Board of Directors

  • CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
  • 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 Massachussets in 1977 and obtained a Ph.D (Business Management) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1986.

    In 2005, he obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) degree from the University of Malaya and obtained a Certificate in Legal Practice in 2008. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 2009. In November 2009, he completed his LLM (Corporate Law) degree from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). In June 2011, he became a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and in May 2012 became the fellow of the Institute.

    Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is the Chairman of CIMB Islamic, CIMB Middle East BSC and CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. He is also a Director of CIMB Group Sdn Bhd and CIMB Bank.

    He started his career in 1973 as Senior Project Officer, School of Financial Management at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and held various positions before his final appointment as Deputy Director (Academic). In November 1988, he joined the Ministry of Education as Secretary of Higher Education and thereafter assumed the position of Deputy Secretary (Foreign and Domestic Borrowing, Debt Management) Finance Division, Federal Treasury. From 1993 to 1997, he joined the Board of Directors of Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, first as Alternate Executive Director and later as Executive Director. Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad then joined the Ministry of Finance as Secretary, Tax Analysis Division and later became Deputy Secretary General (Operations). Prior to his retirement, Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad was Secretary General in the Ministry of Human Resource.

    Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is a Director of Bursa Malaysia Berhad, Euro Holdings Berhad, Solution Engineering Holdings Berhad, BSL Corporation Berhad, ACR ReTakaful Berhad (formerly known as ACR ReTakaful SEA Berhad) and Malakoff Corporation Berhad. He also holds directorships in several private companies.

  • Rafe Haneef

    Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer

    Rafe became the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 4th January 2016 and is in charge of the CIMB Group's Islamic banking and finance franchise. CIMB Islamic operates as a parallel franchise to the Group’s conventional operations and covers Islamic wholesale banking, Islamic consumer banking, Islamic commercial banking and Islamic asset management and investment. 

    Rafe has 20 years of experience covering a range of businesses and functional roles gained from three global banks, an international asset management company and a legal firm, at various financial centers including London, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

    He read Law at the International Islamic University Malaysia and also holds an LL.M degree from the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1995 and qualified for the New York State Bar in 1997.

    Rafe first joined HSBC Investment Bank plc, London in 1999 and thereafter HSBC Financial Services Middle East, Dubai where he set up the global sukuk business in 2001. Subsequently, he became the Global Head of Islamic Finance business at ABN AMRO Dubai in 2004 covering both consumer and corporate businesses. In 2006, he moved back to Malaysia with Citigroup Asia as the Regional Head for Islamic banking, Asia Pacific. He later joined HSBC Amanah in 2010 as the CEO, Malaysia and Managing Director of Global Markets, ASP.

  • Puan Rosnah Dato’ Kamarul Zaman

    Independent Director

    Rosnah Dato’ Kamarulzaman has been appointed as Independent Executive Director effective 28 March 2014. Rosnah is currently Independent Director of CIMB Bank Berhad and a Trustee of CIMB Foundation. She started her career as a Management Trainee with the former Bank of Commerce in 1979, and left the bank in 2005, after its merger with CIMB. Her last appointment at the bank was as Senior Executive Vice President heading the Banking Unit, responsible for Retail Banking, Business Banking, Corporate Banking, Treasury and International Banking.

  • Professor Dato Dr. Sudin bin Haron

    Independent Director

    Professor Dato’ Dr.Sudin was appointed as Independent  Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 5 November  2014 and is a Member of the Group Shariah Committee. He is currently the Special Adviser to University College Bestari, Terengganu and Founding Chairman of the Malaysian Waqaf Federation. He is one of the world’s renowned scholars in Islamic banking &finance and business & management.  He has published more than 10 books and 70 articles in international journals.

    Professor Dato’ Dr.Sudin was the founding CEO of Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) and in 2006, was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive of INCEIF (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance).He was previously attached to BNM as a Specialist in the Islamic Banking and Takaful Department from 2005 to 2006.Before joining BNM, he served in various capacities as an academician and administra­tor at the Northern University of Malaysia. Prior to that, he was a banker for more than 12 years and his last post was as branch manager. Professor Dato’ Dr. Sudin was also a consultant with the Asian Institute of Finance, an organisation established by the BNM for the purpose of elevating human capital in the Malaysian financial industry.

    Professor Dato’ Dr. Sudin sits on the Board of Trustee of the Malaysian Waqf Foundation and is a Member of the Shariah Committee for Bank Persatuan Malaysia Berhad and an Independent Director of Melati Ehsan Holdings Berhad, a public company listed on Bursa Malaysia. On the international level, Professor Dato’ Dr. Sudin was previously the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Russian Interna­tional Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, and in several occasions, was appointed by Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah as their resource person in training related to Islamic banking and finance. He has made an important contribution to the world by writing a landmark text book entitled “Islamic Banking and Finance System”, and this book is also available in Russian, Mandarin and Uzbekistan versions.

    Professor Dato’ Dr.Sudin obtained his Bachelor in Economics – General degree and Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) (Hons.) from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). He obtained his Master of Business Administration from Northrop University, Los Angeles, USA and PhD (Economic Studies-Finance and Banking) from University of New England, Australia.

  • Mohamed Ross Mohd Din




    Independent Director

    Member of the Board Risk Committee, Audit Committee and Group Nomination and Remuneration Committee

    63 years old


    Date of appointment: 
    19 April 2016

    Encik Mohamed Ross, aged 61, was appointed as Independent Director of CIMB on 19 April 2016. He holds a Banking Diploma (Part 1) from Institute of Bankers, UK. He is also an Independent Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad.

    Encik Mohamed Ross joined HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad (HSBC) in early 1972 and served in various capacities ranging from Corporate and Retail Banking to Area and Branch Management.  He also served as Head of Treasury Malaysia and Head of Group Audit Malaysia between 1987 and 1996.  During this period he also worked for a year in Hong Kong, London and New York in areas of Foreign Exchange and Treasury.  Prior to retiring from HSBC on 31 December 2007, he managed HSBC’s onshore business franchise in Malaysia and was responsible for the Islamic Retail and Corporate business emanating from the branch network.  From January to December 2008, he was the Executive Director and Senior Advisor of HSBC Amanah Takaful Malaysia Sdn Bhd.  He was also the Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd, where he sits as the Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee.  

    Encik Mohamed Ross is currently a council member of the Outward Bound Trust of Malaysia and a Director of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd. He also sits on an Advisory Board overseeing a Private Equity Fund (Ekuinas OFM Programme) as an ID member and also a member of Trustee of Lembaga Zakat Selangor.

  • Datin Rossaya Mohd Nashir

    Company Secretary

    As secretary of the company, Datin Rossaya supports the Chairman and the Board and advises them on their duties and responsibilities, governance matters including compliance to laws and regulatory requirements and ensures that a corporate governance framework is in place for the Board to perform its role professionally and effectively. 

    She has more than 21 years of experience in corporate secretarial practice and has been with CIMB since 2002, when she joined the Corporate Legal Services Unit and later set up the Company Secretarial Department in 2004. She is also a Director of several subsidiaries in the Group. Datin Rossaya started her career with Time Engineering Group and subsequently joined Permodalan Nasional Berhad, where she assumed the position of Joint Company Secretary for several of its subsidiaries.

    Datin Rossaya graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (majoring in Business Law) from Coventry University, United Kingdom. She is also an affiliate of the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and serves as a member of the Companies Commission of Malaysia’s Corporate Practice Consultative Forum, representing the interests of Government Linked Companies under the auspices of Khazanah Nasional Berhad. She takes an active interest in advocating greater participation of women in the boardroom.

CIMB Group
Corporate Snapshot
Total Assets:
RM 438.3 billion
Total Funds Under Management:
RM 63.5 billion
Global Markets:

Total Shareholders' Funds:
RM 38.4 billion
Staff Strength:
Over 41,000