Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz is the Group Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, a leading ASEAN universal bank and a world leader in Islamic finance with presence in 17 countries worldwide. He is also the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad.
With over 19 years of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Investment Banking, Tengku Zafrul’s last position was with Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and Maybank Kim Eng Holdings as Chief Executive Officer. He also held senior positions in Citigroup Malaysia, Kenanga Holdings Berhad and Avenue Securities (now known as ECM Libra). He also experienced being an entrepreneur by setting up Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Asia’s first “no-frills” online financial service provider. He started his career as a Corporate Finance Executive in AM Investment Bank and after that joined Credit Agricole as a Senior Investment Analyst, after which he became the Advisor to the President of Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
Outside of CIMB, Tengku Zafrul is an advocate of Malaysia’s socioeconomic development and currently heads the Kuala Lumpur Business Club. He is on the boards of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia. In addition, he is a member of the Secondary Market Advisory Group of Securities Commission. Tengku Zafrul is also actively involved in developing the youth of the nation – He is on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Accounting of University Malaya, as well as Young Corporate Malaysians. Tengku Zafrul was also appointed by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia as an Adjunct Professor at University Sains Islam Malaysia under the CEO Faculty Programme. He is also the Chairman of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, an international non-profit organisation aimed at grooming university students into future leaders.
Tengku Zafrul graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Economics and Accounting and obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He also holds a fellowship with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.
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