Dr Humayon Dar is a Cambridge economist, with a wide range of interests in development practice and financial services. Dr Dar holds MPhil and PhD degrees from University of Cambridge, and possesses impeccable academic credentials and the practical knowledge to influence policymaking on Islamic finance internationally, especially in the 57-member countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). His current role is Director General of Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance.

After a decade-long academic career, Dr Dar spent more than 13 years in investment banking, financial advisory, advocacy and high-level networking. He has founded a number of industry-building initiatives to promote IBF in various parts of the world. Some of his leadership projects include:

  • Global Islamic Finance Report – the oldest yearbook in IBF (founded in 2010)
  • ISFIRE – Islamic Finance Review – a bi-monthly jagazine (journal-magazine) published in London since 2011
  • Global Islamic Finance Awards – the most respectable Islamic finance awards programme in the world, which Dr Dar founded in 2011
  • Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Programme (founded in 2013)
  • Islamic Retail Banking Awards (since 2015)
  • Islamic Wealth Management Report – a new annual report on Islamic wealth management (first published in 2016)
  • Global Good Governance Awards (since 2016)
  • WOMANi – a new project to promote and advocate women participation in business and finance
  • Cambridge Institute of Islamic Finance (founded in 2019)

Dr Humayon Dar has been a member of a number of Shariah advisory boards in the UK, Malaysia and the UAE. He also serves on the International Islamic Finance Advisory Council of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC).

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