Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Aria Putera Ismail has over 18 years of experience in the banking and investment industry and he is currently the Group President/Chief Executive Officer of SME Bank. His specific expertise include achieving financial goals and providing Shariah compliant solutions, deals originations/negotiations and product innovations across jurisdictions to improve profitability and transactional efficiency. A strong believer in using digital technology to improve efficiency, he has initiated the digital transformation journey at SME Bank that is expected to revolutionize the way SMEs are developed. He was the President Director/CEO of Pt Maybank Syariah Indonesia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maybank Berhad which focuses on small, medium and large corporate segments in Indonesia. He is also responsible in the transformation and re-strategising Syariah banking plan for the Group in Indonesia, including talent development, product innovation and new markets. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President/Director, Global Markets Islamic of Maybank Islamic Berhad (MIB), the largest Islamic Bank in the Asia Pacific region. In his capacity as the Director of Global Markets Islamic, he was responsible for managing and overseeing the global Islamic treasury of the banking group and developing strategies to enhance Islamic treasury capabilities and product offerings. Prior to Maybank Islamic, Aria was the General Manager of Global Markets Islamic at Hong Leong Islamic Bank where he assisted the group to successfully launch Hong Kong’s first Islamic Banking Window in 2008. He was able to repeat this success for Maybank Islamic in 2012 by establishing an Islamic window for Maybank Berhad’s Hong Kong branch. Aria started his career with Mayban Finance Berhad as an Officer before joining Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) in 2001. Aria holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), majoring in Islamic Banking and Finance from the International Islamic University Malaysia, Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) in Finance and Diploma in Investment Analysis from the Universiti Teknologi MARA.