From UFANA Conference 2010, Toronto, Canada - March 30 & 31, 2010
Senior Counsel, Allen & Overy, Singapore
Hooman Sabeti-Rahmati is a senior counsel in Allen & Overy's Singapore office. He has extensive experience in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US in a wide range of capital markets transactions, with an expertise in securitisations, structured financings and Islamic financings, particularly sukuk. Since working on the first global sukuk, for the Malaysian sovereign in 2002, he has been involved with numerous Islamic financings, including the very first Sharia-compatible securitisation of home financings, for Tamweel in the UAE, and most recently, Indonesia's sovereign sukuk issuance, on which he advised the government. Hooman is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He speaks frequently on his practice areas at various conferences and to the media, is listed in Euromoney's Guide to Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers and sits on the Advisory Board of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Dr. Alberto Brugnoni
Chairman of the Board, ASSAIF, Italy
Alberto G Brugnoni, a former director with Merrill Lynch Bank, is an independent Islamic finance adviser. In the mid 1980's he pioneered some of the firsts murabaha transactions and participatory investment schemes (mudharaba) ever done in Europe. In 1997 he released 'Pilot Project Genoardo,' a seminal study for the establishment of a Mediterranean development bank based on Shariah compliant principles. His unique professional background combines the Islamic, conventional and ethical finance sectors. Alberto regularly chairs some of the major Islamic finance forums worldwide and gives presentations in Italian, French, English and Arabic.
Dr. Aznan Hassan
Shariah Scholar, Malaysia
Dr. Aznan Hasan is an Assistant Professor in Islamic law and the former head of Islamic law Department, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia. He taught subjects such as Islamic Legal Theory, Islamic Commercial Law and Islamic Banking and Finance at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has served as a Shariah advisor to various financial Institutions and corporate bodies. He was as a member of Shariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia. He is the Chairman, Shariah Advisory Board, ACR Retakaful, Bahrain, Shariah Advisor, Barclays Capital, London, Kane Takaful Solution (Bahrain), ABSA Islamic Bank, South Africa, Amanahraya Berhad, RHB Islamic Bank, Amanah Raya Investment Bank Labuan, Maybank Investment Bank, Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and some other financial institutions and corporate bodies at both local and international level. He is also a registered Shariah Advisor for the Islamic Unit Trust Schemes and Islamic securities (Sukuk), Securities Commission of Malaysia. He is also a Member, National International Zakat Organisation (IZO) Coordination Committee, an advisory body established under the Prime Minister Department.
Dr. Aznan Hasan received his first Degree in Shariah from University of al-Azhar. He then successfully completed his Master degree in Shariah from Cairo University with distinction (mumtaz). He then obtained his Ph. D from University of Wales, Lampeter, United Kingdom.
CEO, Yasaar Limited, Dubai
Majid is an experienced financial services professional. He is the CEO and has been a key individual in the establishment of Yasaar Limited, the first Shariah compliance services company which assists financial institutions structure cost-effective Shariah compliant financing structures around the globe. Prior to setting up Yasaar, Majid held the position of country representative for Credit Lyonnais Securities (Asia) Ltd as well as capital markets consultant to Credit Lyonnais and Jardine Fleming.
Majid is a well known speaker on Islamic finance and Shariah, having presented on these topics globally as well as having authored numerous articles for industry journals and chapters for books. In 2004, Majid was presented the Deloitte & Touche award for the most innovative Islamic finance product for the Caravan 1 Sukuk. Under his leadership and guidance in December 2007 Yasaar was voted "The Best Islamic Finance Advisory Firm" by the readers of Islamic Business and Finance magazine and in January 2009 won the same award for the second year running. Also in 2009 he set up the publication capability by establishing Yasaar Media. Yasaar Human Capital, the Islamic finance executive search and recruitment division was launched in Q3 in 2009. Majid holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Massachusetts.