Mohd Khalimi Ashraf – Malaysia
Mohd Khalimi Ashraf
Assistant Manager & Vice President
"It was during the implementation of the Category 2 office. The tight timeline made it difficult to achieve our goal, but it was done successfully through proper planning and dynamic execution."
What do you do at Mizuho?
I'm directly responsible for managing the interbank markets and planning activity for the Treasury Department. This includes from cash management to trading, which involves both cash products and derivatives products. As for planning, I'm responsible in managing risk and compliance related matters that govern all Treasury activities.
What has been your proudest moment/most rewarding experience while working at Mizuho?
It was during the implementation of the Category 2 office. The tight timeline made it difficult to achieve our goal, but it was done successfully through proper planning and dynamic execution. I also felt a great sense of achievement in convincing Head Office to approve a new investment proposal and credit limit.
What do you do for fun outside work?
I love driving. Occasionally, I'll join track–day at a race circuit to enjoy the fast–pace driving. It's safer to do it on–track. Also, I love to take my kids to playgrounds. Nothing else can beat these two activities to counter–balance the commitment and focus I need at work.
How would you describe Mizuho's corporate culture and people?
Mizuho's corporate culture is "flexible", which is an important attribute to weather the current "storm" in the banking business. Flexibility allows employees to continuously perform their duty in the most efficient manner. Respect is also a key word to describe Mizuho's people, and this contributes to a harmonious working environment.
What is the first thing you read every day (and why)?
On weekdays I read the financial news first, and on weekends I check Facebook or Instagram feeds. I think it's important to have a balance between career needs and social activities. I believe by keeping myself consistently up–to–date with the latest events, it will improve my anticipation skills of future opportunities and challenges.
How is Mizuho different from other places where you have worked?
As a global megabank, Mizuho is different in the way it is run, as it has to calibrate its business activities differently to suit different local markets and regulatory requirements. As such, strategic and dynamic planning from different views is required to create a holistic winning strategy for the group as a whole.
What skill or competency do you feel you have enhanced while at Mizuho?
Personally, I have improved my judgment skills as well as my strategic planning, as broader thinking is required to create new business opportunities or to leverage ideas from different parts of Mizuho's global network.
What is a topic or issue outside of financial services that interest you?
Sports and politics, as these are equally imperative topics that will shape the current social landscape and act as a balancing factor to any imbalances in society. This in turn will sustain harmony in any given country's culture and economy.