Dean's Forum with Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak

A special event for Blavatnik School students and alumni
May 2015

Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Chairman, CIMB Group, will be joining us for a special Dean's Forum discussion event.


Nazir Razak is the Chairman of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. (“CIMB Group”). He joined CIMB Investment Bank’s corporate advisory department in 1989 and served the bank in various capacities before being appointed Chief Executive in 1999. After 15 years as CEO of CIMB Group, Nazir became Chairman on 1st September 2014. Nazir spearheaded the Group’s transformation from a Malaysian investment bank to an ASEAN universal bank via organic growth and several acquisitions of banks in Malaysia and throughout the region.

Today, CIMB Group is Malaysia’s 2nd largest financial services group and the 5th largest in ASEAN, with total assets of around $114 billion and a staff force of over 40,000. CIMB Group has operations in 18 countries but positions itself as an ASEAN franchise. The group caters to the universal banking needs of over 13 million customers. Operating on a dual banking model, CIMB Group also offers Shariah-compliant financial solutions and is consistently the world’s number one in sukuk issuances. CIMB Group is the largest indigenous investment bank in Asia Pacific.

Under Nazir’s stewardship, CIMB Group has won many awards in recent years including best investment bank and best Islamic bank in Asia and best bank in Malaysia. Nazir himself has been recognized as Malaysia’s top executive/ CEO on several occasions. He was the youngest recipient of FinanceAsia’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2009 and was also awarded Euromoney’s “2012 Outstanding Achievement Award” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Asian financial markets and was voted 2nd best bank CEO in Asia in 2008.

Nazir is married to Dato’ Azlina Aziz and they have 2 young children. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.Sc. (Hons) and obtained an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. In 2009 Nazir was the Chevening Fellow at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Nazir has been a strong proponent of ASEAN economic integration, spearheading the setting up of the ASEAN Business Club comprising CEO’s of the largest ASEAN multinationals. He is also an advocate of “moderation” in Malaysia, a multicultural and multiracial society- where he has spoken publicly on numerous occasions rejecting extremism.

This is an internal event for Blavatnik School students and alumni only.