YM Raja Datuk Zaharaton bte Raja Dato Zainal Abidin
YM Raja Datuk Zaharaton bte Raja Dato Zainal Abidin has served the Government of Malaysia in various capacities for 34 years. Principally her main task has been policy analyses and financial evaluation. She served the Economic Planning Unit for a total of 20 years in many divisions such as External Assistance and Industries Division as well as held the positions of Deputy Director General (Macro) and subsequently Deputy Director General (Sectoral) before assuming the position of Director General in 2003. Apart from steering policy studies in the EPU, she was also assigned to head the delegation on policy analysis for Kyrgistanin 2001, Algeria in 2002 and Pakistan in 2005.
Her other positions such as Deputy Director Public Sector Enterprises Implementation Coordination Unit and The Government Companies Monitoring Unit in the Federal Treasury exposed her to corporate affairs and financial restructuring. Among others she was involved in the restructuring of Perwaja, Sabah Gas Industries and Sabah Forest Industries. She attended many specialized courses on corporate affairs including the Harvard Business School Course for Senior Managers.
During her service she sat on many Boards of both Listed and Non Listed Companies which included PETRONAS, TENAGA, UDA, Perak SEDC, Malaysia/Thai Joint Authority, Putrajaya Holdings, Putrajaya Corporation and Malaysian Technology Development Corporation.
Upon retirement, the Government of Malaysia appointed her as Chairman of Technology Park Malaysia. Subsequent to that the government appointed her as Chairman of Ninebio Sdn Bhd until 2010.
She continues to do policy analysis and since 2006 is a Visiting Scholar at Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
She now sits on the board of Big Tree Sdn Bhd and Kurnia Sdn Bhd, both being wholly owned subsidiaries of public listed company Media Prima Berhad.
She is also a director of her family owned company Kumpulan RZA Sdn Bhd and its subsidiaries, Raza SdnBhd and RZA Warehousing Sdn Bhd as well as its associate companies, ASTRA Capital and ARECA Capital.