Scotland’s leading Islamic finance expert to speak at Global Forum

25 August 2015

Scotland’s leading Islamic finance expert to speak at Global Forum

Officially hosted by the Scottish Government, and organised by Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK, the event will bring together key stakeholders from the various areas of ethical finance industry to discuss untapped opportunities and spur convergence and collaboration.

Graham Burnside, a Consultant at leading UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, which has the largest banking team in Scotland, joins a truly international line-up of 67 speakers. 

Regarded as the country’s leading expert in Islamic finance,  Graham has a formidable track record and considered somewhat of a pioneer in the field. Possibly best known for having structured and documented the first and only Shariah-compliant mortgage products operating under Scots law, he has also advised on the first fully Shariah compliant commercial real estate financing in Scotland. Graham is an Advisory Board Member of the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC). He said:

“This event is a unique opportunity to connect with professionals in the sector and to share and exchange new ideas.  Both myself and my banking team colleagues are looking forward to it.”

Other speakers include: Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia; Michael Bennett Head, Derivatives and Structured Finance, World Bank; Amanda Young, Head of Responsible Investment, Standard Life Investments; and Tirad Al-Mahmoud, Group Chief Executive , Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.