||DARHIM DALI HASHIM
Darhim Dali Hashim holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Statistics from University of Bristol, United Kingdom and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). Over the last 15 years, Darhim has held several senior management positions in the services and Halal sector.
His career advancement started with J.M Didier Asia, Brussels, Belgium in 1993 where he was assigned to prepare a report on the effectiveness of certain joint ventures between European companies and local corporations in South-East Asia.
Part of his duties were to gather information on statistics of commodities exported from Asia to the Europe and Union, performing analysis of the above statistics and interpreting results, conducting interviews with senior management of companies in the EU which had joint ventures with companies in South-East Asia. This culminated in presenting a report to the European Commission. Darhim pursued his career with Kingston Smith, United Kingdom, a firm of Chartered Accountants, in August 1994 specialising in the marketing services sector. His main duties and responsibilities include planning audit assignments, identifying risk areas and formulating appropriate steps to address them.
He then, joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malaysia in Dec, 1998 as the Manager in Assurance and Business Advisory Services , Energy Utilities Multimedia & Info-communications group. His career highlights to name a few are with Telekom Malaysia Bhd - Audit and Business Advisory whereby he was responsible for the interim and final audit of the Mobiles division for the national telecommunications company. Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd - Audit and financial reporting and Sapura Telecommunications Bhd - Corporate Governance Review. He was also involved in conducting training and recruitment.
In October 2001, Darhim joined Banyan Ventures Sdn Bhd, an independent regional venture capital company with a domain focus on telecommunications, media and web-based solutions. Darhim was appointed as the Investment Manager and Head of Finance, Admin & Human Resources, involved in the entire deal flow process and responsible for building up his own portfolio of investments in private companies.
Banyan Ventures was not spared from the fall-out of the "Dot-com bust" and September 11 and Darhim moved forward with an opportunity to be part of Nadicorp Holdings Sdn Bhd, a conglomerate involved primarily in public transportation as well as manufacturing, defence, plantations and agriculture. He was appointed as the Manager, Corporate Services & business development in May 2003. Darhim was also involved in various projects at the group level including the implementation of the Transport Group ERP solution, Corporate Profiling of Nadicorp Group, pitching for major government projects such as the Integration of public transport systems for Klang Valley and the Jakarta Monorail, and the listing exercise of the Transport Group "KTB". He was then promoted as Chief Financial Officer of Park May Berhad, a listed company taken over by Nadicorp.
In addition to overseeing the transportation business of Nadicorp, Darhim also lead in diversifying the group's activities into other industries such as agriculture. It was at this point that Darhim found a passion for the livestock industry and decided to specialise in that sector. He joined MLC Industries Sdn Bhd, as the Executive Director being head of operations. Darhim was responsible for day to day matters and implementation of the Group's plan of execution. MLC was an integrated meat supplier covering activities from breeding, feedlotting, slaughter, processing and distribution of fresh halal meat. Darhim had no qualms about literally getting his hands dirty from performing inspections onboard livestock vessels, mustering cattle into holding yards, overseeing the slaughter floor to selling fresh cuts of beef at retail outlets.
The hands-on experience earned him an appearance on Halal Journal TV, a television programme on the Halal industry as well as a place as moderator for the inaugural World Halal Forum in May 2006. His rare combination of on-the-field and corporate experience caught the attention of the Government of Malaysia and he was identified to spearhead the set-up of the Halal Industry Development Corporation ("HDC") an initiative of the Prime Minister's Office. He was the Director in charge of the Capacity Development Division. Darhim was responsible for HDC's operational matters and ensuring the successful execution of the designated projects. Darhim's main duties and responsibilities included promoting the division's strategic direction, providing input for the Business and Master Plan, devising new projects in line with the overall strategic thrust and allocating resources accordingly to execute the projects. He made a return to "World Halal Forum 2007" in his new professional capacity with HDC being the Host of the event. Darhim gave insightful presentations about Malaysia's Global Halal Hub agenda at various international events namely World Halal Forum Industry Dialogues in South Africa, China and Indonesia as well as at the "TUSKON Turkey-Asia Pacific Foreign Trade Bridge conference in Istanbul and the World Food Market in London. He was part of the pioneer team to devise the overall Strategic Direction of HDC that was presented to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Besides his numerous experiences in the industry, Darhim's exposure to the international scene and his ability to converse in English, French, German and Malay give him an edge in spearheading a global initiative. Being the son of a former diplomat, Darhim had lived in seven different countries during his childhood before boarding at Oundle School in England. He continued to have the opportunity to travel during the term breaks and holidays to countries where his father was accredited as the Malaysian Ambassador including Pakistan, Russia, Sweden, the European Union (Brussels) and the United States.
A sound corporate and financial background coupled with relevant Halal industry experience topped off by ingrained diplomacy skills from an international upbringing makes Darhim the ideal candidate for the arduous task ahead under the International Halal Integrity Alliance. Darhim was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of International Halal Integrity Alliance in January 2008.