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Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad Syed Abdul Kadir
Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad Syed Abdul Kadir
Chairman/ Non-Independent Non Executive Director

Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree from the University of Malaya in 1971. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and obtained a Ph.D (Business Management) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986.

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Kirk West
Executive Director/ Head of International Offices and CEO of Asia

Kirk West is the Executive Director - Head of International Offices and CEO for Asia. In these roles, Kirk is responsible for all the international offices of Principal Global Investors (“PGI”) outside the United States.

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El Kafsi Abdelhak
El Kafsi Abdelhak
Independent Non-Executive Director

El Kafsi is the Managing Director of the Islamic Finance Consultants BSC (c). He started his banking career with Bank of America, Tunis in 1978. His international Banking career took him to Egypt, Australia and then finally to Bahrain with Arab Banking Corporation.

Islamic Finance Consultants is a Financial Advisory Company specialized in Islamic Finance, in partnership with the wholly owned UAE Government Abu Dhabi Investment Company (InvestAD). Among the achievements of the Islamic Finance Consultants in the past few years were the development of the first hybrid corporate sukuk related to Project Finance and the structuring of the first rated Corporate Sukuk issue in the GCC. Islamic Finance Consultants also structured the first Islamic Mezzanine debt for project finance and private equity transactions in addition to a Shariah compliant mortgage product which solves a number of issues inherent to Islamic mortgage finance.

El Kafsi has over 36 years experience in Banking with 22 years devoted to Islamic Finance. He is considered one of the experts in the Islamic Banking Industry and is a regular speaker at international conferences on Islamic Banking. He is Board Member of a number of Islamic Institutions in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. He graduated from Tunis University, Tunisia.
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Effendy Shahul Hamid
Effendy Shahul Hamid
Director

Effendy Shahul Hamid is CEO of Group Asset Management and Investments of CIMB Group. Effendy oversees all of CIMB Group’s asset management and investments business across both public and private markets. This includes CIMB Group’s regional asset management business (CIMB-Principal), its private equity fund management business and the Group’s strategic investments portfolio in companies such as Touch ‘n Go and Bank of Yingkou. Amongst others, he serves as Chairman of CIMB-Mapletree and CIMB-TCA, is a Director on the board of several CIMB-Principal companies and also a Director of Touch ‘n Go.

Most recently, Effendy was CIMB Group’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer where he managed the Group’s entire marketing and communications initiatives, and lead franchise-wide efforts to ensure a consistent and differentiated CIMB brand for all of the Group’s businesses across the region. Prior to that, he served as a Director in CIMB Group’s Investment Banking Division, primarily focusing on corporate advisory and origination. The early years of Effendy's career was spent in several international companies in a corporate development capacity, mostly involved in private equity, merger and acquisition activities across Asia Pacific and general business expansion initiatives.

Effendy is 42 years old and has spent most of his professional life in a regional capacity, working in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. On full scholarship, Effendy graduated with Honours in Electronic Engineering with Optoelectronics from University College London, and is also an alumni of the CIMB-INSEAD Leadership Programme.
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Alejandro Echegorri
Director

Mr Alejandro Echegorri is currently the Chief Executive Officer, ASEAN Region of CIMB-Principal with responsibilities over Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. He was appointed as Executive Director of CIMB-Principal on 28 March 2016, Director of CIMB-Principal Asset Management (S) Pte Ltd on 4 April 2016 and Director of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd on 7 April 2016. He joined CIMB-Principal on 1 March 2015.

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Wong Joon Hian
Independent Director

Wong Joon Hian has been an independent non-executive director of CIMB-Principal since 22 August 2007.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1973, he joined Price Waterhouse & Co in England before returning to Malaysia in 1975. He has accumulated over 30 years of working experience in the areas of audit, accountancy, banking, financial services and corporate management.

Currently, he is the Managing Director of Advance Synergy Capital Sdn Bhd since 22 September 1995 and serves as an independent non-executive director in Integrax Berhad, which is a public listed company and several other non-listed public companies namely SIBB Berhad, formerly known as Southern Investment Bank (non-executive director), CIMB Wealth Advisors Berhad (independent non-executive director) and SFB Auto Berhad (independent non-executive director).

He is also a director in several other private limited companies.

Wong is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Pedro Esteban Borda
Director

Pedro Esteban Borda is the Vice President South Asia and India of Principal International. He joined CIMB-Principal on 18 March 2013. Previously, he was the Country Head of Principal Financial Group Mexico. He joined Principal in 1996 as the Managing Director of Ethika AFJP S.A., a pension company in Argentina. In 1999, he was relocated to Mexico to become the Managing Director of Principal Afore (wholly-owned affiliate of PFG). In 2004, he was promoted to Country Head of Principal Mexico.

Borda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Finance, both from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (U.A.D.E).

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