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Academic Background:

Mian Nazir holds a Master degree in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and LL.B (Hons) Sharia and Law (with distinction) from International Islamic University, Pakistan and B.A Social Sciences and Islamic Jurisprudence from International Islamic University, Pakistan. In addition to his qualifications, he has received intensive training in international financial laws including securitization, swaps and derivatives.


Nazir is an accomplished and prominent Sharia expert/lawyer in the field of Islamic banking and finance. He specializes in retail, corporate, syndications, project finance, Sukuk, securitizations, Islamic investment funds, Islamic trusts, swaps and derivatives, insurance and Islamic finance legislation and regulations. He has played a leading role in providing technical support to Islamic banking and finance industry through innovation in product development.

Nazir currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Dar Al Sharia, United Arab Emirates.


Academic Background:

Dr. Akram holds a B.A. Honours degree in Islamic Jurisprudence and Legislation from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan and a Ph.D. in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. He has presented many papers related to Islamic Banking and Finance and other Fiqh topics at national and International level and has conducted many training sessions particularly on Islamic Banking and Finance for different sectors since 1999.


Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin is currently the Executive Director of International Sharia Research Academy for Islamic finance, Prior to joining ISRA he was an Assistant Professor at the College of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). At present, he is the Member of many Shari’ah Advisory Councils in Malaysia. In addition, he is a Committee member of AAOIFI Shari’ah Standards, Bahrain and other Boards locally and internationally. He is a prolific author of academic works specifically in the areas of Islamic Banking and Finance. He is the recipient of Zaki Badawi Award 2010 for Excellence in Shariah Advisory and Research. He has participated and presented papers in numerous local and international conferences. 

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