Mr. Najmul Hassan is the Director, Financial Institution Development Department at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), which are parts of Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Jeddah. In addition, he is the Chairman of Board in Maldives Islamic bank and Tamweel Africa Holdings, and representing ICD as Director on the Boards of Zaman bank Kazakhstan and Albarakah bank Pakistan.
Prior to joining ICD he was Chief Executive Officer of Gulf African Bank. Gulf African bank set up in early 2008, is the first Islamic bank in Kenya.
Before joining Gulf African Bank, Mr. Hassan worked as General Manager Corporate and Business Development in Meezan Bank Limited (MBL), the first and largest Islamic commercial bank in Pakistan. He was one of the founder members of the bank and played an instrumental role in leading the successful conversion of the operations of the Bank into full-fledged Islamic commercial bank, upon the acquisition of Society General in 2002.
Before joining MBL, he worked as a Managing Director, Delphi Diesel systems (Pakistan), prior to that as Managing Director in Agro Auto Industries, which is one of the largest automotive parts manufacturing company in Pakistan.
Mr. Hassan started his carrier with Pakistan Air Force in Maintenance and Technical branch. He holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He has participated as a speaker in numerous workshops and seminars on topics related to Islamic Finance, in addition to conducting training program with Dun & Bradstreet in Dubai, Bangladesh and training of Shariah scholars on AAOIFI standards, in UK with First Ethical.
Mr. Mohammed Ataur-Rahman Chowdhury is currently the Senior Investment Manager, Financial Institutions Development Department in ICD. A Bangladeshi citizen, he joined ICD in 2007. Prior to joining ICD, he worked with the Commercial Bank of Ceylon Limited, Bangladesh Operations as a Relationship Manager. He had also worked for Equity Partners Limited, premier investment bank as a Senior Investment Analyst.
Mr. Mohammed Ataur-Rahman Chowdhury holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting North South University, Bangladesh and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from North South University, Bangladesh.
Ms. Fathimath Shafeega was the former Chief Executive Officer of the Maldives Capital Market Development Authority (CMDA). She headed the CMDA for nine years from March 2006 to January 2015.
During her tenure at the CMDA, she sat on the Board of CMDA and also served as a member of the Small and Medium Enterprises Council, a board member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Secretaries and also represented CMDA on the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Prior to joining the CMDA, Ms. Shafeega worked at the Maldives Monetary Authority for 24 years in various capacities, the last behind as Deputy Managing Director.
Since leaving the CMDA in January 2015, she devotes her time on her new passion "Women on Board", an NGO which she founded with a vision to empower women aspiring for leadership positions and advocating gender equality. She is also the Senior Advisor to Ensis Investments Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading fish exporters in the Maldives.
Ms. Fathimath Shafeega holds a graduate diploma (Banking and Finance) and a Master of Business Banking and financing from Monash University, Australia.
Mr. Osman Kassim is a renowned and highly-respected entrepreneur in Sri Lanka. He is the founder and currently the Chairman/Executive Director of Amana Bank PLC. He was formerly the Chairman of the Expolanka Group and at present sits on the Board of Expolanka Holdings PLC as a Non-Executive Director.
He is regarded as the pioneer of Islamic finance in Sri Lanka for having introduced Islamic banking and insurance and counts over 28 years of senior management experience in these fields. He has travelled extensively and is fully conversant with Islamic Banking practice and methodology in most countries, where Islamic banking is available.
Mr. Osman Kassim is also the Chairman of Vidullanka PLC, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (Pvt) Ltd. and Alhasan Foundation, Rokfam (Pvt) Ltd. He concurrently holds directorship in Amana Takaful PLC, Amana Takaful Maldives PLC, Crescentrating (Pte) Ltd, Singapore and Crescentrating (Pte) Ltd, Japan.
In recognition of his achievements as both a global entrepreneur and visionary educationalist, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.
Mr. Mohamed Azad, a Maldivian citizen, is the Board nominee of the Government of Maldives. He currently holds the post of SOE Financial Consultant at the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.
He started his working career in September 2005 with the Anti-Corruption Commission. He spent more than 10 years with the commission in various capacities, including as auditor, investigation officer, research assistant and his last position was as Head of Intelligence Unit. He left the Anti-Corruption Commission in August 2016 to join Hazana Maldives Limited as Head of Accounts and Finance.
Mr. Mohamed Azad holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Masters of Science (Finance), both from the International Islamic University Malaysia.
Mr. Harith Harun, a Malaysian citizen, was appointed by ICD in December 2009 with the task of setting up Maldives Islamic Bank - the first Islamic bank in the Republic of Maldives. Prior to that, he had served with the ICB Banking Group for 15 years since its establishment in 1994. His first posting was as General Manager, IC Bank Rt., Budapest, Hungary from 1994 - 1996. His last post was as Group CEO, ICB Financial Group Holdings AG, the holding company of ICB Banking Group based in Zurich, Switzerland. During his tenure with ICB Banking Group, he was directly involved in the planning and setting up, as well as the acquisition of all the banks in the group located in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Harith Harun holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Management from the University of California at Davis, California and an MBA from the University of Arizona.