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Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad bin Syed Abdul Kadir, a Malaysian aged 68, is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad and he was appointed to the Board on 28 May 2005. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from University of Malaya in 1971. He obtained a Masters of 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 of Jurisprudence (Hons.) from the University of Malaya. He obtained the Certificate in Legal Practice in 2008 from the Malaysian Professional Legal Board. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the 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 positions 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, Philippines, first as Alternate Director and later as Executive Director. Datuk Dr. Syed Muhamad 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 Muhamad was Secretary General, Ministry of Human Resources.
During his career, he wrote and 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 Bank 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 BSC and CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. In addition, he holds 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 for any offences within the past ten years.