Shariah Adviser Appointed
Amanie Advisors Sdn. Bhd. (“Amanie”) is a Shariah advisory, consultancy, training, research and development boutique for institutional and corporate clientele focusing in Islamic financial services. Amanie is a registered Shariah adviser with the Securities Commission Malaysia. 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 Tan Sri 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 eight (8) full-time consultants who represent dynamic and experienced professionals with a mixture of Shariah law, corporate finance, accounting, product development and education. Amanie meets the Manager every quarter to address Shariah advisory matters pertaining to the Funds. Amanie also review the portfolios’ investment on a monthly basis to ensure compliance with Shariah principles or any other relevant principles at all times. Since 2005, Amanie has acquired sixteen (16) years of experience in the advisory role of unit trusts and as at 30 April 2022, there are more than one hundred and eleven (111) funds which Amanie acts as Shariah adviser.
Roles and Responsibilities of Amanie:
- Provide Shariah expertise and advice on Shariah related matters in relation to the Islamic fund management business including providing guidance on all relevant matters to ensure that all aspects of the services are in accordance with Shariah requirements as well as any resolutions issued by the Shariah Advisory Council (“SAC”).
- Review reports of compliance officer or any investment transaction report of the Islamic fund management company to ensure that the Islamic fund management business and investment activities are Shariah-compliant.
- Provide a written opinion and/or periodic report to confirm and certify whether the Islamic fund management business has been managed and/or administered in accordance with Shariah principles.
- Apply ijtihad (intellectual reasoning) to ensure all aspects relating to the Islamic fund management business is in compliance with Shariah, in the absence of any rulings, principles and concepts endorsed by the SAC
Designated Person Responsible for Shariah Matters of the Funds
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar
Shariah Adviser, Executive Chairman
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group. One of its flagship companies namely Amanie Advisors, is operating in few cities globally. He serves as the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council (SAC) at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission Malaysia, the Labuan Financial Services Authority, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), Kazakhstan, the First Abu Dhabi Bank, and Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).
Tan Sri Dr. Daud is also a Shariah board member of various global financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman (Oman), Amundi Asset Management (France), Bank of London and Middle East (London), BNP Paribas Najma (Bahrain), Natixis Bank (Dubai), Noor Islamic Bank (Dubai), Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Sedco Capital (Saudi and Luxembourg), and Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York) amongst many others.
Currently, Tan Sri serves as the Chairman of Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department [Majlis Agama Islam Persekutuan (MAIWP)]. In the corporate world, he is currently a member of the PNB Investment Committee. Previously, he served as a Board Director at Sime Darby Property Berhad and Chairman to Malaysia Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM). In addition, he is the co-founder of Experts Analytics Centre Sdn. Bhd. and MyFinB Sdn. Bhd. He also serves as the Chairman of Berry Pay Sdn. Bhd., Data Sukan Consulting Sdn. Bhd., Bio Fluid Sdn. Bhd., KAB Gold Dynamics Sdn. Bhd., Bio-Angle Vacs Sdn. Bhd., Tulus Digital Sdn. Bhd., and Amanie-Afra Halal Capital Co (Bangkok). He is currently the 8th President of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).
In 2014, he received the “Most Outstanding Individual” award by His Majesty, the King of Malaysia, in conjunction with the national-level Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Under his leadership, Amanie Advisors received the “Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure Award” at the Global Islamic Economy Summit, Dubai 2015, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Oct 2015. On 13 November 2021, he was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.) which carries the title of “Tan Sri”. He received his first degree in Shariah from University of Kuwait in 1988 and obtained his PhD from University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom in 1993. In 2002, he completed his external Bachelor of Jurisprudence at University of Malaya.
Tan Sri’s first book entitled “Shariah Minds in Islamic Finance: An Inside Story of A Shariah Scholar” has won the “Islamic Finance Book of the Year 2016” by the Global Islamic Finance Award (GIFA) 2016. Then, his book on sukuk entitled “An Insightful Journey to Emirates Airline Sukuk: Pushing The Boundaries of Islamic Finance” has also won the “Best Islamic Finance Case 2017” by the GIFA 2017 in Kazakhstan. To date, Tan Sri has been authoring 28 books with different genre.
Suhaida Mahpot, CSAA
Chief Executive Officer
Suhaida Mahpot is the Chief Executive Officer for Amanie Advisors in Kuala Lumpur office. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Islamic Economic & Finance) from International Islamic University Malaysia and a professional certificate of Certified Shariah Advisor and Auditor (CSAA) of AAOIFI.
She joined Amanie in 2008 and was amongst the pioneers in the company. She is a specialist in sukuk advisory and has been advising sukuk locally and internationally. One of the sukuk advised by her together with Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar has been awarded as Best Securitisation Sukuk at The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Award (2017). Apart from sukuk advisory, her primarily focus is on Shariah governance, structuring, enhancement and conversion exercises, establishment of Islamic financial entities as well as development of Islamic products. Her career in banking & financial industry started as a trainee under Capital Market Graduated Trainee Scheme organized by the Securities Commission Malaysia.
Prior to joining Amanie, she worked with Affin Investment Bank Bhd since 2006 as an executive for debt & capital markets department. She completed various project financing deals using private debt securities instruments ranging from infrastructure & utilities, real estate, plantation and many others.
Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Hamid
Muhammad Hafizuddin is an Associate Consultant at Amanie Advisors Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) Islamic Banking from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). Previously, he was internship trainee where he was exposed to the financial and Shariah advisory services such as Shariah stock screening, monitoring and compliance review to various clients including financial institutions and global asset management companies He then started his career in Amanie Advisors in December 2018.