A Team of Global Financial Experts

Our various Committees are made up of world-renowned experts and practitioners from the financial services industry, to ensure that our accreditation framework, standards and practices are truly globally benchmarked.

The FAA Accreditation Council

The FAA Accreditation Council membership (Council) consists of independent members locally and internationally appointed by FAA Board who are subject matter experts in various sectors of financial services, quality assurance, and training and development.

The roles and functions of the FAA Accreditation Council are:

  • To review, approve or reject learning programmes submitted by Registered Training Providers (RTPs) for FAA Approval (FAV), FAA Provisional Accreditation (FPV) and/or FAA Full Accreditation (FFA);
  • To review and approve reports and findings from the Compliance exercise;
  • To review and endorse quality assurance and accreditation standards and policies;
  • To provide guidance and advice to RTPs on the quality of learning programmes in terms of meeting FAA requirements;
  • To provide directions on enhancement of quality of learning programmes in the financial services industry (FSI);
  • To provide advice and feedback for continuous improvement in quality assurance and accreditation processes of FAA; and
  • To promote quality assurance and accreditation initiatives of FAA.

 

Committee Members

Datin Teh Ija Mohd Jalil
Member of Board of Directors, FAA, Member of Board of Directors, Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia, Independent Non-Executive Director, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Director, UEM Sunrise Berhad
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Datin Teh Ija Mohd Jalil
Member of Board of Directors, FAA, Member of Board of Directors, Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia, Independent Non-Executive Director, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Director, UEM Sunrise Berhad

Datin Teh Ija Mohd Jalil is a member of Board of Directors of Finance Accreditation Agency Berhad (FAA). She is also an inaugural board member of the Institute for Capital Market Research Malaysia, an affiliate of the Securities Commission (SC).

She also sits on the boards of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and UEM Sunrise Berhad as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Datin Teh began her career in the civil service and built her competency in the area of economic policy-making and international trade and finance through her years in the government. She was Lead Negotiator in the World Trade Organisation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for financial services, as well as the Minister of Finance’s representative in World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings.

She retired from the SC in 2017 where she served for 17 years in various capacities including as an Executive Director and as Advisor of Special Projects in the Chairman’s Office. During her service in the SC, she was involved in capital market policies development and regulation, human capital development and training and education. As a member of the SC Executive Team, she had direct responsibility for enterprise-level subjects including investor education, strategic human capital management, industry capacity-building and SME access to market-based financing.

Datin Teh holds a BA (Hons) from University of Malaya, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, USA.

Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd Azmi Omar
President & Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)
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Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd Azmi Omar
President & Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)

Professor Dato’ Dr Mohd Azmi Omar is President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) - The Global University of Islamic Finance. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director-General at Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank Group, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At IRTI, Dr Azmi pioneered and introduced an innovative policy research which culminated in flagship reports such as IRTI Islamic Social Finance Report and IDB-World Bank Global Report on Islamic Finance. Dr Azmi has also provided advice and technical assistance in Islamic Finance to several IDB member countries.

Dr Azmi was a member of the Board of Trustees of Responsible Finance Institute (RFI) Foundation and External Advisory Group for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Interdepartmental Working Committee on Islamic Finance. He was awarded ‘The Most Outstanding Individual Contribution to Islamic Finance’ in the KLIFF Islamic Finance Awards 2015.

Dr Azmi held numerous positions at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), including Deputy Rector (Academic & Research), Dean of Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF) and Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences.

He serves as a member of the Shariah Committee to Bank Rakyat Malaysia and Etiqa Takaful Malaysia, and an Islamic Finance Expert to the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam. Recently, he led a team that developed the Indonesia Shari’ah (Islamic) Economy Masterplan 2019-2024 for the government of Indonesia.  

Dr Azmi holds a BSc (Finance) and MBA from Northern Illinois University, the United States of America and a PhD in Finance from Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom. He is also a holder of Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance. 

Mr Gerald Ambrose
Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
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Mr Gerald Ambrose
Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Mr Gerald Ambrose is the Chief Executive Officer of Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. He was previously the Managing Director of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd which he joined in 2005.  Mr Gerald had helped set up the company upon its award of the first foreign-owned fund manager licence under the government's Special Scheme.

Before joining Aberdeen, Mr Gerald was an institutional sales director covering ASEAN equities at Kim Eng Securities in Singapore, HSBC James Capel in London and BNP Paribas in London, the latter having sent him to set up the institutional broking operations of its associate, Mohaiyani Securities Sdn Bhd in Malaysia in 1990. Prior to that, Mr Gerald served seven years as an officer in the Royal Navy, completing his commission in 1987 as a submarine navigator.

Gerald Ambrose graduated with an MA (Honours) degree in Land Economy from Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Ms Carrie Leung, MH
Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers
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Ms Carrie Leung, MH
Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers

As Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB), Ms Carrie Leung is responsible for driving the ongoing development of competency and professional standards among local banking practitioners.

Prior to joining HKIB, Ms LEUNG was Head of Service Quality and Training at Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) where she acquired extensive experience in building total quality excellence. Under her leadership, the bank obtained several highly regarded industry awards for their quality training and customer service.

Ms Leung is extensively involved in the areas of education and human capital development of the local banking and financial industry. She actively participates in the development of the Hong Kong Banking Qualifications Framework (QF) which sets the highest standards for the industry, and was the convener of the Publicity & Promotion Subcommittee of the QF. 

Ms Leung is also an active member of numerous government committees and public organisations, including the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and the People Management Committee of The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA).  

Ms Leung was one of the recipients of the Most Extraordinary Women in Finance Award 2009 from Benchmark Magazine. She was awarded the Medal of Honour (MH) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2018.  

Professor W. Jean Kwon
Edwin A.G. Manton Chair Professor in International Insurance and Risk Management, The School of Risk Management, St. John’s University
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Professor W. Jean Kwon
Edwin A.G. Manton Chair Professor in International Insurance and Risk Management, The School of Risk Management, St. John’s University

Prior to joining the School of Risk Management in New York City in 2002, Professor W. Jean Kwon was an educator with Georgia State University (US) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), insurance regulator with Monetary Authority of Singapore and industry specialist with The Institutes.

Besides his full-time commitment as Endowed Chair Professor at St. John’s University, he is Research Director at the International Insurance Society, Director of the University’s Center for the Study of Insurance Regulation and Editor-in-Chief for Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance. Professor Kwon shares his expertise as a visiting professor at universities and speaks frequently at meetings for intergovernmental agencies and industry leaders.

Professor Kwon has written several books and actively publishes papers in academic and professional journals. He co-authored a Kulp-Wright Award winning book, Risk Management and Insurance: Perspectives in a Global Economy, and has received the Research Excellence Award of the International Insurance Society and the Geneva Association three times.

Professor Kwon helped to establish the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and create the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress (WRIEC). He is working with the International Insurance Society for the establishment of Research Network, a new platform for research and resource collaboration among research centers around the world.

Professor Kwon specialises in insurance market and country analysis, insurer financial and operation analysis, and insurance regulation. He obtained his MBA in risk management and insurance at The College of Insurance (now the School of Risk Management of St. John’s University) and his PhD from Georgia State University. He is also a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

Mr Choo Yee Kwan
Independent Non-Executive Director, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Director, Danajamin Nasional Berhad
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Mr Choo Yee Kwan
Independent Non-Executive Director, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Director, Danajamin Nasional Berhad

Mr Choo Yee Kwan is a Chartered Banker, and is an Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and the Chairman of its Risk Committee. He is also a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Bank.

Mr Choo is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Danajamin Nasional Berhad since 2018. He is the Chairman of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Board Underwriting Committee and the Board Investment Committee of the Company.

Mr Choo served the banking and risk management industry for 38 years prior to his retirement in 2014. His last position was as Country Chief Risk Officer for OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad (OCBC). Before that, he was the Chief Risk Officer for Maybank Group and Group Chief Risk Officer for Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad. During his 14-year career at Maybank Group, he had served as Division Head for Credit Control, International Banking, Corporate Remedial Management, and Group Risk Management. He also served on the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee set up under Bank Negara Malaysia. 

Prior to Maybank, Mr Choo served the National Westminster Bank plc of the United Kingdom in the areas of Global Specialised Industries, and Group Credit Control. He also served on the University Malaya Medical Centre Ethics Committee from 2014 until 2015.

Mr Choo is currently serving on the Education Committee of Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and a Teaching Facilitator in the Asian Banking School.

Mr Choo holds honours degrees in economics and law from University of Malaya and University of London respectively, and is a Barrister-at-Law (of Lincoln’s Inn) following his call to the Bar of England and Wales in 1984.

Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah
Quality Assurance Expert, Malaysian Qualifications Agency
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Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah
Quality Assurance Expert, Malaysian Qualifications Agency

Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah was a Professor of Administrative Sciences at Universiti Teknologi MARA until his retirement in 2018.  During his tenure at the university, he also served as the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Quality Assurance). Dr Hazman was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Quality Assurance) of Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) from 2015 until 2018 and now serves as a Quality Assurance Expert at MQA. 

Dr Hazman has assessed more than 200 academic programmes of higher education institutions at all levels for National Accreditation Board, Malaysian Qualifications Agency, Maldives Qualifications Authority and National Agency for Academic Assessment and Accreditation. He has also participated in international institutional and programme assessments, and training under the auspices of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Quality Network, EU-SHARE Consortium and ASEAN Quality Assurance Network. 

Dr Hazman continues to be active in the assessment, development of standards and training of assessors. 

He obtained his Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from University of Malaya, Masters in Public Administration from University of Southern California, USA and Doctor of Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also has a Certificate in International Development Finance and Certificate in Public Financial Management from University of Southern California, USA.

Dr. Tariq M. Al-Sindi
General Director, National Qualifications Framework, Education & Training Quality Authority of Bahrain
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Dr. Tariq M. Al-Sindi
General Director, National Qualifications Framework, Education & Training Quality Authority of Bahrain

Dr Tariq Al-Sindi is the General Director of the National Qualifications Framework at the Education & Training Quality Authority of Bahrain. He is currently the Secretary General of the Arab Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ANQAHE).

Along with his 31 years of experience in teaching, research and academic administration, Dr Tariq has served as a consultant in various national and international missions including the UNESCO and World Bank. He also took part in numerous academic programmes and institutional accreditation review-teams in Oman, United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and participated as a Jury member in the e-Government Excellence Award.

Dr Tariq also conducted many projects for the private and government sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and published several papers in the area of Information Systems, Quality Assurance and Qualifications Framework. 

Dr Tariq was the recipient of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Medals of Appreciation in 2017 for his efforts to serve the Kingdom.

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