Zariah Abu Samah

Until recently, Zariah Abu Samah was the Head of Knowledge Management at Maybank Islamic Berhad. Prior to this, Zariah served as Head of Shariah Management at Maybank Islamic Berhad, and was also the Head of Product Management at the same bank. During her time in Islamic banking, Zariah was recognised for successfully developing quality and competitive Islamic banking products and services, processes, and delivery systems and channels. While at Maybank, she established and managed the Shariah Secretariat for the Maybank Group, and was also responsible for formulating operational guidelines for Islamic banking products and services, including the Shariah Compliance Framework, Shariah Review Framework, Purification of Income Framework, Operational Framework of Shariah Management and the bank’s Shariah Awareness Programme.

She is currently an Academic Fellow and lecturer at IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, where she is also the Head of Programme for the Master of Science in Islamic Banking and Finance (MIBF) programme. Zariah is greatly involved in academic affairs and programme development and promotion; and provides training and consultancy to Islamic banking industry players.

Expertise
Islamic banking and finance

Qualifications
• Master degree in Islamic Banking and Finance, Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
• Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Banking Studies, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia
• Certificate in Islamic Law, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia

Experience
• Academic Fellow, IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (lliBF)
• Head of Programme (HOP), Master of Science in Islamic Banking and Finance, IIUM lnstitute of Islamic Banking and Finance
• Head, Knowledge Management, Maybank Islamic Berhad
• Head, Shariah Management, Maybank Islamic Berhad
• Head, Product Management, Maybank Islamic Berhad
• Head, Product Development & Marketing, Islamic Banking Department, Maybank
• Head, Legal Documentation, Maybank (Conventional)
• Unit Head, Credit & Loan Administration, Maybank (Conventional)