Scots Islamic finance expert to speak at Swiss summit

Shepherd and Wedderburn consultant to join Responsible Finance & Investment Summit panel 

A legal consultant who is thought to be Scotland’s leading Islamic finance expert is set to give a talk at the Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Summit in Zurich later this week.
Graham Burnside of Shepherd and Wedderburn, which is said to have the largest banking team in Scotland, will head to Switzerland for the two-day event between 3 and 4 May as part of the RFI Summit panel looking at financial inclusion and responsible finance.
The event – to be hosted by the RFI Foundation and Swiss Arab Network – is designed to build awareness of how the convergence of social and environmentally responsible investment, social and governance, and Islamic finance can create a positive impact.
Burnside, who Shepherd and Wedderburn say is best known for having structured and documented the first and only Shariah-compliant mortgage products operating under Scots law, will join fellow panel members Prof. Dr. Azmi Omar (Director General, IRTI) and Mr. Husain Benyounis (Secretary-General, New Zealand Awqaf) and Chair Mr Daud Abdullah, CEO of the Global University of Islamic Finance.
He is a founding member of the advisory board of the Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), a Scottish-based not-for-profit specialist advisory and development body established to promote and enhance the global Islamic and ethical finance industry, and has advised on the first fully Shariah compliant commercial real estate financing in Scotland.
In 2015, the UKIFC was recognised by Ethical Finance Innovation Challenge Awards (EFICA), winning the $100,000 Islamic Finance Industry Development Award.
Burnside said: “This is a unique opportunity to connect with professionals in the sector and to share and exchange new ideas. I look forward to hearing from others in responsible finance, building connections and opening up growth opportunities.”


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