Executive Director, Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)

Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin

Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin joined Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) as Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market in January 2011. Prior to joining SC, he was Chief Executive Officer / Director of i-VCAP Management, an Islamic fund management firm based in Malaysia.

He has about 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry.  He began his career with Citibank before joining MIDF Amanah Asset Management.  During his tenure with MIDF Asset, he held several positions covering research, portfolio management and business development. He was also seconded to Schroder Investment Management Limited in London for two years to be part of the team managing equity investments in the Asia Pacific markets.  His last position prior to joining i-VCAP was CEO / Director of MIDF Asset.  He also held directorships in several companies in the MIDF Group.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree (dual concentration in Accounting & Finance) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.  He is presently a member of the Technical Committee of the Islamic Financial Services Board.  He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountant’s Islamic Finance Committee and the Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)’s Technical Committee.  He was President of CFA Malaysia from 2001 to 2005, and Vice Chairman of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM) and Chairman of MAAM Islamic Fund Management Sub-Committee in 2010.