Professor Habib Ahmed has written and presented extensively on Islamic Infrastructure Finance, most recently at COMCEC, the Economic Committee of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. He been the Sharjah Chair at Durham University Business School since 2008. Before joining Durham University, Professor Ahmed was Manager, Research and Development, Islamic Banking Development Group, The National Commercial Bank (NCB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also worked at Islamic Research & Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank Group, Saudi Arabia and taught at the University of Connecticut, USA, National University of Singapore, and University of Bahrain. He has been a member of the Capital Adequacy Working Group of Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) which is responsible for, among others, setting standards and guidelines for Islamic banks and financial institutions.
Dwi Irianti Hadiningdyah is currently the Director of Islamic Financing at the Directorate General of Budget Financing and Risk Management, Ministry of Finance, the Republic of Indonesia. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Law from Diponegoro University, Indonesia and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Delaware, USA. Experienced in the field of Indonesia’s capital market regulation and law, actively involved in the drafting of the Indonesia’s Sovereign Islamic Securities (Sukuk Negara) Law and its implementing regulations since 1994. She was also directly involved in developing Sukuk Negara since the very beginning, including the preparation contracts and legal documents used for issuances both in domestic and international markets.
She was also involved in the establishment of Directorate of Islamic Financing. Now, she is the President Director of Sukuk Negara Issuing Company (SPV), whose is responsible for issuing the Republic of Indonesia (ROI) Global Sukuk and ROI Green Sukuk. She has been active member of the Indonesian Association of Islamic Economist (IAEI) as the Division Head of Sukuk Development.
Farouk Alwyni is both an Islamic finance practitioner and lecturer. He spent most of his Islamic finance career in the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank Headquarters handling hundreds of US$ million IDB trade finance operations in many countries in Asia & CIS countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, and Tajikistan (1998-2007).
Prior to running PT. Alwyni International Capital (AIC) in 2012, Mr Alwyni was a member of the executive management of PT. Al-Ijarah Indonesia Finance (ALIF), the first Islamic leasing company in the country (owned jointly by Bank Muamalat Indonesia and Gulf Islamic financial institutions), in 2007-2009 and PT. Bank Muamalat Indonesia (BMI) in 2009-2011 where he initiated and implemented a number of new initiatives.
Mr Alwyni serves as the chairman and co-founder of Center for Islamic Studies in Finance, Economics, and Development (CISFED), a Jakarta based think tank whose objective is to develop an integrated paradigm in addressing Indonesian and global development issues. He also lectures in Perbanas Institute Graduate School of Management and the Faculty of Economics & Business, the University of Indonesia on Islamic finance and banking subjects.
Tahir Ali Sheikh has more than nineteen years of experience in Islamic Finance, capital markets, project financing and private equity in the Middle East, Central, South and South-East Asia. From 2009 to 2014 he was a Director at private equity fund manager, CapAsia, where he was the senior team member responsible for making investments in the Islamic Infrastructure Fund. After CapAsia, Mr Sheikh was Director and Head, Islamic Asset Management and Investments at CIMB Islamic where he managed assets of USD 5.7 billion. He is currently Group Head of Investment Banking and Emerging Businesses at JS Bank, Pakistan. Mr Sheikh has also held senior and managerial positions at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and the Islamic Development Bank. He is a CFA Charterholder and has a Masters in Public Administration degree from Harvard University. He started his career as an engineer in BP Exploration after graduating as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 1995.
Hidayathullah Baig is currently Senior Executive Advisor at the National Centre for Privatisation & PPP, Saudi Arabia. He has more than 25 years experience in Infrastructure and Islamic Project Finance, working in senior positions at Al Rajhi Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and First Energy Bank, Bahrain. He has also served on the Board of Directors of utility companies as nominee Director.
He has expertise in origination, structuring, execution and syndication of Islamic project finance transactions as well in Sukuk in the GCC. Mr Baig started his career as a Transport Planner. He qualified as a Transportation Engineer from Bangalore University, has a Masters in Transport Planning from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, has a MBA from ICFAI Business School and is a qualified Islamic banker, specializing in Islamic project / infrastructure finance and Islamic corporate finance.
Dr Obaidullah has been a senior and lead research economist in the field of Islamic Finance at the Islamic Development Bank Group for more than 13 years.
He has widely published in the field and has over 1600 citations to date with an h-index of 19 and i10-index of 29. He is the author of the popular book , "Islamic Financial Services" which has over 400 citations.
He regularly writes popular blogs on Islamic Social Finance at Sadaqa.in. He is also the founder of IBF Net: the Islamic Business and Finance Network and its flagship initiative, the International Institute of Islamic Business and Finance.
He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and workshops on Islamic Finance in general and Islamic Social Finance in particular. He was educated in India and holds a PhD and an MBA degree with specialization in Finance and certifications in microfinance, blockchain tech, digital money, fintech and related areas.
Prior to the IsDB, Dr Obaidullah was Associate Professor at the King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia and the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
Yoseph is part of the team at the Islamic Development Bank’s Awqaf Properties Investment Fund, a specialist fund used to help finance real estate ‘awqaf’ (Islamic charitable endowments) projects in different parts of the world. He joined the Islamic Development Bank in 2017 in the Young Professionals program. Prior to the IDB he worked for SAMTCO, a construction and engineering firm as Development Manager and Civil Engineer. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) degree in International Relations from the Harvard Extension School as well as a master's degree in engineering management (MEM) and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering (CE) from Kansas State University. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Islamic Economics and Finance at Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University. As a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary professional, he combines the analysis and planning tools of engineering management with an awareness of international social and cultural paradigms. He has a career interest in social and business development as well as in the political economy of international development; specifically, he is thoroughly committed to building peaceful and prosperous social and commercial environments especially in the Islamic World.
Daniel Ahmed is a pioneering fintech entrepreneur. Along with Raafi Hossain he has set up Fasset.com, a ground-breaking infrastructure finance system which uses the Ethereum blockchain. Prior to Fasset, he was at the UAE Prime Minister's Office and at Deloitte where he specialised in Fintech analysis. Daniel is a graduate of Kings College London.
Hissam Kamal Hassan has practical experience in Shariah-compliant institutional debt and equity funding as well as in academia. He is a part-time faculty member at AUI in Morocco and a PhD candidate at INCEIF in Malaysia and was a research fellow at ISRA in Malaysia. His private equity experience was gained as a director of investments of Khazanah Nasional of Malaysia where he represented the firm as a nominee board director and undertook equity investment activity. Prior to Khazanah, he worked in London, Dubai and Riyadh with HSBC Investment Bank in areas including sukuk, project finance advisory and asset finance predominantly in emerging economies and was the team lead for many ground-breaking and award-winning transactions gaining direct experience with leading companies, Shariah scholars and capital markets regulators. He joined HSBC from the IDB in Jeddah where he was a young professional and prior to this he worked as a corporate tax advisor and an audit senior with professional audit firms in London. Hissam read Economics at University College as well as qualifying as a chartered tax advisor and chartered accountant in London in the 1990s and has a Masters in Islamic Finance from INCEIF. He has published articles and book chapters and given and undertaken various executive courses including an executive business leadership programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau.