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Osman Kassim is the Chairman of Amãna Bank PLC, Sri Lanka’s first and only licensed commercial bank to conduct all its operations under the principles of Islamic banking. Kassim, a well versed personality in Islamic banking & finance, was instrumental in introducing the non-interest based concept of finance to Sri Lanka with the setting up of Amãna Investments in 1997, whose assets and liabilities were later on transferred to Amãna Bank PLC in 2011. He also sits on the Board of Amãna Takaful PLC, the first Islamic insurance company in Sri Lanka, as a founder Director. With over 40 years of senior management experience, Kassim was also the founder Chairman of the well-established Expolanka Group of Companies which is engaged in diverse business activities. He currently sits on the Board of Expolanka as a Non-Executive Director. He is also the Chairman of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka, set up in collaboration with APIIT Malaysia and the Chairman of Vidullanka PLC, a leading provider of renewable energy to the National Grid. He is also a Director of Aberdeen Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist. Furthermore, he sits on the Boards of various other companies both locally and overseas.
Tyeab Akbarally is a senior Director of Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd and its subsidiary companies for the past 30 years. Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd is a diversified group of companies and is the leading Tea export company which have won many prestigious awards for their export performances. He has served as a member of the executive committee and as a committee member at the national chamber of commerce. He has also been the Chairman of the Spice & Allied Products Traders’ Association and Colombo Tea Traders’ Association. He has considerable experience in the import and export trade and has strong business relationships with the Middle Eastern Countries. Tyeab Akbarally also holds directorship in other public quoted companies.
Dato’ A. Tajudin B.H. Abdul Rahman is the former Managing Director of Bank Islam, Malaysia. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Economics. He counts over 30 years of banking experience of which 21 years have been in Islamic banking. He is currently a Member of the Sharia Advisory Council of the Securities Commission Malaysia and is a Distinguished Fellow at the Islamic Economic Development Foundation Malaysia. He is also an Academic Fellow at the Islamic University Malaysia. The other past positions held by him include; Chairman of Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad, Founder President of the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia, Deputy Chairman of the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions Bahrain, and Member of the Accounting and Auditing Organisations of Islamic Financial Institutions Bahrain. He has won several awards and honours in Malaysia in recognition of his contribution to banking and society and was conferred the title of Dato’ in 1994 by His Majesty the Sultan of Kedah. Other accolades he has received include; Deal Maker of the Year Award by Islamic Banking and Finance Forum Bahrain and Most Outstanding Contributions to Islamic Finance Award by Kuala Lumpur International Islamic Finance Forum.
Dr. A.A.M. Haroon is a graduate of King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan Dr. Haroon is also the Chairman of Lucky Group of Companies which is engaged in the manufacturing and export of ready made garments and textiles, real estate development and health care. He is the President of the Sri Lanka - Pakistan Friendship Association and the Memon Association of Sri Lanka. Dr. Haroon practices as a family physician in Colombo. He is also a Panel Doctor for foreign airlines, foreign missions and Hotel Taj Samudra, and is a Council Member of the Medical Practitioners' Association.
Harsha Amarasekera, President Counsel is a leading Lawyer in Sri Lanka having a wide practice in the Original Courts as well as in the Appellate Courts, specialising in Commercial Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law. He also serves as an Independent Director in several listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange including CIC Holdings PLC (Chairman), Chemanex PLC (Chairman), Vallibel Once PLC, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, Expolanka Holdings PLC, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Keells Food Products PLC, Amaya Leisure PLC and Vallibel Power Erathna PLC. He is also the Chairman of CIC Agri Business (Pvt) Limited.
Mohamed Jazri Magdon Ismail is a Financial Consultant and the current Vice President of AAT Sri Lanka. He has served on the Directorate of Alhambra Hotels Limited, the Owners and Operators of Holiday Inn Colombo. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and is a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia. He is a Nominee of the ICASL on the Governing Council of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka, of which he is also a Fellow Member.
Haseeb Ullah Siddiqui is currently serving as Lead Specialist, Financial Sector Development and Inclusion, at the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). He brings over 20 years of broad experience in banking, project finance, strategy consulting and development, with leading organisations like American Express Bank, Riyad Bank, Ernst & Young and the IDB. At IDB, he currently focuses on regulatory reforms and capacity building to improve financial sector enabling environment and strengthening microfinance supply side and governance frameworks to promote financial inclusion. He is also responsible for IDB’s collaboration with World Bank and the IMF for development of financial sector. He also serves on the Technical Committee of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) and on the Board of International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM). He has represented IDB as a Board Member in Jaiz Bank (Nigeria). Prior to joining IDB, Haseeb was part of an award-winning advisory team at E&Y Bahrain, focusing on public sector development, infrastructure and social housing. In the private sector, he advised banks, investment funds, private equity and mortgage companies, assisting several Boards and C-suite management in strategy, capital raising and establishing organisations. To manage a strategic relationship, he was asked to lead the Waqf Fund at Central Bank of Bahrain, charged with developing the Islamic financial sector in Bahrain. Prior to consulting, he spent 9 years in corporate banking and project finance, arranging syndicated financing for oil and gas, petrochemical, water, power and agriculture sectors. He holds an MBA (Finance) from University of Missouri, and a BBA (Marketing & Economics) from Kansas State University.
Wahid Ali Mohd Khalil was the former Chief Operating Officer, Business Support, of Bank Islam, Malaysia prior to his retirement in 2014. He holds a Master of Science in Economic Crime Management and Bachelor of Economics in Business Management. He is a Member of the Institute of Bankers Malaysia (MIBM) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (AIIA). He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) and the Federation of Malaysian Unit Trust Managers (FMUTM). He joined Bank Islam as the Chief Internal Auditor in 2007. Prior to joining Bank Islam, he spent 5 years at Affin Bank Berhad handling various portfolios, including as Chief Internal Auditor, Director, Banking Operations and Services, as well as Group Head of Operation Risk Management. He also spent more than 20 years in HSBC Bank holding various positions which included stints at Branches, Head Office Departments such as Credit Cards, Credit Control, Credit Administration and Trade Finance, as well as Deputy Head of Internal Audit.
Mohammed Wahidul Haque joined the Board of Directors of AB Bank Limited on 12 December 2007 and was subsequently elected as the Chairman in July 2008. He also holds the Chairmanship of AB Investment Limited (ABIL), AB Securities Limited (ABSL) – the two capital market subsidiaries of AB Bank, Cashlink Bangladesh Limited (CBL) – the EFT business platform of AB Bank and AB Exchange (UK) Limited. He is a BA and LLB graduate under University of Dhaka. He is the present Managing Director of Deundi Tea Company (UK) Limited and Noyapara Tea Company Limited. The other posts he has held are Director – Apex Hotels Limited, Member – Bangladesh Tea Board (Dhaka), Board of Trustees – Plantation Employees’ Provident Fund and Cha Sramik Kalayan Trust, Government of Bangladesh and Past Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Association (BCS).
Rajiv Nandlal Dvivedi is currently the CEO of Eagle Investments Ltd, a privately owned Investments and Advisory firm based in Dubai. He has over 40 years of Commercial and Investment banking, Corporate finance, and Investments experience. He spent 35 years at Citibank in various senior executive positions: 28 years in Commercial and Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Risk Management in the Middle East and 7 years in Consumer Banking with Citibank in New York, USA. In addition to Amana Bank, Dvivedi currently sits on the Board of China Rapid Finance (China), Harvest Network (China), Accordion Partners (USA), Candor Group of Companies (Sri Lanka), and Eagle Investments Limited (UAE). He holds a MBA in Finance from Long Island University, New York, USA.
Dilshan Hettiaratchi is a Partner/ Managing Director of Faber Capital Limited which is an investment banking firm headquartered in Dubai. The firm specializes in Capital Markets, Renewable Energy and Advisory opportunities. He has over 25 years of banking/Financial Markets experience. Prior to joining Faber Capital, he was the Managing Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets – MENA and Pakistan for Standard Chartered Bank. In this role he advised many high profile issuers from the Middle East such as the Government of Dubai, The Government of Ras Al Khaimah and other Corporates and Financial Institutions from the ME region to tap the International Bond and Sukuk markets. Prior to joining SCB, he worked with Citi National Investment Bank, which was the investment banking arm of Citibank and NDB based in Colombo, as well as at Waldock Mackenzie Limited which was the investment banking arm of John Keells Holdings. He is a Director of Asset Trust Management Limited, which is a SEC regulated Asset Management Company. He was also a Steering Committee member of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA), and the Chair of the Government Bond issuance committee in 2011. He has been a speaker/panelist at a number of industry conferences in Debt Markets over the last few years. He holds a MBA from the University of Colombo, is a CFA Charter Holder and is an ACMA.
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