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Mr Osman Kassim was the founder Chairman of the well-established Expolanka Group of Companies, reputed among the business community in Sri Lanka. From its humble beginnings as a small company, incorporated in 1978, to handle fresh produce, Mr Osman Kassim through his dynamic leadership, has steered the group to its present status of over 50 companies with diverse business activities ranging from exports, imports, garments, waste management, entrepot trading, airline agencies, freight forwarding, tours & travel, aviation etc., with a total annual turnover of over US$ 450 Million. Mr Osman Kassim stepped down from his position as Chairman in June 2014 upon a partial divestment of the shareholding of Expolanka Holdings PLC. He now sits in the Board of Expolanka as a Non-Executive Director. Mr Kassim was the founder Chairman of the then Amana Investments Limited, the first Islamic Finance Institution in Sri Lanka whose assets and liabilities were later on transferred to Amãna Bank PLC. He is also a founder director of Amana Takaful PLC, the first Islamic insurance company in Sri Lanka. He is very well versed in Islamic finance. He is also the Chairman of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka, set up in collaboration with APIIT Malaysia. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Staffordshire University in recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist. He also sits on the Boards of various other companies.
Tyeab Akbarally is a Senior Director of Akbar Brothers Limited, Falcon Trading (Pvt) Limited and Falcon Commodities (Pvt) Limited. Akbar Brothers are the leading tea export company and have won many awards for their export performances. He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Chamber of Commerce and as a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce of which he has been a member for a number of years. He has also been the Chairman of the Spice & Allied Products Traders' Association and the Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders' Association. He has considerable experience in the import and export trade and a large part of his business is with the Middle East.
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. His present positions include Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation; Founder President of the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions in Malaysia; Director of the Kedah Islamic Institute; Director of the Islamic University College, Malaysia; and Adjunct Professor of Banking and Finance, University Utara, Malaysia. He has also held Board positions with the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions and the General Council for Islamic Banks and 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.
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's Counsel has a wide practice in the Original Courts as well as in the Appellate Courts, particularly in the areas of Commercial Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Banking Law and Intellectual Property Law. He currently holds the position of Chiarman at CIC Holdings PLC and Chemnex PLC. He also serves as an Independent Director in several listed companies in the Colombo Stock Exchange including Vallibel One PLC, Expo Lanka Holdings PLC, CIC Holdings PLC, Keells Food Products PLC, Amaya Leisure PLC & Vallibel Power Erathna PLC.
Mohamed Jazri Magdon Ismail is the Financial Consultant of Ramada Hotel, Colombo. He has served on the Directorate of Alhambra Hotels Ltd, 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 the Division Manager, Advisory & Support, Islamic Financial Services Department, Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia (IDB). He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration specialising in Finance from the University of Missouri (USA) and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas City University (USA). He brings seventeen years of multi-disciplinary experience in corporate banking & credit, project finance, and business advisory with leading global companies like American Express Bank, Riyadh Bank, and Ernst & Young. Prior to joining IDB in 2010, Haseeb was heading the Financial Economic Solutions Group at Ernst & Young, Bahrain focusing on strategic projects in economic development, infrastructure, and public-private-partnership. Until 2009, he led the Transactions team in Ernst & Young's award-winning Islamic Financial Services Group in Islamic retail/wholesale banks, funds, and private equity functions. He was the Acting CEO of the Waqf Fund, at Central Bank of Bahrain from 2007-2010, on secondments from Ernst & Young, charged with developing the Islamic financial sector in Bahrain.
Wahid Ali Mohd Khalil is currently the Chief Compliance Officer of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad. He holds Master of Science in Economic Crime Management and Bachelor of Economic (Business Management). He is an associate member of the Institute of Bankers Malaysia (AIBM) and Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (AIIA). He is also a member of Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) and 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 Head of Operation Risk Management. Before joining Affin Bank, he 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
He is a Senior Associate in Huq & Company (1997 – to date). He holds a Barrister-at-Law (England & Wales) and is an Advocate (Supreme Court of Bangladesh); He has been enrolled in the Appellate division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Member, the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, Member Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (1998) and Member, Dhaka Bar Association Bangladesh (1997). Areas of practice are corporate, banking, labour law, contract, shipping, energy, VAT, customs, taxation, constitution and international arbitration. He has been a legal advisor of many local and international companies. He is a senior member of the litigation and arbitration team and represented international development agencies before the Courts of Bangladesh and completed projects for World Bank, IFC and other development agencies.
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, 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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