Investment committee (ASIWEF)
The investment committee (“the Investment Committee”) formulates, establishes and implements investment strategies and policies. The Investment Committee will continually review and monitor the success of these strategies and policies as well as ensure investment guidelines and regulations are complied with. The Investment Committee will meet at least once every quarter.
Members of the Investment Committee (Aberdeen Standard Islamic World Equity Fund)
Gerald Michael Ambrose @ Johari Ali Bin Abdullah (Non-independent director) is the Chief Executive Officer of abrdn Islamic Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), Company No. 200801026015 (827342-W). He was previously the managing director of abrdn Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Aberdeen Standard Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), Company No. 200501013266 (690313-D), which he joined in 2005, shortly after which he helped to set up the company after it was awarded the first foreign-owned fund manager licence under the government's Special Scheme. Before joining the company, 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, 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.
Amarjit Singh Chhina (Independent director) is presently Chief Corporate Officer of Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad, which is listed on Bursa Malaysia, a position he has held since January 2016. He was previously Executive Director of YTL e-Solutions Berhad, when it was listed on Bursa Malaysia, a position he held for 15 years. He was also Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Infoscreen Networks PLC, a subsidiary of YTL e-Solutions, over the 9 years it was listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange, as well as being a member of its Audit Committee and Compliance Committees. Amarjit was also seconded for a period of time to PEMANDU within the Prime Minister’s Department in 2011. Amarjit also has over 12 years of international equity markets and investment banking experience, having held positions in what were at that time the UK’s leading investment banks. Amarjit was UK Equity Fund Manager at Kleinwort Benson Investment Management and UK Equity Analyst at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities Ltd (now Credit Suisse) in London. After his transfer to Asia, he was appointed Associate Director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities Asia working in its offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He ended his equity markets and investment banking career as Associate Director of HSBC Securities Pte Ltd in Singapore.
Tunku Rozita Binti Tunku Abdul Malek (Independent director) is a member of 30% Club, a global business-led campaign focused on building an ecosystem of partners towards a common goal – the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). She is also a member of Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, a professional institution dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of corporate directors in Malaysia. She is currently the Business Development Representative for RapL Asia Sdn Bhd, an AI powered mobile app platform that transforms how employees learn which retains their knowledge and engagement. She is also a Consultant with Capillary Technologies, an omnichannel CRM system.
Prior to this, she was a director in the Green Products and Halal Food trading business through her company RNS Distributors Sdn Bhd which she set up with two other partners. She was also involved in the Halal Food trading business through another company, Rohfe Trading Sdn Bhd. Tunku Rozita was a Senior Vice President for Institutional Sales at CIMB Investment Bank Bhd, having spent 17 years with the firm up to September 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a business manager for NCR (Malaysia) Bhd. Tunku Rozita graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
Muzhafar Mukhtar is Head of Equities – Malaysia at abrdn Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Aberdeen Standard Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), Company No. 200801026015 (827342-W). Muzhafar is heading the equity investment desk in Kuala Lumpur. Muzhafar joined the company in 2018 from AmFunds Management where he was Head of Equity Research. Previously, Muzhafar worked for Credit Suisse and Nomura Securities in sell-side equity research. Prior to that, Muzhafar worked for AmFunds as a credit analyst. Muzhafar graduated with an MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Cambridge University, and is a CFA charterholder.
Galvin Wong is an Investment Manager at abrdn Islamic Malaysia Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), Company No. 200801026015 (827342-W), the group's Islamic fund management hub at abrdn. Galvin is responsible for equity research and portfolio management in Malaysia. Galvin joined the company in 2018 from AmFunds Management as an Investment Analyst with responsibilities in researching Malaysian equities and managing domestic funds. Galvin is an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).