June 26th, 2018 |
Professor Datuk Dr. Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim has an international reputation as a leader and authority in the Islamic financial services industry (IFSI), at both professional and academic levels. He has played a pioneering role in the development of Islamic finance globally. His leadership in the setting of accounting, auditing, governance, Shariah and regulatory standards, as well as in the development of high quality short-term financial instruments to facilitate liquidity management for Islamic financial institutions, has been highly instrumental. He is also a recipient of numerous globally accredited awards. In 2016, he was conferred the Royal Award for Islamic Finance by the King of Malaysia, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Banker has also identified him as one of the most respected figure in the Islamic financial sector, and Euromoney has named him as one of the top 20 individuals who have so far come to the forefront of the industry. With that, I-FIKR Digest is delighted to be able to publish excerpts from his interview conducted by Dr Shariq Nisar and Prof. Dr. Umar Farooq in Doha, Qatar.