Speaker's Profile
Day 1 – Monday, 29 April 2019
Dr Firas Raad
Country Manager for Malaysia, East Asia and Pacific, The World Bank Group
Dr Firas Raad is currently the World Bank Country Manager for Malaysia beginning his assignment on August 15, 2018. As Country Manager, he heads the World Bank Group’s Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Kuala Lumpur. Established in 2015, the ‘Hub’ aims to share and operationalise Malaysian development experiences with other countries (through South-South knowledge exchanges), promote global and innovative economic research and support Malaysian development priorities through the provision of analytical and advisory services. It symbolises Malaysia’s development progress (moving away from borrowing status and becoming an upper middle-income country) and its long-standing development partnership with the World Bank Group.

Prior to Malaysia, he served for three years as the World Bank Country Manager in Kuwait overseeing a large Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) Country Program focused on supporting the long-term development priorities of the Kuwaiti Government. These priorities have included general education reform, land management modernisation, competition policy, investment promotion, subsidy reform and public-private partnerships.

He has served on the Board of multiple organizations (Jordan Society for Sustainable Development, The Neurological Society, the Palestine Hospital, the Middle East Association for the Management of Hearing Loss, the Jordan Sports Federation for the Handicapped) and he is currently the Chairman of Run Jordan and a Board Member of the King Hussein Foundation International.

Dr Raad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, a Masters and Doctoral Degree in International Health Policy and Economics from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Masters’ Degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar
Securities Commission Malaysia
Datuk Syed Zaid Albar is the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC). Prior to his appointment as the SC Chairman on 1 November 2018, he was the Managing Partner of Albar & Partners.

Syed Zaid has a degree in law from the United Kingdom. He is a Barrister at Law of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK and an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He has over 38 years’ experience in legal practice predominantly in the fields of corporate law, capital market, conventional banking and Islamic finance. He has been recognised for his contribution and achievements in the legal practice through numerous domestic and international awards.

With his experience in finance and law, Syed Zaid has served on the Islamic Law Review Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia and the Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia Bhd. He has also served on the boards of several public-listed companies in Malaysia.

Professor Dato' Dr Azmi Omar, President & CEO, INCEIF
Professor Dato’ Dr Azmi Omar serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF - The Global University of Islamic Finance since October 2017. Prior to this he was the Director General of Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he held the position for almost six years and a senior professor and university administrator at the International Islamic University Malaysia for almost 30 years. At IRTI, Azmi pioneered and introduced many innovative policy researches, which culminated into flagship reports such as IRTI Islamic Social Finance Report and IDB-World Bank Global Report on Islamic Finance.

Azmi is a member of the External Advisory Group for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Interdepartmental Working Committee on Islamic Finance and Board of Trustees of Responsible Finance Institute (RFI) Foundation. He also serves as a member of Shariah Committee to Bank Rakyat Malaysia, Etiqa Takaful Malaysia and as the Islamic finance Expert to the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam.

Datuk Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin
Deputy Chief Executive
Securities Commission Malaysia
Datuk Zainal Izlan was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) on 5 April 2018.

He joined the SC in January 2011 as Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market and was appointed Managing Director, Development and Islamic Markets in November 2016. He is also the Chairman of Capital Markets Malaysia, an entity established by the SC to promote the Malaysian capital market.

Datuk Zainal Izlan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics (dual concentration in Accounting & Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He began his career with Citibank before joining MIDF Amanah Asset Management. Just before joining the SC, Datuk Zainal Izlan was the Chief Executive Officer of i-VCAP Management, an Islamic fund management firm based in Malaysia.

Abayomi Alawode
Head of Islamic Finance, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation, The World Bank Group
Abayomi Alawode joined the World Bank in 1997 as a Young Professional and is currently Head of Islamic Finance in the Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice. Previously, he worked in various capacities including as Practice Manager (Financial Systems Practice), Lead Financial Sector Specialist (East Asia and Pacific Region) and as Program Leader/Senior Financial Specialist (World Bank Institute). He also served as Adviser, Financial Stability at the Central Bank of Bahrain from 2006 to 2010. Before joining the World Bank, Abayomi was a Lecturer in Economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1990-1994) and an Instructor in Development Economics at the University of Cambridge.

He holds a B.Sc and M.Sc (both in Economics) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and an M.Phil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, England. He is the author of several academic papers on monetary and financial sector issues.

Kamarudin Hashim
Executive Director, Market and Corporate Supervision
Securities Commission Malaysia
Kamarudin is the Executive Director for the Market & Corporate Supervision (MCS) business group in SC. The MCS is responsible for the supervision of market institutions, and surveillance of corporate and secondary market activities. MCS also drives risk surveillance and management strategies for the SC.

Kamarudin is also the overall risk coordinator for the SC. He has been with the SC since 1993 and has experience in various areas including derivatives, bonds, fund management, Islamic capital markets and supervision. He had previously also served as Secretary to the Commission and was seconded to Citibank Bhd where he was involved in bonds and sukuk transactions while supporting regional Islamic finance business of the bank. Prior to joining SC, he was with Bank Negara Malaysia after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Law from University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Assistant Professor Dr Ziyaad Mahomed, Associate Dean and Director, INCEIF
Assistant Professor (Shaykh) Dr Ziyaad Mahomed is a subject matter expert in Islamic Social Finance, Islamic Capital Markets and Shariah Advisory since 1998. He presently serves as Associate Dean of Online Programs and Director of Executive Education at INCEIF, the leading global university for Islamic Finance based in Malaysia. He is also Chairman of the Shariah Committee of HSBC Amanah in Malaysia.

Dr Ziyaad has experience in establishing Islamic Finance in emerging countries, including regulation and banking strategy. He has published works related to Islamic Jurisprudence, Social Finance and Islamic Capital Market issues and is the recipient of numerous global awards for his unique Islamic Social Finance – Fintech modelling techniques being tested in the UK, South East Asia and Africa. Dr Ziyaad holds qualifications from Malaysia (PhD in Islamic Finance; Professional Master’s in Islamic Finance CIFP), the UK (BA (Hons) Business Finance), South Africa (MBA; Cert Islamic Law) and Jordan (Adv Dip Arabic). He serves on Shariah Boards in South Africa, Central Russia, Maldives and Malaysia amongst others.

Sam Shafie
CEO and Co-Founder, PitchIn
Sam is the CEO and Co-Founder of pitchIN, a registered market operator by the Securities Commission to offer Equity Crowdfunding (ECF) and a pioneer of crowdfunding in Malaysia. pitchIN is best described as Malaysia’s premier crowdfunding platform, having championed crowdfunding since 2012 and offering both Equity and Reward crowdfunding services. In 2018, 75% of the funds raised on ECF were done on pitchIN. pitchIN is also responsible to have hosted 3 issuers that raised the maximum RM3 million and the fastest, that raised RM3 million in 38 minutes.

Sam is also the Founder of WatchTower and Friends (WTF) Accelerator, a Tech Accelerator company that invests in early stage tech startups. To date, WTF has invested in 48 startups. Notable of them include TheLorry, Omnimatics, Runningman, Lapasar, ParkIt, PostCo to name a few and FinTech startups, MoneyMatch, MyCash Online and Bereev.

Norazli Mohamad Nor
Senior Vice President 
of Investments
Xeraya Capital
Azli is an Investment Senior Vice President in Xeraya Capital, a Venture Capital/Private Equity (VC/PE) investor operating out of Malaysia dedicated solely to Life Sciences . Azli is responsible primarily in deal sourcing, closing, monitoring and divestments and is the in-house focal point for Shariah-compliant venture investment structuring. Prior to joining Xeraya as part of its founding team, Azli was involved in consulting, infrastructure asset management, strategy and operations.

Azli graduated with a B. Eng (E&E) from Imperial College, UK and an MBA (Finance) from International Islamic University Malaysia and was a registered professional engineer.

Norhizam Abdul Kadir
Vice President, Growth Ecosystem Development
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Norhizam Abdul Kadir (or Hizam) brings with him 20 years’ experience in multi-market technology and energy industries in various markets across Asia Pacific. He was with Intel, Microsoft and Ballard Power System before joining MDEC as Vice President in 2015. He has wide experience in corporate marketing, end-customer sales, business development, communications and channel marketing and enablement.

At MDEC, currently, he is championing the growth of digital entrepreneurial ecosystem in Malaysia. He has been tasked to manage the development of Malaysia Digital Hub, an initiative that recognises and supports the start-up ecosystem development in Malaysia. He is also responsible in enriching Malaysia’s tech start-up ecosystem by engaging local and international ecosystem players such as key internet companies, accelerators, talent providers, venture capitals, and start-up communities as part of the strategy of growing Malaysia’s digital economy.

Umar Munshi
Founder, Ethis Group
Umar Munshi is a social entrepreneur from Singapore who started his first business at the age of 18. His entrepreneurship journey includes stints in Singapore, Jakarta, Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur, spanning various sectors including healthcare, education, Islamic finance and real estate. Umar is the founder of Malaysia-based Ethis Ventures, an Islamic Fintech Venture Builder. Flagship platform GlobalSadaqah.com, an Islamic Social Finance crowdfunding marketplace was launched in early 2018. 

Munshi is also the Managing Director of Singapore-based EthisCrowd.com, an award-winning pioneer Real Estate Islamic Crowdfunding platform that brings together retail crowd-investors, larger private investors and Islamic Banks to fund Social Housing developments in Indonesia. The 30,000-strong EthisCrowd has invested in projects to build more than 5,000 social houses for needy families. EthisCrowd is also currently processing licenses to setup in Indonesia, Brunei and Dubai. 

Munshi is passionate about spreading the appreciation of Islamic Fintech as a means to create socio-economic benefit, and he enjoys speaking at events and webinars. Umar is an Islamica500 Islamic Economy influencer and the Chairman of the IslamicFintechAlliance.com.

Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz
Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank Group
Ahmad Hafiz Abdul Aziz is a Financial Sector Specialist with the World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia. Mr Abdul Aziz brings with him ten years of relevant experiences in financial sector development, particularly in the area of Islamic capital markets, green and sustainable finance and financial inclusion. He has worked as a Principal Assistant Director at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and as Manager of the Islamic Capital Market at the Securities Commission Malaysia.

He holds a Master’s degree in Islamic Banking and Finance from Bangor University, United Kingdom which he completed under the Chevening scholarship, and a Master of Arts in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Heritage (Fiqh and Usul Fiqh) (Honors) from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Dr Dadang Muljawan
Director, Sharia Financial and Economic Department, Bank Indonesia
Dr Dadang Muljawan is currently a Director in Sharia Financial and Economic Department at the Bank of Indonesia. He holds a BSc in Engineering Physics from Bandung Institute of Technology, MBA from PPM Graduate School of Management, and PhD in Economics from Loughborough University, UK. He has written a number of research publications in international journals and presented papers in international conferences.

His areas of interest cover financial supervision and regulations, and financial assessment both in micro-level and macro-level. He has been exposed to more than 10 years of experience in the Central Bank of Indonesia as an economic researcher and the IFSB in the area of prudential database for Financial Soundness Indicators (FSI). Currently, he is in charge in researches relating to the development of regulatory framework for Islamic financial institutions.

Dr Aznan Hasan, Associate Professor, IIUM & Deputy Chairman, SC Shariah Advisory Council
Dr Aznan Hasan is an Associate Professor in Shariah at Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (II/BF), IIUM and the former Head of Islamic Law Department, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia. He is currently the President, Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance (ASAS). He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Council and a member of the Shariah Advisory Council for AAOIFI.

Dr Aznan Hasan received his first Degree in Shariah from University of al-Azhar (1994). He then successfully completed his Master degree in Shariah from Cairo University with distinction (mumtaz) (1998) and his thesis was recommended for publication. He then obtained his Ph.D from University of Wales, Lampeter, United Kingdom (2003). Dr Aznan was involved in the structuring of various Islamic financial products, including banking products, capital market products and takaful products.

Hamid Rashid
Founder and CEO
Finterra Technologies
Hamid Rashid is the Founder of the award winning Blockchain R&D technology organisation FINTERRA. Responsible for developing the first ever Waqf Chain, a crowdfunding platform for Waqf development built on the blockchain, as well as the Gallactic Blockchain, Hamid runs corporate offices in several locations including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates.

A specialist in technology IP development, technology commercialisation, venture capital investment and property investments, Hamid is an accomplished hands-on strategic visionary, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to create brands that deliver strong tangible results to stakeholders. Having served for the likes of corporate giants as HP and Petronas, he has established a record of outperformance across an array of financial strategies.

Hamid has over eighteen years of Technology Consulting experience in Enterprise Software Business Management and Business Development within the B2B and B2C sectors. Hamid has a Master’s degree in IT and Management, and a Certificate in Organisational Leadership.

Francois de Borchgrave
Co-Founder & Managing Director , KOIS Invest
François de Borchgrave brings more than 15 years of experience in Private Equity investments with a specific focus on impact investing in the last 9 years. François co-founded KOIS, an impact investment and innovative finance advisory firm and is the Managing Partner in charge of KOIS’s European operations. He is leading KOIS’s efforts on social impact bonds in Europe, especially in France and in Belgium, and KOIS’s lead person on asset management and innovative finance product structuring in the renewable energy sector.

Prior to KOIS, he founded an internet start-up for business services and he worked within large corporates in the technology sector. Additionally, Francois is co-founder of Toolbox, a non-profit that provides management services to NGOs, and was a volunteer for several NGOs such as Mother Theresa and Operation Thermos. He also lectures on social entrepreneurship at Solvay Brussels School of Business. Francois holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a BA in Commercial Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Business.

Abdullah Han
Co-Founder of HalalChain
Abdullah Han Huangyu is passionate about empowering businesses to become global brands with socially responsible impact. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of HLC Foundation (HalalChain), a public blockchain company based on Direct Acyclic Graph and Proof of Work, which is friendly to small payment and quick transaction. In addition, HLC has developed consortium chain to address the concerns in Halal industry and Islamic Finance, which aspires to reshape the ecosystem of global Islamic economy.

At present, Abdullah Han is also the co-founder of Al-Sadiq Consulting Co. Ltd., an ethical investment advisory firm based in China and Malaysia, focused on creating enduring value for its shareholders, customers, employees and communities. Abdullah Han has a Bachelor’s degree from Minzu University of China. He was born in China and spent 4 years in Lagos, Nigeria after graduation of university, and travelled extensively in Muslim World and beyond.

Farah Imrana Hussain
Senior Financial Officer
The World Bank Group
Farah Imrana Hussain is a Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury based in Washington DC. She is part of a team of financial specialists that design and implement financial solutions to help clients: (1) access financing for development by mobilizing World Bank Group resources and private sector financing; (2) mitigate the impact of financial, natural disaster and commodity risks by facilitating access to market-based risk management tools; and (3) strengthen capacity to implement efficient risk management strategies by providing advisory services.

Ms Hussain specialises in providing technical assistance to countries to develop local green bond markets, including developing policy frameworks, identifying green project pipelines, developing impact reports, and supporting capacity building among key stakeholders as part of the World Bank Group’s efforts to promote sustainable investment solutions.

Mushtaq Kapasi
Managing Director and Chief Representative, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)
Mushtaq Kapasi is ICMA’s Chief Representative for the Asia-Pacific region. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, engaged in senior strategy, capital market and legal roles covering the region at international banks active in Asia. Mushtaq has worked as a lawyer in debt capital markets and derivatives, a structurer in equities and fixed income, a manager of complex trades with regulatory and accounting considerations, and an adviser to top executives on emerging market strategy. He has also served as a consultant on financial structures of renewable energy projects in frontier markets. He is a member of the New York State Bar, and studied Mathematics at the University of Texas and Law at Yale University.

Professor Dr Ashraf Md Hashim
CEO, ISRA Consultancy
Professor Dr Ashraf Md Hashim is the Chief Executive Officer of ISRA Consultancy. He is also a Senior Researcher at International Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) and a Professor at International Centre of Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF).

Dr Ashraf currently sits on the Central Bank of Malaysia's Shariah Advisory Council (SAC BNM) as Deputy Chairman and the Securities Commission of Malaysia’s Shariah Advisory Council (SAC SC). He is also a member of Shari’ah Committee for International Islamic Liquidity Management Cooperation (IILM) and the Chairman of Shariah Committee of Bursa Malaysia. Dr Ashraf is also a member of Board of Directors for Tabung Haji (Pilgrimage Fund) and he is the Chairman of its Shariah Board. He is actively involved in many consultation works related to Islamic finance in Malaysia and abroad, among others include the Islamic Bank of Australia (Project) and Noor Takaful Nigeria (Chairman of Advisory Council of Experts). He is also the Chairman for Panel of Experts in Muamalat Matters under the Islamic Development Division, Prime Minister Department Malaysia.

Wasim Abdulwahab
Director, Islamic Financial Services Department
Islamic Development Bank
Wasim Abdulwahab is currently the Director in Islamic Financial Sector Development Department at
Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Wasim is responsible for globally establishing, investing and supporting the growth of the Islamic financial services industry, leading to economic empowerment, employment creation and acceleration of economic growth.

He has over 20 years of broad-based experience, covering many of the 57 IDB member countries, in Islamic finance sector development, through financing Awqaf (Islamic Endowments) sector real estate and other projects, Private equity in Islamic finance institutions, Islamic microfinance sector, and providing technical support to member countries for developing the Islamic finance sector enabling environment.

He has served on the Board of Directors of three major Islamic banks. Wasim has led policy dialogue with central banks and relevant ministries to assist IsDB member countries in development of the Islamic finance sector

Kemal Rizadi Arbi
Advisor, Capital Market Authority, Sultanate of Oman
Kemal Rizadi Arbi has 25 years of global professional experience in the banking and financial industry, both public and private sector, particularly in investment banking, Islamic finance, corporate finance and as a strategic developer of capital markets. He is currently involved in advising, strategizing and driving developmental efforts for the Oman capital market including the Islamic capital market as an Advisor at the Capital Market Authority, Sultanate of Oman. He was also appointed by the Oman Ministry of Finance to be on the Government Sukuk Committee. Prior to joining the Oman CMA, he had held various management positions as Head of Department at the Securities Commission Malaysia. In addition, he had previously been involved in investment banking and corporate advisory as a Director and Team Head in a few leading investment banks including Maybank Investment Bank Berhad.

He was awarded a Malaysian government scholarship for top scholars for studies at the University of Iowa, U.S. where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science. He also holds an MBA (Finance) from the International Islamic University Malaysia and Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) Master’s degree from INCEIF, Malaysia.

Day 2 – Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Azrina Azmel
Deputy General Manager, Innovation, Digital and Strategy,
Securities Commission Malaysia
Azrina currently heads the Digital Department which is part of the Innovation, Digital & Strategy Business Group of the Securities Commission Malaysia. In particular, she has led the development of the Digital Investment Management regulatory framework which was launched in May 2017.

Azrina has more than 18 years of experience in capital market regulatory and policy work. Her previous portfolios include leading capital market negotiations in international, regional and bilateral free trade agreements. She was also involved in the development of policies relating to equity crowdfunding, P2P financing, venture capital, private equity, investment banking and Islamic banking frameworks. Prior to her involvement in policy work, her earlier portfolios include advisory work on capital market regulations and law reform involving the Parliamentary process. She holds an LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Dato’ Dr Norbik Bashah Idris
Head of Islamic Fintech and Blockchain Research Group, IIUM
Dato Dr Norbik Bashah Idris is currently a Professor at Kulliyah of ICT in IIUM. He started his academic career in 1983 with UTM and has been attributed as one of the early pioneers of Cybersecurity in Malaysia. 

Throughout his career, he has been involved in the SIGSAC –(Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control) of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), IEEE Computer Society, New York Academy of Science, USA and IFIP Working Group-11.3 on Database Security (USA). As a cybersecurity practitioner, Prof Norbik carries CISSP & CISM professional certifications from ISC2 & ISACA (USA). 

In 1995 he led a team which won a strategic research grant from MOSTI to start the first major research work on Cryptography in Malaysia which produced a suite of indigenious cryptographic utilities. In 1998 Prof Norbik founded the first Real-time Software Engineering Centre of Excellence in Malaysia, a joint-collaboration with the University of Thales from Paris. The cybersecurity R&D team he led later became incorporated as a company which built the first cyber security monitoring center for the Malaysian Government. The company later became the first public-listed company on Cybersecurity in Malaysia. Following his success in Malaysia, Prof Norbik repeated the success into other ASEAN countries and later into the Gulf countries & MENA. 

Throughout his career Prof Norbik has been a Keynote Speaker, Visiting Professor, Corporate Figure, Consultant & Advisor on Cybersecurity to various Organizations & Governments, both in Malaysia & international. He was nominee for 2007 Ernst & Young Best IT Entrepreneur, twice recipient of “Distinguished ISC2 Award winner for Asia-Pacific”, IDG Distinguished Chief Security Officer for Asia Pacific, winner of at least 7 Gold medals on Cybersecurity products & services, and holder of a few patents. 

Prof Norbik’s latest interest is in synergizing cybersecurity & the Blockchain technology into Islamic Fintech products & services in the hope of contributing to the Maqasid Shariah and sustainability of societies.

Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz, President, FinTech Association of Malaysia
Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz has over 20 years of commercially–driven regulatory, compliance and technology experiences in Asia-Pacific. He provides business-oriented regulatory advice, solution and consultancy to banks, remittance companies, fund management entities, broker dealers (equity and derivatives) as well as sovereign wealth managers on regulatory requirements, compliance risks management, licensing, business viability and practical implementation of FinTech and regulatory technology (RegTech).

Ridzuan is currently WorldRemit’s Country Director for Malaysia and Head of Business for Thailand and Indonesia. He is the current president of the Fintech Association of Malaysia (FAOM) and instrumental in raising the profile of the association, particularly on establishing an industry-wide fintech blueprint as one of the key elements for Malaysia digital economy. Ridzuan graduated from University of Wales, Aberyswyth (1997) with BSc Economics, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He obtained his MBA, specialising in Management Information System from the International Islamic University Malaysia (2005). 

Siti Zurina Sabarudin
Founding Partner
Zurina Advocates & Solicitors
Siti Zurina is one of the most sought after FinTech legal counsel in Malaysia, having advised various ECF, P2P, supply chain and robo-advisory firms in Malaysia. With over 16 years of experience, Zurina has extensive experience and deep industry knowledge in capital market, venture capital and private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate commercial practice.

Siti Zurina founded Messrs Zurina in 2016, and was previously attached to tier one Malaysian law firms, namely Zul Rafique & Partners and Azmi & Associates. As a recognition of her legal expertise, Zurina was named as a leading individual for Capital Market – Asia Pacific Legal 500 in 2015. Messrs Zurina was awarded the “Intellectual Property Rights Advisory Firm 2017” by the Malaysian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association.

Matthew Joseph Martin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Blossom Finance
Matthew J. Martin is a pioneer in the application of FinTech for Islamic finance. Combining his passion for Islamic finance with his deep financial technology background, Matthew founded Blossom Finance in 2014 which aims to increase the availability and inclusivity of Islamic finance using blockchain.

Matthew’s background includes engineering and product management experience in the digital wallet, payment card, money remittance, mobile payments, and mobile banking sectors at venture capital funded, international tech startups Xoom, Boku, and Monitise. He has advised technology startups on FinTech and blockchain, and spoken to international audiences in the USA, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Prior to Blossom, Matthew started his first blockchain related venture in 2013 - when Bitcoin was less than $100 USD - which allowed instant purchase of Bitcoin in 27 countries using just a mobile phone.

Sharifatul Hanizah Said Ali
Chief Executive Officer
Securities Industry Development Corporations (SIDC)
Prior to joining SIDC in August 2016, Sharifatul Hanizah was the Chief Executive Officer of Muamalat Invest, where she successfully led an impressive twenty-fold increase in AUM from RM120 million to RM3 billion during her four-year tenure.

Sharifatul Hanizah owns extensive and diverse experience in the fields of investment analysis, portfolio management, equity trading and unit trust. She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), an Islamic Financial Planner (IFP) and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM). She was a holder of the Securities Commission (SC)’s Capital Markets Services Representative Licence for fund management from 2005 to 2016.

Sharifatul Hanizah currently plays a role as both moderator and panel assessor for the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA), a body supported by both Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the SC. She is also a SIDC faculty member for the SC’s Capital Market Director Programme.

Dato’ Ts. Dr Amirudin Abdul Wahab
Chief Executive Officer
CyberSecurity Malaysia
Dato’ Ts. Dr Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CyberSecurity Malaysia. He has more than 25 years of ICT working experience in the telecom and IT sector within the Government as well as within the semi-government and private sectors. He is currently the Chairman of National ICT Standard Committee (ISCG) and also the Chairman of Board of Governance Global Accredited Cyber Security Education or Global ACE Scheme for Malaysia Chapter. He is currently a Board Member of Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) IT Sdn Bhd since 2016.

Dato’ Ts. Dr Amir holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering (ITEE), University of Queensland, Australia. Dato’ Ts. Dr Amir also holds two Master degrees, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Duqubue, Iowa, USA, and a Master’s in Information Technology from National University of Malaysia (UKM). He also has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Angelia Chin-Sharpe
CEO and Country Head for Malaysia & Brunei, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Angelia Chin-Sharpe is the CEO and Country Head for Malaysia and Brunei for BNP Paribas Asset Management.

She has over 20 years of experience in banking, capital markets and asset management. Angelia joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2007 and was responsible for the successful set up of our businesses in Malaysia and Brunei. She was also Head of SEA Institutional Sales while posted in Singapore in 2010 before moving back to Malaysia in 2012.

Angelia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.She has completed her Chartered Islamic Finance Professional exams with INCEIF and is registered as a CharteredProfessional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) with The Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals.

Angelia was ranked 34th most influential women in Islamic banking and finance in the WOMANi2018 report. She was also awarded Community Achievement Award 2017 by the Malaysia Australian Alumni Council for her social work at The Lost Food Project.

She also serves the following role with the following organizations :
  • President of The Parents’ International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur, a NGO responsible for The Lost Towel Project and The Lost Food Project
  • Treasurer with the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM).
  • A member of the Reviewing Committee for the Continuing Professional Certification with the Securities Industry Development Corporation

Abdullah Alghursan
Manager, Investor Protection Department
Capital Market Authority Saudi
Abdullah Alghursan is the manager of Investor Protection Department at the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia (CMA), which he has been working for since 2005. He is a member of the IOSCO Committee on Retail Investors (C8). He has also worked in the investigation Department under the Enforcement Division for a couple of years, handling various types of cases such as insider trading, market manipulation, financial fraud, and disclosure cases. He has an academic background in accounting, finance and law. In 2015, he was a secondee in the Enforcement Group under the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Pror to his experience in the securities industry, he had worked in the banking and investment field for five years.

Abbas Abdulkadir
Deputy Director and Head of the Securities Investment Systems Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria
Abbas Abdulkadir, is a seasoned Business Administrator and Capital Market expert. He has been the Head of Department of Securities and Investment Services, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria since January 2016 having previously served as the Divisional Head, Fixed Income & Equities from 2012 to 2015. He has overseen the processing of application of the first-ever global offering conducted by SEPLAT, an offer which was dual-listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and London Stock Exchange (LSE).

His broad-based Capital Market experience, which goes as far back as 1997, has seen him serve in various strategic Committees such as the 10-years Capital Market Master Plan Committee, Capital Market Committee (CMC) sub-committee on Non-Interest Finance, Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC) sub-committee on Financial Markets, and others. He graduated from the University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1991. He obtained an MBA from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2007.

Asfaazam Kasbani
Assistant Resident Representative
UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
Asfaazam is currently the Assistant Resident Representative and Head of Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. He is responsible in the day-to-day leadership and management of the UNDP programme and projects.

His current expertise includes development planning & public policy advisory services related to inclusive growth, sustainable & resilient development. His areas of interest includes Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), climate change, Sustainable Energy for All and national communications to UNFCCC. He is currently exploring options and opportunities in addressing financing gaps in achieving Agenda 2030 including partnership with private sectors and Islamic financing instruments.

He holds a Master’s of Science in Industrial and Technology Management from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (2003), Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA (1993) and an Associate Degree of Science from KPP/ITM State University of New York, Buffalo, USA (1991).

Aiza Azreen Ahmad
Director, Strategic Development
Aiza is currently the Director of Strategic Development for Boost eWallet and a bona fide technophile who believes pivoting Malaysia on digital and innovation can only be achieved through collaborations and partnerships.

Her recent success was in creating cashless eco system in the sectors of education, government collection agencies, SMEs and Smart Cities that made Boost the country’s leading eWallet with more than 3 million subscribers and over 60,000 touchpoints.

Aiza has worked in multiple industries which included Islamic Banking, multi-business conglomerate, integrated media, M&A and management consulting, across two countries, Malaysia and Australia, where she called home for many years. Aiza graduated from Macquarie University with Merits in Economics.

Basheer Ahmad
Senior Manager, Markets
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Basheer Ahmad works at the DFSA in the Markets Division. He was previously with the Securities Commission of Malaysia and had worked as deputy public prosecutor of the Attorney General’s Chambers in Malaysia. Basheer is a Barrister-at-Law with the Lincoln’s Inn, UK and holds law degree from the UK. He also holds a Chartered Islamic Finance Professional qualification and MIT Fintech Future Commerce certificate.
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