Chairman of the National Zakat Board (BAZNAS), Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA. CA received the international Global Islamic Finance Award (GIFA) Special Award 2020 for the Leadership category due to its role in developing zakat in Indonesia and encouraging the world zakat movement through the World Zakat Forum (WZF).

The award was received in person at the 2020 Global Islamic Finance Award (GIFA) which was held online on Monday (14/9). "The GIFA 2020 special award was won by Professor Bambang Sudibyo, Chairman of BAZNAS, for his global leadership role in managing zakat," said the host, Amatul Saba in the event that lasted 79 minutes.

Bambang Sudibyo expressed his gratitude for the award he received, and made this award as an impetus for continuing to promote the positive impact of zakat as an effort to alleviate poverty in Indonesia.

"Alhamdulillah, it is an honor for us to receive the 2020 GIFA Special Award in the Leadership Role category. This achievement is an award to 11 members who currently lead BAZNAS collectively collegial," he said.

He added that during the 2016-2020 leadership period, BAZNAS determined this period as the year of Zakat Awakening. The awakening of zakat is a momentum to make zakat a pillar of solving social inequality, reviving the community's economy, alleviating poverty, and developing funding sources for the development of mustahik welfare outside the state budget (APBN).

"We believe this award will strengthen the vision of BAZNAS to spur the zakat movement in Indonesia and the world. As currently the world is in a difficult condition, we hope that the benefits of zakat can be more impactful especially to the vulnerable Indonesian who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, "said Bambang.

On the same occasion, BAZNAS also received the 2020 GIFA Award as the 2020 Best Zakat Distribution Program. This award is in recognition of various innovations in assisting and empowering the poor and other groups of zakat recipients.

Prof. Dr. Bambang Sudibyo MBA. CA. is the Chairman of BAZNAS, born in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia, October 8, 1952. He served as Minister of Finance in 1999-2000, then Minister of National Education for the period 2004-2009.

Bambang Sudibyo has been the chairman of BAZNAS since 2015 until now. Under his leadership, BAZNAS has been developed into a zakat institution that is trusted by the public, has innovative programs, and has succeeded in increasing zakat collection by an average of 33.7 percent per year.

During his tenure, BAZNAS has received several awards both at the national and international levels. Currently he also serves as Secretary General of the World Zakat Forum (WZF).


Trans: Puskas BAZNAS