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Islamic Finance


Datin Maznah Mahbob

Managing Partner (Asia)

Finance & Investments

Datin Maznah Mahbob is Managing Partner (Asia) for Finance and Investments at Strategic Swiss Partners. Formerly she was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AmInvest, a multiple award-winning fund management house from Malaysia with global funds management expertise and a 35-year proven track record. Datin Maznah has been in the funds management industry for 28 years, initially in a fund management role before assuming the responsibility of CEO 14 years ago. Prior to this, she was in the Corporate Finance Department of AmInvestment Bank for 3 years. She is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and holds the Capital Markets Services Representative's License. She has also attended various postgraduate executive management programs including the Investment Management Program at Harvard Business School. Datin Maznah regularly speaks at domestic and international investment conferences covering both Shariah-compliant and conventional investment strategies. Among the subjects she has covered, are intelligent investment solutions and products, and distribution strategies of funds globally. Other than being a regular speaker at reputable conferences, she also contributes articles to publications such as "Investing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region", published by Euromoney Books. Datin Maznah was recently named in the TOP 50 among the Islamic 500 (in collaboration with Forbes) list of the most influential people in the World Halal Economy.


Hishamuddin Mohamed

Project Manager Senior Analyst Project WAQF

Hishamuddin Mohamed studied Political Science and English Literature at Portland State University, Oregon, USA. He also has a Diploma in Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. For the last 25 years he has worked in the fields of Information Technology and Biotechnology. He is often called upon by Government Agencies to mentor technology companies, refining their business modelling and doing company valuations for the purpose of capital raising.


Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar

Shariah Advisor,

Islamic Finance & Investment

Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Abu Bakar is Strategic Swiss Partners Shariah Advisor for Islamic Finance and Member of the Global Advisory Board. He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group that deals with many facets of global Islamic finance from Shariah advisory to structured training to media and to Big Data Analytics. Amanie Advisors, one of the companies under the Group, has presence in ten major cities in the world. He currently sits as a Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the Labuan Financial Services Authority and the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM). He is also a Shariah board member of various financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman (Oman), Noor Islamic Bank (Dubai), Amundi Asset Management (France), Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Bank of London and Middle East (London), BNP Paribas (Bahrain), Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York), First Gulf Bank (UAE), amongst many others.


Pankaj Gupta


Global Advisory Board & Associate Partner (GII)

Mr. Pankaj Gupta is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of Strategic Swiss Partners. He is also the co-founder and CEO, UAE of Gulf Islamic Investment, which is an associated partner of SSP; Mr. Gupta is a financial service professional with over 17 years of rich investment banking and asset management experience in the United Arab Emirates in various leadership roles. Prior to joining GII, he was Head of Investment Business Development at Allied Investment Partners, a UAE-based investment banking company he contributed to build from inception in 2007, to manage the assets of number of prominent business people and leading members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family. Together with Terence Allen, Mr. Gupta was also instrumental in starting Union National Financial Consultancy in 2004, an investment advisory company (which changed its name to Gulf Islamic Investments in 2014) dedicated to assist prominent members of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family in managing their assets. During his time at AIP and UNFC, he was responsible, among other things, of the management of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio, in addition to a number of advisory mandates, which included well in excess of $4 billion in successful debt and equity syndication. Prior to AIP and UNFC, Mr. Gupta was a part of Investment Banking Division of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, where he successfully introduced Indian investment opportunities to NBAD's investors. Mr. Gupta has been involved in many project and company start-ups, and sits on Management Board & Advisory Board of many companies. He is also Ambassador & Strategic Advisor to Horasis (leading emerging market forum). Pankaj is actively involved in social & philanthropic work too.Pankaj holds BSc (Maths) and an MBA Degree. He is also a Certified Private Equity Specialist (CPES).


Mohammed Al-Hassan


Global Advisory Board & Associate Partner (GII)

Mr. Mohammed Al-Hassan is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of Strategic Swiss Partners. He is also the co-founder, co-CEO, GCC and director of Gulf Islamic Investment, which is an Associated Partner of SSP. Mr. Al-Hassan has over12 years of experience in Islamic Investment Banking across the GCC region. His investment expertise spans across several verticals, including Private Equity, Venture Capital, Infrastructure and Real Estate. Mr. Al-Hassan is an extremely well-networked individual with close ties to family offices, and government and executive circles, including prominent members of the corporate, banking, financial institutions, and sovereign funds community in the GCC region. In addition to the GII board, he sits on the board of various companies, including International Foods Corporation, Limited, and More / Intelligent Foods, Inc. Since founding Gulf Islamic Investments, Mohammed developed leading sharia compliant investment company with a diversified investment strategy and investment portfolio. Prior to founding GII, Mr. Al-Hassan held the position of Vice President of Investments with EJ Capital. Prior to that he worked as a Team Leader (Director – Investment Placement, KSA & Kuwait) in Gulf Finance House where he played a stellar role in raising several hundred millions of dollars of capital for various investment opportunities. His domain strengths include: strategic management, structuring investment opportunities, investment management, merger and acquisitions, deal sourcing, capital raising, and advising high net worth individuals. Previously, he was also the Board Member of Energy City Mumbai and Board Member of Al-Areen Holding. Mr. Al-Hassan holds a Business Administration degree, specializing in Marketing, from NYIT, Bahrain.

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