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Shari'a Advisory Board

Shaykh Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari

Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California. He is a Professor of Islamic Economics at King Abdul Aziz University, and serves as an expert at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic World League. Dr Elgari is a member of Shari`a Boards of various high-profile Islamic finance institutions and Takaful companies, including the Dow Jones International Islamic Fund Market. He also sits on the Shari`a Board of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and is an Advisory Board member of the Harvard Series on Islamic Law.

Ustadh Taha Abdul-Basser

Taha Abdul-Basser is an independent scholar of Islamic ethics and law who has provided comprehensive Shari`a advisory services to investment funds, investment banks, retail banks, financial advisories, legal advisors and other institutions since 1998. He received his Bachelors (A.B.) in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College, a Master’s (A.M.) in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is an ABD from the same department. He is currently the Harvard Islamic Society Chaplain and a member of the Harvard Chaplains.

Shaykh Essam Ishaq

Shaykh Essam Ishaq graduated in Political Science from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is currently teaching Islamic Law and Theology in Bahrain, and is recognized as an emerging leader in the discipline of Islamic Finance. Shaykh Essam also serves on the Shari’a Supervisory Boards of numerous Islamic financial institutions, including: Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), Meezan Islamic Bank and Al Baraka Islamic Bank.