|Oliver Agha||Salman Ahmed||Professor Fouad H. Beseiso|
|Muhiuddin Ghazi||Dr M. Kabir Hassan||Umar Moghal|
|Professor Mohamed Ibrahim||Saadat Muzaffar||Waheed Qaiser Panel Session Chair|
|Dr. Mohamed Rashwan||Alex Roussos||Kamran Sherwani|
|Sameer K. Tegally||Professor David Weir|
Oliver Agha is a New York lawyer previously with Am Law (50) firms (Fulbright & Jaworski, Clifford Chance affiliate and DLA Piper) and a founding partner of Agha & Co and Agha & Shamsi boutique law firms, believed to be the first Shari’ah compliant law firms with their own board of some of the World’s leading scholars.
Mr. Agha is the author of various notable published papers, articles and presentations regarding salient Islamic finance topics and is regularly invited to speak at numerous Islamic conferences and as a guest on television (e.g., CNBC) and radio.
Salman is a partner in the Banking and Finance group and heads the firm's Islamic finance practice in the Middle East.
Salman has significant Islamic finance experience which covers a wide variety of asset classes, utilizing a wide range of structures. Salman is particularly highly regarded for his expertise in complex and challenging non-contentious Islamic restructurings.
Prior to joining Trowers & Hamlins, Salman was a senior associate in the Global Islamic Finance Group at a "Magic Circle" law firm. He is recognized by Legal 500.
Professor Fouad H. Beseiso is a former Central Bank Governor and Minister. He currently performs as a Senior Economic Regional Consultant and Academician.
With an accumulated monetary, financial and economic proficiency supported by 40 years of gained experience in the fields of Jordanian, Omani, Palestinian, Regional and International Banking, Finance and Economic Development. In 1994 Professor Beseiso was appointed as the first Governor and Founder of Palestinian Monterey Authority (PMA) and fulfilled this mission for seven years (1995- 2002).
Dar Al Sharia, Dubai
Dr. Ghazi completed Alimiat & Fadhilat in Jamiatul Falah. He obtained degree in Sharia with distinction from Islamic University, Madina and Masters in Arabic literature, and PhD in Quran from Lucknow University. He is a writer as well as translator in Arabic, Urdu and English. To his credit are more then 50 articles and research papers published in national and international academic magazines. He was an editor of a national magazine in Delhi, India and has 2 years teaching experience of Sharia subjects in Islamic Academy Delhi. He pursues his core interests in research on Sharia, particularly Islamic Finance & participates in seminars, debates and discussions on Sharia issues.
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 Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He has 130 papers published in refereed academic journals to his credit. Dr Hassan supervised 27 doctoral theses, and many of his students are now well placed in the academia, government and private sectors.
Mr. Moghul is a partner in the Dubai office of Stephenson Harwood whose work is focused on finance, real estate, private equity, and investment funds. He is a recognized leader in Islamic finance and investment. He has more than a decade of experience representing an array of financial institutions, sponsors, joint ventures, and family offices in a variety of cutting-edge finance and investment products and transactions (both conventional and Islamic).
Moghul has been widely published and has spoken at numerous forums regarding Islamic law and Islamic finance. He is a lecturer in law at the University of Connecticut School of Law in the United States where he teaches Islamic finance and investment. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Seminary.
Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim is the Dean of the College of Business Administration. He joined the university in 2009 and his research focuses on Performance Evaluation – Audit Judgment and Behavioral Accounting.
His research has appeared in numerous academic and professional journals such as Advances in International Accounting, International Journal of Business, International Journal of Accounting, International Journal of Commerce & management, Journal of Accounting Education, Administrative Research Review, Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation and Managerial Finance.
Saadat is a seasoned banker having International Islamic and Private banking experience, spanning over twenty-four years with renowned multinational banks such as HSBC, Credit Suisse, Prudential-Bache, Merrill Lynch and with Dubai Islamic bank as Head of International wealth Management. As the CEO of Punjab Board of Investment, he was involved in ensuring the flow of FDIs.
Saadat was responsible for spearheading the initiative to set up the first ever integrated Wealth Management platform catering to the needs of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) for Shari’a-compliant investment solutions. In addition, he was part of the team that developed new Islamic markets, established greenfield banking operations in Pakistan & Sudan, contributed towards the successful launch of an Islamic Investment bank in DIFC and gained significant experience of Sharia compliant business development linked to investment funds & structured products.
WQ is the lead founder of the First Islamic Bank in the United Kingdom. WQ is a Renowned Senior Executive Professional Banker and Management Professional, with bank start-up experience, management and financial consulting and Corporate Finance advisory. WQ is a pioneer of Islamic Banking movement in the West for over a decade having taken various Banks’ start-up initiatives in Europe and other major financial centres.
WQ held executive management positions at Citibank, HSBC, UBS, IIBU, IBB and QCC. WQ is Founder, CEO & Chairman designate of an Islamic Bank being established (not yet licensed) in Europe. WQ is a founding member of the Bank of England working party on Islamic mortgages. WQ is a founding Member UK technical group at Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments for Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) London.
WQ co-authored a book on Islamic Retail Banking and Finance: Global Challenges and Opportunities published by Euro-money UK.
Dr. Mohamed Rashwan is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Islamic World studies at Zayed University – Abu Dhabi . He is the Assistant Director for the graduate studies. Dr. Rashwan is responsible for overseeing and directing five master programs.
Dr. Rashwan is a Financial Consultant for different consultations firms. He prepares the financial analysis and Investment appraisal for different projects. This interdisciplinary specialization is underpinned by an awarded PhD degree integrating the fields of Finance and Investment.
Dar Al Sharia, Dubai
Kamran joined Dar Al Sharia in April 2008. Previously he worked with Emirates Islamic Bank's Shari'a Structuring and Coordination Department as an in-house counsel from August 2006 to April 2008. He studied Islamic Sharia and Law at International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan. He has been actively involved in transactions such as Sukuk, Syndications and project finance apart from other corporate and retail Sharia compliant finance products. He is involved in structuring of products, drafting of agreements, submission of the same to the Sharia Board and getting them approved by the Board. He has also attended quite a few training workshops and conferences in relation to Islamic Finance. He worked with PTCL and Ufone, major telecom companies in Pakistan, as in-house lawyer.
Sameer Tegally is an associate in the Mauritius office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. He joined Conyers in 2008. Sameer's practice covers corporate, banking and finance (including Islamic finance) and trusts/foundations. Sameer advises leading multinationals and international banks on their cross-border investments, financing and trading, particularly with Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He also advises institutional and private clients on all aspects of non-contentious Mauritius trusts and foundations law. Sameer has contributed several articles in renowned global publications in the fields of corporate law, Islamic finance and trusts.
Professor David Weir has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools as Director of the Bradford Management School, Head of the Glasgow University Business School, Dean and Director of the Newcastle Business School and Dean of the Scottish Business School. He was also Chair of the Association of Business Schools (UK) and is a Visiting Professor for numerous universities.
Professor Weir is a highly regarded academic, with a distinguished international research and publication record. He is an author of several books including the best selling Modern Britain series and has wide ranging research interests in areas spanning from strategic management and enterprise development, to risk and crisis management, and management in the Arab Middle East.
Professor Weir has researched and published extensively on Management in the Arab world and has undertaken consultancy with many leading companies and organizations in the MENA region. He is a regular presenter at major international and regional economic conferences.
Professor Weir has created partnership programmes with leading organizations such as the BBC, Emirates Airlines, Rolls Royce, Allied Domecq, Coca Cola, the Israel Chamber of Manufacturers, Singapore Institute of Management Development, the RAI Corporation (India), Singapore Institute of Management, and many other national and international partners.