Dato' Mohammad Arif Siddiqui
Lead Consultant, Karrandaaz

Visionary leader in strategic planning of key area in Digital Transformation, Mobile Banking, Digital payment, B2B solution for corporate customers. Leading team in the of information system development, e-payment solution, Payment gateway, RTGS, RPA for both retail and wealth operations. Introduced voice recognition in Call Center, and AI solution for Business analytics Bank. Set up the future strategy for Global support center for technology and operation for the Bank.

Worked at Standard Chartered Bank for 28 years at executive management position as Chief Information Officer, I led a staff of up to 6,700 members and devised strategies on development of Global share center for Technology and Operation to support 70 countries with in Standard Chartered Bank.

During my time as CIO, I also served as the CEO of Scope International, a global shared service center in KL, Malaysia that provides support for 70 countries.
Building the organization from scratch meant creating several departments such as the global team that developed digital banking, internet banking, and mobile banking solutions and implemented them across the regions: Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Also, I developed the organizational institute for training staff in line with our technological needs and strategy for digital inclusion and transformation.

Worked with BNM (regulators) and consortium of 12 leading Banks in APEC region to develop Block Chain based solution for Trade, and Fund transfer. In the regards multiple piloted projects are under way with Ripple, R3, and IBM.

Worked closely with Cyber Security Malaysia and formed a Cyber Security Malaysia Industrial forum (CSMIF).

Ms. Azleena Idris
General Counsel & Head of Legal, Kuwait Finance House Malaysia

Azleena joined the Malaysian arm of the second largest Islamic bank in the world in early October 2017 after a brief stint in Islamic finance consulting, more than a decade with Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) and close to decade with RHB Group.

During her service with BNM, she was instrumental in several key national and international Islamic finance related initiatives including Malaysia as an International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC) and Islamic finance initiatives in the Financial Sector Master Plan 2011-2020, spearheading the legal architecture of Islamic Financial Services Act 2013, Islamic finance-related provisions in the Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2009, liberalization of the Malaysian legal profession, operationalisation of International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation and its sukuk issuance programme, establishments of Islamic Finance Tax Neutrality Committee and Islamic Finance Law Harmonisation Committee.  At RHB Group, she was involved in most of the merger and acquisition exercises involving the RHB Group beginning with the acquisition of Kwong Yik Bank Berhad and restructuring of the Group to create RHB Bank Berhad. Her last assignment was the creation and licensing of RHB Islamic Bank Berhad.

Apart from her legal qualifications obtained from Manchester Law School and Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board, she also has a Global Executive MBA from London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University Stern Business School and HEC Business School Paris, ranked 1st Executive MBA in the world by Financial Times in 2014, which enabled her to gain valuable insights on technology disruption, digital economy, entrepreneurship, globalisation and sustainability.

She earned the Chartered Professional in Islamic finance from the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professional, Malaysia (CIIF) in 2017. Azleena is also on the CIIF Grand Council and Professional Education & Academic Committee. In 2018, she was named as 21st Most Influential Woman in Islamic Finance by Woman-i, Cambridge based in the UK.

Dr. Nurliza Binti Mohd Mydin
Head, Research & Reporting, Strategy Department, Maybank Islamic

Dr. Liza Mydin is currently the Head of Strategic Research & Reporting in Maybank Islamic. She previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a part of their Global Islamic Finance Advisory team. In 2010 she joined Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia as the Vice President of Compliance. In 2016, Liza undertook a Visiting Scholar position at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. and conducted post-doctoral research for the Islamicity Index Project.

Dr. Liza co-authored two books in 2017 with Abbas Mirakhor and Hossein Askari titled Reformation and Development in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and Resource Rich Muslim Countries and Islamic Institutional Reforms (Peter Lang). She presented an Islamic Institutions Governance Paper at the Harvard Law School in 2014 and a VBI paper at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies in 2017. Liza holds a PhD degree from INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals.

Mohammad Ali Shah
Head of Islamic Digital Economy & Fintech Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Shah is currently heading the Islamic digital and fintech initiatives at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Where he is at the intersection of science, tech, business, and positive impact. Shah’s vision is that deep tech entrepreneurs can change the world. Being a strategic thinker and intrapreneur with years of experience in consulting, research and building capabilities for start-ups, global companies as well as government agencies.

Shah prefers a blend of start-up & corporate culture. He believes in driving new businesses towards change and transformation. He is an advocate of ‘Smart Partnerships’ between tech firms and financial services sector through thought leadership, training and advisory. He has produced research reports and case studies with reputable organisations. His research articles are published in reputable academic journals and industrial magazines cited by both
academicians and industrial practitioners. Shah is an experienced writer and a public speaker in both local and international settings, having presented in many conferences and seminars.

Dr. Farrukh Habib
Researcher, ISRA

Dr Farrukh Habib is an expert in Shariah (Islamic law), finance and economics. He is an Advisor, Consultant and Trainer by profession with a strong educational background. He has been involved in the FinTech and halal economy, focusing on: crowdfunding, micro-investments, microfinance, blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICOs), tokenization, disintermediation, decentralization, and collaborative consumption (sharing economy). He has contributed in several projects, researches, corporate trainings, workshops and consultation work.

Dr Farrukh Habib is also Researcher at International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Kuala Lumpur; and co-editor of ISRA Journal of Islamic Finance (indexed by ESCI and SCOPUS). He has been doing research in capital market, sukuk, banking and social & ethical finance. He has also been a prolific speaker in several international dialogues, conferences and seminars; and contributor in numerous academic journals, reports, research papers and business magazines.

Dr Farrukh Habib holds a PhD degree in Islamic Finance from INCEIF, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He acquired a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in banking and finance from Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Prior to that, he obtained master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of Karachi, both in economics. He also received traditional Islamic (Shariah) knowledge through an extensive eight-years-course in Jamia Uloom-E-Islamya Banuri Town, Karachi, acquiring another bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Islamic studies.