Head Strategy & Corporate Development Director, Human Capital, Maybank

Sharifah Sarah Syed Mohamed Tahir


  • Head of Strategy & Director of Human Capital, Group Global Banking, Maybank (May 2016 – Present)
  • Board of Commissioner, PT Maybank Asset Management (2017 – Present)
  • Chief Risk Officer, Maybank Islamic (2015 – 2016)
  • Head of Strategy & Finance, Maybank Islamic (2011 – 2015)

She is currently the person responsible for delivering profit and revenue growth strategies for Maybank Group’s Global Banking business; driving business development and expansion plans in key markets as well as championing transformation & productivity initiatives for the business. Additionally, Sarah is also responsible to constantly build good rapport amongst clients and regulators through external engagements and functions in Malaysia and countries Maybank Group is present in. As the Director of Human Capital, she is responsible for all aspects of Group Global Banking’s Human Capital management and strategies. Her experience in corporate strategy, finance & risk enables her to effectively lead the human capital function and ensure that it creates value for the business.

Sarah joined Maybank in 2011 to head the International Business Strategy division in Maybank Islamic. She then took on the role as Head, Strategy and Finance of Maybank Group Islamic Banking. In 2015, she was appointed as Maybank Islamic’s Chief Risk Officer overseeing the risk, strategy and finance functions for the Group’s Islamic banking business. Whilst at Maybank Islamic, Sarah was involved in the rapid expansion of the Islamic banking business in Malaysia and globally. In addition, she played a key role in the development of Maybank Islamic’s Mudarabah Investment Account (“IA”) products which saw the bank leading the industry with its largest market share position since its introduction in 2015.

Equipped with over 10 years of experience in banking and consulting, Sarah is able to provide insights to the opportunities and challenges arising from the globalization of business today. Before joining Maybank, Sarah served at CIMB Islamic, KPMG Business Advisory & Ernst & Young. She graduated from Multimedia University, Malaysia with Bachelor of Accounting in 2003. She then continued her education in University of Durham, United Kingdom with Master of Science, majoring in Finance and Investment in 2005.