Independent, Non-Executive Board Member
Tunku Dato’ Yaacob Khyra holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Economics and Accounting from City University, London, and is a member of the Ithmaar Bank Board of Directors. An accountant by training, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). Tunku is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM).
Tunku started his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in London and Kuala Lumpur (from 1982 to 1987). He later joined Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad which, under his leadership, became the leading locally owned life and non-life insurance company in Malaysia. Tunku later established MAA Takaful Berhad, which became the leading Islamic family and general insurance institution in Malaysia.
Currently, Tunku is the executive chairman of Malaysian listed companies, MAA Group Berhad, Melewar Industrial Group Berhad, and Mycron Steel Berhad. He is also a board member of Khyra Legacy Berhad, Yayasan Khyra Berhad, Melewar Equities Sdn Bhd and several other private companies. He also sits on the board of directors of Altech Chemicals Limited (listed in Australia), and Turiya Berhad (listed in Malaysia).
Tunku is the founder and chairman for The Budimas Charitable Foundation (Budimas) and MAA Medicare Charitable Foundation (MAA Medicare). Budimas is a non-government charity, established in 1998 that provide financial support for orphans and underprivileged children in Malaysia. MAA Medicare is a non-government charity, established in 1994, that provide nationwide dialysis treatment and support for underprivileged kidney patients, and also operates a Cardiac Diagnostic Centre for underprivileged patients, in Malaysia.