Datuk Dr Syed Muhammad bin Syed Abdul Kadir, a Malaysian aged 68, is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of CIMB Islamic Berhad and he was appointed to the Board on 28th May 2005. He graduated in Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from University of Malaya in 1971. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, USA in 1977. In 1982 he pursued the Ph. D programme in Business Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA and was conferred Ph. D in 1986. In 2005 he obtained a Bachelor in Jurisprudence (Hons.) from the University of Malaya. He obtained the Certificate in Legal Practice in 2008 from Malaysian Professional Legal Board. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of High Court of Malaya in July 2009 and obtained the Master of Law (Corporate Law) from Universiti Teknologi MARA in December 2009. In June 2011 he became a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and in May 2012 became the fellow of the institute. He started his career in 1973 as Senior Project Officer, School of Financial Management at the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) and held various position before his final appointment as Deputy Director (Academic). In November 1988 he joined the Ministry of Education as Secretary of Higher Education and there after assumed the post of Deputy Secretary (Foreign and Domestic Borrowing, Debt Management), Finance Division of the Federal Treasury. From 1993 to 1997 he joined the Board of Directors, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Phillippines, first as Alternate Director and later as Executive Director. He then joined the Ministry of Finance as Secretary (Tax Division), and subsequently became the Deputy Secretary General (Operations) of Ministry of Finance. Prior to his retirement, Datuk Dr Syed Muhammad was Secretary General, Ministry of Human Resources. During his career he presented many papers relating to human resources development. His special achievement was that his dissertation "A Study On Board of Directors and Organizational Effectiveness" was published by Garland Publisher inc. of New York in 1991. Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad is also a Director of Euro Holdings Berhad, BSL Corporation Berhad, CIMB Berhad, ACR ReTakaful SEA Berhad, Malakoff Corporation Berhad, Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad. He is also a Chairman of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, CIMB Middle East BLC and CIMB-Principle Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. In addition, he hold a directorship in a number of private companies. He does not have any family relationships with any directors and/or major shareholders of the Company. He has no conflict of interest with the Company and has no convictions of any offences within the past ten years.
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