Tengku Dato' Sri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
Group CEO, CIMB Group Holdings Berhad
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 15 countries worldwide. He is also the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CIMB Bank Berhad and Commissioner of PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk.
With over 21 years of experience in the financial services sector, specialising in Investment Banking, 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. He also experienced being an entrepreneur by setting up Tune Money Sdn Bhd, Asia’s first “no-frills” online financial service provider.
Outside of CIMB, Zafrul is an advocate of Malaysia’s socioeconomic development and currently heads the Kuala Lumpur Business Club. He is a Panel Member of the Industry Talent Advisory Panel, which provides independent views and advice to the Government of Malaysia on issues and developments of the future of the workforce. He is also a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), representing Malaysia in promoting intra-trade and collaboration within APEC. Further, he is on the boards of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia. Zafrul is also actively involved in developing the youth of the nation – he is currently the Chairman of Enactus Malaysia Foundation, an international non-profit organisation aimed at grooming university students into future leaders. Zafrul is also an Honorary Commander of the Navy Volunteer Reserve under the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Zafrul graduated from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 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 Fellow Chartered Banker with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers.