Shariah Advisors

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Shariah Advisers

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 eight (8) 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 funds. Since 2005, Amanie has acquired fourteen (14) years of experience in the advisory role of unit trusts with more than 200 funds (as at 30 November 2019), 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 Deed and Information Memorandum, 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. Nurul Liyana Kasman
  2. Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Hamid

The Consulting Team
Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar
Shariah Adviser

Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the founder and executive chairman of Amanie Group. One of its flagship companies namely Amanie Advisors, is operating in 8 cities globally. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia and the Labuan Financial Services Authority. He is a Shariah board member of various global financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman (Oman), 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.

In the corporate world, he sits as a Board Director at Sime Darby Berhad and a member of the PNB Investment Committee. He is also the third Chair Professor in Islamic Banking and Finance of Yayasan Tun Ismail Mohamed Ali Berdaftar (YTI) PNB at Faculty of Economics and Muamalat, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).

In 2016, he received the “Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution for Shariah Leadership & Advisory” at London Sukuk Summit Awards and “Shariah Adviser Award” at The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Award. 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.

Prior to this, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the International Islamic University Malaysia. 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.

His publications include articles in various academic journals and presentations of more than 150 papers in both local and international conferences. His 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).

Nurul Liyana Kasman
Consultant

Nurul Liyana Kasman is a Consultant at Amanie Advisors Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds Master of Science in Finance from International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (HONS) Islamic Banking from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).

Previously, she was positioned at Amanie Global Technology Sdn Bhd where she was exposed in the market research and evaluation of modules for Islamic core banking system. She started her career in February 2015 with Amanie Nexus Sdn Bhd and involved in assisting investors and fund managers to monitor Shariah compliance stock for investment related decision before joining Amanie Advisors in 2017. Currently, she is responsible for advising and consulting clients from various Islamic financial institutions, regulators and corporations across the globe on Shariah compliant products, instruments and other services as well as on their strategic and corporate issues.

Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Hamid
Assistant Consultant

Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Hamid is an Assistant 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 Sdn Bhd in December 2018.