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Prof. Dr.  Muhammad Humayon Abbas Dar 

He is an Islamic banking and finance expert with professional experience in structuring Shariah compliant financial products for the institutions offering Islamic financial services, with considerable academic experience in different fields of economics and finance.

Deeply committed to the industry, Dr. Dar's other appointments are numerous. Amongst others, he currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, a high-level body committed to the promotion of trade and business links between the UK and the Arab world. He also serves as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School (City University London), an Honorary Fellow at the University of Durham, UK, and a Visiting Professor at University Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

Dr. Dar is an internationally known professional who has played a bridging role between Islamic and conventional finance. As a technical member of BMB Islamic Shariah Supervisory Board, he also participates in Shariah coordination in addition to his various roles as CEO of BMB Islamic. He is also associated with Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance London and is a member of the editorial board of its flagship publication New Horizon. A prolific author, he sits on the editorial boards of Review of Islamic Economics and International Journal of Islamic Financial Services.

Dr. Dar belongs to the first generation of qualified Islamic economists, with formal training in conventional and Islamic economics, as well as classical Islamic jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Islamabad, where he was personally tutored by the world's leading Islamic economists, jurists and thinkers. His higher studies include an MPhil and PhD (both in Economics) from Cambridge University where he conducted research on Islamic finance. His post-doctoral research has exclusively been on Islamic economics, banking and finance. He is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of Edbiz Consulting based in London, UK.

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Professor Dr. Tim Lindsey

Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is also chair of DFAT’s Australia Indonesia Institute and was a member of the Reference Group for the former National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program.

Tim holds the degrees of BA (Hons), LLB, BLitt (Hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne. In 2006, he was awarded a five-year Federation Fellowship to research “Islam and Modernity: Syari'ah, Terrorism and Governance in South-East Asia".

Tim’s publications include Indonesia: Law and Society, Corruption in Asia, Chinese Indonesians and Law Reform in Developing and Transitional States. This year he will publish Islam, Law and the State in Southeast Asia and The Indonesian Constitution (with Simon Butt). Tim is also a founding editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law.

Tim consults regularly with Indonesian and Australian government agencies and international aid organisations and maintains a practice as a barrister specialising in disputes involving Indonesian law. He has traveled regularly to Indonesia since 1976 and worked closely with Indonesian judges, police, prosecutors and lawyers. Tim speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia.

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Dato’ Dr. Muhammad Afifi Al-Akiti

Dato’ Dr Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti BA (Queen's), MA (Oxon), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), MSIEPM – also known as Shaykh Afifi – is Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Islamic Centre Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford, and is a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. He is the first ever Malay to be appointed to such a position in this world famous University.

Dr al-Akiti completed his D Phil in Medieval Arabic Philosophy from Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar in 2008. His thesis identifies and systematically considers for the first time a group of philosophical writings, called the Madnun corpus, attributed to Islam's greatest theologian, al-Ghazali (d. 505/1111) – his discoveries are based on a painstaking survey of nearly 50 medieval Arabic manuscripts.

Dr al-Akiti is trained as a theologian and philologist in both the Islamic and Western traditions: educated originally at the feet of the ulama of the Muslim world, he subsequently received a First Class degree in Scholastic Philosophy and History of Science from the Queen's University Belfast, where he was awarded various scholarships to read for his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Oxford. His areas of expertise are Islamic theology, philosophy and science.

Dr al-Akiti is listed in The 500 Most Influential Muslims for 2010. In 2009, along with Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem and the IIIT, Dr al-Akiti was short listed for the Annual UK Muslim Awards, in one of its 15 coveted Awards for Excellence, the Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought. In 2010, Dr al-Akiti was appointed Privy Councilor to the State of Perak, Malaysia, by the Crown Prince of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.

 

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