Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Middle East Global Advisors

Dr. Sayd Farook

Dr. Sayd Farook is a veteran C-suite professional with a strong knowledge management and strategy execution track record. He has advised and served large corporates, multilaterals and governments in the Middle East and North Africa region in his role as Global Head Islamic Capital Markets at Thomson Reuters.

During the duration of his five year leadership stint at Thomson Reuters where he oversaw the Islamic markets strategy, he conceived and led his 25 strong team to achieve a number of industry firsts besides growing and leading a profitable and highly visible business. He also advises and produces a number of research based insights for government entities in the GCC including Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia such as the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center, The Executive Office of the Prime Minister of the UAE, Central Bank of Bahrain, Economic Development Board Bahrain, Tadawul Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Development Bank. Dr. Sayd is also the principle architect of a number of initiatives by the Government of Dubai in relation to their Islamic economy strategy.

Prior to his role at Thomson Reuters, Dr. Sayd was a legal and structuring advisor at Dar Al Istithmar, a boutique advisory firm based in Oxford and owned by Deutsche Bank, Oxford Center for Islamic Studies and Saudi Bin Laden Group.

Prior to this, he led the growth and innovation strategy at the Centre for Islamic Finance at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. 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.

Besides his executive role, he is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Responsible Finance Institute, a London based non-profit institute backed by financial industry leaders promoting the convergence and expansion of responsible finance practices.

Dr. Sayd has a Doctorate in Financial Economics (specifically focusing on Islamic banking and risk management), a first class Honours in Business and a Law Degree (LLM) from the University of Technology Sydney.