Board of Directors

Dato' Haji Ahmad Zailan bin Shaari

Director of IIUM Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Dato Ahmad Zailan

Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan Shaari is currently the Executive Director of Finance (CFO) of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and has been serving IIUM for the last 28 years. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Accountancy from the University Technology MARA in 1988. His career in the financial sector started in the early 80’s at the Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad and Sapura Holding Berhad.

Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan started his career in IIUM in 1988 as an Assistant Bursar. He was appointed as the Executive Director of Finance in 1999. He is qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountant as well as Certified Financial Planner Malaysia. Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan served as the IIUM Company Secretary from 1998 until 2006. He was the Deputy Chairman of the IIUM Balanced Scorecard (BSC) core team, which led IIUM to be inducted in the coveted award of Hall of Fame in 2008, the second university in the world to be inducted in this prestigious list. He was invited to share his experience in implementing BSC at SAS Global Conference 2009 in Washington, USA, in Performance Management Symposium held at Multimedia University, Malaysia in April 2010 and at BSC APAC Summit 2010 in Manila, Philippines.

Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan was appointed as Chairman of Council of Public University Bursars (2009-2011). He was appointed as Working Committee in the Public Finance Reform for the New Economic Model (NEM), Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) under Prime Minister’s Department in 2011. He was invited by the Liquid Learning (Asia) to be one of the panels for the Interactive Panel Discussion – Rethinking Finance: Finance as a University Business Partner in The International Higher Education Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Forum 2013 held in Singapore. Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan spearheaded the formulation of the IIUM Strategic Plan-Financial Sustainability (2015-2030) and the Champion of IIUM Financial Sustainability. He also led the GST Committee for the implementation of GST at the Public Universities, Malaysia.

Dato’ Haji Ahmad Zailan was appointed as Committee Member by the Ministry of Higher Education as follows:

  • Working Committee for Preparation of Proposal Paper for the Improvement of Tax Implication to Donors in Public Universities in 2012.
  • Committee for Improvement of Guide to Assessing Good Governance in Malaysian Universities in 2015.
  • Monitoring Committee for Standard Accounting System for Government Agencies (SAGA) at Ministry of Higher Education level in 2016.