Global Forum on Islamic Finance 2013

Speakers:


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Mr. Kazi Abdul Muktadir
Deputy Governor (Banking)
State Bank of Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf
Islamic Finance and Economics, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies
Mr. Saleem Ullah
Director, Islamic Banking Department, State Bank of Pakistan
Dr. Zamir Iqbal
World Bank
Mr. Waheed Qaiser
President & Vice Chairman,
Maxim Corporate Finance LLP PT Gain Crescent Capital, UK
Dr. Tariqullah Khan
President,
International Association for Islamic Economics, Qatar Foundation
Dr. M. Kabir Hassan
Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148
Muhammad Zubair Mughal
CEO, Al-Huda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Mr. Alberto Brugnoni
Chairman , ASSAIF, Italy
Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib
Executive Director, AKHUWAT
Dr. Kamran Shams
CEO, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF),
Pakistan
Mr. Akmal Hanuk
Chief Executive,
Islamic Banking & Finance Centre, UK
Dr. Abul Hassan
Institute of Higher Education, UK
Dr. Ahmad Jamal
Cardiff Business School, UK
Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid
Shariah Manager, Oman Arab Bank, Oman
Dr. Ahmed Al-Ajlouni
College of Business and Economics,
Qassim University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Wafica Ali Ghoul
Academic, Lebanese International University,
Lebanon
Dr. Ishaq Bhatti
La Trobe University, Australia
Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus
Germany
Dr. Ahmed Kaleem
Professor, CIIT Lahore
Dr. Abdul Samad
Sharia advisor, Bank of Kyber
  Dr. Zubair Usmani
Sharia advisor, MCB
Dr. Waheed Akhter
Assistant Professor, CIIT Lahore
  Dr. Sameen Masood
University of Punjab, Lahore
Dr. Hafiz Zahid Mahmood
Assistant Professor, CIIT Lahore
Mr. Hamad Rasool Bhullar
Head - Advisory, Research and Trainings,
AlHuda-CIBE, Pakistan
Professor Kent Matthews
Sir Julian Hodge Professor of Banking & Finance
Cardiff Business School
Colum Drive
Cardiff CF10 3EU, UK
  Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz
Shariah Advisor, BankIslami
Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi
Senior Economist, IRTI
Islamic Development Bank
Saudi Arabia
  Samir Alamad
Islamic Bank of Britain PLC
Mr. Haseeb Ullah Siddiqui
IFSB, Islamic Development Bank,
Saudi Arabia
  Dr. Fazlur Rahman
Shariah Advisor, BankIslami
Mr. Pervez Said,
Ex Director IBD
State Bank of Pakistan
  Mr. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman
Judge , Supreme Court of Pakistan,
Pakistan
         

Professor Dato' Dr. M. Azmi Omar
Director General
Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank

Professor Azmi is currently the Director General of Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank, on attachment from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He was formerly the Deputy Rector (Deputy Vice-Chancellor) in charge of Academic and Research at the same university. he PhD from Bangor University, United Kingdom. Prior to joining IIUM, Professor Azmi worked at Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad, now known as CIMB Bank. His teaching, research, publication and consultancy interests include Islamic banking and finance, Islamic capital market, portfolio management and Balanced Scorecard. He was the Chairman of the IIUM Balanced Scorecard team, which led IIUM to be inducted in the coveted award of Hall of Fame in 2008, the second university in the world to be inducted in this prestigious group. Professor Azmi has advised a number of commercial and investment banks in Malaysia and abroad on Islamic Banking and Finance and sukuk. He has also advised universities in Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Sri Lanka on Islamic banking undergraduate and postgraduate programs. He was formerly the Shariah adviser to Bank Rakyat Malaysia Berhad and Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (a micro-finance institution) and a member of Investment Committee of Permodalan BSN Berhad (a unit trust company) and chaired the Investment Committee of IIUM's endowment fund.

Professor Dr. Muhammed-Shahid Ibrahim
Chair in Islamic Banking and Finance,
Bangor Business School, Bangor University, UK

Muhammad Shahid Ibrahim Chaired Professorship in Islamic Banking and Finance at Bangor Business School. His major area of interest is Financial Development with narrow focus on (i) Asset Pricing (Valuation) and (ii) Financial Contracting, as applied to Islamic Banking and Finance, Corporate Finance and Real Estate Finance. Currently he is teaching the courses of Islamic Banking and Finance, Corporate (Business) Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, International Finance, and Real Estate.

Waheed Qaiser
President & Vice Chairman,
Maxim Corporate Finance LLP PT Gain Crescent Capital, UK

Waheed Qaiser is the President & Vice Chairman of Maxim Corporate Finance LLP and Chairman Gain Crescent Capital, Indonesia. He is a renowned conventional and Islamic banker and highly respected expert in investment banking, corporate finance and business management. Waheed has been a banking start-up professional, a business leader, a management trainer in banking and he has extensive banking turn-around experience.

Waheed has held executive management positions in global banks such as Citibank, UBS, HSBC, IIBU and Islamic Bank of Britain spanning over two decades. He has had a diversified career for a number of years at in senior roles around the world. His banking experience spans over areas such as: operations, branch & regional management, risk, credit, business development, relationship management, consumer banking, private banking, asset & wealth management solutions.

In 2003, Waheed helped set up the Islamic bank of Britain where, as the lead-founder, he played a key front-end role in setting up the bank. Waheed is also in the process of setting up another Islamic bank in Europe as a founder, CEO and Chairman of that bank.

Waheed’s other achievements include: being a founding member Bank of England working party that helped slash the double stamp duty for Islamic mortgages in the UK, a founding member of UK technical group for Islamic finance qualifications at Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. He has co-authored a book on Islamic banking published by Euro-money. Waheed has significant media exposure and appeared in a lot of the Global Print and TV media.

Dr. M. Kabir Hassan
Professor of Finance, Department of Economics and Finance
University of New Orleans, New Orleans

Dr. M. Kabir Hassan is a financial economist with consulting, research and teaching experiences in development finance, money and capital markets, Islamic finance, corporate finance, investments, monetary economics, macroeconomics and international trade and finance. He provided consulting services to the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB), USAID, Government of Bangladesh, Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC), Federal Reserve Bank, USA, and many corporations, private organizations and universities around the world. Dr. Hassan received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, and M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA respectively. He is now a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He has 135 papers published in refereed academic journals to his credit. Dr. Hassan has published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Financial Services Research, Financial Review, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Journal of Economics and Finance, Global Finance Journal, World Development, Thunderbird International Business Review, African Development Review, Islamic Economic Studies, Review of Islamic Economics, Journal of King Abdul Aziz University and Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hassan supervised 27 doctoral theses, and many of his students are now well placed in the academia, government and private sectors. He is editor of The Global Journal of Finance and Economics and Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, and Co-Editor of Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Hassan has edited and published many books along with articles in refereed academic journals. Dr. Hassan is co-editor (with M.K. Lewis) of Handbook of Islamic Banking and Islamic Finance, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (Edward Elgar, 2007), and co-editor (with Michael Mahlknecht) Islamic Capital Market: Products and Strategies (John Wiley and Sons, 2011). He is co-author Islamic Entrepreneurship (Routledge UK, 2010). Dr. Hassan is currently working on a textbook development project on Islamic Finance to be published by Pearson in 2013. Dr. Hassan has recently been commissioned by Oxford University Press to bring out an edited volume on Islam and the Economy. A frequent traveller, Dr. Hassan gives lectures and workshops in the US and abroad, and has presented over 257 research papers at professional conferences and has delivered 91 invited papers/seminars.

Mr. Alberto G Brugnoni
Chairman , ASSAIF, Italy

Alberto G Brugnoni, a former director with Merrill Lynch Bank, is an independent consultant on Islamic finance focusing on the development of Shariah-compliant products and capacity building. His unique professional background combines the Islamic, conventional and ethical finance sectors. His practice focuses on the creation of wealth through the full implementation of the 'social capital' and 'territorial added value' concepts. An innovative use of the financial mechanisms and structures applied to ethical monies allows the emergence of new forms of governance that take into account the social, cultural and economic inclusion of all parts of society.

Dr. Ivana Hrdličková
Judge, Appelate Court Pardubice,
Czech Republic

Dr. Ivana Hrdlickova, Ph.D. is a Judge and a Legal Expert of Council of Europe regarding anti money laundering issue, she is also a researcher in Islamic Sharia, with a focus on Human Rights and Islamic finance in International and Islamic law.

She has served on a number of international legal and judicial projects in this capacity, including the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EuroMed) efforts to increase judicial cooperation between the Mediterranean-European Development Agreement (MEDA) countries.

Dr. Ivana has also worked with the CEELI Institute (Prague), ILAC (International Legal Assistance Consortium – Rebuilding Justice), IBA, International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Salzburg Global Seminar and many other international organizations, focusing to the Transition of judiciary, Judicial Ethic, Judging in the democratic society, Rule of law and Human Rights in administration of justice.She is currently focusing on the legal point of Islamic finance practice in Europe.

Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid
Shariah Manager, Oman Arab Bank, Oman

Abdulazeem holds PhD and Master in Islamic financial law. He also holds three BAs in Islamic law, Arabic language and English Literature; two higher studies diplomas in Islamic law and Human sciences. He has extensive working experience as a Lecturer at Damascus University since 1998, then at International Islamic University Malaysia specializing in Islamic Financial Law, then as Sharia expert and trainer at Emirates Islamic bank and a Shariah board member and consultant for Islamic financial institutions, including RHB Islamic bank in Malaysia, Mithaq Takaful Abu Dhabi and Five Pillars Associates, Singapore. Currently he is holding the position of Shariah Manger at Oman Arab Bank in Muscat, Oman. He has conducted many workshops and training courses in many Islamic banks, financial institutions and universities. Abdulazeem has contributed to the writing of new Shariah standards to be adopted by Islamic financial institutions. He also has work published in many international refereed journals and newspapers, and he had presented papers at many international finance conferences. His expertise in Islamic Finance is demonstrated by his release of four authoritative books. Fiqh Al-Riba published in 2005 in 632 pages is his master work.

Hajah Salma Latiff
Crescent SDN BHD,
Brunei Darussalam

Salma lectured at the University of Brunei Darussalam from 2000 to 2009. She introduced Islamic banking and finance to the Faculty of Business, Economics and Public Policy. While at the University, Salma concurrently served as Director of the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management (CIBFM). She introduced the first regional Master in Islamic Banking and Finance program at the Centre. The program has since obtained international recognition with the presence of overseas students from countries such as Japan and India. Salma conducted Islamic finance courses such as Principles of Islamic Business Ethics, Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance, Theory and Practice of Islamic Banking and Finance, Islamic Accounting and Regulating and Supervising Islamic Financial Institutions. She also held non-academic positions such as Head of Business and Management and Deputy Dean of the Faculty.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Ajlouni
College of Business and Economics,
Qassim University
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr Ahmed Taha Al Ajlouni is Assistant Professor in finance program at Qassim University. He won top 100 Educators 2012 award. He is an author of more than 13 articles and 2 Books and also member of Islamic international Foundation for Economic and Finance. His major areas of research are Islamic Finance & Banking, Financial Globalization.

Dr. Wafica Ali Ghoul
Academic, Lebanese International University,
Lebanon

Dr Wafica A. Ghoul is the lecturer in Lebanese International University. She is an author of more than 12 articles related to business management and 5 scientific research articles. She conducted her research and teaching in finance and Business Development topics in the MENA region. She the Former member in American Chemical Society, WSU MBA Association, APICS and current member of Beta Gamma Sigma. In her other achievements, she won “Outstanding Young Women of America" in 1991 in USA and also listed in Who is Who in American Education.

Dr. Ishaq Bhatti,
La Trobe University, Australia

M. Ishaq Bhatti is Associate Professor and the founding dirctor of Islamic Banking and Finance Programme at Latrobe University (LTU); the first ever in Australasian region. Previously, he has taught at Monash, Griffith, International Islamic University, University of Alberta and visited Rider, Magberg, Hitotsubahi, Auckland and Middle Eastern Universities. He is an author of more than 75 articles, 3 books and a member of the editorial board of various journals. His major areas of research, scholarship and teaching are in Quantitative finance, Islamic finance, Applied Econometrics and Statistics. He is a winner of the national ALTC award 2010, LTU award 2010 and postgraduate teaching award 2009. He was a member of the team who won AusTrade project, Victorian Dept of Education ESL financial modelling project 2007 and Australian Research Council Discovery Grant jointly with Suren Basov.

Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus,
Germany

Dr. Volker Nienhaus (born 1951) received his doctorate in economics (1979) and his postdoctorate [Habilitation] (1985) from the University of Bochum. He was full professor of economics at the German universities of Trier (1989‐1990) and Bochum (1990‐2004) where he also was director of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (managing academic director 1993‐1995 and 2003‐2004) and vice rector for structure, planning and finance (2000‐2003). He was president of the University of Marburg from 2004 to 2010. He holds an honorary professorship of the University of Bochum (since 2004) and an honorary doctorate of the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (since 2009). Since September 2010 he is Visiting Professor at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK). He was also Visiting Scholar at the University of Malaya under the Securities Commission Malaysia Islamic Capital Market programme (2010/11) and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies of Qatar Foundation, Doha (2011).

He served as a member of several academic advisory committees and boards, including the Academic Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co‐operation and Development in Bonn (1998‐2008), the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Bonn (2002‐2010), and the Governing Council of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Kuala Lumpur (since 2006) where he also became Adjunct Professor in 2012. He is consultant to the Islamic Financial Services Board in Kuala Lumpur (2006‐2010, 2012‐2013).

His research interests are in the fields of service sector economics, economic systems, and Islamic economics and finance. He has published books and articles on Islamic economics and Islamic banking and finance since the 1980s.

Dr. Abul Hassan
Institute of Higher Education, UK

Present Dr. Abul Hassan is a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education ( Affiliated to Gloucestershire University), UK. Earlier he served as a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Brunei Darussalam during 2005-2006 and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education during 2003-2004. Since 2005, he has been visiting Overseas Lecturer for the MSc and PhD programmes in Islamic Banking and Finance at the Trishakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia. He attended more than a dozen international academic conferences and presented several papers both at the European and Asian countries. Dr. Hassan has seventeen papers published at the peer reviewed journals and four book chapters. As a part of his scholarly interests, he regularly reviews books, refereed research papers for academic journals and conferences. Recently he has been awarded as “Best Outstanding Referee of the Emerald Group Journal 2010”.

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib
Executive Director, AKHUWAT

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Dr. Tariqullah Khan
President, International Association for Islamic Economics, Qatar Foundation

Tariqullah is the Professor of Islamic Finance, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), Qatar Foundation (QF), Doha, State of Qatar. He is President of International Association for Islamic Economics. Editor ofIslamic Finance segment of QScience Islamic Studies Journal. He is also working as member IDB Reform Counterpart Team , IFSB Risk Management Working Group, International Advisory Board, QFIS Qatar Foundation for MSc Islamic Finance, International Visiting Commission, Ministry of Education UAE for accreditation assessment of Hamdan Bin Mohamed e-University. He is a renowned researcher and scholar in Islamic Financial Instruments.

Muhammad Zubair Mughal
CEO, Al-Huda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics

Muhammad Zubair Mughal is a passionate and hardworking individual with a strategic vision in Islamic Microfinance. He skilled in Islamic Micro financial professional and a keen learner of Islamic Microfinance and Islamic Microfinance with good public speaking and training skills. He is a social and friendly person, an eager fellow to his leader but having experience to lead the teams with an understanding and depth required in a leader.

Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf
Islamic Finance and Economics, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies

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Mr. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman
Judge , Supreme Court of Pakistan,
Pakistan

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Dr. Kamran Shams
CEO, Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF),
Pakistan

Dr. Kamran Shams joined Civil Services of Pakistan in 1991, through taking the CSS examination in 1990, only to resign from the prestigious Civil Services in 2005. Dr. Kamran held many important positions during his career; he worked in the Federal Secretariat, in the Establishment Division, and Ministry of Industries and Production. He remained Deputy Director, at Civil Services Academy, worked as Additional Director at the Directorate of Training and Research (Customs, Sales Tax), he worked as Secretary, Human Resource Management at the Central Board of Revenue (CBR) and was part of the team responsible for the restructuring of HR format of CBR. After resigning from Civil Service he joined Habib Bank as Head of HR-Retail Banking Group, he joined HBL at a time when the bank was being privatized and major structural and strategic changes were planned and implemented. He also worked as Human Resource Consultant with Canada Pakistan Basic Education Project, a project of (CIDA) Canadian International Development Agency.

Dr. Kamran Shams is also the founding director of Akhuwat, an Interest Free Microfinance institution working for the poverty alleviation in Pakistan. Akhuwat with a loan portfolio of more than Rs. 3 Billion and an outreach of more than 225,000 families in more than 100 cities and a network of 153 branches is the largest program of its type.

Currently he is working as CEO of the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund, a flagship program of Government of the Punjab with an endowment fund of Rs. 8 billion for providing scholarships and educational opportunities to the less privileged but talented youth.

Mr. Hamad Rasool Bhullar
Head - Advisory, Research and Trainings,
AlHuda-CIBE, Pakistan

Currently Mr Hammad Bhullar is the Head of Advisory, Research and Trainings at AlHuda-Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics. He is looking after a large variety of Assignments in Islamic Finance and Microfinance ranging from Products Development, Shariah Supervision and Audits, Documentations and Systems Manuals, Process flows and Checklists, Bulk Funds Negotiations, Surveys and Opinion building, Micro-Takaful, Staff trainings, Learning and Promotions, Research papers reviews with over a dozen local and International clients in Islamic Microfinance. In addition, played an active role in setting-up of:
  •         International Islamic Microfinance Network;
  •         Islamic Microfinance Help Desk;
  •         Online Courses in Islamic Microfinance by AlHuda-CIBE;
  •         Over 200 International Conferences and Training Workshops in Islamic Finance and Microfinance.

Mr. Abdul Samad
Sharia Advisor, Bank of Khyber, Pakistan

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Mr. Akmal Hanuk
Chief Executive,
Islamic Banking & Finance Centre, UK

Akmal Hanuk is Founder & CEO of IBFC-UK, Islamic Banking and Finance Centre. He is the member of UKTI committee in Islamic Finance, Trustee and treasure of Muslim council of Wales, chair and independent member of The Standards and Ethics Committee- Cardiff Country Council, member of study of Islam in UK school of Religious and Theological Studies, co founder and executive director of EBSP Leadership, Equality and diversity Training Center and member of Cardiff School of Management.

Dr. Ahmad Jamal
Cardiff Business School, UK

Dr Ahmed Jamal is Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy in Cardiff Business School. Ahmad completed his Ph.D. at the Bradford University School of Management, U.K. in 1997. Ahmad's research is organized around three major themes: The Interplay of Marketing, Ethnicity and Consumption: Here the focus is on the exploration and evaluation of consumer behaviour and acculturation experiences of different ethnic minority groups in the UK. Ahmad is the coordinator for the Ethnic Marketing Research Group (EMRG) at the Cardiff Business School. The EMRG group aims to undertake research and disseminate knowledge about marketing and customer theories as they apply to customers and organizations operating in diverse multi-ethnic marketplace.

Dr. Humayun Dar
Ex-CEO BMB Islamic UK

Dr Humayon Dar is an Islamic economist, transformational thinker, author, Sharia advisor and Islamic banking expert, focusing on how to create financial solutions that conform with Sharia law. Dar's book on "Sharia and Legal Aspects of Islamic Finance" (co-edited with Umar Moghul) was published in 2009 by Chancellor Publications, London (UK).

Rizwan Malik
Edbiz Consulting UK

Rizwan Malik is the Business Development Manager at Edbiz Consulting, Business Development Manager at BMB Islamic, Associate at BMB Islamic.

Banking and Finance at Kingston University, Heriot-Watt University

Samir Alamad,
Islamic Bank of Britain PLC

Samir has a vast and extensive knowledge of Sharia Law and Islamic finance; he is well experienced in its applications in Islamic banking and finance with a total of 15 years experience. Samir is a member of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions and he is a Certified Sharia Advisor and Auditor (CSAA) by AAOIFI. He works currently at Islamic Bank of Britain PLC as the Senior Manager heading the Sharia Compliance and Product Development department in the bank.

From an academic perspective, he is currently undertaking a doctoral research degree at Aston University, UK, in Islamic financial engineering. He has obtained an MA in Islamic Banking Finance and Management from Loughborough University. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) and BA (Distinction) in Islamic Studies and Islamic Commercial Law from leading universities in Damascus.

He advises several Islamic financial institutions and has also worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on various projects for 5 years. He also develops and structures Sharia compliant financial products and undertakes regular Sharia compliance audits and monitoring. Samir is an Associate Adviser, Sharia Consultant and a Member of the Sharia Panel of the Islamic Banking and Finance Centre UK. He is currently advising the British Government on developing an alternative finance product for students in the UK.

Dr. Ahmed Kaleem
Professor, CIIT Lahore

Dr. Ahmed Kaleem is currently working as Professor of Islamic Finance in the Department of Management Science, CIIT Lahore

Dr. Waheed Akhter
Assistant Professor, CIIT Lahore

Dr. Waheed Akkhter, HEC approved PhD supervisor, holds a doctorate in Manangement Sciences with particular focus in Islamic Finance. He is a member of editorial board of Journal of Enterprise Risk Managment, Macrothink Institute, USA, member of Inerrnational Advisory Panel, Journal of Islamic Banking and Finance (JIBF), Pakistan and Associate Editor of 4A Journal, Barendra Research Publication (BPR), Bangladesh. He acts as an external reviewer to several Internationally recognised journals including World Applied Sciences Journal(WASJ) and Far East Journal of Psychology and Business. His research interests encompass Islamic banking, Takaful, Islamic Microfinance, Shari'ah Issues and business ethics in Islamic finance, Employee motivation and satisfaction, Stress and Conflict Management as well as Ethical Issues in advertising and Sales Promotion. So far, he has successfully supervised six MS Scholars in their MS theses.

Dr. Hafiz Zahid Mahmood
Assistant Professor, CIIT Lahore

Completed his Ph.D from Development Planning and Project Management Institute, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, in 2009. He has been working for different international organisations (World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank for International Co-operation) funded projects since 2001-2004. Moreover, he is author of a book pulsihed from Germany and successfully co-supervised a PhD student of Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He is also one of the Pioneer mebers of Isaar foundation working in Health and Education secotrs for the welfare of migrants and especially Asian and Pakistani Communities in Berlin.

Dr Marwan Izzeldin
Lancaster University

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Dr Jill Johnes
Lancaster University

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Ms Marwa El Nahass
Lancaster University

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Dr Vasileios Pappas
Lancaster University

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Dr. Zamir Iqbal
World Bank

  • First Chairholder of YTI Professorial Chair in Islamic Finance and Banking at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).
  • Professional Faculty, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Washington, DC USA
  • Lead Investment Officer, the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Iqbal earned his Ph.D. in international finance from the George Washington University. He has extensive research experience in the area of Islamic finance. He has published articles in reputed academic journals and has presented papers at international conferences. His areas of interest are financial engineering, risk management, and corporate governance in Islamic finance. He is co-author of several books on Islamic finance including “An Introduction to Islamic Finance: Theory and Practice,” “Risk Analysis for Islamic Banks,” and more recently, “Risk-Sharing in Finance: Islamic Finance Perspective.”

Dr. Khaled R. Al-Fakih
Secretary General & CEO,
AAOIFI, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr. Khaled Al Fakih is the Secretary General of Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), the international organisation responsible for standards on accounting, auditing, ethics, governance and Shari’a for the global Islamic finance industry. Dr. Al Fakih has extensive experience in banking and finance and unique combination of expertise in Islamic law, risk management, audit and technical finance. He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Saint Joseph, Beirut, Lebanon, and MBA in Banking and Finance. Dr. Al Fakih is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certified Control Self-Assessment (CCSA). He was a member of the Islamic Banks Committee of Association of Banks in Lebanon. He was also a member of venture capital and Islamic securitization study group as well as Islamic corporate governance study group at Central Bank of Lebanon in 2007. In addition, he has lectured on the principles of Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh Al Mu’amalat) at Islamic University of Beirut’s Al Sharia College, and delivered seminars in different countries in collaboration with International Monetary Fund, ABL and Union of Arab Banks, covering major Islamic finance topics on principles of Islamic finance, structured finance, risk management and audit. Prior to AAOIFI, he was heading Bank Audi sal’s group Islamic banking operations.

Dr. Abdul Samad
Sharia advisor, Bank of Kyber

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Dr. Zubair Usmani
Sharia advisor, MCB

Mufti Muhammad Zubair Usmani completed his Doctorate in Islamic Finance form Karachi University. He is also the Fazil Takhassus (specialist of Islamic Fiqh and Fatawa) from Jamia Darul Uloom Karachi and is also a research scholar and teacher. Besides being the Shari’ah Advisor, Muslim Commercial Bank; he is also the member Transformation Commission Sub-committee, State Bank of Pakistan; Islamization of Economic Committee Chamber of Commerce, Karachi; Implementation of Supreme Court Judgment on Riba Committee, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan and governing body Al-Markaz-ul-Islami, Dhaka, Banglades.

Professor Kent Matthews
Sir Julian Hodge Professor of Banking & Finance
Cardiff Business School, UK

Prof. Dr. Kent Matthews is Associate Dean for Engagement and Sir Julian Hodge Professor of Banking and Finance, Cardiff Business School, United Kingdom. Dr. Matthews recent research has been in four main areas: Modeling and forecasting the macro economy, Monetary and Credit influences on the economy, Money and Banking deregulation in developing economies and the Economics of the underground economy (including violent injury determination). He has a number of research article and Book publications in the area of Economics.

Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi
Senior Economist, IRTI
Islamic Development Bank
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Nasim Shah Shirazi is Senior Economist at Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank. His areas of interest are Development Economics, Public Finance and Islamic Economics. The focus of his research has been on Development Economics, Public Finance and Islamic Economics. He has number of publications to his credit, including research articles in the national and international journals, books and research reports.
Before joining IRTI, IDB, he has been all along working as a University teacher and researcher over a period of last 31 years. He served International Islamic University, Islamabad holding different positions including Dean School of Economics, Director Research, International Institute of Islamic Economics (IIIE), Director General (IIIE), Dean Student Affairs IIUI. He has worked for Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, International Islamic University Malaysia and Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty, Kazakhistn. He also served Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund in a consultative capacity.

Dr. Sameen Masood
University of Punjab, Lahore

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Mr. Saleem Ullah
Director, Islamic Banking Department
State Bank of Pakistan

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Mr. Kazi Abdul Muktadir
Deputy Governor (Banking)
State Bank of Pakistan

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Mr. Haseeb Ullah Siddiqui
IFSB, Islamic Development Bank,
Saudi Arabia

Mr. Haseeb Ullah Siddiqui is serving as Division Manager, Financial Sector Development & Inclusion, Islamic Financial Services Department, at Islamic Development Bank, since 2010.

He has over eighteen years of multi-disciplinary experience in corporate banking & credit, project finance, and business advisory with leading global companies like American Express Bank, Riyad Bank, and Ernst & Young.

At IDB, Mr. Siddiqui is currently responsible for developing the enabling environment for Islamic financial sector in IDB member countries; providing technical assistance for regulatory and institutional reforms; contributing to the development of Islamic financial architecture; and enhancing financial inclusion and improving access to Islamic finance for the poor by establishing or strengthening Islamic microfinance institutions and regulations.

He represents IDB on the boards of Amana Bank Limited, the first Islamic bank in Sri Lanka, and Jaiz Bank, Nigeria. He is also on the board of the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), and is a member of the Technical Committee of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB).

Prior to joining IDB in 2010, Mr. Siddiqui was associated with Ernst & Young Bahrain’s award-winning Islamic Financial Services Group, advising Islamic retail/wholesale banks, funds, and private equity. Working with clients at the board level, he assisted public and private sector in developing business strategy, business planning, capital raising and establishing organizations.

Mr. Siddiqui also advised government clients on policy and development. He was Acting CEO of The Waqf Fund, at the Central Bank of Bahrain from 2007-2010, on secondment from Ernst & Young, charged with developing the Islamic financial sector in Bahrain.

Prior to consulting, he spent 9 years in corporate banking and project finance, with American Express Bank in Pakistan and Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia, providing syndicated financing to oil & gas, petrochemical, water & power & agriculture sectors.

He holds an MBA degree (Finance) from University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Economics) from Kansas State University.

Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz
Shariah Advisor, BankIslami

Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz is appointed as the full time Shariah Adviser to the Bank.

He comes from a leading family of scholars. His father, Maulana Muhammad Ashfaque Ahmad, is better known for translating in English the famous ‘Tafseer e Usmani’.

He graduated from Jamia Uloom Islamiyyah, Binnori Town, Karachi and he has done his Shadat-ul-Aalamia (Masters in Arabic and Islamic Studies) from there as well.

Afterwards, he completed his Takhassus fi al-Iftaa (Specialization in Islamic Jurisprudence and Fatwa) from Jamia Darul Uloom, Karachi.

Mufti Irshad Ahmad is well versed in Islamic economics. Mufti Irshad has passed an Islamic economics course “Contemporary Business and Banking and its critical evaluation in the light of Shariah” from the Centre for Islamic Economics, Jamia Darul Uloom, Karachi.

Mufti Irshad has also recently completed his MBA program from (AMI) Iqra University, Karachi.

He is also presently associated with Iqra University as Lecturer in Islamic Studies and is enrolled in the MPhil program with specialization in Islamic Finance at (AMI) Iqra University, Karachi.

Dr. Fazlur Rahman
Shariah Advisor, BankIslami

Professor Dr. Fazlur Rahman is the member of Shariah Supervisory Board of the Bank.

He is a renowned scholar and has over 30 years of teaching experience in various countries of the world including Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Presently, he is the Director of Islamic Guidance Trust and Shariah Adviser of Atlas Asset Management's Atlas Islamic Fund.

He is also a faculty member of Sir Syed University in Karachi.

He has contributed several articles on interest, Muslim personal laws, and human rights etc. Moreover, one of his writings, "a study of commercial interest from the point of view of Fiqh and History", is of great repute in literary circles and has been extensively quoted by Federal Shariah Court in its Judgment in 1991 and again in 1999.

Mr. Pervez Said,
Ex Director IBD
State Bank of Pakistan

Dubbed as the architect of Islamic Banking industry in Pakistan, Mr. Said has had extensive experience and exposure to all aspects of Islamic banking. He is recognized as a subject matter expert on Islamic Banking and has global recognition as well. He has rich business experience working for various multi-nationals, both in non-banking and banking sector. In non-banking sector he has worked for Johnson & Johnson in the US and as the Managing Director for Johnson & Johnson Pakistan. He has also worked for Reckitt & Colman, Unilever and Exxon Chemicals. He started his banking career with Citibank Pakistan as Marketing Director in conventional banking where he launched various innovative retail banking branded products. He left conventional banking for reasons of conviction and moved over to Islamic banking. In Islamic Banking he has worked with Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and MashreqBank in the UAE. Thereafter he took the role of a Regulator for Islamic banking industry with the State Bank of Pakistan. He established the Islamic banking Department at the State Bank of Pakistan and served as the Director of this department in addition to serving as an Advisor to the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. In his capacity as Advisor to the Governor he worked under three successive Governors. He played a key role in establishing Islamic Banking in Pakistan that is currently growing at a rate faster than any other country in the world. He was also the Secretary and a member of the Shariah Board of the State Bank of Pakistan, the central Shariah Board for the country. He represented SBP on the Board of IIFM (International Islamic Financial Markets, Bahrain) and technical committee of IFSB (Islamic Financial Services Board, Malaysia). Subsequent to his role in SBP he took over a failing Islamic Bank, Dawood Islamic Bank Ltd, turned it around into a profit making entity in less than two years and re-launched it as Burj Bank. He now heads a startup in the energy sector but would like to share his exposure and experience with those interested in taking Islamic banking to the next level in Pakistan.