Adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance, INCEIF, Malaysia; Associate, Afkar Consulting Ltd

Iqbal Asaria

In 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.