Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

Malaysia is undoubtedly the world leader in Islamic banking and finance (IBF). In this success story, the role of successive heads of government (starting from Tun Mahathir Mohamad to the current Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak) cannot be understated. Without the vision of the Prime Ministers of Malaysia, planning and execution of an […]

By |May 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Bin Abdul Razak, Secretary General of WIEF Foundation

ESTABLISHED in 2005, the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) has emerged as the most influential gathering of Muslim leaders from around the world. The ISFIRE Analysis Team believes that the establishment of WIEF was the most important development in the Muslim world after the founding of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (now renamed as […]

By |May 9th, 2014|0 Comments

Shabana Hasan, Economist

It is official. Women are better multi-taskers then men according to scientists at the University of Pennsylvania. You do not agree? Well, take a look at Shabana Hasan: Economist, Editor, Writer, Newsreader, TV Personality, Academic, Researcher, Fashionista, Wife, Daughter. In all her roles, she executes with a strong sense of her Islamic faith. We […]

By |May 8th, 2014|1 Comment

Raja Teh Maimunah – MD/CEO, Hong Leong Islamic Bank

Malaysia is a growing and dynamic economy. Present and past leaders have managed to balance international expectations with domestic aspirations. In part they reflect the spirit and values of the people, known to be courteous, friendly but also committed and tenacious. Raja Teh Maimunah, MD/CEO of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, is an embodiment of […]

By |May 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Ramlie Kamsari, CEO, CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management

Ramlie Kamsari, Chief Executive Officer – CIMB Principal Islamic Asset Management proved to be a fascinating conversationalist. He drew me in and revealed the unquestionable ambition of the man and the global vision of the company he represents. This is all revealed in the following lengthy but engaging interview.
I was not overwhelmed. Shaking the […]

By |February 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Irfan Siddiqui President & CEO, Meezan Bank Ltd, Pakistan

To begin, Meezan Bank is the first Islamic Bank in Pakistan. Can you share your experience of developing the concept and bringing it into fruition? What were the challenges of establishing an Islamic bank in Pakistan?
Meezan Bank started as an investment bank. (Al Meezan Investment Bank) The major challenges faced at the time were […]

By |February 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

Datuk Hajah Zabidah Ismail: Managing Director, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia

Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) is combating poverty in a big way. Acknowledging the creative capacity of women in low income families, AIM is an Islamic microfinance organisation that is unlocking their entrepreneurial potential and encouraging wealth creation amongst poor communities.
To start with, please share with us your personal story. How did you end up […]

By |November 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Light Talking with Waheed Qaiser

Waheed Qaiser has been involved in a number of projects in Islamic banking and finance, the most notable being his pioneering role in setting up Islamic Bank of Britain, the first full-fledged Islamic bank set up in the United Kingdom. A busy traveler, he is rarely based in any single country, and spends time […]

By |August 8th, 2013|0 Comments

A General Practitioner with Specific Solutions

Dr Tariq Cheema
Katherine Marshall, of Berkley Centre for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University, interviews Dr Tariq Cheema, CEO of World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists.
You have just arrived in Pakistan, and obviously travel widely. Where are you based at present?
Our headquarters are in Chicago but we are just establishing a second headquarters in […]

By |August 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Dr Amat Taap Manshor: CEO, Finance Accreditation Agency

What is your educational and professional back ground?
I have twenty years of experience in business management, 12 of which have been in education and training, holding senior management positions in universities as well as being a consultant. My expertise has developed over the past decade become invaluable as part of, and whilst leading, teams […]

By |May 9th, 2013|0 Comments