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 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) fulltime 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 sixteen (16) years of experience in the advisory role of unit trusts, with more than 100 funds which Amanie acts as Shariah adviser.
Profile of the Shariah Team
The designated person responsible for Shariah advisory matters relating to Saturna Sdn Bhd's fund is Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar.
Other consultants for SSB funds are Suhaida Mahpot and Muhammad Hafizuddin Abd Hamid.
Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar – Shariah Adviser
Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group. Dr. Bakar received his first degree in Shariah from University of Kuwait in 1988 and obtained his Ph.D. from University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom in 1993. In 2002, he went on to complete his external Bachelor of Jurisprudence at University of Malaya.
Dr. Bakar is currently the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia and the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) Council of Scholars. Dr. Bakar has published a number of articles in various academic journals and has made many presentations in various conferences both local and overseas. Dr. Bakar is currently the President of the International Islamic University Malaysia. At international level, he is currently the Shariah board member of Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York), First Abu Dhabi Bank (Chairman), National Bank of Fujairah, Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Societe Generale (Dubai), Credit Agricole (Dubai), National Bank of Oman, Financial Guidance (USA), BNP Paribas (Bahrain), Gulf International Bank, Bank Al Khair (Bahrain), Bank of London and Middle East (London), amongst many others.
Suhaida Mahpot is the Chief Executive Officer for Amanie Advisors in Kuala Lumpur office. She joined Amanie in 2008 and was among the pioneers in the company. She is a specialist in sukuk advisory and has been partnering with Tan Sri Dr Mohd Daud Bakar for the last 10 years to advise on numerous sukuk, locally and internationally. One of the sukuk advised by her has been awarded as the Best Securitisation Sukuk at The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Award (2017). Apart from sukuk advisory, her primary focus is on Shariah governance, structuring, enhancement and conversion exercises, establishment of Islamic financial entities as well as development of Islamic products. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Islamic Economic & Finance) from International Islamic University Malaysia.