Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak

Tan Sri Dato' Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul RazakTan Sri Dato' Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak was previously the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. He joined the Malaysian Diplomatic and Administrative Service in 1972, and served in various capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, mainly in the Political Division, and at the Malaysian Missions abroad in Moscow, the Hague, Canber-ra, Washington and Dhaka.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi has previously also served as Director General, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Malaysia; Ambassador-at-Large; Malaysia's Representative to the ASEAN High Level Task Force (HLTF) on the Drafting of the ASEAN Charter and Malaysia's Representative to the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Drafting of the Terms of Reference of the ASEAN Human Rights Body.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi is currently, Secretary-General of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation (WIEF) and Chairman, Amanahraya-Reit Managers Sdn Bhd; Seremban Engineering Berhad; Ranhill Energy and Resources Bhd ; Theatre Management Associates Sdn Bhd; Optima Capital Sdn Bhd; Sofgen (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and ACE Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Tan Sri Fuzi is also a member of the Board of Directors of Maybank Islamic Bhd; Maybank Islamic Asset Management Sdn Bhd; Puncak Niaga Holdings Berhad; Management Development Institute of Singapore; Alstar Solutions Sdn Bhd and WEROS Technology Sdn Bhd as well as Advisor, Xadarcorp Sdn Bhd.

Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi is currently also a Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) and Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations; Deputy Chairman, Malaysian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP Malaysia); Member, Board of Trustee, MERCY Malaysia, Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and F3 Strategies Bhd; Member,Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) and Advisor, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award (APEA), Malaysia -Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and High School Bukit Mertajam Alumni Malaysia.


Carlo Acerra

Carlo AcerraDr Carlo Acerra, founder and executive director of Nikkey Food srl, has been operating in organic food trading on national and international markets for more than 30 years. He specialized in food supply chain management and development of tailor-made projects.


Adnan Al Sawair

Adnan Al SawairPersonal record:
Place and date of birth: Zarqa (Jordan), August 21st 1960
Nationality : Jordanian/Italian.
Marital status: Married, 3 children.

Degree in Civil Engineering in March, 1989. University of Pavia - Italy.
Professional Engineer Exam in May, 1989.

Recent work experience:

  • November 2007 to date
    MP - House of Representatives H.K. of Jordan
    Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly “EMPA” MP
    Head of Labor and Social Development   Committee 2013 to date
    Rapporteur of the Arab and Int'l Affairs Committee 2008 - 2009
    Member of Public Services, Tourism and Antique Committee 2008-2009
    President of Jordan-Italy Parliamentary Association
  • 2006 - 2010
    Partner in the "Oriental Housing" Amman, housing company.
  • 2008-2009
    Consultant services for Italmeworks s.cons.a.r.l, an Italian consortium promoting Trenchless technology in Jordan and surface utility mapping of the city of Amman.
  • 1999 – 2011
    "Al Sawair Co.", Amman. (After moving back to Jordan), I established the company working as:
    Contractor in the private housing construction.
    Consultant services for Trevi Foundation for contracting and tenders.
  • June 95 - July 96
    RTA (Rodio, Trevi, Arab Contractors) Joint Venture for the Bibliotheca   Alexandrina foundations.  Alexandria, Arab Republic of Egypt - Ministry of Education.
  • Nov. 96 - July 97
    Trevi Foundation Nigeria Limited.
    Project Manager for the construction of Ugborodo NewTown- Escravos. The client is Chevron Nigeria Limited - Escravos, Delta State, Federal Republic of  Nigeria.
  • Aug. 97 - April 99 Trevi Foundations Philippines Inc.
    Quality Control Manager for the Ground Anchor Subcontract Works of the project Belle  Bay Plaza Design and Construction of Excavation, Foundation and Diaphragm Wall Works, in Baclaran, Metro Manila, Republic of the Philippines.


Simone Alvaro

Simone AlvaroLawyer. Head of Legal Studies Office at Consob.

Professor of Securities Market Law at Scuola Superiore Economia e Finanze. Main research areas: financial markets law, corporate governance, sovereign wealth funds, Islamic finance, financial derivative instruments.


Mohamed Iqbal Asaria

Mohamed Iqbal AsariaIn his early career Iqbal worked as an Investment Analyst in the City of London for several years. For the last several years he has been largely involved in teaching post graduate courses in Islamic economics, finance, banking and insurance at a number of leading business schools in the UK and overseas.

Iqbal has advised many banks and insurance companies in the UK on their launch of Islamic financial services. He is also consultant to a number of institutions on structuring and marketing Islamic financial products in the UK.

For four years he was the Chair of the Business and Economics Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. He is now a Special Adviser on Business and Economic Affairs to the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. In this capacity, he was a member of the Governor of the Bank of England's working party set up to facilitate the introduction of Shariah compliant financial products in the UK market.

Iqbal is the lead for the Yasaar Group for Shariah screening of the FTSE Shariah indices.
Iqbal is an adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance at INCEIF, Malaysia. In addition, Iqbal teaches Islamic Accounting, Banking, Economics, Finance and Insurance courses for Aston Business School, Bangor Business School, CASS Business School, CASS Business School EMBA programme in Dubai and the University of East London. He is a contributing tutor to Durham University's Summer School on Islamic Finance.
Afkar Consulting Ltd (ACL) organises the premier annual International Takaful Summit in London which attracts over 300 participants and providers from the global Takaful (Islamic Insurance) industry. Iqbal is the convenor and lead on this project for ACL.

He was awarded the CBE in the 2005 Queen's Honours List for services to international development.


Paolo Biancone

Paolo BianconePaolo Pietro Biancone, Professor of Financial Management and Islamic Finance at the University of Turin. He acts as the director of the Centre of research on Islamic Finance and Coordinator of the PhD in Business Management at the University of Turin. Since several years he also teaches at the University of Lanzhou (China) and the National Chengchi University in Taipei (Taiwan). He is a speaker at national and international conferences and also an author of numerous publications in the field of Accounting and Islamic Finance. He is the Editor in Chief for the European Journal of Islamic Finance as well as the Scientific Journal of Management Science.


Alberto Brugnoni

Alberto BrugnoniA former director with Merrill Lynch Bank heading the Italian desk - is the founder and Managing Partner of ASSAIF, the oldest Islamic finance consultancy in Europe that provides strategic institutional advisory worldwide to governments, central banks, public and semi-public institutions, regional and local authorities. It operates on a projects-basis model by establishing core teams of professionals and local experts in the legal and Shariah, fiscal and administrative, financial engineering and marketing areas. ASSAIF also proactively develops the halal food, fashion, tourism, health & cosmetic industries, and has recently launched a pilot program on Islamic finance and music.

In the mid-1980s Alberto pioneered some of the first Islamic transactions in Europe, in 1997 wrote ‘Pilot Project Genoardo’ for the establishment of a Mediterranean Multilateral Bank based on Islamic finance principles and in 2006 he structured the first real estate transaction in Italy based on murabahah financing. His debut one-year Islamic syndicated facility for Ak Bars Bank in Russia was awarded the title of ‘2010 Europe Deal of the Year’.

Milestones include structuring home-financing in Palestine (2012); drawing-up the business plan for a Family Office in Jeddah (2008); combining the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism with Islamic modes of financing for the Ministry of Environment in Damascus (2006); authoring and managing of 'New Life Styles’ a project on social inclusion and new forms of citizenship on behalf of the European Commission (2004-2007). More recently, he received the remit from the Afghan government to launch Takaful and provide Islamic financing to rural communities across the country.

Alberto routinely moderates Islamic finance events around the globe in Arabic, English and French.


Tariq Cheema

Tariq CheemaPresident, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, United States

Tariq Cheema is a renowned social innovator and philanthropist who has devoted his life to making world a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable place for all. He is the founder of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a global network of affluent individuals, foundations and socially conscious corporations dedicated to advance effective and accountable giving.

He received his M.D. from the University of Istanbul, earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Philanthropy at Loyola University Chicago, and was awarded fellowships by the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Next Generation Leadership Program, the Bellagio Initiative, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Madinah Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and the New Westminster College. He holds expertise in the domains of impact philanthropy and investing, strategic corporate giving, value innovation, and crisis management. Dr. Cheema ranks among the 500 most influential Muslims impacting the world today.


Sultan Choudhury

Sultan ChoudhuryChief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director,Islamic Bank of Britain.

Sultan Choudhury is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director at the Islamic Bank of Britain plc (IBB).  The Bank’s longest-serving employee, Mr Choudhury joined IBB when it was formed in 2004 and was part of the founding management team of Western Europe’s first authorised Islamic Bank.

Since then Mr Choudhury has set up the Bank’s Head Office operations and Branch Network.  He has also led the development and implementation of IBB’s full product range and service delivery channels.  As a result, the Bank now offers the largest range of Islamic retail financial products in the UK and has attracted over 50,000 customers.  Most recently, Mr Choudhury successfully oversaw the Bank’s acquisition by Masraf Al Rayan QSC (Al Rayan), a Qatar-based Islamic bank.

Mr Choudhury is a member of various community and advisory groups and has contributed significantly to the development of Islamic Financial Services in the UK. He is a member of UKIFS (UK Islamic Finance Secretariat) a body which promotes the UK Islamic Finance industry and chaired the retail domestic market group.

Mr Choudhury previously held roles at Charles Schwab Europe, Barclays Private Bank and Deloitte.  A Chartered Accountant (ACA), he holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Econometrics and an MBA with distinction. Mr Choudhury is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment for whom he sits on the Employer Panel for the Islamic Finance Qualification.


Angela Di Maria

Angela Di Maria She covers issues related to Mediterranean economies and Islamic finance for the Bank of Italy’s International Relations Directorate. Co-author of “Islamic finance and conventional financial systems. Market trends, supervisory perspectives and implications for central banking activity”, Bank of Italy Occasional Paper n. 73 and “Islamic Finance in Europe”, ECB Occasional Paper n. 46.


Sayd Farook

Sayd FarookGlobal Head Islamic Capital Markets

Dr. Sayd Farook is responsible for leading the Islamic markets value propositions for the Thomson Reuters group, providing knowledge and information services to governments and businesses in relation to their strategies related to Islamic markets.

Dr. Sayd Farook's focus in Thomson Reuters has been the intersection of technology, financial services, media and intelligence to produce actionable results across the Islamic markets from high street Sukuk to main street SMEs. 

Before joining Thomson Reuters, in May 2010, Sayd was responsible for structuring and legal advisory at Dar Al Istithmar, a boutique Islamic Finance advisory firm based in Oxford, UK.

Prior to this, he led the growth and innovation strategy at the Centre for Islamic Finance at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. This included strategy formulation, sourcing funds, planning and execution.

Sayd regularly consults and advises standard setters such as Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) on their standards and professional education and sits on the editorial advisory board for two prominent blind peer reviewed academic journals.

Dr. Farook remains actively engaged in the Islamic Finance industry, through structuring Shari’a compliant transactions and products, conference contributions, post doctoral research/supervision/publishing and drafting of standards/preparing studies for infrastructure institutions.

Sayd holds two First Class Honors’ University degrees in Law and Business and a PhD in Financial Economics, with a special focus on Islamic banking, from the University of Technology Sydney.

Sayd is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Pierfrancesco Gaggi

Pierfrancesco GaggiPierfrancesco Gaggi studied at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where he graduated in Economics. As he worked for the Association for Italian Banks (ABI), in the Economic Research department and in the Payment Systems department, he took additional intensive courses in Management and Financial analysis.

Since 1998, he is the Chairman of Italian Group of Banks participating to SWIFT.

In 2006, Mr Gaggi became Deputy Head of the Financial Services Division at the Association for Italian Banks. In 2007, he was appointed as Member of the Financial Market Committee at European Banking Federation and in 2008 Chairman of of ABI Lab – Consortium of banks and banks’ providers in ICT. He is currently a member of the European Banking Federation Executive Committee and a Board member of EMMI since 2011.


Enrico Giustiniani

Enrico Giustiniani He received a degree cum laude in Economics and Commerce in 1988 at "La Sapienza" University in Rome, and in 1993 he attended a master in banking disciplines.

CPL officer from GdF, he worked at Renault Italia, Playtex Italia, Dexia-Crediop, and since 2000 he has been working at BANCA FINNAT EURAMERICA, currently at the Tax Office.

He is registered as professional accountant, official auditor, financial analyst-AIAF, CTU from Rome Court and freelance journalist in Lazio. He is member of the tax technical committee for Associazione Bancaria Italiana, and he is responsible for the “Islamic Finance Group” from AIAF .

He published different papers about Islamic finance:

  • “Le banche del Corano. Un convegno a Roma per capire il sistema finanziario Islamico”. (L’Avanti! 20.12.2002)
  • “La finanza islamica: etica e capitalismo. Paesi musulmani e tassi d’interesse” (L’Avanti! 2.2.2004)
  • “Elementi di Finanza Islamica” (Rivista della Guardia di Finanza n. 6 nov/dic 2005).
  • “Elementi di Finanza Islamica” (Marco Valerio Editori, collana I saggi, Torino 2006).
  • “Fondi di investimento Islamici”  (The Isme Tribune n. 1 novembre 2008)
  • “Analisi del rapporto tra economia e Corano partendo dall’esperienza del “Libro verde” di Gheddafi” (L’Avanti! 21.6.2009)
  • “Finanza Islamica, ultima frontiere dell’economia” (L’Avanti! 15.11.2009)
  • “Finanza, etica e religione. Il comportamento degli operatori finanziari in tempi di crisi”. (Marco Valerio Editori, collana I saggi, Torino 2012).
  • “Un rating Islamico per le aziende Italiane” (quaderno AIAF n.156, Aprile 2013).

At present he coordinates the next-to be published AIAF technical supplement: “Obbligazioni Islamiche e Cartolarizzazioni immobiliari. Le prospettive in Italia per l’emissione di un sukuk Islamico”


Fatima Habib Eddin

Fatima Habib EddinFatima Habibeddine is the founder of the first on line Italian magazine on Islamic economics and finance (www.lafinanzaislamica.it). The magazine wants to provide news and analysis about this developing field and to raise Italian public awareness on the importance of adopting alternative financial and economic instruments in order to help the Italian readers understand the principles of Islamic economics.

She graduated at the University of Torino and she holds an MBA from the leading European Business School “ESCP Europe”. She gained knowledge in the conventional finance, particularly in the London finance. In 2012 she organized, together with ASSAIF, an international meeting for Islamic Relief Italia, an NGO from Milan, The meeting dealt with the opportunities offered by the Islamic finance to create development with a focus on disadvantaged communities. After this experience she decided to specialize in Islamic finance and she is currently attending a Professional Master Degree in Islamic Banking and Finance from INCEIF, the Global University of Islamic Finance based in Kuala Lampur.

She lives in London, where she cooperates with the National Zakat Foundation, a British NGO whose aim is to collect and redistribute the Zakat in the UK, following the dictates of Islamic law, and she is starting a cooperation with Zawya, a Thomson Reuter branch dealing with Islamic economics and finance.


Baljeet Kaur Grewal

Baljeet Kaur Grewal Baljeet Kaur Grewal is the Managing Director & Vice Chairman at the Investment, Advisory & Research arm of Kuwait Finance House, Kuwait (KFH). In her capacity, Baljeet leads the investment strategy and research advisory teams at KFH Research Limited. Prior to this, Baljeet was the Head, Investment Banking Research at Maybank Group, Malaysia. She was also attached to ABN AMRO Bank and Deutsche Bank, London, with experiences ranging from Credit Structuring, Islamic Finance and Economic & Emerging Market Research. She has broad experience in Islamic capital markets, having participated in notable Islamic fund raising transactions in Asia & the Middle East; as well as in strategy & and Islamic banking initiatives. She has written and published articles on development in emerging economies, debt markets, Islamic finance and policy framework; works closely with the ECB, IMF, World Bank and various central banks and governing bodies on regulatory and policy development in finance. Under her stewardship, KFH has been the recipient of 17 international awards for excellence in Research Advisory.

Baljeet is the first woman in the Middle East to hold her position at KFH. She is also the award recipient of the prestigious Sheikh Rashid al-Makhtoum award for Regional Contribution to Islamic Finance in Asia 2006, as well as various international awards, and a key advocate of women in finance. She is also a regular speaker on Islamic Finance at Cambridge University.

Baljeet is an accomplished economist and holds a (1st Class Hon) degree in International Economics and an Executive MBA from Cambridge University, UK.


Melih Kesmen

Melih KesmenThe developer of Styleislam® is a designer from germany. His name is Melih Kesmen. The Parents of Melih came from Turkey to Germany after the 2nd world war as Guest Workers.
He studied graphic-design in Dortmund. For many years he was active as a graffiti artist. Graffiti is a straight and honest way to express yourself and your message. At that time he learned a lot and improved his skills.

Unfortunately the reason to start with Styleislam® could be a better one. The first idea came up while they published the cartoons about the prophet muhammad. Not the cartoons but the intention made him angry. Because of many reasons the situation between muslims and the western world was very tense anyway and unnecessarily these cartoons heat-up the situation even more. He thought to hisself that the Future between the cultures is nothing without Communication. Muslims had to talk to Non-Muslims and the other way around. And the best reason to start a conversation could be curiosity. His intention was to make People curious with eye-catching messages on T-Shirts.


Alia Khan

Alia KhanBased in Dubai, UAE, Alia Khan is the Founder/Chairwoman of Islamic Fashion Design Council (IFDC), an organization established for the development of the Islamic fashion industry worldwide. Raised in Canada and USA, Alia worked on her own fashion creations. Soon she was producing fashion shows, events, and media programs, which led to setting up her own independent media and marketing company in Los Angeles.
In 2005, Alia was brought on the organizing team for the Arab and World Media Conference in Dubai, which expanded her exposure to the region and the Islamic economy. She eventually worked in her own businesses before taking a complete break so that she could further her Islamic studies in Jordan. Upon completion of her studies, her philanthropic interest in the development of the underprivileged areas of the Muslim world became a priority. Today Alia’s charity provides solutions through the aid of top educators and experts from around the world who’ve joined in her commitment to upgrade education systems and eradicate malnutrition prevalent in these areas.

Back in the work scene, Alia has come full circle as founder of Islamic Fashion Design Council. She recognized the deep void that had been in the Islamic fashion industry from the beginning, and now was determined to fill it. IFDC was created to facilitate the industry’s high potential. Since the inception of IFDC, Alia has had the privilege of working with experts from the MENA region as well as North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America who share in the same passion for this industry as well as taking the responsibility of cultivating its deeper meaning.


Massimo Lapucci

Massimo Lapucci Massimo Lapucci is the Secretary General of the Fondazione CRT, a foundation of banking origin based in Turin. He is also the Secretary General of Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita – CRT, a foundation primarily focused on venture Philanthropy and impact investing. Massimo is the Managing Director of the OGR Company, the entity that manages one of the major projects in Italy for venture philanthropy, whose mission is the conversion of a former large industrial building in the heart of Turin, into an innovative and experimental centre for contemporary culture.

He has extensive international experience as a board member for public and private companies and nonprofit organizations in the EU and the Americas. Since 2012, he is a member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Center and as of 2014 is also a member of the Management Committee.

Prior to taking up his current position with the Fondazione CRT, Massimo was the Investment Director for Sintonia S.A. a holding company based in Luxembourg focused on infrastructure assets, including the Italian motorways company, airports and telecommunications. Previously, Massimo was senior vice president for strategic planning and mergers & acquisitions for Ferrovie dello Stato, a holding company which includes the Italian railway system. Massimo also has consolidated teaching experience at University level. From 2006 he is a World Fellow at Yale University, USA.


Alberto Liotta

Alberto Liotta Alberto Liotta is partner at Deloitte and expert in Islamic finance and works with the international network. He operates on Islamic finance products for financial companies and banks and on the financial inclusion of migrants. In Italy, he analyses and studies the compatibility of Islamic instruments within the Italian regulatory framework.


Giovanni Luppi

Avv. Giovanni Luppi He is partner of R&P Legal law firm, where he works as head of the financial law department. He specializes in advising banks and firms in relation to financing, issues and public offerings of debt and capital financial instruments, quotation procedures, securitisation and structured finance.


Licia Mattioli

Licia MattioliBorn in Naples In 1967. Degree in Law - University of Torino. Lawyer

  • Chief Executive Officer of Mattioli S.p.A
  • Vice President of Confindustria – Internationalization and Investment Attraction
  • President of the Unione Industriale of Torino
  • President of Confindustria - Federorafi
  • Member of the Unicredit Territorio Nord Ovest Council
  • Member of the Board and Steering Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in Torino
  • Advisor for SIAS S.p.A.
  • President of Italian Women Jewellery Association

She held the position of:

  • Member of the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Group at the Unione Industriale of Torino
  • Vice President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group at the Unione Industriale of Torino
  • Vice President of the Unione Industriale of Torino
  • Vice President of the Women Entrepreneurship Commission at Chamber of Commerce of Torino
  • Vice President of I3P, the Innovative Enterprise Incubator of Torino
  • President and Founder of “Exclusive Brands Torino” – the first horizontal network of luxury products set up in 2011
  • In 2010 she won the Golden Apple from the Bellisario Foundation


Giorgio Medda

Giorgio MeddaSince 2012 Giorgio Medda has been Turkey Country Manager for Azimut Holding Group, Europe’s leading asset management business with assets under management (AUM) of USD37 billion as of September 2014, and offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. In Turkey Azimut is establishing an integrated financial advisory platform through its 2 partnerships, AZ Global and AZ Notus, which manage and market 13 mutual funds bringing significant investment innovation through flexible strategies focused on Turkish and Islamic capital markets, and dedicated to both local and international investors. AZ Global is pioneering Islamic asset management as an advisor to the AZ Multi Asset Global Sukuk fund, one of the world’s largest sukuk funds with AUM of over USD90mn. Giorgio joined Azimut in 2007 as a member of the first alternative European equity fund management team in Italy. Prior to Azimut, from 1998, Giorgio had worked at Mediobanca in Milan and Credit Suisse in London with a focus on European and Emerging Market equities.


Gianmarco Montanari

Gianmarco MontanariGianmarco Montanari is the City Manager (ie Managing Director) of the City of Turin, reporting directly to the Mayor Piero Fassino, where he replaced in April 2013 the former Director Mr. Cesare Vaciago.
On behalf of the City Council has organized the TIEF - Turin Islamic Economic Forum, the first international meeting sponsored by a local institution in Europe to explore the themes of economics and Islamic finance: an opportunity to attract qualified investments and develop the economy local.
Gianmarco Montanari graduated 110/110 within 5 years in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, starting to play at the same time small jobs and internships, and conducting an interim period in the Netherlands, thanks to the Erasmus program.
Started 24 years as Controller and Assistant CFO in a Swiss multinational firm in the automotive industry, beginning a career that took him to top management positions in private and public companies, in different industries: manufacturing, services, banking, central public administration.
He committed in continuous professional development achieving degrees in Business and Management Administration, in Political Science and in Law; and high specializations in management in prestigious business schools: the French INSEAD, American Columbia University, the Swiss IMD and the Italian Bocconi.
He was honored in 2012 as a graduate year at the University of Economics in Turin.
He was awarded of Chevalier of Merit of the Italian Republic.
He is 'Testimonials' Ex Alumni for the Politecnico di Torino.
He wrote the book, The Samsung Way, explaining the success of a industrial leader such as Samsung Corporation and a growing country like South Korea in parallel with the industrial history of Italy from reconstruction period to the present.
He is Board Member of GTT SpA and member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Digital Agency.


Ramli Muktisjah

Ramli MuktisjahMuktisjah is a Certified Pension Advisor, Bachelor in Pensions and Life Assurance. He studied Business Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and is a Fellow at U.S. based Life Management Institute (FLMI) of the Life Office Management Association (LOMA). He has received basic actuarial and investment training. Additionally, he has written articles on Islamic finance and takaful and is a regularly invited to be a speaker/panelist as well as a moderator at Islamic finance and takaful conferences and seminars.

He started in 1996 with an internship at KPMG Management Consulting in Jakarta, Indonesia and later on beginning 1998 he worked for more than 8 years at Swiss Life in The Netherlands in the field of client relations, pension administration, and takaful research, where he was the initiator responsible for the development of takaful for Swiss Life in Europe. From 2002, he was also the Chairman of Islamic Commerce (Islamic Commerce VOF and Islamic Commerce Ltd), involved in research and development of Islamic Finance in The Netherlands.

In 2006 Muktisjah was recruited to join Bank Al Jazira – Takaful Ta’awuni Division in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, initially as Corporate Business Development Manager, where he was responsible for group sales and product development of the group products. Later on at Bank Al Jazira in 2010 he became the Head of Product Research and Development as Senior Manager, heading product development of the unit-linked and protection only products for retail and corporate customers and was also involved in market research. For the spin-off company Aljazira Takaful he was responsible for the product submission and getting the regulatory approval of the new retail and corporate takaful products including providing the marketing text for the brochures, coordination with legal experts, actuarial firm, investment firm, retakaful providers, IT system provider and Sharia consultant.

Currently, as co-founder and partner he holds the position as Director at Takaful Outsource Ltd., which firm helps to set-up new takaful companies in Africa, SE Asia, Europe and also product development, actuarial support and IT Takaful system assistance for insurance / takaful companies.


Alessandro Orsini

Alessandro OrsiniCurrently Head of Sales Europe in the Petronas Lubricants International Business Organization, joining the Company in July 2014.

17 years in Royal Dutch Shell, covering several roles, in Chemical Business Management, Marketing Lubricants, Fuel Business to Business Commercial Management, Retail Marketing and Technology Business development.

3 years in ENI, soon after the University, covering the role of Refinery technologist and then Plant Manager.

Graduated in Industrial Chemistry at the Pisa University in 1993.

Two kids, Alberto and Gustavo, which represent the main challenge for me and my spouse Federica. Passionate for art (primarily Metaphysics Painting), Painting (mainly portraits) and Cooking.


Anass Patel

Anass PatelAnass Patel est le président fondateur de la société 570 Asset Management, spécialisée dans le montage de solutions financières conformes à l’éthique musulmane. 570 AM a été pionnier dans le développement des montages de financement Murabaha immobilier, crédit-bail immobilier Ijara et financement PME Sukuk Mudaraba pour le marché français ainsi qu’une plateforme de finance participative (Crowdfunding) entièrement compatible avec les règles de l’Islam des affaires.

Spécialisé depuis plus de 15 ans, à la fois en finance, en immobilier institutionnel et en gestion de fonds, Anass Patel fait partie de ces nouveaux entrepreneurs qui se sont spécialisés dans le domaine des finances éthiques et responsables, pour le marché européen et à destination des investisseurs notamment du Golfe. Il était précédemment le directeur de l’investissement et de la stratégie des grands comptes chez DTZ Asset Management Europe. En charge du montage et de la gestion d’actifs immobiliers, il a mis en place différents fonds d’investissements notamment pour GE Asset Management, AMP Capital, Dubai Islamic Bank en conformité avec l’éthique musulmane (sharia compliant) ou encore du fonds Hexagone, co-développé avec Aviva Investors.

Anass Patel est diplômé d’un Master spécialisé de l’Ecole Centrale Paris et de l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille. Après avoir dirigé l’activité de recherche chez HRO, puis été responsable chez GE Capital des analyses de risque du portefeuille d’investissements au niveau européen (Insurance, Consumer Finance), il était également spécialisé dans les investissements sur des start ups hi-tech avec GE Private Equity aux US.

Anass fait partie de la commission Finance Islamique d’Europlace depuis 2007, sous l’égide du Haut Comité de Place institué par Christine Lagarde, ex-ministre de l’économie. Il a été en charge du groupe de travail sur l’immobilier ayant permis l’adoption des instructions fiscales publiés en 2010. Il est par ailleurs membre-fondateur de l’association AIDIMM, spécialisée dans la promotion de la finance islamique francophone. Il est membre du CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Manager) aux Etats-Unis et de l’AREIM (Association de Recherche Immobilière) en France, est certifié Black Belt 6 Sigma (performance par la qualité) et PMP (Project Management Professional).

Il est l’auteur de nombreux papiers sur la finance islamique ainsi que de trois ouvrages collectifs, le premier avec des universitaires et juristes (« La Finance Islamique à la française : un moteur pour l’économie, une alternative éthique », Secure Finance 2008), le second avec des professionnels anglophones (Euromoney 2010 : Islamic Investment banking,») avec un troisième édité en 2011 sur les sukuks (« Growth of sukuk » Euromoney 2011) ainsi que le livre blanc "finance islamique et immobilier" co-écrit avec Norton Rose.

Enfin, Anass est un conférencier régulier en Europe et dans le Moyen-orient, il intervient régulièrement dans des différentes universités françaises et marocaines. Il mène des recherches sur les « techniques de financement participatif au service des PME » dans le cadre d’une thèse professionnelle avec l’université Paris 1 Sorbonne, ce qui lui a permis de rédiger un article reconnu par ses pairs et publier par l’Université Harvard sur l’innovation que représentent les Sukuk hybrides.


Francesco Profumo

Francesco ProfumoFrancesco Profumo is Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives at the Politecnico of Torino. He was the Dean of the Engineering Faculty and the Rector of the Politecnico of Torino. In August 2011 he was appointed as President of CNR (National Research Council) and in November of the same year he became the Minister of Education, University and Research. From July 2013 he is the Chairman of the IREN Group.


Agostino Re Rebaudengo

Agostino Re RebaudengoSince 1995, Agostino has been an innovator and an opinion leader in the field of renewable energy. His company, Asja Ambiente Italia is leader in its field in the Italian market. In 2011, he was appointed Chairman of assoRinnovabili (the Italian largest association of renewable energy producers). In 2012, he became a board member of EWEA (European Wind Energy Association). In 2012 he founded Reba Capital UK LLP, an investment management company focusing on sustainable agricultural and clean energy projects.

Agostino started his career in the management consultancy industry in Milan in 1980 at Andersen Consulting (today Accenture). Subsequently, he was in charge of the turnaround of the major Italian publishing company, Giulio Einaudi Editore. From 1988 Agostino held CEO positions in the field of real estate, equipment leasing and financial and management consulting.

Agostino is a long-time supporter of culture, particularly contemporary art and theatre. He is co-founder and vice president of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation for contemporary art. From 1996 to 2007 he was chairman of Turin Theatre Foundation (TST). He was president of Public Dramatic Theatre and Vice President of the National Association of Dramatic Art Theatres. He was also a board member of Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum. From 2010 to 2013 Agostino has been chairman of Fidas ADSP Onlus (Blood Donor Association).

He received his degree in Economics at University of Turin and completed his education at UCLA University of California, Los Angeles and at Harvard Business School of Boston.


Riccardo Rossotto

Riccardo RossottoSenior partner R&P Legal – Rossotto, Colombatto & Partners

  • Since 1993: Official Auditor;
  • 1986: Qualification as Lawyer - Member of the Order of the Turin Bar;
  • Since 1980: Prosecutor;
  • 1977: Law degree. University of Turin. Thesis in Labour law.


Pasquale Salzano

Pasquale SalzanoSenior Vice President Government Affairs  since  July 1,  2014.

Born in Pomigliano (NA)  on April 7, 1973, in 1996 he graduated with Honors in Law from the University "Federico II" in  Naples and in 2000 obtained a PhD in international law from the University of Siena. From 1996 to 1999 he collaborated with Prof.  Benedetto  Conforti  at the Chair of International Law at the University of Naples  and in 2000 qualified as a Lawyer at  the Naples Court of Appeals.

He began his career as a diplomat  in December 1999 and from January 2000 to July 2001 worked on legal and institutional issues regarding  the European Union at the General Directorate for European Integration of the  Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2001, in the aftermath of the Balkan conflict, Pasquale Salzano was  appointed  Chief of Staff of the international OSCE Mission in Belgrade and the following year was  posted  by the Italian government  to  Pristina to establish and manage the Italian Liaison Office at the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Kosovo, which subsequently  became the  Italian Embassy.

From 2005 he was in New York at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and, after about two years,  was posted  to Rome to the Office of the Diplomatic Adviser to the Prime Minister where, in view of the Italian Presidency of the G8, was appointed by the Prime Minister as Head of the Sherpa  Office  for the G8/G20.

In 2009,  he was  selected by the OECD Secretary-General  as  Director of the Heiligendamm/ L'Aquila Process  in Paris.

From January 2011 he was seconded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  to  Eni,   where he  was appointed Vice President ,  International  Institutional Relations in the Department of  Institutional Relations and Communications and Vice President  of Eni-USA’s  Representative office. From July 2012, he was Vice President, International  Institutional Relations  within the Office for Institutional and Regulatory Affairs.

He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, is a member of the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Italy, the Scientific Committee of the Rome-Mediterranean Foundation and the National Assembly of UNICEF Italy.  He is  a member of the Institute for International Affairs (IAI) and the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).


Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Rafi-uddin ShikohRafi-uddin is the Founder and CEO of DinarStandard--a specialized market research and advisory firm focused on the emerging Muslim markets of Halal/Tayyab food, Islamic/Ethical Finance, and OIC member countries. He is passionate about empowering organizations for profitable and responsible global impact. Since 2008, Rafi-uddin has been advising global multi-nationals, Islamic financial institutions, Halal market startups and NGOs on market expansion analysis, business/investment strategy, and innovative marketing strategies.

Rafi-uddin has led various market studies on the Muslim markets globally including the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2013, DS100™ ranking of Top 100 Businesses in the Muslim World, Social Responsibility Survey of Islamic Financial Institution, State of Food Insecurity & Opportunities in OIC Countries, American Muslim Market, Productivity in Ramadan Survey, and various other such reports. He is a frequent speaker on innovation, marketing, social business, and Muslim customer strategies, and has presented at prestigious industry conferences at Oxford University, Harvard University, Jeddah Economic Forum, Dubai International Conference for Awqaf, International Food Conference Turkey, and IIUM Malaysia.

Prior to DinarStandard, Rafi-uddin had been a Vice President with Marsh Inc, a global risk-brokerage firm, where he led and successfully delivered multi-million dollar knowledge management and marketing technology related initiatives. He had previously served as a Senior e-Business Consultant at a Boston a based firm. Rafi-uddin has an MBA from UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina, and a BSc. in Marketing from Southwest State, Minnesota, USA.


Maurizio Tamagnini

Maurizio TamagniniFondo Strategico Italiano SpA Chief Executive Officer

Since September 2011 Chief Executive Officer of Fondo Strategico Italiano (“FSI”), a risk capital investment company with Euro 4.4 billion of equity commitments. FSI shareholders are Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (80%) and Banca d’Italia (20%).

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of STMicroelectronics N.V., one of the world's largest semiconductor companies listed on the Milan, New York and Paris Stock Exchange.

Chairman of the Joint Venture between FSI and Qatar Holding (IQ Made in Italy Investment Company) with up to Euro 2 billion capital for investments in Food & Food Distribution, Fashion & Luxury, Furniture & Design, Leisure-tourism & Lifestyle.

Member of:

  • the Italian Ministry of Economic Development Industrial Compact task force;
  • the Executive Committee of the Italy-China Business Forum;
  • the Italy-France Business Forum;
  • the International Advisory Board of RDIF.

24 years experience in the financial sector. Worked in Milan, London and New York. Gained significant experience in Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Debt and Equity.

Until 2011, Head of Southern Europe Corporate & Investment Banking division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and member of Bank of America Merrill Lynch EMEA Executive Committee.

Degree in International Monetary Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and further qualifications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, New York - USA.

Member of the Organizing Committee of the 2014 Female World Volleyball Championships hosted by Italy.


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