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Vera Handajani Group Chief Risk Officer at CIMB Group 61 About CIMB Group CIMB Group is a leading focused ASEAN bank and one of the region’s foremost corporate advisors. It is also a world leader in Islamic finance. The Group is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and offers consumer banking, commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking and asset management products and services. It is the fifth largest banking group by assets in ASEAN and, as at the end of June 2022, had around 33,000 staff and over 19 million customers. Incorporated in Malaysia in 1974 and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, CIMB Group’s operations en-compass a wellestablished consumer bank, a premier regional investment bank and an Islamic bank. CIMB Bank is the Group’s commercial bank with 234 branches across Malaysia. CIMB Bank is the country’s second largest commercial bank by assets with over 8 million customers nationwide, and offers the full spectrum of banking services fromconsumer products tobusinessbanking services for SMEs, as well as insurance, investment and wealth management products and services. CIMB Bank has subsidiaries in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as branches in Singapore, Philippines, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Laos and representative offices in Yangon and Mumbai. CIMB Islamic is the Islamic banking and financial services franchise of the Group with an extensive suite of innovative Shariah-compliant products and services. Our solutions include financing, sukuk, investment banking, transaction banking, asset management, banca-takaful and securities services for individual, commercial, corporate and institutional customers across ASEAN. With the execution of our Islamic First strategy, we aim to extend the value proposition of Islamic products to our customers and the wider public. We aspire to progressively integrate environmental, social and governance factors via a value-based approach, a hallmark of Islamic finance. As the Islamic financial market turns more complex with the multiplicity of financial products and diversity of Islamic asset classes, Shariah advisory has become more relevant than ever. Leveraging on CIMB Group’s vast experience and intelligence, our Shariah Advisory team is privileged with first hand insights into major financial activities, including landmark pioneering deals. The benefits of CIMB Group’s structure and approach differentiate our Shariah Advisory team from other Shariah advisors. Involvement in the development and implementation of a wide array of Islamic financial products and post-approval Shariah compliance reviews has enhanced our Shariah Advisory team’s experience. MA L A Y S I A Islamic Banking Leader of the Year About Vera Handajani Vera has been appointed as Group Chief Risk Officer with effect from 1 August 2021, where in her role she oversees all aspects of risk management across the CIMB Group. Vera has over 25 years of banking experience with a holistic exposure to business (relationship management, business development and transformation), risk management and loan restructuring and recovery within wholesale and retail/SME banking. She brings with her a wealth of experience covering emerging market countries across Asia and leading multi-regional teams based out of Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia. She joined CIMB Group in May 2013 as Chief Risk Officer of PT Bank CIMB Niaga.

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