food sectors of the MALATE Triangle (located in Borneo Island) by capitalizing on growing demand on Halal food supply chain while safeguarding the triangles’ precious natural resources. The economy stream is significant in collaborating with agri-food industries and businesses to develop and comply with regulations that ensure the production of Halal certified food products as well as world-class high quality, safe and healthy food from the MALATE triangle for Brunei Darussalam and beyond.

She is also the Secretary for the Fisheries Cluster of the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area), an initiative established in 1994 to spur development in remote and less developed areas in the four Southeast Asian countries and generate balanced and inclusive growth as well as contribute to the regional economic integration in the ASEAN Economic Community in the areas of trade, tourism and investments.

Hajah Zainab is also an Executive Member of Women’s Business Council (WBC) of Brunei Darussalam, an active organization of women entrepreneurs in Brunei Darussalam since year 2000 and has forged partnerships with government and private sectors in the development and progress of women entrepreneurship in the country. WBC is a member and the country focal point of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network, a regional network that supports and promotes the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs in the ASEAN member countries.

Hajah Zainab has spent years running her own businesses from Boutiques, Tailoring, Minimart and Balinese Spa. She learned Spa Business Management from Raffles College in Singapore and studied Interior Design from East Surrey College, United Kingdom as well as Basic Culinary in Highbury College, United Kingdom. She is also a Director of several private companies in Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.

She began her career as Quality Assurance and Assistant Manager of Mitsui Corporation in Singapore and worked in Brunei Darussalam as Human Resource Representative of World Wide Workers (United Kingdom), an oil and gas manpower services supplying the manpower needs of Brunei Shell Petroleum and Saudi Aramco.

She was Lady Captain of Panaga Ladies Golf Club and Honorary Secretary of Brunei Ladies Golf Association.

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