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Board of Directors

Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani Bin Nik Hassan Thani | Chairman

 

Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani Bin Nik Hassan Thani
Chairman
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia

 

Datuk Seri Dr Nik Norzrul Thani Bin Nik Hassan Thani, was appointed as a board member of Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia in 2006. Datuk Seri Dr. Nik advises clients on a wide range of legal matters, from banking advisory to Islamic Finance. To cite one of his more notable projects, he provided advisory services on the legal and regulatory aspects of the establishment of Labuan International Offshore Financial Centre and Labuan International Finance Exchange. He has also been a legal advisor to clients in foreign jurisdictions including Singapore , Indonesia and Australia.

Currently attached to Zaid Ibrahim and Co., Datuk Seri Dr. Nik has extensive local and international experience. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School from 1996 to 1997. 

Besides being a board member for Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia , Datuk Seri Dr. Nik is also on the Board of Tabung Haji (TH), Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and Chairman of the Licensing Committee of Labuan Financial Exchange (LFX).

Datuk Seri Dr. Nik is also a renowned writer on corporate and financial issues, particularly on Islamic Banking, and he has several articles and books to his credit.

 

Mr. Waleed Abdullah Al-Mogbel
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia


Mr. Waleed Abdullah Al-Mogbel was appointed to the Board as of the 1st of June 2012. He is also currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Al Rajhi Bank.

Based in Riyadh, Mr. Waleed Abdullah Al-Mogbel has been with Al Rajhi Bank since 1998 and has since then delved into a range of financial positions within the bank. Prior to commencing his current position as the CFO, he was the Head of Budgeting & Management Reporting, with astute knowledge in Accounting, Finance and Auditing.

Mr. Waleed Abdullah Al-Mogbel holds a BA in Accounting from King Saud University, a M Sc in Accounting and Finance from the University of Southampton and a Ph.D. in Accounting and Auditing from Cardiff University.

 

Mr. Ow Chee Hong
Independent Non-Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia


Ow Chee Hong was appointed to the Board as of 6 October 2015.

Born in 1966 in Malaysia, Chee Hong holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting and Computer Science) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1989). Upon graduation he started his career in Kassim Chan (now Deloitte Malaysia) in 1989 as an auditor, specialising in financial and IT audits of banks and insurance organisations. In 1993, Chee Hong left Deloitte to pursue a career in Information Technology, focused mainly in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. He spent 4 years with Oracle Corp. Malaysia (1996 to 2000) as a major accounts business manager, where he was responsible for managing large conglomerates operating in the financial industry, telecommunications, healthcare and education industries.

In 2000, Chee Hong re-joined Deloitte Malaysia to head their Technology Consulting practice, and was admitted as a Partner in 2004. During his 12 years tenure with Deloitte Consulting Malaysia, he built a strong but niche consulting practice focused on IT Advisory engagements such as strategic IT planning, programme management of large IT Transformation initiatives, business process blueprinting, performance management framework, IT due diligence and business requirements mapping. His clients were primarily in the financial industry ranging from retail banks, insurance companies to unit trusts and assets management entities. He also has similar experience in public sector, energy and manufacturing industries.

In February 2012, Chee Hong left Deloitte to start a boutique consulting firm that provides business and technology advisory. Being a Fellow member of CPA Australia, he is also well versed with financial management, risk management, valuations and financial due diligence.
 

 

Mr. Steve Paolo Bertamini
Non-Independent Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia

 

Stefano P. Bertamini (Steve) was appointed as Non Independent Executive Director to Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia Board on 25 February 2016. He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer of Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Arabia. Based in Riyadh, Steve has been with the Bank since May 2015.

Before his appointment at Al Rajhi Bank as CEO, Steve was the Group Executive Director and CEO for Global Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of the Board of Standard Chartered PLC between 2008 and 2014. He was responsible for Retail Banking, Wealth Management, SME and Private Bank with operations across 44 countries.

Steve was the executive global sponsor for employee volunteering for Standard Chartered from 2010-2012 which resulted in tripling the number of volunteering hours. From 2013 he became the executive sponsor for driving diversity and inclusion for more than 89,000 staff and 127 nationalities. 

Previously, Steve spent 22 years with GE, most recently as Chairman and CEO of GE North East Asia and became a GE Officer in 2006. He was also responsible for GE's acquisition and merger business in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004 and President of GE Capital Asia since January 2001.

Steve is an active member of various external organizations including World Presidents’ Organization, CEO Forum, Global 50 and Global Executive Group.

Born in Munich, Germany and grew up in Europe, North Africa and North and South America, Steve  graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor's degree of Business in Finance and Management and in 1985 earned his MBA at the University of North Texas in 1991. 

 

Mr. Muhammad Afaq Khan
Independent Non-Executive Director
Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia

 

Mr. Muhammad Afaq Khan was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director to Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia Board on 5 September 2016.

Mr. Afaq brings with him close to thirty years of experience as an Islamic banking professional. With a proven track record of building global business, Mr. Afaq has also won several Islamic Banker of the Year awards and other accolades, recognising him as a pioneering and influential Islamic banker. He led the first Sovereign Sukuk for the Government of Malaysia and has served on the Board of Amanah funds and on the investment management committee of the funds.

Previously, Mr. Afaq served as Group CEO of Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank (Saadiq), where he contributed efforts in winning over 200 industry awards for the institution. Prior to that, he was part of the senior management in HSBC Group to establish the Islamic Banking business. He served as Global Head of Asset Finance and Advisory of HSBC Amanah and successfully developed the Islamic strategy for Capital Markets, Corporate Finance for HSBC Group. 

Mr. Afaq specialises in building businesses and charting new territories in Islamic Banking including opening up new geographies and creating first-in-the-world Islamic Banking deals. A key player in developing Islamic Banking regulations across geographies and with industry bodies, Mr. Afaq holds a Masters in Business Administration with Major in Finance from University of Western Illinois.