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Shariah Adviser

CIMB-Principal Islamic takes pride in its internationally renowned Shariah investment advisor.

Recognised Islamic finance scholars of diverse backgrounds serve on CIMB Islamic's Shariah committee. They ensure that funds and / or client mandates are managed and administered in accordance with Shariah principles.

Sheikh Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Sheikh Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Founding Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

Sheikh Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is the Founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. He was Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia (1985-2004), and also Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) from 2004 to 2006.

He serves on the advisory boards of 13 local and international academic journals; addressed over 200 national and international conferences, and has published 28 books and over 170 academic articles. He is Senior Fellow of the following: Royal Academy of Jordan; Institute of Advanced Study Berlin and Afghanistan Academy of Sciences.

His works have been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, German, Italian, Turkish and Japanese. He is listed in a number of leading Who’s Who in the world. He holds a 1st Class, BA Honours degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University, Afghanistan, LLM degree from the London School of Economics, England and a PhD in Islamic Law from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, England.
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Sheikh Nedham Yaqoobi

Sheikh Dr. Nedham Yaqoobi

Independent Shariah Advisor

Sheikh Dr. Nedham Yaqoobi, a Bahrain national and is a renowned Shariah scholar. He sits on various Shariah boards of Islamic banking and financial institutions globally including the Dow Jones Islamic Market Indexes (DJIM), the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM). He is the author of several articles and publications on Islamic finance and other sciences, in English and Arabic. 

He was educated in the classical Shariah in his native Bahrain and in Makkah under the guidance of eminent scholars, including Sheikh Abdulla al-Farisi, Sheikh Yusuf al-Siddiqi, Sheikh Muhammed Saleh al-Abbasi, Sheikh Muhhamed Yasin al Fadani (Makkah), Shaikh Habib-ur-Rahman A. Zaini (India), Sheikh Abdulla bin Al-Siddiq Al-Ghumar (Morocco), and others. He has a BA in Economics and Comparative Religion and M.SC. in Finance from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and PhD in Islamic Law at University of Wales, United Kingdom.
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Sheikh Dr. Haji Mohd Nai’m Bin Haji Mokhtar

Sheikh Yang Amat Arif Dato‘ Dr. Haji Mohd Na’im Bin Haji Mokhtar

Syariah Appeal Court Judge, Department of Syariah Judiciary Malaysia

Sheikh Yang Amat Arif Dato’ Dr. Haji Mohd Na’im Bin Haji Mokhtar is a Malaysian, currently serving as Syariah Appeal Court Judge, Department of Syariah Judiciary Malaysia. He served as a lecturer at Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University, Malaysia from 1990 – 1997. He then joined Messrs. Zulkifli Yong, Azmi & Co as a Shariah Lawyer before being appointed as a Shariah Judge in 1998.

He was also assigned as a Research Officer at the Malaysian Shariah Judiciary Department, Prime Minister’s Department from 2003 – 2004 as well as Shariah Subordinate Court Judge for Federal Territory from 2007 – 2008 and Shariah Prosecutor for Federal Territory in 2008. In 2009 he served as Director, Family Support Division at Department of Syariah Judiciary of Malaysia before being elevated as Chief Syarie Judge of Selangor. He also served as Visiting Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA and as Chevening Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University in 2008/2009.

He received his LLB degree from International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM), LLM from University of London, United Kingdom and PhD in Shariah from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also holds a Diploma in Shariah Law & Practice and a Diploma in Administration & Islamic Judiciary both from Islamic International University, Malaysia (IIUM).
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Sheikh Dr. Shafaai Bin Musa

Sheikh Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shafaai Bin Musa

Associate Professor, Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyyah of Laws, Islamic International University, Malaysia (IIUM).

Sheikh Associate Professor Dr. Shafaai bin Musa has more than 15 years of experience in teaching Islamic law and jurisprudence and wrote several researches and articles. He also served as a member of Shariah Expert Panel for the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia since 2005.

He formerly served as Chief Executive Officer, Johor Institute of Integrity, Leadership and Training (IKLAS), Executive Director, Centre for Continuing Education International Islamic University Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic College cum Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic University Malaysia Higher Education Sdn. Bhd.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Shariah from University of Al-Azhar, Egypt, a Master’s Degree in Comparative Laws from IIUM and Ph.D. from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.
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Dr. Yousef bin Abdullah Al Shubaily

Dr. Yousef bin Abdullah Al Shubaily

Professor, Comparative Jurisprudence Department, High Institute of Judiciary, Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Professor Dr. Yousef Abdullah Al Shubaily is a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is currently attached as a Professor at the Comparative Jurisprudence Department, High Institute of Judiciary, Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in the Kingdom. He also serves as a Co-operating professor for the American Open University.

Beyond his academic career, he has an extensive experience in serving various Shariah boards of a number of banks and financial institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, USA and Britain. He also holds advisory functions in numerous religious and charitable organisations within and outside the Kingdom.

He has written many books, academic papers and articles on Islamic jurisprudence and commercial law and has actively participated in numerous seminars and conventions in related areas. He also participates in religious and economic programs on television and radio broadcasts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.

He received his Bachelor Degree from the Faculty of Shariah and Fundamentals of Islam and a Masters Degree from the Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and Ph.D in Islamic Jurisprudence from Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.
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Associate Professor Dr. Aishath Muneeza

International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Malaysia.

Associate Professor Dr Aishath Muneeza of INCEIF is one of the key founder of Islamic finance in Maldives. She is the first female Deputy Minister of Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the first chairperson of the Hajj Pilgrimage Fund of Maldives. Currently, she is the chairperson of Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance.

She has published books and numerous articles on Islamic Finance and her research areas include legal studies & corporate governance applicable to Islamic Finance. She holds a doctorate degree in law from International Islamic University of Malaysia.She structured the first and second corporate sukuks, sovereign private sukuk and Islamic Treasury instruments for the government of Maldives. She has played the key role in offering of Islamic finance products by more than eleven institutions. She also designed the first Islamic microfinance scheme offered in Maldives. She sits in Shariah advisory committees of financial institutions offering Islamic financial services. She is the chairperson of Shariah Advisory Council of CMDA, the capital market regulatory authority of Maldives since 2011. She is the only registered Shariah Adviser for structuring capital market instruments in Maldives and she is a registered Shariah Advisor at the Securities Commission of Malaysia.

The Islamic capital Market framework of Maldives was designed by her. She has won numerous national and international awards for her service in Islamic finance industry including the Rehendhi award, the highest award conferred to women by the government of Maldives. She is also a role model and a mentor for females who aspire to build their careers in Islamic finance industry and is the Vice President of Women on Boards, an NGO advocating women representation on boards of companies.

She is an invited speaker in Islamic finance conferences and events held in different parts of the world. She is listed in 2017 as number seven among the 50 Influential Women in Business and Finance by ISFIRE which is an official publication of Islamic Bankers Association based in London and she is among the most influential 500 in Islamic Economy. She is a member of the Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS), Malaysia.
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Amanie Advisors Sdn Bhd
Amanie Advisors Sdn Bhd (''Amanie'') is a Shariah advisory, consultancy, training and research and development boutique for institutional and corporate clientele focusing on Islamic financial services. Amanie is a registered Shariah advisory company for Islamic unit trust with the SC. It has been established with the aim of addressing the global needs for experts' and Shariah scholars' pro-active input. This will ultimately allow the players in the industry to manage and achieve their business and financial goals in accordance with the Shariah Principles. Amanie also focuses on organizational aspect of the development of human capital in Islamic finance worldwide through providing updated quality learning embracing both local and global issues on Islamic financial products and services.

The company is led by Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar and teamed by an active and established panel of consultants covering every aspect related to the Islamic banking and finance industry both in Malaysia and the global market. Currently the team comprises of seven (7) full-time consultants who represent dynamic and experienced professionals with a mixture of corporate finance, accounting, product development, Shariah law and education.

Amanie meets every quarter to address Shariah advisory matters pertaining to our Shariah-compliant Funds’ investments. Since 2005, Amanie has acquired thirteen (13) years of experience in the advisory role of unit trusts and as at 30 November 2018 there are more than 170 funds which Amanie acts as Shariah adviser.

The roles of Shariah Adviser are:
1. To ensure that the Fund is managed and administered in accordance with Shariah Principles.
2. To provide expertise and guidance in all matters relating to Shariah Principles, including on the Fund's deed and prospectus, its structure and investment process, and other operational and administrative matters.
3. To consult with SC where there is any ambiguity or uncertainty as to an investment, instrument, system, procedure and/or process.
4. To act with due care, skill and diligence in carrying out its duties and responsibilities.
5. Responsible for scrutinizing the Fund's compliance report as provided by the compliance officer and investment transaction reports provided by, or duly approved by, the Trustee to ensure that the Fund's investments are in line with Shariah Principles.
6. To prepare a report to be included in the Fund's interim and annual reports certifying whether the Fund have been managed and administered in accordance with Shariah Principles for the period concerned.

The designated person responsible for Shariah advisory matters of the Fund is Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar as the Chairman. Other consultants are:
1. Amran Ibrahim
2. Ahmad Anas Fadzil
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