Mrs. Wan Suraya is currently serving as the Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring) in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia (MITI).
She has accumulated a wealth of experience covering international trade, investment and industry, spanning 23 years of service with MITI, including a five-year stint in Brussels as Malaysia’s Minister Counsellor (Economic Affairs) to the European Community, Belgium and Luxembourg from 2005 to 2009 and another five years as Minister Counsellor (Economic Affairs) to Singapore from 2009 to 2014.
She was also the Senior Director of Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation in MITI from 2014-2015, and Senior Director of Sectoral Policy, MITI in charge of industrial policy and development from 2015-2016. Prior to that, she started her civil service career in the ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division of the Ministry from 1994-2005.
Mrs. Wan Suraya was appointed to the Administrative and Diplomatic Service of Malaysia in 1994. Upon completion of the Diploma in Public Administration and compulsory diplomatic training, she joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia or MITI in 1995.
She is an active trade negotiator and is currently Malaysia’s Chief Negotiator for the ASEAN-Hong Kong FTA (AHKFTA) and the Malaysia-EU FTA (MEUFTA). She was previously involved in the AANZFTA, AFTA, ASEAN – India and RCEP negotiations among others. In her present capacity, she also oversees the planning and implementation of all FTA negotiations by Malaysia.
Mrs. Wan Suraya holds a LLB (Hons.) degree from Sheffield University, UK, and a Diploma in Trade Policy from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). She has attended the High Potentials Leadership Programme at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, and the ASEAN Government Leadership Programme at GE Crotonville.
She has spoken at various local and international events and seminars, particularly on doing Business in Malaysia.
Mrs. Wan Suraya is a recipient of the Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN) in 2014.