Mufti Ismail Desai is an internationally reputed shariah advisor and investment banker who currently serves a special advisor to various Islamic financial institutions, Islamic Banks, investment entities, and educational institutes around the world. Mufti Ismail has developed various Shariah auditing, governance and risk management standards for Islamic financial institutions and has issued several thousand expert legal opinions (fatwas) with a special focus on Islamic finance and economics. Mufti Ismail has attended and delivered papers at international conferences and has created the first ever Shariah Compliant models for leveraged/structured finance and currency trading.

Mufti Ismail has conducted deal advisory of over 4 Billion USD on a range of transactions including complex mergers and acquisitions, divestments, corporate restructures, bond issuances, corporate capital raising, cash management, derivative, structured finance and IPO/LBO/MBO transactions. He is the chairman and advisor to various banks, financial institutions and global funds. He has appeared on various prestigious media such as Bloomberg and Reuters. The Mufti holds an MA, Islamic Banking, MA, Islamic Theology and BSc Banking from the London School of Economics (LSE) among other honorary academic qualifications.

Darul Iftaa (University of Islamic Theology and Finance)

Institute of Islamic Theology

The London School of Economics and Political Science