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Islamic Business & Finance Southeast Asia Awards return to Kuala Lumpur

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Best Islamic Bank went to Maybank Islamic

Tuesday 11, December 2018

The winners of the second Islamic Business & Finance Southeast Asia Awards were announced at a gala dinner held at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, attended by more than 60 Islamic bankers and financiers from around the region. A total of nearly 5,000 votes were cast across 28 voted-for categories in an online poll held on Two categories, Best Islamic Bank and Fastest Growing Islamic Bank, were chosen based on analysis by CPI Financial.

In addition, an expert panel named Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award - Malaysia. Dr. Zeti was the Governor of Malaysia’s central bank from 2000 to 2016, and is credited for her invaluable support for Islamic finance, helping to make Malaysia one of the leading markets for Islamic finance in the world.

The top Award, for Best Islamic Bank, went to Maybank Islamic. Maybank Islamic also took home the Awards for Best Digital Bank, Best Retail Bank – Malaysia, and Best Investment Product.

The Islamic Business & Finance Awards programme, supported by the Dubai International Financial Centre, honours winners from across the industry, encourage and reward the exceptional performance and growth of the international Islamic business and finance community.

Islamic Business & Finance was proud to bring our esteemed Awards programme to Southeast Asia for the second year, in order to celebrate the excellence that is found across the Islamic finance sector in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the broader region. Our Awards, as always, are a reflection of how the industry views the institutions leading the way through innovation and dedication to the true values of Islamic finance. Though 2018 was a challenging year both in the region and across the world, these institutions continue to shine a bright light forward. As technology continues to transform the industry, we are excited to see what the Southeast Asian Islamic finance community accomplishes in 2019,” said William Mullally, Editor, Islamic Business & Finance.


Best Islamic Bank                                                                           Maybank Islamic              

Fastest Growing Islamic Bank                                                   CIMB Islamic    

Best Digital Bank                                                                            Maybank Islamic              

Best Corporate Bank                                                                     RHB Islamic      

Best Commercial Bank - Malaysia                                           OCBC Al-Amin  

Best Commercial Bank - Indonesia                                         Bank BNI Syariah             

Best Retail Bank - Malaysia                                                        Maybank Islamic              

Best Retail Bank - Indonesia                                                      Bank Rakyat Indonesia Syariah                 

Best SME Bank                                                                                 Bank Rakyat      

Best Investment Bank                                                                   CIMB Islamic    

Best Investment Product                                                             Maybank Islamic              

Best Asset Manager                                                                        CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management         

Best Ratings Agency                                                                       RAM Rating Services     

Best Syariah Advisory Service                                                   Amanie Advisors             

Best Sustainability                                                                          Bank Islam         

Best Law Firm                                                                                    Shook Lin & Bok               

Best Islamic Fintech Company                                                    Eiger Trading Advisors                 

Best Training Institute                                                                   INCEIF 

Best Family Takaful                                                                         AmMetLife Takaful Berhad         

Best Takaful Operator - Malaysia                                               Etiqa     

Best Takaful Operator - Indonesia                                            Takaful Indonesia            

Best BancaTakaful Operator                                                        Prudential BSN Takaful                  

Best ReTakaful Operator                                                               Munich RE          

Best Sukuk Arranger                                                                       CIMB Islamic    

Best ESG Investment Initiative                                                    Saturna                 

Best Retail Banking Product                                                        KFH Malaysia   

Best CSR in Islamic Banking                                                         KFH Malaysia   

Best Islamic Banking Website                                                    KFH Malaysia   

Innovation in Digital Banking                                                    Standard Chartered Saadiq          


Lifetime Achievement Award – Malaysia                          Tan Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Former Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia


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