About Us

Nomura Islamic Asset Management

Nomura Islamic Asset Management obtained its Islamic fund management license in January 2009 from the Securities Commission Malaysia. The setup of an Islamic asset management arm is in line with Nomura Asset Management’s commitment and effort in inculcating the Responsible Investment Principles as Islamic Finance and Socially Responsible Investments (‘SRI’) notably, share much common grounds in its principles for investing.

NIAM’s setup was in line with our objective to expand the group’s Islamic footprint through branding NIAM as the global hub for Islamic asset management business for the group. Being the global hub for the group’s Islamic asset management business, we always ensure our control procedures are flexible enough to adhere to different Shariah standards preferred by clients of our Shariah compliant investment mandates.

As of 30 September 2021, Nomura Islamic Asset Management manages one (1) unit trust fund and one (1) wholesale fund with a combined NAV of MYR 1.09 billion (out of the Company’s total assets under management of MYR 9.7 billion during the same period).

Key Financial Highlights

Financial Year Ended MYR
Date 31.03.2021 31.03.2020 31.03.2019
Paid-up share capital 7,000,000 7,000,000 7,000,000
Shareholders’ funds 23,372,562 16,123,836 11,734,047
Revenue 26,074,049 19,138,715 16,519,073
Profit/Loss before taxation 8,082,997 5,069,913 3,229,194
Profit/Loss after taxation 7,248,726 4,389,789 2,664,661

Meet Our Key People

Atsushi Ichii

Managing Director

Atsushi Ichii was appointed as the Managing Director of Nomura Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd on 4 December 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial and capital markets industry, from both the sell-side and buy-side. He began his career at Nomura Securities in 1991 and since then, he has undertaken various business development roles in Nomura Group and other Japanese financial institutions. Throughout his career, he has worked in various countries such as Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and countries in the Middle East, such as Bahrain and U.A.E

Hiew Teck Kong

Head of Malaysian Fixed Income & Global Sukuk

Hiew heads the Malaysia Fixed Income & Global Sukuk team, with more than 23 years’ experience in the industry. Hiew Teck Kong is one of the contributing member of the Emerging Bond Investment Meetings in Nomura Asset Management and actively participated in marketing roadshows showcasing Nomura Islamic Asset Management and Global Sukuk capabilities locally and in the Middle Eastern region, amongst others.

Wan Nurshafina Wan Mohd Samsudin

Compliance Officer

Wan Nurshafina joined NIAM in October 2014. She previously practiced as a litigation lawyer at one of the largest law firms in Malaysia for 2 years after completing 9 months of pupillage there. Ms Wan Nurshafina holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from University of Malaya and was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 2012.

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee members’ convene at least 4 times a year to review on investment offerings managed by Nomura Islamic Asset Management. During the meetings, the members’ would review investment decisions undertaken on behalf of the funds’ managed by Nomura Islamic Asset Management, evaluate on the investment performance of the funds’ against their respective investment objectives; as well as, deliberate on product development ideas.

Non-independent member

Leslie Yap

Leslie has over 24 years of industry experience in funds management and research coverage. Leslie has headed the Investments team at NAMM since December 2007. Leslie overseeing the global equities team in Malaysia and responsible for investment management of global developed market equities. Leslie is one on the contributing member of the Global Equity Strategy Committee and the Global Stock Selection Committee in Nomura Asset Management.

Independent member

Johari bin Abdul Muid

Johari joined NAMM as an independent director in 2014. With over 30 years working experience in the financial industry, he started out his career as a money market dealer at CIMB Investment Bank before joining CIMB Securities to work in institutional sales. After 20 years with the CIMB Group, Mr Johari worked with several prominent financial firms in Malaysia. This includes ValueCap Sdn Bhd as Chief Investment Officer, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) as Chief Investment Officer Equity and thereafter Deputy CEO, and RHB Bank Berhad as Managing Director. Mr Johari is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.

Independent member

Julia Binti Hashim

Ms Julia joined the firm as an independent director on 27 August 2020 and brings with her over 30 years of working experience in the financial industry, since 1989. Ms Julia was previously at Principal Asset Management Berhad as the Chief Operating Officer, Asean region, overlooking operational divisions such as Finance, HR, Strategy, Legal, Risk, IT, Operations and Product Development across Principal Asset Management’s Southeast Asian entities. Before joining Principal Asset Management, Ms Julia was with CIMB Investment Bank Berhad for 23 years where her last position held was Head of Equities Malaysia and Head of Institutional Sales, ASEAN. Prior to that, Ms Julia was a fund manager at Arab Malaysia Investment Bank Berhad for 5 years. Ms Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Economics and Politics from University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).