Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili
Sharbini Suhaili is the Group CEO of Sarawak Energy, Malaysia’s largest developer and provider of renewable energy.
Under Sharbini’s stewardship, Sarawak Energy is building upon its hundred-year history to advance the renewable energy transition through sustainable hydropower development in the region.
Sarawak Energy’s three large hydroelectric plants in Malaysia provide a combined installed generation capacity of 3,452MW. The fourth 1,285MW hydroelectric project is currently being developed in accordance with the International Hydropower Association (IHA) Sustainability Assessment Protocol.
Renewable hydropower has been a key enabler of Sarawak Energy’s sustainable development targets. Notable accomplishments include the 98% domestic electrification rate for Sarawak in 2020 with the remaining 2 percentage points to be delivered by or earlier than the current target date of 2025, and the reduction of the main grid carbon emission intensity by more than 70% since 2011..
As a natural progression of its role in Sarawak’s green energy agenda, Sarawak Energy is exploring the production and development of green hydrogen and floating solar.
Sarawak Energy is progressing its regional ambition in Southeast Asia through a joint venture for a proposed 1,375MW hydropower development in Indonesia, and is spearheading the Borneo sector of the transboundary ASEAN grid.
To highlight the shared benefits of a sustainable energy future for all, Datu Haji Sharbini has leveraged international engagements including at the annual Singapore International Energy Week and GO ESG ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Virtual Summit.
In 2019, he chaired the first Sustainable and Renewable Energy Forum (SAREF). The same year, Sarawak Energy issued Sarawak’s first Renewable Energy Certificate to share the benefits of renewable hydropower generation with sustainability-focused corporations.
Sharbini serves as an elected board member of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and encourages top-tier partnerships to set international benchmarks. Sarawak Energy is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia & Brunei (UN GCMYB) and a gold member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He is also a council member of the Energy Transition Malaysia Alliance (ET-MAce), a coalition consisting of Malaysian energy leaders to drive energy transition in the country. Sharbini was also recently appointed as a council member of the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) International Advisory Council (IAC) in Malaysia.
In addition to heading Sarawak Energy, he leads the renewable energy workstream of the Sarawak Economic Action Council, to drive economic development and achieve high income status for Sarawak by 2030. He is a director of Petros, a petroleum company wholly-owned by the government of Sarawak.
Sharbini joined Sarawak Energy in November 2016 after 30 years in the petroleum industry, working for Royal Dutch Shell and PETRONAS in various technical and leadership roles.
A former Royal Dutch Shell scholar, Sharbini holds a degree in engineering (Hons) from University of Leeds, UK, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Henley Management College, UK.