The investment committee meets four (4) times a year or as and when circumstance require. The following are the members of the investment committee:
Monem Salam is Executive Vice President and a Director of Saturna Capital. He is an Executive Director of Saturna Sdn Bhd and portfolio manager for the Saturna Global Sustainable Fund. He received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA at Austin campus and MBA at Dallas campus.
He worked as the Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999, then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. He served as the Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager to the Amana Mutual Funds Trust until moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to oversee Saturna Sdn. Bhd. In 2018, he returned to the United States and resumed his role as Deputy Portfolio Manager of Amana Income, Amana Growth and Amana Developing World Funds.
Monem is an Adjunct Professor at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and speaks at Islamic finance/investment conferences worldwide and he is co- author of ‘A Muslim’s Guide to Investing and Personal Finance’. Monem has authored the chapter on Islamic investing in both Contemporary Islamic Finance and Islamic Capital Markets and he contributes articles to leading Islamic financial magazines. As a mark of recognition of his achievements in Islamic economy, Monem has been ranked among 500 of the Islamic world's most prominent and influential leaders by ISLAMICA 500 in both 2015 and 2019.
Jane Carten MBA, is a Director of Saturna Sdn Bhd, President and Director of Saturna Capital, joined Saturna Capital in June 1997. Ms. Carten graduated from Western Washington University with an MBA and undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Business. As President, Jane oversees Saturna's daily operations and directs Saturna's internal and external information systems, managing the technology and marketing activities. She also directs Saturna’s continuing education program and the philanthropic efforts of the firm. Ms. Carten currently serves on the ICI Board of Governors and as Chair of ICI’s Small Funds Committee, on the SEC’s Asset Management Advisory Committee, and on the Board of the Whatcom Business Alliance. She is active in the Bellingham Bay Rotary, is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, and is a former member of the Whatcom Museum Children's Advisory Board. She is a founder and former director of the nonprofit OpenAccess Internet Services and is a Bellingham Sister Cities member and contributor. She enjoys her family, cooking, and wildlife, as well as international travel and fine and theatre arts.
Dato' Dr. Vaseehar graduated from University of Madras, India with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. He earned an MBA in Finance from University of Aston (UK), M.Sc in Organizational Clinical Psychology from HEC Paris and INSEAD Fontainebleau and PhD from Vrije University in Amsterdam. Currently pursuing Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya. D) with Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He has over 30 years' experience in the corporate and banking industry; notably as founding Chairman of RHB Islamic Bank and Chairman of Unicorn International Islamic Bank (now known as MBSB) during the period from 2005 to 2009. Dato’ Dr. Vaseehar has served on the boards of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Bank Utama Malaysia Berhad and Utama Merchant Bank Berhad. Currently he also sits on the boards of several companies, including Bank Rakyat and Ingress Corporation Berhad. Prior to this, he has also held senior positions namely with Dallah Al-Baraka (Malaysia) Holdings and Aseambankers Bhd. Dato’ Dr. Vaseehar is one of the pioneers in Southeast Asia’s executive and development coaching.
Md Noor Bin Hj A. Rahman holds a BBA (Science) in Finance and Master of Business Administration, both from Indiana State University, USA. His working experiences started on July 1977 after completing his diploma in Accountancy from University Technology Mara. He has served Bumiputera Merchant Bankers, Alliance Merchant Bank, Alliance Capital Asset Management, OSK-UOB Islamic Asset Management and Lembaga Tabung Haji. In addition, he lectured (part time) on Portfolio Management Module for Chartered Financial Analyst examination and Master of Business Administration programs with local and foreign universities. Prior to joining Saturna, he was a Director and Chief Executive Officer of RHB Islamic International Asset Management.
Zahid Siddique, Senior Equity Analyst, joined Saturna Sdn Bhd in September 2015. He is the portfolio manager for Saturna ASEAN Equity Fund and has twenty years of equity research, portfolio management and business development experience.
Prior to Saturna, Mr. Siddique was an associate portfolio manager and the head of industrials equity research at Gabelli Asset Management in New York. More recently, he was based in Dubai, where he focused on business development activities in the Middle East. Mr. Siddique holds a BA in Mathematics from Hamilton College, New York and a BS and MBA from Columbia University, New York. Outside of work, Mr. Siddique loves to travel with his wife and two children.
Note: Zahid Siddique is an Investment Committee member for Saturna ASEAN Equity Fund. The rest of the Investment Committee members are for Saturna ASEAN Equity Fund and Saturna Global Sustainable Fund.