Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, EIIB-Rasmala
Harris Irfan is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at EIIB-Rasmala. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best selling Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance, the only narrative of the industry written by a front office banker.
An investment banker with over 20 years’ experience in London and the Middle East spanning corporate and project finance, capital markets, structured products and private equity, he was the co-founder of Deutsche Bank’s world leading Islamic finance team where he led some of the most ground-breaking deals in the industry, many of which are documented in Heaven’s Bankers. In 2008 he was appointed CEO of Dar Al Istithmar, a Deutsche Bank group company dedicated to Islamic finance advisory services, where he successfully led a restructuring exercise. In 2009 he moved to Barclays where he was appointed global head of Islamic finance for the group and subsequently founded an independent Islamic finance advisory firm, Cordoba Capital, which is now an EIIB-Rasmala group company.
He speaks regularly as an industry expert with the BBC, CNN, Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Financial Times. He has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford.