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 Tan Sri Dr Mohd Daud Bakar and teamed with an active and established panel of consultants covering every aspect of the Islamic banking and finance industry, in Malaysia and the global market. Currently, the team comprises seven (7) full-time consultants who represent dynamic and experienced professionals with a mixture of corporate finance, accounting, product development, Shariah law and education.
Since 2005, Amanie has acquired seventeen (17) years of experience in an advisory role in capital markets including unit trust funds and funds management. As at LPD there are more than 150 funds for which Amanie acts as Shariah adviser.
Profile of the Shariah Team
The designated person responsible for Shariah advisory matters relating to the Fund is Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar as the Chairman.
Other consultants are Suhaida Mahpot and Nurain Mohd Zarir.
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar – Shariah Adviser
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group. One of its companies namely Amanie Advisors is operating in a few cities globally. He serves as the Chairman of Shariah Advisory Council (SAC) at Central Bank of Malaysia, Securities Commission Malaysia, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC, Kazakhstan), the First Abu Dhabi Bank (UAE), and Permodalan Nasional Berhad. He is also a Shariah board member of various global financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman, Amundi Asset Management (France), Bank of London and Middle East (London), BNP Paribas Najma (Bahrain), (Dubai), Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Sedco Capital (Saudi and Luxembourg and Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York) amongst many others.
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar serves as the Chairman of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department Majlis Agama Islam Persekutuan (MAIWP)]. In the corporate world, he is currently a member of the PNB Investment Committee. Previously, he served as a Board member of Sime Darby Property Berhad, Chairman of Malaysia Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) and as the President of International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).
Recently, he received the “Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2022” from the King of Malaysia. While in 2014, he received the “Most Outstanding Individual” award, 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, in Dubai 2015. In November 2021, he was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M) which carries the title of “Tan Sri”.
He received his first degree in Shariah from University of Kuwait and obtained his PhD from University of St. Andrews, UK. He completed his external Bachelor of Jurisprudence at University of Malaya in 2002. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and has made many presentations at various conferences both local and overseas.
Suhaida Mahpot - Chief Executive Officer
Suhaida Mahpot is the Chief Executive Officer for Amanie Advisors in the Kuala Lumpur office. She joined Amanie in 2008 and was amongst the pioneers in the company. She is a specialist in Sukuk advisory and has advise numerous Sukuk locally and internationally. Apart from Sukuk advisory, her primary focus is on Shariah governance, structuring, enhancement and conversion exercises, the establishment of Islamic financial entities as well as the development of Islamic products.
Prior to joining Amanie, she worked with Affin Investment Bank Bhd since 2006 as an executive for the debt & capital markets department. She completed various project financing deals using private debt securities instruments ranging from infrastructure & utilities, real estate, plantation and many others.
She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Islamic Economics & Finance) from International Islamic University Malaysia, and currently pursuing MSc in Islamic Finance with INCEIF. Her career in the banking & financial industry started as a trainee under Capital Market Graduate Trainee Scheme organised by the SC.
Nurain Mohd Zarir - Associate Consultant
Nurain Mohd Zarir is an Associate Consultant at Amanie Advisors Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to joining Amanie, she worked as a compliance executive for AmBank Berhad, where she was responsible for ensuring the compliance of the bank's divisions. Her career in banking and finance began as a trainee under the Islamic Capital Market Graduate Training Scheme, which was organised by the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC) in conjunction with the Securities Commission (SC).
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Islamic Finance from University of Kuala Lumpur and is currently pursuing a Master of Islamic Finance Practice (MIFP) from INCEIF.