ISRA Consulting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Muhammad Syahmi Mohd Karim

Dr. Muhammad Syahmi

Senior Consultant

He has vast experience in various capacities in banking services locally and internationally for the past 18 years. He is currently attached to ISRA Consultancy as a Senior Consultant.

Prior to joining ISRA Consulting, he was the Global Lead Islamic Finance Specialist, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, with the main task to provide advisory service and technical assistance to IDB member countries and non-member countries in establishing Islamic finance enabling environment. He is also an external expert for Islamic finance field to the International Monetary Fund based in Washington DC. He was also a member of Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) working group member in developing standards on Guiding Principles on Disclosure Requirements for Islamic Capital Market Products (Sukûk and Islamic Collective Investment Schemes).

Prior joining the IDB, he was with the Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia) for 15 years mainly in Banking Supervision Department with his last position as the Head of Islamic Banking Risk Section, Specialist Risk Unit. Among the mandates in Banking Supervision Department was to ensure successful implementation of Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Sector Masterplan and Financial Sector Blueprint by the commercial and Islamic banks under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia. He graduated with a bachelor degree in accounting from International Islamic University, Malaysia and received his master of science degree in Finance (Islamic Finance) and awarded with a best student award from the same university. Subsequently he obtained his Ph.D in Islamic banking and finance from Durham University, United Kingdom. He is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, an associate member of CPA Australia and Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance (ASAS).