Islamic Finance

UK Islamic FinTech Panel Re-launched for 2019

London:  The independent group of Islamic finance and fintech practitioners re-convened under the UK Islamic FinTech Panel ahead of UK FinTech Week this week. The Panel, first formed in 2018, aims to promote the UK Islamic fintech sector. In 2019 the Panel aims to build on the work of the previous year with a greater focus on connecting entrepreneurs with government, and building international connections with the inclusion of participants from Bahrain, Dubai and Pakistan.

The Panel continues to be chaired by Harris Irfan, Partner at Gateway Islamic Advisory LLP, and a widely recognised leading authority on Islamic finance.

The achievements from the inaugural year of the Panel include networking the UK Islamic fintech community, the involvement of UK government observers, creating international connections and the launch of offshoot projects to support the sector.

Commenting on the re-launch of the Panel, Irfan said, "Here in the UK we have now established a unique base for the global Islamic fintech community, and we are making excellent progress on a number of commercial projects connected to the Panel.  I am delighted with the quality of participants we have attracted to the Panel and are looking forward to building on the solid work of last year in connecting London to the world’s leading international Islamic fintech hubs.”

The 2019 members of the Panel will be as follows:

- Harris Irfan, Partner, Gateway (Chair)

- Parvez Abbasi, Project Director, National Incubation Centre, Islamabad

- Abdul Haseeb Basit, Co-Founder and Principal, Elipses

- Stella Cox, MD, DDCAP

- Wayne Evans, Adviser, TheCityUK

- Ashley Freeman, CEO and Partner, Gateway

- Ali Hassan, Senior Representative, Europe and North America, Dubai International Financial Centre

- Abdul Kadir, Co-Founder and CEO, PiePeople

- Hussain Kanji, Managing Partner, Hoxton Ventures

- Faizal Karbani, Founder CEO, Simply Ethical, NED, InsureHalal

- Irfan Khan, Founder and CEO, Yielders

- Arunkumar Krishnakumar, Partner, Green Shores Capital

- Tariq Munif, Partner, Monument Partners

- Emma Parsons, Regional Director, Economic Development Board of Bahrain

- Shakeeb Saqlain, CEO, IslamicMarkets

- Sheeza Shah, Founder and CEO, UpEffect

- Raza Ullah, CEO and Founder, Primary Finance

- Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, House of Lords

- Lawrence Wintermeyer, Co-Founder and Principal, Elipses

- Tom Woolf, Founder and CEO EdAid/Qard Hasan

- Sakeeb Zaman, CEO and Co-Founder, StrideUp


Attendees with observer status are as follows:

- Arshadur Rahman, Manager, Bank of England

- Salim Kawadri, Department of International Trade

- Robert Ward, Deputy Director Global Financial Markets, HM Treasury