Zainal Abidin bin Jamal was appointed as Chairman of Maybank Islamic Berhad on 1 June 2017. He has been a Director of Maybank Islamic since 28 January 2010. Prior to that, he was a Director of Malayan Banking Berhad from July 2009 until April 2014, where he also served as a member of the Credit Review Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and Employees’ Share Scheme Committee of the Board. He was also previously Chairman of Maybank Trustees Berhad and a Director of Etiqa Takaful Berhad.
Zainal Abidin is a practicing corporate and commercial lawyer with Messrs. Zainal Abidin & Co, where he is the Founder and Senior Partner. He also serves on the Boards of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad and Lam Soon (M) Berhad.
Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti was appointed as a Director of Maybank Islamic on 15 August 2013.
Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi received a First Class degree in Scholastic Philosophy and History of Science from the Queen's University Belfast. Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi subsequently completed his DPhil in Medieval Arabic Philosophy from the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar in 2008. His areas of expertise are Islamic theology, philosophy and science. Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti is a Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, an Islamic Centre Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford as well as a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi sits on the Boards of Oxford Islamic Finance Ltd, U.K., Oxford Real Estate Ltd, U.K., LTH Oxford Ltd, Jersey, Wilayah Trust U.K. and KUISAS Berhad.
Dali Kumar @ Dali bin Sardar was appointed as a Director of Maybank Islamic on 11 August 2014.
Dali’s specific areas of expertise include financial & corporate restructuring and conventional banking derived from his vast working experience. He served as Relationship Manager at Citicorp/ Citibank and was also attached to the Leveraged Buyouts ('LBO') and Venture Capital Groups at Citibank New York. Upon his return to Malaysia, he was seconded to Citicorp Capital Sdn Bhd where he served as the Vice President of Citicorp/Citibank in 1990 and as the Executive Director of Citicorp Capital until 1993 where he was eventually promoted as its Managing Director in 1994. Dali also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Utama Merchant Bank Berhad in 1996.
He sits as a director of Chuan Huat Resources Bhd, a company listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia and Malaysian General Investment Corporation (MGIC) Bhd as well as on several boards of foreign companies such as Norhtec Corporation Ltd, Thailand and M Development Ltd, Singapore.
Dali is currently the director of DTA Capital Group which is a venture capital/private equity and corporate finance set-up involved in mainly venture fund management, direct equity investments, debt raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, pre-IPO planning and various forms of corporate & financial restructuring.
Nor Hizam is an accountant by profession and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). He has 30 years’ working experience holding various positions in a number of companies. Nor Hizam acquired senior management experience in finance, marketing and general management in three multinational companies, namely ESSO Malaysia Berhad, Mamor Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Unilever Group and Raleigh Berhad.
From 1988 to 2003, he held various senior management positions at Telekom Malaysia Berhad Group (“TM”), including as Chief Operating Officer of TM. In the year 1997, he was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of TELKOM SA Ltd, which is the largest telecommunications company in Africa.
Between year 2007 and 2011, he was appointed as an Expert Officer to the Public Private Partnership Unit and Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Nor Hizam also sits on the Board of Maybank and serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board and a member of the Credit Review Committee of the Board. Currently, he holds directorship in Minority Shareholders’ Watchdog Group. Previously, he was a Director of several subsidiaries of TM (including its overseas subsidiaries). He was also a Director of TELKOM SA Ltd and its subsidiaries.
Datuk Mohd Anwar bin Yahya was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Maybank Islamic on 17 July 2017.
Datuk Anwar is an accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics & Accountancy from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. He was with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for more than 25 years where he held financial and business advisory roles for various projects in different industries.
He currently serves on the Boards of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad and Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznan was appointed as a Non Independent Non-Executive Director of Maybank Islamic Berhad effective on 25 April 2019.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznan has more than 15 years experiences in Shariah advisory and consultancy. He is currently the Shariah Consultant/adviser for Maybank Investment Berhad and several other entities namely Hong Leong Islamic Bhd, Public Investment Bank Bhd, Malacca Securities Bhd, Jupiter Securities Bhd and Inter-Pacific Bhd.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznan also holds the following positions:
• Associate Professor, Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF) of International Islamic University Malaysia.
• President of the Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance (ASAS) Deputy Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council, Securities Commission
• Member of the Shariah Advisory Council of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)
• Board member of Higher Shari’ah Authority of UAE Central Bank
• Chairman of Shariah Committee of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad and Amanah Hartanah Bumiputra
• Member of the Shariah Advisory Boards of other financial institutions and corporate bodies locally and internationally.
Dato’ Zulkiflee Abbas Bin Abdul Hamid was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Maybank Islamic Berhad effective on 25 April 2019.
Dato’ Zulkiflee started his career with Maybank in 1981, and has held various positions in Enterprise Banking, Corporate Banking, International Banking and Credit Management, including postings at Maybank offices in London and New York.
Dato’ Zulkiflee was appointed as Managing Director/President of Bank Rakyat in April 2017 where he led a strategic plan to steer Bank Rakyat to greater heights with focus on strategic initiatives involving financing and deposits as well as improving fee based income and tightening its cost management. Dato’ Zulkiflee retired from Bank Rakyat on 2 April 2019.
Aside from serving the banking industry, Dato’ Zulkiflee also contributes to the community through his roles as:
• Advisory Council Member, Insaniah Global Centre for Islamic Banking and Finance
• Member of the Board of Trustees, Yayasan Budiman UiTM
• Treasurer of Tabung Pendidikan 1 Billion