Monday, August 3, 2015

Noripah teaching Islamic finance at Drake University

By Habhajan Singh

Datuk Noripah Kamso, who played a key role in shaping the asset management business at CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, including setting up its Islamic asset management business, is now a regular feature at the US-based Drake University.

Since 2013, Noripah has been engaged by the Iowa university for Islamic finance-related programmes.

At the moment, Noripah is the global practitioner in resi- dence at the university’s Principal Financial Group Centre for Global Citizenship, where she handles one semester on the Islamic capital markets for an executive MBA programme. She also handles some under- graduate programmes.

“The students are brilliant. We cannot just do a smoke and mirrors or merely provide them some motherhood statements. They challenge you,” she tells The Malaysian Reserve when met at the Securities Commission Aidilfitri open house last Friday.

CAPTION: Noripah (centre) holding her book with Larry Zimpleman (right), the chairman of the PFG and his wife. Zimpleman wrote a foreword in the book authored by Noripah.

The Principal Financial Group Centre for Global Citizenship educates students to function effectively in differ- ent cultural contexts, and to see their own culture from the perspective of others, according to information on its website.

In 2011, the Principal Financial Group (PFG) provided a gift of US$2.5 million (RM9.55 million) in support of the centre, hence the addition of the corpo- ration’s name to the centre.

In Malaysia, PFG made its presence with its tie-up with the CIMB Group on the asset management front.

Aside from teaching, Noripah said she is also involved in mentoring students and pro- viding Islamic finance knowl- edge to the local community of Des Moines, the capital and most populous city in the US state of Iowa.

Noripah was the CEO of CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd from 2008 to 2012.
During this period, she had established a global platform for the firm to extend its reach to the UK, Europe, Gulf Coop- eration Council, Asia, the US and Australia, according to information on her LinkedIn profile.

Prior, she was the CEO of CIMB-Principal Asset Man- agement Bhd from 2004 to 2008.

She is the author of “Investing in Islamic Funds — A Practitioner’s Perspective” published by Wiley & Sons in 2013.

[This article first appea in The Malaysian Reserve on 27 July 2015]