Executive Director, International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram is currently the Executive Director of International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) and Professor at International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). Prior to joining ISRA he was an Assistant Professor at the Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). In the period 2002-2004, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. At present, he is the Deputy Chairman of Bank Negara Malaysia Shari’ah Advisory Council, Member of Accounting and Auditing Organisation of Islamic Financial Institution (AAOIFI) Shari’ah Board, Member of Law Harmonisation Committee Bank Negara Malaysia, Member of Shari’ah Board of Employees Provident Fund Malaysia (EPF), Member of Maldives Monetary Authority Shari’ah Board, Member of Yassar Limited (Dubai) Shari’ah Advisory Board, Member Financial Regulation Advisory Council of Experts (FRACE), Central Bank of Nigeria, Shari’ah Advisor to ZI Syariah Advisory Malaysia, Member of Shari’ah Advisory Council International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), Bahrain, Member of Thomson Reuters Islamic Benchmark (IIBR) Shariah Committee; Member of Shari’ah Advisor of Dar Al Takaful (Dubai), Member of Watania Takaful Shariah Committee (Abu Dhabi), Member of the Shariah Supervisory Council of Labuan Financial Services Authority, Member Board of Trustee of Islamic Research Training Institute under Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah and other Boards locally and internationally.

Prof. Akram holds a B.A. Honours degree in Islamic Jurisprudence and Legislation from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan and a Ph.D. in Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. He has presented many papers related to Islamic Banking and Finance and other Fiqh topics at national and International level and has conducted many training sessions particullarly on Islamic Banking and Finance for different sectors since 1999. He is a registered Shariah Advisor for Islamic Securities with the Securities Commission of Malaysia and has acted as Shariah advisor in the issuance of several sukuks. In addition he is also prolific author of academic works specifically in the areas of Islamic Banking and Finance. He is the  receipient of Zaki Badawi Award for Excellence in Shariah Advisory and Research.