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Profession: Islamic Financial & Business Adviser
Location Main Office: City // Durban | Country // South Africa
Business management, Capital raising, Consultancy services, Corporate finance, Cross-border business advisory, Financial advisory, Financial modeling, Fintech product development and management, International business expansion and product launch, Investment banking services, Islamic finance advisory, Marketing strategy
Experience in Industries, Products & Services:
Banking, Finance, Fintech, Investments
Born in South Africa, (Mufti) Ismail Ebrahim Desai is the CEO of Global Islamic Financial Services firm. Mufti completed his studies in South Africa and the United Kingdom where he graduated with top distinction in Islamic Finance, Theology and Banking. He also holds a Certified Islamic Finance Executive, MBA.
He began his business career in advising banks and financial institutions on complex Islamic funding models, is the Founder, Co-founder and Administrator of several international financial institutions and companies, and has many years of experience in international business development (Europe: Italy, Malta, Spain – The Americas: Canada – Asia: UAE, KSA, Jordan, Russia, Kazakhstan – Africa: South Africa, Malawi, Botswana). He is the chair of dozens of supervisory boards for banks, financial institutions, investment companies and Central Banks.
Mufti Ismail has also published several thousand (Islamic Legal Edicts) on the topic of Islamic Finance and Economics on various important platforms such as Reuters. He has also delivered academic papers on microfinance, strategic marketing and Islamic Finance in many countries globally. Apart from his unique achievements in publishing, he also has expertise in financial product development where he setup the World’s first Islamic Compliant working capital and invoice financing product, currency trading, Islamic investment fund backed by biological assets and many other unique products for the banking and financial services sectors. He has advised on developing regulations and developing ethical bonds (Sukuk) for Islamic and ethical Finance for various Governments and Central Banks.
Acting as chairman for supervisory boards of over 40 banks, financial institutions, investment funds, strategy and brand development for several Fortune 500 companies, development of corporate strategies and business models, advised African and European Central Banks on developing and setting up special regulation for Islamic and Ethical Finance, Developed ethical fintech companies, Setting up of companies in foreign countries, marketing and strategy training for corporate executives.
Mufti has a strong network within the financial, banking and technology sectors globally while setting up several ground breaking technology platforms in Africa and Europe.
A recognised authority on Islamic Business, Finance and Banking, Mufti has appeared on prestigious media platforms such as Reuters and Bloomberg.
He is a member in: International Islamic Financial Services Board, AAIOFI, and the Institute of Directors of South Africa.
Mufti Ismail Desai joined CBA as Business Adviser in Durban, South Africa in March 2018.
Languages spoken: English, Arabic, Italien
Honorary Fiqh Authority 2012; Islamic Economic Adviser of the Year 2015
Years in Advisory: 5
Accompanied & accomplished deals: 25
Total Transaction Volume: EUR 400,000,000
Delivered research papers at prestigious conferences and events