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Book on investments by institutions based in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and their impact on global financial markets, published by McGraw-Hill in 2009. Book explores the origins and landscape of Gulf investors and Islamic finance, major trends related to Gulf investments and Islamic finance, and implications for global investors, firms looking to attract capital, and economists and regulators.


Book on corporate strategy in the GCC region, published by McGraw-Hill in 2007. Includes economic and commercial overviews of each Gulf country (the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman) as well as region-specific strategies for all major corporate functions: market entry, marketing, human resources, finance, and operations.


United Nations (2021) “The Role of Awqaf in Achieving the SDGs and Vision 2030 in KSA” (September), United Nations Saudi Arabia and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).

World Bank (2021) “Islamic Trade Finance: An Opportunity for Malaysia” (August), World Bank, Washington, DC.  Contributed chapters and sections entitled “Current State and Potential Benefits of Islamic Trade Finance,” “Islamic Trade Finance: Institutions

World Bank (2020) “Malaysia Islamic Finance and Financial Inclusion” (October), World Bank, Washington, DC.  Contributed chapter entitled “Evolution of Islamic Finance Inclusion in Malaysia.”

“Columbia Law School Roundtable on Public Aspects of Private Equity.” Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Vol. 32 No. 3, Summer 2020.

“Islamic Finance Takes on COVID-19.” UNDP Blog, April 23, 2020.

“How Private Equity Professionals Learn from Experience: A Qualitative Study of 15 Professionals.” Columbia University Academic Commons (Doctoral Dissertation), February 13, 2020.

“Islamic Finance for Social Good.” UNDP Blog, January 23, 2019.

“Why Crowdfunding Appeals to the Middle East” (with Jason W. Best). McKinsey on Society, December 2013.

“The Relevance of Islamic Finance Principles to the Global Financial Crisis.” Paper presented at Harvard Law School and published by Harvard Islamic Finance Project, March 2009.

“Gulf Investors Exert New Control.” Financial Times, December 2008.

“Islamic Finance: The New Global Player.” Harvard Business Review,February 2008.

“Leading in the Gulf: Making Sense of Business Leadership in Dubai and Beyond.” Interview with the Wharton Leadership Digest, January 2008.

Courses Taught:

Fall 2023

  • The UAE: Economic Growth, Business Dynamism, and Global Relevance (Columbia Business School)

Summer 2023

  • Foundations of Private Equity (Columbia Business School)

Spring 2023

  • The UAE: Economic Growth, Business Dynamism, and Global Relevance (Columbia Business School)

Summer 2022

  • Foundations of Private Equity (with Prof. Donna Hitscherich) (Columbia Business School

Summer 2021

  • Foundations of Private Equity (with Prof. Donna Hitscherich) (Columbia Business School)

Select Professional Presentations:

  • Program on International Financial Systems, Gulf Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, Guest Lecturer on “Finance and the Energy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for Gulf States in the 21st Century,” June 20, 2023.
  • Quartz Network, Connect CFO Summit, “Private Equity: What CFOs Need to Know,” March 20, 2023,
  • Global Islamic Finance Forum, presentation on “FinTech as a Transformative Opportunity for Values-Based Finance,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 5, 2022.
  • IFSB Summit, presentation on “Harnessing Technology in Islamic Financial Services to Improve Financial Inclusion,” Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 11, 2021.
  • Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, presentation on “The Role of Waqf in Islamic Finance and Economic Recovery,” Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 9, 2021.
  • Securities Commission Malaysia, webinar on “Sustainable Capital Market Product Innovation Roundtable,” November 9, 2021.
  • World Bank Group, roundtable discussion on “Unlocking the Potential of Zakat and Waqf for Sustainable Development,” panel on “Best Practices of Corporate Governance for Zakat and Waqf Institutions,” July 29, 2021.
  • World Bank Group, webinar on “Sustainable and Inclusive Finance Forum,” presentation entitled “Islamic Finance: A Catalyst for Financial Inclusion,” October 7, 2020.
  • CFA Institute, webinar on “Islamic Finance Instruments for Economic Recovery,” July 8, 2020.
  • World Bank Group, webinar on “COVID-19 Response – How Islamic Sustainable Finance Can Help,” presentation entitled “A Role for Islamic Finance Instruments in COVID-19 Response,” May 18, 2020.
  • BNP Paribas, panel on “ROI: Return on Interfaith – How Faith Principles Impact Capital Markets and the Role They Play in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” New York, NY, January 8, 2020.
  • IFSB Summit, presentation on “Harnessing Islamic Digital Finance for the SDGs,” Jakarta, Indonesia, November 14, 2019.
  • OIC Islamic Social Finance Conference, presentation on “Aligning Islamic Social Finance with the SDGs,” Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2019.
  • IFN Americas Forum, panel on “US Real Estate and Private Equity,” Washington, DC, October 21, 2019.
  • UNDP and IsDB event on “Impact Investing and Islamic Finance,” UN General Assembly, New York, NY, September 20, 2017.
  • Global Impact Investment Network, conference entitled “Scaling Impact Investing: A Conversation Among Senior Leaders,” speech on “Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure,” New York, NY, September 18, 2017.
  • Securities Commission Malaysia and World Bank, panel on “Islamic Finance and Infrastructure: Possible Solutions,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 9, 2017.
  • World Bank Fragility Forum, panel speaker in session entitled “From Crisis to Development: The Future of Humanitarian Financing,” Washington, DC, March 2016.
  • World Islamic Economic Forum, panel speaker on “Fostering Entrepreneurship,” Dubai, UAE, November 2014.
  • Super Returns Middle East, chair of panel on “Infrastructure Investment,” Dubai, UAE, November 2014.
  • World Bank – IMF Annual Meetings, panel speaker on “Impact of Islamic Finance on Poverty Alleviation,” Washington DC, October 2014.
  • Khazanah Megatrends Forum (organized by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund), panelist on “Institutions and National Development,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2014.
  • Economic Priorities Workshop (organized by the Prime Minister’s Office of Brunei), presenter and facilitator, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, August 2014.
  • Economic Priorities Workshop (organized by the Governor’s Office of Madinah Province), presenter and facilitator, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, May 2013.

Select University Presentations:

  • Columbia Business School, roundtable discussion on “The Future of Finance,” June 1, 2022.
  • Columbia Business School, Center on Global Brand Leadership, BRITE Conference, moderator of panel on “Sustainability Through Market Transformation,” April 20, 2022.
  • Columbia University, Richman Center, panel on “ESG Investing Career Paths,” New York, NY, November 16, 2021.
  • Centre of Islamic Economics and Finance, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, keynote address at “International Conference of Islamic Finance 2021 – Sustainability & the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for Islamic Finance and Economy in Post Pandemic Era,” April 4-6, 2021.
  • Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and Securities Commission Malaysia, Eleventh Annual Roundtable on Islamic Finance, webinar on “Repurposing Islamic Finance for Longer Term Opportunities,” October 15-16, 2020.
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, presentation to Corporate Finance class on “The Private Equity Investment Process: A Primer,” Philadelphia, PA, October 15, 2020.
  • Columbia University, Richman Center, Public Lecture Series 2020-2021, webinar on “Private Equity Diversity and Inclusion,” October 13, 2020.
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, “Development Finance in Faith-Informed Contexts: Examples from Islamic Finance,” New York, NY, March 3, 2020.
  • Columbia University, Richman Center, panel on “Public Aspects of Private Equity,” New York, NY, November 19, 2019.
  • Columbia University, Richman Center, panel on “Business, Investing, and Geopolitics in the Middle East,” New York, NY, November 13, 2018.
  • Columbia University, Richman Center, panel on “ESG Investing and Pubic Funds,” New York, NY, November 7, 2018.
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Islamic finance overview and case on Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s Sukuk Ihsan, Philadelphia, PA, November 16, 2017.
  • University of Chicago, Summer Teachers Institute, “The Gulf Region of the Middle East and Its Relevance to Global Business,” Chicago, IL, June 22-24, 2009.
  • Harvard Law School, Islamic Finance Program, “The Relevance of Islamic Finance Principles to the Global Financial Crisis,” Cambridge, MA, March 16, 2009