Independent Board Member
Tunku Dato’ Yaacob Khyra is a member of the Ithmaar Holding, Ithmaar Bank and IB Capital Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Economics and Accounting from City University, London. 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 Yaacob is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM).
Tunku Yaacob 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 (now known as Zurich Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad) which, under his leadership, became the leading locally owned life and non-life insurance company in Malaysia. Tunku Yaacob later established MAA Takaful Berhad, which became the leading Islamic family and general insurance institution in Malaysia.
Currently, Tunku Yaacob 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, 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 KNM Group Berhad (listed in Malaysia).
Tunku Yaacob is the Founder and Chairman of The Budimas Charitable Foundation (Budimas) and Maaedicare Charitable Foundation (registered under Yayasan Amal Maaedicare) (Maaedicare). Budimas is a nongovernmental charity organisation, established in 1998 that provide funding and management support, in the provision of welfare services, for the well-being of orphans and underprivileged children in Malaysia. Maaedicare had been set up primarily to take over the operations carried out previously by MAA Medicare Charitable Foundation (MMCF).
MMCF was established in 1994 as a non-governmental medical charity organisation, to manage projects and activities to provide care and treatment in Malaysia for people suffering from chronic diseases including but not limited to kidney and heart diseases.