Kuala Lumpur, 9 Feb 2022 – INCEIF Board and Senate members, faculty, staff – past and present -, students and alumni came together today to record their appreciation to the outgoing Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz and Pro Chancellor Dr Rozali Mohamed Ali.
On hand to welcome the guests of honour were INCEIF Chairman of the Board Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar and President & CEO Prof Dato’ Dr Azmi Omar.
In his welcome remarks, Dato’ Azmi recorded the deep gratitude to Tan Sri Zeti who was one of the founders of INCEIF and ISRA, and Dr Rozali for their steadfast leadership and visionary goals for the organisation. He recalled his brief working experience with Tan Sri Dr Zeti while he was with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah. She was the only Central Bank Governor to be awarded the IDB Prize in Islamic Banking and Finance for the year 1433H (2012) in recognition of her significant contributions to the development of Islamic banking and finance.
Fifteen years ago, due to her passion for internationalising Islamic finance, Tan Sri Dr. Zeti in her capacity as the then Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, was instrumental in establishing INCEIF. The mandate was to develop professionals and experts to drive innovation and raise the industry’s performance in a comprehensive talent ecosystem. As the first Chairman of INCEIF Board of Directors, and subsequently the university’s first Chancellor, Tan Sri Dr Zeti spearheaded INCEIF’s footprint locally and globally, and ensured that the university’s operations, services and academic programmes were benchmarked against best international standards. These resulted in the INCEIF brand being well-received in the financial arena around the world.
Dr Rozali, who first joined INCEIF as Chairman of the INCEIF Governing Council, has been a valuable mentor in INCEIF’s journey to be a Knowledge Leader in Islamic Finance, incidentally a phrase coined by him when INCEIF was looking for an identity in the early days. With the Council, he led a panel of leading local and international industry experts and regulators in advising INCEIF on strategic directions and providing visionary global insights on the learning needs of the Islamic financial services industry.
At today’s event, ISRA Research Management Centre Executive Director Prof Dr Mohamad Akram Laldin who shared his working experience with both guests of honour described Tan Sri Zeti as “more than my boss. She was and remains a mentor in my journey in Islamic finance and I always look forward to sessions with her be it in formal settings or during informal discussions.”
Prof Akram affectionately referred to Dr Rozali as “Ayahanda Rozali” and mentioned his admiration for Dr Rozali’s professionalism in managing meetings particularly in arbitrating different views from the members.
In her speech, Tan Sri Dr Zeti, while acknowledging the strides made by INCEIF and ISRA thus far, has thrown down a challenge of where she wanted the university to be 15 years from now. INCEIF celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2021.
Tan Sri Dr Zeti highlighted a number of goals for us to strive for including:
- the majority – if not all – of INCEIF graduates would be in the upper echelons of the community, the business world and the policy makers, driving Islamic finance across the globe;
- impactful research which would lead to INCEIF being on the list of sought-after universities that the world looks to for practical solutions to evolving issues of the day.
She was also pleased that she was leaving INCEIF in the good hands of the next leaders of the university, led by Tan Sri Azman who have had an illustrious career in both the corporate world and in public service.