Dr Mohamed Ashraf Iqbal – Founder & CEO

Dr Mohamed Ashraf Iqbal is the strategy & performance expert in MindSpring. He has worked across a spectrum of roles, organisations and geographies. He currently is an Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Amanah. His privies role include Independent Non-Executive Chairman, HSBC Amanah , Independent Non Executive Director for Fairview International Schools, the largest network of fully accredited International Baccalaureate Schools in Malaysia. In his role as an executive, he held various positions in HR, Distribution and Business Re-engineering with Shell in Malaysia, was the General Manager for Human Resources in Proton Berhad and subsequently appointed as Managing Director for Proton in the UK and Europe. This was followed by a stint in consulting as a Regional Director of the HayGroup followed by his appointment as Group Managing Director for a European automotive Marque. In addition, Ashraf currently is advisor to two technology companies. Ashraf holds a PhD in Islamic Banking and Finance, a post graduate diploma in Islamic Studies, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. 


Dr Mohamed Qalib Daqane – Shari’ah Advisory

Dr Qalib holds a PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence, an MS in Islamic Finance and a BS in Islamic Jurisprudence. Prior to coming to Malaysia, he was working for the Noble Quran and Sunnah Establishment of the Government of Sharjah and was Imam and Khatib by the UAE government. His PhD thesis focused on Shariah Issues in the remittance business.  


Dr Frances Penafort – Coaching

Dr Frances is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accredited Coach, ICF Global Independent Review Board Member and Coach at Thunderbird Global Institute of Coaching. She was a past president of the Malaysian Chapter of the ICF. She supports Leaders to evoke the resourceful energy of their team so that they can achieve their stretched targets. She helps leaders to save their time, maintain a highly engaged and innovative team. Frances’ coaching areas:- Executive Leadership, Executive Performance, Talent Development, Managerial Skills Coaching, Behavioural Coaching. Frances holds a PhD, Master and BS in Accounting and describes herself as a catalyst of transformation to all her coaching clients.


Shah Mohammad Ali – Fintech & Innovation

Shah has undertaken large number of consultancy projects in South East Asia and the in Gulf Region, where he provided astute insights into financial services to help clients enhance business performance. Previously he was involved in facilitating and providing insights on human capital development to the Financial Services Talent Council established by Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia). He is a panel trainer for Islamic finance and Capital markets for Bank Negara’s FSTEP program. He is an advocate of ‘Smart partnerships’ between technology firms and financial institutes, that revolve around enhancing competitiveness and sustainability of the financial industry. He was previously Research manager at the Asian Institute of Finance (AIF) which is a thick tank established by the central bank. At AIF he was involved in advisory, producing research reports and case studies on the performance evaluation and competitiveness of the financial sector. Shah holds a master’s degree in Islamic finance from INCEIF, his research articles have been published in reputable academic journals and industrial magazines cited by both academicians and industrial practitioners.


Rahmah – Assessments  

Rahmah is a certified NLP Coach, a Licensed Administrator for Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a Certified Administrator for the Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) and Test for Selection and Training (TST) and Certified administrator and coach for Hogan Assessments. She is also an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, UK.