Sharbini Suhaili is the Group CEO of Sarawak Energy, a vertically integrated power utility with the vision to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting Southeast Asia’s need for renewable energy. As Malaysia’s largest renewable energy developer and producer, Sarawak Energy’s hydropower delivers reliable, renewable and affordable electricity to customers in Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo.
After commissioning its first hydropower plant in 1985, Sarawak’s customers today enjoy globally competitive tariffs as well as a predominantly renewable generation mix. Sarawak Energy currently has three major hydropower plants – 108MW Batang Ai; 2,400MW Bakun; and 944MW Murum – with the 1,285MW Baleh due for commissioning towards the latter part of this decade. Sarawak is working with Indonesian partners to build the 1,375MW Mentarang Induk Hydroelectric Project in Indonesian Borneo.
Sarawak Energy is also supporting the wider Borneo and ASEAN grids to foster a more integrated and resilient energy future for the region.
Leveraging hydropower, Sarawak Energy’s notable accomplishments include 99.2% electrification of Sarawak in 2022 with the remainder to be delivered by 2025, and 73% reduction of the main grid carbon emission intensity from 2010 to 2021.
Under Sharbini’s leadership, Sarawak Energy is progressing towards full electrification targets, decarbonising the energy sector towards a low carbon economy, and growing Sarawak Energy’s aspiration to become the renewable energy powerhouse and battery of ASEAN.
Sharbini serves as an elected board member of the International Hydropower Association and a council member of Energy Transition Malaysia Alliance, a coalition consisting of Malaysian energy leaders to drive energy transition in the country. Sharbini has also been appointed as Singapore Management University’s International Advisory Council in Malaysia.
A former Royal Dutch Shell scholar who worked with Shell and PETRONAS in senior leadership positions before joining Sarawak Energy in 2016, Sharbini holds a degree in engineering (Hons) from University of Leeds, UK, and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.