Datuk Wira Ismitz Matthew De Alwis
Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Kenanga Investors Group
Ismitz Matthew De Alwis (“De Alwis”) is currently the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Executive Director of Kenanga Investors Berhad (“KIB”) and a member of its Investment Committee (“IC”). He also serves as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Kenanga Islamic Investors Berhad, i-VCAP Management Sdn Bhd, as well as all subsidiaries of KIB.
As the CEO of KIB, he is responsible for the overall asset and wealth management business of KIB and its subsidiaries. He started his career as an Investment Analyst with a regional research and advisory firm, where he obtained vast regional exposure in Hong Kong, Philippines, Dubai and Singapore. He brings with him more than thirty (30) years’ worth of experience, expertise and several leadership roles in the fields of financial and investment management both regionally and locally. He joined KIB in June 2013 upon KIB’s acquisition of the ING investment management business in Malaysia, ING Funds Berhad, where he was the Executive Director and Country Head.
He is an alumnus of University of Cambridge, Judge Business School – ABSEP and has also attended the Advanced Business Management Program by the International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds an MBA and professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. He is also a Certified Financial Planner and Islamic Financial Planner. He has a Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence from the Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) for fund management, investment advice and financial planning.
De Alwis is the Chairperson of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers, and is currently on the board of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia. He is a member of Securities Commission Malaysia’s Assessment Review Committee (ARC) – Fund Management and is a member of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee (BNM &SC) on Climate Change (JC3) and the Industry Competency Framework Advisory Panel for the Malaysian Capital Market project undertaken by the Securities Industry Development Corporation. Additionally, he is a member of the Sustainable Investment Platform Steering Committee – Malaysia Sustainable Investment Initiative and a Council Member of the Institutional Investors Council Malaysia. De Alwis is also Investment Adviser for the Olympic Council of Malaysia’s Trust Management Committee.
De Alwis has previously served as the President of the Board of Governors for the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia.