Arshad Mohamed Ismail

Arshad Mohamed Ismail is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EXIM Bank of Malaysia, a role he assumed in August 2022 after his three-year stint at another Development Finance Institution – Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad (the Development Bank of Malaysia) – as its President / Group Chief Executive Officer.
Arshad is an experienced multijurisdictional banking and finance professional with expertise in corporate banking, debt capital markets, Islamic finance, asset management and development finance. He has worked in several jurisdictions and different types of organisations, making him a highly adaptable and perceptive professional.
A lawyer by qualification, Arshad found his calling in the field of banking and Islamic finance early on when he became a pioneering member of CIMB Islamic in Malaysia in 2003, with an initial business focus on Sukuk transactions, earning the bank a name for ground-breaking Islamic finance deals.
He lists Bank Pembangunan, Maybank Islamic, Al Hilal Bank (UAE), Aayan Capital (Saudi Arabia) and HSBC Amanah (UAE) amongst the organisations he has served in various leadership and management roles.
Arshad is a certified Chartered Banker with the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers and the Chartered Banker Institute. He was elected to the SC-OCIS Fellowship in Islamic Finance at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in 2015. He holds a degree in law from the International Islamic University, Malaysia and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School.