Al Rajhi Malaysia Picks Thought Machine to Build its Islamic Digital Bank

Al Rajhi Malaysia Picks Thought Machine to Build its Islamic Digital Bank

by January 25, 2022

Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia has selected Thought Machine, a cloud native core banking technology firm, to power their upcoming “next-generation digital bank”.

The bank had embarked on a multi-year digital transformation in 2021 and will deploy Thought Machine’s core banking engine, Vault, to launch a new digital bank in 2022.

Al Rajhi will harness Vault’s Universal Product Engine to design, launch and manage a full suite of products on a single, clear architecture.

Al Rajhi is building a full suite of Shariah-compliant products and Vault’s product building capabilities will be instrumental in allowing the bank to build and offer services tailored to their customers’ individual needs.

Thought Machine has been selected by a number of tier one and large retail banks and the company also works with smaller, agile fintechs and challengers. Its clients include JPMorgan Chase, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, ING Bank and SEB.

In 2019, Thought Machine opened its APAC HQ in Singapore and was selected by Standard Chartered Bank to power their new digital bank in Hong Kong, Mox.

Arsalaan Ahmed, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia

Arsalaan Ahmed

Arsalaan Ahmed, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia said,

“We are launching a state-of-the-art digital bank which will be differentiated by its high levels of innovation, customer convenience and reliability. We are tapping into the vast potential in technology offered by our key partners to help advance towards our vision of becoming the #1 Islamic finance innovation bank in Malaysia.


Thought Machine has demonstrated that its highly competitive services are supported by exceptional technology and engineering. We are confident that Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia’s partnership with Thought Machine is a strategic decision for the future as we set out to build a digital bank unrivalled in its design and usability.”

Paul Taylor, CEO and founder of Thought Machine

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor, CEO and Founder of Thought Machine said,

“We are delighted that Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia has selected us to power their new bank.


As a leader in Islamic banking, Al Rajhi Malaysia Bank has a considerable opportunity to launch an exceptional next-generation banking service – and we have no doubt they will succeed.”