Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia

Rafe Haneef

Rafe Haneef is currently the CEO of HSBC Amanah Malaysia and also the Managing Director of HSBC Amanah Global Markets in Asia Pacific. He has played a leadership role in developing Sukuk and Islamic structured and project finance since 1999 at HSBC, ABN AMRO and Citigroup. He has lead landmark sukuk transactions for various sovereigns, supranationals and corporates such as Malaysia, Qatar, Indonesia, the IDB, the World Bank, Sime Darby, Axiata, and Emirates.

He was previously the Head of Islamic Banking for Citigroup Asia based in Kuala Lumpur. He was responsible for developing Malaysia as a regional Islamic finance hub for Citigroup and spread its Islamic business footprint across the region.

Prior to joining Citigroup, he established the Global Islamic Finance Department at ABN AMRO based in Dubai and was in charge of the Islamic wholesale and retail businesses for the group. Prior to that he was with HSBC Amanah in London & Dubai focusing on Islamically-structured cross-border transactions and the Sukuk market.

He was also a managing director at Fajr Capital, a Dubai-based Islamic investment company, looking at principal investments in the Islamic financial sector.

Rafe Haneef read law and Shariah at the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He was admitted to the Malaysian Bar and was practicing law in Malaysia specialising in Islamic finance. He then pursued his Master of Laws at Harvard Law School and subsequently qualified to the New York Bar.