Datuk Noripah Kamso

Islamic Finance, Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies

Datuk Noripah Kamso was the former Advisor of CIMB Islamic. She was the founding Chief Executive of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd. In support of Malaysia’s aspiration to be a global Islamic financial hub, she has successfully since 2008 lead CIMB-Principal Islamic’s further footprints into UK, Europe, GCC, Asia, USA and Australia. Since 2004, she also transformed CIMB-Principal Asset Management to become a regional asset management house with offices in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. She pioneered the listing of the world’s first Regional ASEAN Exchange Traded Fund, “CIMB ASEAN 40 ETF” listed in Singapore in 2007.

This fine leadership persona has led to the company’s global recognition by the best industry awards. In 2013, she was listed in the Top 10 Women in Islamic Finance by the Dubai–based publication Islamic Business & Finance. She was deemed a two-time winner of the “Marketing Personality of the Year” award (for 2006 & 2005) by Asia Asset Management for the Asia Pacific region, CEO of The Year for Malaysia (2007) and Personal Achievement award for contribution to Islamic asset management by International Takaful Summit, London (2012). She is a member of the Honor Society for International Scholars, PHI BETA DELTA –Zeta Gamma Chapter, Northern Illinois University. In 2014, Universiti Utara Malaysia honor her as an Adjunct Professor under the School of Economic, Finance & Banking. Besides serving as a Council Member of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia (FIMM), she was the Past President of the Malaysian Futures Brokers Association (MFBA).

Acknowledging that Islamic asset management is an infant industry, she takes it as her responsibility to continuously share her thoughts and research via numerous article contributions in global publications as well as at international Islamic finance and Takaful conferences. Her second book Investing in Islamic Funds. A Practitioner’s Perspectivepublished by Wiley & Sons in 2013 has also obtained global praise and international readership.

She was conferred The State Award, which carries the title “Datuk” for her contribution to society and her accomplishment in the corporate space, specifically on the growth of Islamic asset management.