Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati binti Haji Sharbini spent her early years of military training as a recruit in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in 2001 after which she joined the first female cohort from Brunei Darussalam to undergo the fully integrated Officer’s Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), United Kingdom and commissioned in December 2002. Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from the University of Wales, United Kingdom and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 2006. In 2014, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati received her Masters in International Security (Distinction) from Massey University, New Zealand.
Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati is presently the Head of Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Office and serves as the Principal Legal Advisor to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and the Ministry of Defence on all matters pertaining to law. With a career that has spanned over 20 years in the RBAF, she is a recognised pioneer in the field of military law in RBAF and Brunei Darussalam. In May 2021, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati was conferred her Colonel-rank insignia by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati’s achievement is regarded as a landmark in the history of RBAF’s 60th years of establishment at the time as she becomes the first female to have ever been promoted to such rank.
As the nation’s Principal Legal Advisor and Expert on Operational Law matters, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati is intrinsically involved in numerous military operations, engagements and exercises be it at national, bilateral and regional scale in a myriad of capacities as Writer, Planner, Advisor and Coordinator. By virtue of her position, Colonel Norsuriati has had extensive involvements in RBAF’s legislative changes, policy formulations and invariably instrumental in the transformation of the RBAF Military Justice System throughout her two decades of service in the RBAF.
Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati has further distinguished herself as a key leader and advocate of women’s involvement in professional leadership positions in Brunei. She is the national representative of the ASEAN Women for Peace Registry (AWPR) which gives her the added privilege and responsibility of advocating for gender-mainstreaming initiatives. To that end, she has also represented Brunei, the Ministry of Defence and RBAF in various meetings, workshops and talks regionally and internationally.
Upon completion of her commissioning course at RMAS, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati was subsequently awarded the prestigious awards of HRH Prince Said Abdullah Prize, The Nigeria Prize and The Brunei Medal in recognition of her excellence throughout training. Throughout her professional career, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati has further been the recipient of various awards which included Distinction for her Masters in International Security Programme during Command and Staff Course (CSC) from Massey University, New Zealand and RBAF Commendation Award. She topped her cohort in the Executive Development Programme (EDP) run by Lee Kuan Yew University, Singapore and was equally awarded the OBOE Endeavour Award from Australian Defence Force in recognition of her Academic Excellence, amongst others.
By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, on 1st August 2022, she was appointed as Permanent Secretary (Policy, Finance and Administration) at the Ministry of Defence.
In her spare time, Colonel (Retired) Norsuriati enjoys the great outdoors being an avid hiker and all things fitness-related, as well as keeping abreast with the current global geopolitical and security-related issues. She is married to Lieutenant Colonel Amirul Adly bin Haji Ali, and blessed with two maverick children and feline companions whom she considers as her constant source of joy and amusement. She is also an adventurous food aficionado and a self-proclaimed food critic.