Senior fellow at Columbia University and UNDP senior advisor Aamir Rehman will discuss how Islamic Finance could help build a more sustainable economic system.

Topics: EconomicsFinancial AnalysisInvestment IndustryInvestment Management StrategiesFaith-Based InvestingEconomic ConditionsEconomic Policies & SystemsBonds

Hosted by CFA Institute


The current crisis has amplified the need to engage all stakeholders in contributing to post-pandemic economic recovery. In many settings, drawing on Islamic finance stakeholders and instruments can help mobilize resources and align them with the most pressing economic needs. In this interactive webinar, Aamir A. Rehman, senior fellow at Columbia University and senior advisor to the UN Development Programme Islamic Finance, will explain the potential role and advantages of instruments such as sukuk bonds, waqf endowments, Zakat philanthropy, blended finance, and asset-based financing in abating the economic crisis.

0.75 PL

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About the Speaker(s)

Aamir Rehman
Aamir A. Rehman

Aamir A. Rehman is a senior fellow at Columbia University’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, where his focus is the integration of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and financial return considerations by investors. He serves as a senior adviser to the United Nations Development Programme, where he engages Islamic finance stakeholders from the public and private sectors on aligning their activities with the Sustainable Development Goals and supports interagency initiatives on Islamic finance across the UN system. Dr. Rehman was a co-founder and managing director at the Fajr Capital Group, a private equity firm. He serves on several corporate boards of directors and previously worked at the Boston Consulting Group and the HSBC Group. Dr. Rehman is author of Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players, and his writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, McKinsey on Society, and the Wharton Leadership Digest. He has recently written about how private equity professionals learn from experience. Dr. Rehman earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a doctoral degree from Columbia University.

Geoffrey Ng CFA

Geoffrey Ng, CFA, is a director at Fortress Capital Asset Management, a Pan-Asian investment management company. He has over two decades of investment management and leadership experience. Previously, Mr. Ng served as chief executive officer and executive director at Hong Leong Asset Management; senior vice president, global emerging markets, at Dubai Investment Group; and chief investment officer at Pacific Mutual Fund. He is a member of the CFA Institute Board of Governors, where he is vice chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr. Ng is the independent non-executive chairman of Kronologi Asia Berhad, where he previously served as an independent non-executive director and is a member of the Audit, Nomination, Remuneration, and Share Grant Plan Committees. He holds the Certified Financial Planner designation and earned the Fintech: Future Commerce certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a CFA Institute Investment Foundations Certificate. Mr. Ng earned a bachelor of commerce (high honors) with a double major in accounting and finance from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.

Geoffrey is an in-coming governor to the CFA Institute’s Board of Governors. He has served on the Education Advisory Committee (vice chair and chair of the Practice Analysis subcommittee) and Council of Examiners, as well as vice president and treasurer for CFA Society Malaysia. Geoffrey has a B.Commerce (High Honours) in Accounting and Finance from Carleton University, Canada. He is a CFA charterholder, holds a CFP certification, and has completed the MIT Fintech: Future Commerce program by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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