Dr. Zaharuddin Abdul Rahman


Date of Appointment
  • April 2013 (as member)
  • July 2016 (as Chairman)
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • PhD in Shariah and Islamic Finance from the University of Wales, United Kingdom specialising in Islamic Derivatives and Maqasid al-Shariah
  • Master in Islamic Law (Hons) from Al-Yarmouk University, Jordan
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Usuluddin from University of Malaya
  • Research Fellow of International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA)
  • Shariah Scholar, Bursamarketplace, Malaysia
  • Registered Shariah Advisor, Securities Commission of Malaya
Present Appointment(s)
  • Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Business and Accountancy of UNISEL
  • Shariah Committee Charman, BNP Paribas Malaysia Berhad & PUNB, Onexox Malaysia
  • Shariah Committee, EPF Malaysia and Sedania Salam Capital Malaysia
  • Zakat Consultant, Celcom Axiata Berhad, Malaysia
  • Founding Managing Director of Elzar Group of Companies, Malaysia
  • Director, University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNisZA), Malaysia
  • Trustee, Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YAPIEM)
  • Member of State Consultative Committee (Syura), Penang, Malaysia
  • Member, Perlis Fatwa Council, Malaysia
Past Appointment(s)
  • Assistant Professor at the Kuliyyah of Economics & Management Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • Shariah Expert & Consultant of Bank Negara Malaysia
  • Senior Shariah Manager & Product Development, RHB Islamic Bank Ltd, Malaysia
  • Head of the Shariah Compliance, Asian Finance Bank Ltd, Malaysia
  • Senior Consultant & Advisor for OSK Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, Al-Rajhi Bank Malaysia, Standard Chartered Saadiq Bank, ACR ReTakaful Bahrain, BIMB Securities Sdn Bhd, CIMB Islamic Bank
Expertise & Experience
  • Strong academic research background and hands-on experience in Islamic finance operations
  • Written over 21 books and numerous articles on Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic Banking published in local and international media and Shariah journals.
  • Featured on local television and radio articulating on various Shariah issued, especially with regard to Islamic commercial transactions
  • Advises other Islamic Financial Institutions and corporate companies in Malaysia and abroad, such as ACR ReTakaful Berhad (Malaysia), ACR MEA Takaful (Bahrain) and Yasmin Holdings Group Sdn Bhd
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zulkifli Hasan


Date of Appointment
7 December 2012
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • PhD in Islamic Finance from Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Master of Comparative Laws from International Islamic University of Malaysia
  • LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and LLB.S (Bachelor of Shariah) from International Islamic University of Malaysia (USIM)
  • Academic advisor of Dar al Hikmah College, Selangor
Present Appointment(s)
  • Deputy Rector (Student Development and Community Engagement), International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Shariah panel member for the Institute of Fatwa Management and Research, USIM
  • Shariah Committee of Zurich Takaful (Malaysia) Berhad, Affin Islamic Bank Berhad, Koperasi Belia Islam, Lembaga Pertubuhan Peladang, ISRA and JAKIM
  • Editor for the Malaysian Journal of Shariah and Law, the International Journal of Business and Finance Research, Shariah Law Reports, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement and Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research
  • Legislation editor for the Malaysian Journal of Shari’ah and Law
  • Committee on Shariah and Legal Education, and Syarie Lawyers, JAKIM
  • Member of AUKU Technical Committee, and University Arbitration Subcommittee of Inns of Court Malaysia
  • Board member of Majlis Agama Islam, Negeri Sembilan; and Board director of the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE)
  • Chairman of Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan
Past Appointment(s)
  • Dean of Faculty of Shariah and Law, USIM
  • In-house legal counsel for Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad
  • Member of Rules and Regulations Working Committee for Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM)
  • Member of corporate governance working committee for Awqaf South Africa
Expertise & Experience
  • Involved in developing corporate governance guidelines towards development of the S&P/Hawkamah Pan Arab ESG Index
  • Published articles in various academic journals and presented conference papers on corporate and Shariah governance and regulation in Islamic finance
  • Guest speaker for Judicial and Legal Training Institute, Prime Minister’s Department and CIBFM, Brunei Darussalam
  • Received the prestigious Global Islamic Finance Award as the Upcoming Scholar 2016
  • Recipient of a 2014 grant to conduct scholarly research at Fordham University, New York, through the Fulbright US-ASEAN Visiting Scholars Initiative
  • Represented Malaysia in the prestigious Young Muslim Intellectuals in Southeast Asia Programme in Japan, organised by Japan Foundation in 2013
  • Sits on the panel of experts for muamalat and halal regulation, JAKIM; and Malaysian Shariah Index project
  • His book entitled ‘Shari’ah Governance in Islamic Bank’ published by the Edinburgh University Press won the MAPIM Best Publication in the category of social science in 2013
Zainal Abidin Bin Mohd Tahir


Date of Appointment
2 November 2017
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • MBA in Islamic Banking & Finance from International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) in Analytical Economics from University of Malaya
  • Diploma (post-graduate) in Islamic Finance from Kolej Dar al Hikmah, Malaysia
  • Associate Member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers
Present Appointment(s)
  • Accredited trainer with Islamic Banking & Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM)
Past Appointment(s)
  • Teaching Fellow cum Deputy Dean of School of Professional Studies, INCEIF
  • Vice President/Head of Entrepreneur Department with Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad
  • Vice President/Head of Credit Risk Department with Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad
  • Member of Bank Muamalat’s Shariah Committee
  • Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (BBMB)
Expertise & Experience
  • Speaker/facilitator for Islamic and conventional commercial banks’ training programmes, such as IBFIM’s training programmes and IBBM’s Financial Sector Talent Enhancement Programme
  • 26 years of active involvement in Islamic banking and finance, as a practitioner, as well as academician
  • Attended numerous overseas training, including Moody’s Risk Management Services in California
  • Trainer for various government-funded training programmes for unemployed graduates
  • Consultant for the government in the areas of Islamic banking operation and education
Prof. Dr. Rusni Hassan


Date of Appointment
2 January 2018
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • PhD in Law, IIUM
  • Master of Comparative Laws (MCL), IIUM
  • LLB (Hons), LLB (Shariah) First Class, IIUM
  • Registered Shariah Advisor with the Securities Commission Malaysia
Present Appointment(s)
  • Professor at the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance
  • Shariah Committee Member, Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM)
  • Shariah Committee Member, Housing Development Finance Corporation and Housing Development Corporation, Maldives
  • Secretary, Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS) and the Assistant Secretary, International Council of Islamic Finance Educators (ICIFE)
Past Appointment(s)
  • Member of the Shariah Advisory Council, Bank Negara Berhad
Expertise & Experience
  • A prolific speaker in seminars, workshops, conferences and trainings on various Islamic Finance issues, her works and contribution to Islamic Finance is internationally renowned
  • Her publications include books on Islamic Banking and Takaful; Islamic Banking under Malaysian Law; Corporate Governance of Islamic Financial Institutions; Islamic Banking Cases and Commentaries; Remedies for Default of Payment in Islamic Banking and more than 100 articles in local and international journals
  • She has received many awards and accolades, including:
    • Promising Researcher at IIUM in 2012
    • Listed among the Top 10 Women in Islamic Finance by CPI Financial in 2013
    • Most Talented Women Professional in Islamic Banking, Asia Islamic Banking Excellence Awards, CMO Asia, 2014
    • Women of Distinction in her contribution in the field of Islamic Finance and Law by Venus International Women Awards (VIWA 2016)
    • One of the 50 Most Influential Women in Islamic Finance by ISFIRE in 2017 and Womani 2018 – The Most Powerful Women in Islamic Finance by Cambridge IFA in 2018
Dr. Safinar Salleh


Date of Appointment
1 January 2019
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • Ph.D in Islamic Studies, Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom
  • Master in Shariah, University of Malaya
  • Bachelor of Shariah, Al-Azhar University, Cairo
Present Appointment(s)
  • Lecturer at the Department of Islamic Law, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Law, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Member, Shariah Committee of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia) Berhad
  • Member, Shariah Committee of Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. (Swiss Re-Takaful)
Past Appointment(s)
Expertise & Experience
  • Specialises in Takaful, Retakaful, and Islamic Banking, Islamic law of contracts and Islamic Capital Market
  • Published numerous Islamic books and articles and actively presented many papers in various local conferences and seminars
Abd Rasid bin Abd Kadir


Date of Appointment
2 April 2019
Academic/Professional Qualification(s)
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), National University of Malaysia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, National University of Malaysia
  • Diploma in Education and Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia
  • Practicing Member of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals (CIIF) Malaysia under Chartered Professionals Islamic Finance (CPIF)[a new name for The Association of Chartered Islamic Finance Professionals (ACIFP)]
  • Islamic Financial Planner (IFP) with the Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance Malaysia (IBFIM)
  • Accredited Trainer in Islamic Banking and Finance by IBFIM.
Present Appointment(s)
  • Advisor, Shariah Audit for PUNB under Aftass Syariah Advisory Sdn Berhad.
Past Appointment(s)
  • Teaching Fellow at INCEIF for the Charted Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) and Masters Islamic Finance Practice (MIFP) programme
  • Member of the Shariah Committee of EXIM Bank (2008 until 2014)
Expertise & Experience
  • 36 years of banking experience, both in conventional and Islamic banking
  • Has taught on the subject on Islamic Capital Markets, Islamic Banking Practices, Structuring Financial Requirements, Shariah Audit & Compliance and Managing Islamic Financial Institutions at INCEIF for the Charted Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) and Masters Islamic Finance Practice (MIFP) programmes
  • The Coordinator for the establishment of the Islamic banking window, at Bank Bumiputra, one of the three commercial banks under Bank Negara Malaysia pilot project.
  • A member of the steering committee for the establishment of Islamic Cooperative bank under National Cooperative Movement of Malaysia (ANGKASA)