Tunku Dato’ Paduka Jaafar Laksmana Tunku Nong Jiwa
Director & Chairman
Tunku Dato’ Paduka Jaafar Laksmana bin Tunku Nong Jiwa was appointed as Director and Chairman of AIIMAN Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. on 7 April 2014. He began his career as a pilot with the Royal Malaysian Air Force on 1 October 1963. He served in various commands and staff appointments until he retired on 1 January 1992. Whilst in service, he attended the Flight Instructors Course at RAAF East Sale, Victoria, Australia, RAF Staff College at RAF Bracknell, England, USAF Air War College, Montgomery Alabama, USA and US Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, USA.
He was on the board of Affin Investment Bank Berhad (AIBB) from July 1992 to March 2012 prior to his appointment as Chairman Affin Fund Management Berhad on 22 March 2012. During his tenure as director with AIBB, he sat on the Audit Examination Committee from 1999 to 2012 and Nominating and Remuneration Committee from 2003 to 2012.
He held other notable positions including Director of Business Development in Malaysia Helicopters Services Berhad, Chief Operating Officer of TR Properties, TR Technology Resources Industries Berhad, Project Director in Perbadanan Perwira Harta Malaysia-Saudi Binladin Group-Charterbridge Joint Venture and Executive Director of Jalex Sdn. Bhd. In 2001, he joined the United Nations World Food Programme, Rome, Italy as a logistic consultant until 2005.
Yip Kit Weng
Non-Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr. Yip Kit Weng was appointed to the Board as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on 2 November 2019. He is also a member of the Board Compliance & Risk Management Committee of Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad.
Mr. Yip brings with him 26 years of working experience with 23 years in investment banking encompassing client coverage, deal originations, corporate finance, mergers & acquisition, structured finance and equity capital markets. He began his career in business advisory especially on tax at Messrs PricewaterhouseCoopers before venturing into investment banking sector.
Prior to joining Affin Hwang Investment Bank Berhad as its Deputy Group Managing Director, Mr. Yip was with Nomura Securities Malaysia where he has successfully completed multiple deals and won many accolades for the securities and investment banking outfit. Throughout the years, Mr. Yip has instrumentally brought in significant deals and secured various mandates for his previous organisations; RHB Investment Bank Berhad, CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, AFG Advisory Sdn Bhd and Utama Merchant Bank Berhad.
Mr. Yip also sits on the Board of Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad and Affin Hwang Trustee Berhad, companies under Affin Hwang Capital Group. Being an active individual, he was often handpicked to be a speaker at various investment conferences and has represented the Nomura Group (network across Asia excluding Japan) in mentoring female employees within Nomura while promoting gender equality.
Mr. Yip holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting & Finance from The University of Western Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, Fellow of CPA Australia, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) of Financial Planning Association of Malaysia, and an Associate of Taxation Institute Incorporated (ATII) of Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia.
Laksamana Madya Dato’ Abdul Ghani bin Othman
Vice Admiral Dato’ Abdul Ghani bin Othman was appointed as Independent Director of AIIMAN Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. on 2 July 2018. He began his career with the Royal Malaysian Navy on 20 December 1975 and was commissioned as naval officer on 1 May 1978. He served in various commands and staff appointments until he retired on 20 December 2017. Whilst in service, he attended the Mines Clearance Diving Officer Course at HMAS Penguin, Australia, Explosive Ordinance Disposal course with US Navy at NAVSCOLEOD, Indian Head, Maryland (1983), Deep Sea and Salvage Diving Course with US Navy, at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), Panama City, Florida (1986) and Senior International Defense Management Course at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California (2009).
He was appointed as Commander Task Group 31.1 in the rescue mission of MISC BM 5 and BM 2 in 2008. He also held other notable positions including Deputy President of the National Archery Association of Malaysia from 2005 to 2013 and Chairman of Malaysian Arm Forces Archery Association from 2005 to 2017. He received Master of Art (Defense and Strategic Study) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2004.
Teng Chee Wai
Teng Chee Wai was appointed as AIIMAN’s Non-executive Director on 18 November 2014. Teng Chee Wai is the founder of Affin Hwang Asset Management. Over the past decade, he has built the Company to be the fastest growing and only independent investment management house in Malaysia’s top three, with RM 57.7 billion in assets under administration.
In his capacity as Managing Director, Teng manages the overall business and strategic direction as well as the management of the investment team. His ‘hands on approach’ sees him actively involved in investments, product development and marketing. Teng’s critical leadership and regular participation in reviewing and assessing strategies and performance has been pivotal in allowing the Company to successfully navigate the economically turbulent decade.
Teng’s investment management experience spans more than 20 years, and his key area of expertise is in managing absolute return mandates for insurance assets and investment-linked funds in both Singapore and Malaysia. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Assistant General Manager (Investment) of Overseas Assurance Corporation (OAC) and was responsible for the investment function of the Overseas Assurance Corporation Ltd Group.
Teng began his career in the financial industry as an Investment Manager with NTUC Income, Singapore. He is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the National University of Singapore and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Studies from City University in London.
Managing Director & Executive Director
Akmal Hassan was appointed as Managing Director & Executive Director of AIIMAN Asset Management Sdn Bhd (“AIIMAN”) on 20 September 2014. Akmal Hassan is one of the three pioneering senior members in the establishment of AIIMAN. He took over the helm as its Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Executive Director on 18 November 2010. Under his leadership, AIIMAN has grown its asset under administration (“AUA”) by more than 13-fold from RM 1.3 billion as at end-2010 to RM 17.4 billion as of 31 December 2019. Under his management, the business has since turned profitable.
As Managing Director of AIIMAN, Akmal is actively involved in all aspects of the business’ day-to-day management from leading the investment team, driving marketing strategies, building the business, to guiding the back office team. He believes in development through empowerment and synergy with a clear focus on delivering positive results, from investment performance, AUM growth, adding value to AIIMAN’s shareholders as well as contributing to the government’s push to develop Malaysia as the global international Islamic financial hub.
Akmal is the driving force behind the strong returns and low volatility performance of its investment portfolios as well as Affin Hwang Asset Management’s award winning Shariah unit trust funds. People and performance is the source of AIIMAN’s success today.
Prior to his current appointment, Akmal was the Chief Investment Officer at a subsidiary of a local Islamic Bank. He has more than 15 years experience in the investment management industry primarily in portfolio management, investment research and marketing strategy.
Akmal graduated from Oklahoma State University, USA with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance (BSc). He completed his Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.