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WELCOME TO ISLAMIC FINANCE TODAY

‘Islamic Finance Today’ is a monthly e-Magazine published by Pioneer Publications – Sri Lanka

Inside the Latest issue

Fintech The Future of Islamic Wealth Management?

Ahmad Sabree

    Ahmad Sabree heads Business & Shariah Development at Ethis. His area of specialization is crowdfunding and alternative finance.He holds an MSc in Islamic banking and finance from t h e I n t e r n a ti o n a l Isl ami c University of Malaysia.

    The trends of the year 2015 show that people have been increasingly
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Islamic Micro Finance Still A Neglected Sector

Farrukh Habib

    Farrukh Habib is Research Officer at the International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Two of the biggest real economic problems currently faced by the world, particularly by Muslim countries, is poverty and financial exclusion. Poverty is a multidimensional problem
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REGION SEGMENT Focus on Asia -Maldives

Dr.Aishath Muneeza

    Maldives is a hundred percent Muslim country with a population of less than four hundred thousand. The country generates its income from tourism and depends heavily on imported goods. In March 2015, the government of Maldives created the Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance (MCIF) to strategize Maldives as a hub for Isl
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REGION SEGMENT Focus on Asia - Sri Lanka

Roshan Madawala and Raleena Junkeer

    Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean with a population of some 21 million is expected to reach the status of a 'high-middle-incomecountry' like Malaysia or Thailand very soon. Consequently we have witnessed an increase in the island's prosperity as measured by the Global Prosperity Index with both local
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REGION SEGMENT Focus on Asia - MALAYSIA

Dr.Noor Suhaida Kasri

    Today terms like 'financial inclusion', 'sustainability' and 'environment' are household words in the social network, international mass media as well as the favourite theme for many international conferences. These words reflect the concerns of society today in the aftermath of the 2008-09 fina
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CSR Reporting Standard Based on Islamic Values

Daan Elffers

    Islamic principles serve to imbue individuals and organizations with a responsibility to care for society, through various practices and perspectives. It is widely recognized that companies operating according to Islamic principles tend to embrace an organizational culture that is based on notions of trust, morality an
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Featured Contributors

Farrukh Habib

Research Officer at the International Shari'ah
Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Ahmad Sabree

Ahmad Sabree heads Business & Shariah Development at Ethis. His area of specialization is crowdfunding and alternative finance.He holds an MSc in Islamic banking and finance from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.


Mansoor Durrani

Mansoor Durrani is Senior Vice President & Head of Project Finance at National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia, the largest bank in the Middle East. Agraduate of Loughborough University holding an MBA and PhD, he is also the author of Venture Capital, Islamic Finance and SMEs published by Macmillan of UK.


Valentino Cattelan

Dr. Valentino Cattelan is a Lecturer in Islamic Economics and Finance at the University of Florence. His research areas include history of capitalism, law of Islamic finance and social finance. 


Mr. Rushdi Siddiqui

Rushdi Siddiqui is Co-Founder and CEO of Zilzar Tech, a US-Malaysia based B2B and b2c information, content, community and transaction platform for the $2.4 Trillion Muslim Lifestyle Market


Dr.Noor Suhaida

Dr. Noor Suhaida binti Kasri is a researcher at the International Shariah Research Academy (ISRA). She also heads the Islamic Capital Market Unit established under ISRAs Research Affairs Division. Her areas of interest include law and regulation of Islamic banking, finance and capital market as well as ethical issues surrounding the application of Islamic law in the operation of Islamic banking, finance and capital market.


Junaid Wahedna

Junaid Wahedna is the founder of Wahed Invest Inc. a NewYorkheadquartered operation that offers the world's first Sharia Compliant Automated Investment Advisory Service. 


Muhammad Ikram Thowfeek

Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek is a start-up specialist who has set up a number of Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions in the Asian region. He is currently Group CFO and Acting CEO of QAF Holdings Ltd and Founder of First Global Group.


Dr.Aishath Muneeza

Dr. Aishath Muneeza is a Consultant on Islamic Banking & Finance and Chairperson, Sharia Advisory Council, Capital Market Development Authority, Maldives. She sits in the Sharia committees of numerous financial institutions. Dr.Aishath is the first female Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs in the Maldives and is a graduate of the International Islamic University Malaysia.


Mr. Joy Abdullah

Joy Abdullah is a strategy and brand marketing executive with substantial experience in designing brand experience, leading and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives, across industries in Asia.


Muath Mubarak (MM)

Muath Mubarak (MM) is an Islamic Banker Trainer and writer. He aims to bring different viewpoints of core issues of the Islamic Finance industry under this special segment The Big Question. Muath was awarded the -Rising Islamic Finance Personality of the Year 2013- at the Sri Lankan Islamic Banking & Finance Industry (SLIBFI) awards and was honoured as an inspiring -Lecturer & Mentor- by First Global academy – Sri Lanka.


Ajaz Ahmed Khan

Ajaz Ahmed Khan is Senior Microfinance Advisor with CARE International UK. He holds a PhD in Development Economics and has more than two decades of practical field experience from working in countries as diverse as Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Pakistan and Sudan. He has helped develop microfinance programmes that provide financial services for thousands of poor people. He has also written and published a number of article and books on microfinance in general and Islamic microfinance in particular.


Tushar Garg

Tushar Garg is an Investment Management professional from India with vast experience in the Industry at a bulge bracket investment bank. A graduate from Symbiosis, Pune, he is deeply involved in Islamic banking, having qualified from the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance UK. His areas of interest include Islamic Finance product development and distribution and aligning IT to Business.


Dr.Marjan Muhammad

Dr Marjan Muhammad is currently the Director of Research, Research Affairs Department at the International Sharia Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA). Her research interests in Islamic finance focuses on Islamic capital market where she has produced some research papers on the subject.


Dr.Aun Rizvi

Dr. Syed Aun R. Rizvi is Assistant Professor of Islamic Finance at the University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus (UNMC). With a doctorate from INCEIF, his current research focuses on financial markets, Islamic finance and Econophysics.


Shakeeb Saqlain

Shakeeb Saqlain is the founder and CEO of IslamicBanker.com, an Islamic Finance industry platform which connects professionals from around the world, providing financial information and collaboration tools. Shakeeb has worked in the financial services industry for over a decade including at Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley and Dubai Islamic Bank (Treasury Sales). His interests centre on development economics and creating vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets.


Blake Goud

Blake Goud is Community Leader, Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Gateway and has contributed significantly to Islamic micro-finance solutions. He is the founder of Sharing Risk, a think tank on Islamic finance based in Portland, Oregon.


Rosie Kmeid

Rosie Kmeid is Vice President - Global Corporate Communications & Marketing, Path Solutions In the world of global international finance, Islamic finance is not a significant force, but its role in the Muslim world and its influence worldwide are potentially large. The modern revival of Islamic finance came to respond to the unmet need for a form of finance that Muslims could trust, and which was in accordance with their ethical and moral principles. There was a major concern from a greater portion of the population than at any time about their financial practices and the need to comply with Sharia law.


Zulaiha Shafeek

Zulaiha Shafeek completed her Master of Islamic Finance from Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She also holds a BSc in Islamic Finance with Honours from Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali, Brunei and is keen on sharing her views on Islamic finance with others.


Nazeefa Fawzer

Nazeefa Fawzer is reading for her PhD in Islamic Banking and Finance at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. She holds a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Islamic Banking and Finance from the same University. She is currently a lecturer and coordinator for the MSc program in Islamic Finance and Accounting at Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)


Nida Khan

Nida Khan is the developer of the world's first Islamic Finance Education App. She served as a Researcher at the University of Luxembourg focussing on data security in online social networks. She holds a Masters Degree in Information and Computer Sciences as well as a Master Diploma in Islamic Finance and a certificate on Islamic Finance from AUSCIF


Furqan Ahmad

Furqan Ahmad is GM - Head of Products, PMO & Core Banking System at TAIB (Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam) Brunei. He has been instrumental in establishing Islamic financial institutions in USA and GCC and has developed a number of innovative Islamic Banking products. Ahmad is a well known speaker at international Islamic Banking conferences, published author and certified trainer


Dr.Sayd Farook

Dr. Sayd Farook is responsible for leading the Islamic markets value propositions for the Thomson Reuters group, providing knowledge and information services to governments and businesses to execute their strategies related to Islamic markets. Dr.Farook’s focus in Thomson Reuters has been the intersection of technology, financial services, media and intelligence. He regularly consults and advises standard setters such as Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) on their standards and professional education.


Zubair Mughal

Zubair Mughal is Chief Executive Officer of AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) and has been working consistently for poverty alleviation through Islamic Microfinance.


Dr.Abdulazeem Abozaid

Dr.Abdulazeem Abozaid is Associate Professor, Islamic Finance Program, Qatar Foundation. He has worked at universities as well as in Islamic banks. He holds a PhD and Master in Islamic Financial Law.


Abdul Haseeb Basit

Abdul Haseeb Basit is the Head of Finance & Strategic Projects and a founder member of Innovate Finance. He has a keen interest in helping start-ups and serves as advisor and mentor to multiple start-ups.


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