Thought Leadership

Our team includes some of the Islamic finance sector’s leading practitioners who are widely respected in their fields of expertise.

This individual and collective expertise uniquely positions the UKIFC to provide leadership and insight on current and future issues in Islamic finance. Our thought leadership activities are intended to be innovative, inspirational and geared to developing solutions to market challenges that demonstrates praxis.

Representative Activities

Preparing reports and papers on emerging themes within Islamic finance

Researching, analysing and producing proprietary technical reports

Planning and organising technical workshops, round tables, seminars and conferences

Contributing to media reports and articles


Published the seminal “Enhancing Shariah Assurance” report which directly influenced policy setters, leading to external Shariah auditing being made mandatory by Central Banks in Oman and Pakistan with other jurisdictions anticipated to follow

Published (in collaboration with ISRA) the “External Shariah Audit” report which examines the policy development, practice and challenges associated with implementing external Shariah auditing

Commissioned by a Gulf based PE investment manager to conduct a research project on the Tayyib concept which seeks to integrate social and financial returns in creating a new class of Islamic financial products

Lead partner for The Times Islamic finance educational supplement

Contributed as reviewing partner to the CISI Islamic Finance Qualification text book

Presented at multiple international conferences including World Islamic Economic Forum, World Islamic Banking Conference, Euromoney, Global Ethical Finance Forum and Responsible Investor Summit

Contributed to numerous broadcast news reports on media platforms such as BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Islam Channel and press articles in the FT, The Times, IFN and The Guardian


“ISRA and UKIFC share the common goal of bringing Islamic finance to the next level and, through our pioneering thought leadership reports, we have developed a strong, productive and mutually beneficial partnership. We are proud to work with UKIFC and commend them for their passion, expertise and commitment to growing the industry.”

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin,
Executive Director, International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)