National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations


The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

in collaboration with the

U.S.-Qatar Business Council

and the

Arab Bankers Association of North America

Invites You To The

Islamic Finance Forum

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Suite L101
2000 H Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.

The Islamic Finance Forum is offered free of charge for U.S.-Qatar Business Council and Arab Bankers Association of North America members, and $65.00 for non-members. Lunch will be served after the panel discussion. In view of the growing interest in Islamic finance, the forum is expected to draw significant interest and registration by close of business on Monday, July 26th is required.

Current students may register for the Forum free of charge by e-mailing Amy Greenlee at Please list your name and school information. You will be asked to show a valid student ID on the day of the event.

Media wishing to attend the Islamic Finance Forum should contact Amy Greenlee at or +1 202-457-8555.

For other inquiries and additional information please call the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations at +1 202-293-6466.

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The Islamic Finance Forum will provide a platform for top Shariah scholars and leaders in the industry to discuss Islamic finance and its potential to affect domestic and global financial markets and economic growth. Topics to be addressed at the forum include: defining Islamic Law; Shariah financial regulation and practice as applied in Qatar and the larger GCC; how the rise of Gulf capital is affecting financial markets-and how it should be regulated; compatibility of Shariah Institutions with U.S. law and regulation; objections by Shariah scholars challenging the permissibility of derivatives under Islamic Law; Islamic Venture Capital; and Dispute Resolution - law, regulation and practice; among other topics. Participants in the Forum will also have opportunities to ask questions of top experts in Islamic finance.


Aamir Rehman
Aamir Rehman writes and speaks on global corporate strategy, the Gulf region, and Islamic finance. He was formerly Global Head of Strategy for HSBC Amanah, the worldwide Islamic finance business unit of the HSBC Group. Prior to HSBC, he was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Aamir is the author of Gulf Capital & Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players (McGraw-Hill, 2010), a comprehensive look at the growing role of Gulf-based investors and the Islamic finance sector in global markets. His first book, Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States (McGraw-Hill, 2007) is a pioneering work on corporate strategy in the GCC region. Dubai & Co. has been sold worldwide, with two Chinese language editions published in 2008. Mr. Rehman's research and commentary have been featured in leading media outlets globally, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. Aamir is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute, a nonpartisan Washington, DC institution. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College, a master's degree from Harvard University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A native of Staten Island, New York, he and his wife split their time between New York City and the Gulf region.

Umar Moghul
Umar Moghul practices in the realm of banking & finance, private equity and real estate. Mr. Moghul has represented an array of financial institutions, businesses, joint ventures and high net worth individuals (many of which operate per Islamic principles), in a variety of cutting-edge financing and investment transactions. In the realm of real estate, Mr. Moghul's practice has included the establishment of real estate investment funds (both onshore and offshore), joint ventures and one-off financing transactions; novel Islamic warehouse and table funding financing transactions; and the design and documentation of novel Islamic residential and commercial financing products. His legal practice also encompasses counseling financial institutions with respect to their obligations under the USA Patriot Act. Mr. Moghul's corporate and private equity practice includes the establishment of a variety of onshore and offshore investment fund structures and advising on leveraged buyouts and growth equity transactions with targets in the services, healthcare, technology and energy sectors. Mr. Moghul has published several articles and has spoken at numerous forums regarding Islamic law and Islamic finance. He is a lecturer in law at the University of Connecticut School of Law where he teaches Islamic law. Mr. Moghul earned his J.D. from Temple University and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ibrahim Warde
Ibrahim Warde is Adjunct Professor of International Business at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Associate Director of Business Programs at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2007, in relation to his research on financial networks and practices in the Islamic world. He is also a course director for Euromoney Institutional Investor, London and a consultant specializing in global finance. He has taught at the University of California (Berkeley, Davis, and Santa Cruz), as well as at Saint Mary's College, California.

Warde's books include Islamic Finance in the Global Economy, 2nd ed. (2010), The Price of Fear: The Truth Behind the Financial War on Terror (2007), Le modèle anglo-saxon en question (1997), and Mythologies américaines (1996). Forthcoming books include Islam and Economics and Guerres d'Irak. He is a contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, an author of monographs on banking regulation and international finance, and an author of policy papers on global technological change published by the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE).

Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo
Shaykh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo is the Chief Shariah Officer and Board Member at Shariah Capital. He is a scholar of Islamic Transactional Law whose 30 year career was featured in an August 2007 front page story in the Wall Street Journal. Based in the Washington, DC area, he has served as a Shari'ah advisor to dozens of international financial entities, including index providers, institutional investors, home finance providers, international investment banks and a variety of asset managers.

Shaykh Yusuf is the author of the three volume Compendium of Legal Opinions on the Operations of Islamic Banks, the first English/Arabic reference on the fatwas issued by Shari'ah boards. In addition, Shaykh Yusuf wrote the introduction to Islamic Bonds, the 2003 book that introduced Sukuk and transformed the world's Islamic capital markets. His work has appeared in academic and industry journals and as chapters in books, including Euromoney's Islamic Asset Management (2004), Islamic Retail Finance (2005), and Islamic Finance: Innovation & Growth (2002). His entries on the terminology of Islamic finance appear in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam.

Shaykh Yusuf is often featured as a key note speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide. He was a special consultant to the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank on their joint project for the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB). Shaykh Yusuf is a member of the Council of Scholars, ISRA, Central Bank of Malaysia and a member of the Governing Council of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Malaysia. Shaykh Yusuf recently was appointed a member of the Shariah Board of the Accounting and Auditing Organization of Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).

Shaykh Yusuf served as Advisor on Islamic Education to the President of Pakistan from 1981-1984. His career has also been noted in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, The US News and World Report, Newsweek, CNBC, Conde Nast Portfolio, The Middle East Banker, and others.

Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel is a specialist in Islamic law, and the President of the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies. He is an independent scholar at Harvard Law School, where he was previously a professor in Islamic law.

Since 1988, Mr. Vogel has also worked in consulting, serving in dozens of cases as an expert witness and consultant on questions of Islamic law, and the laws of Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the U.A.E., and Pakistan. He has conducted in-depth research and attended conferences and study tours all across the Asia and the Middle East on Islamic law and the Islamic legal system.

In addition, he has acted as organizing chair of the Islamic Law Section at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), and as Consultant at the Library of Congress Islamic Law Classification (KBP) Project. Mr. Vogel has co-authored several books on Islamic Law including The Islamic School of Law: Evolution, Devolution and Progress, and Islamic Law and Finance: Religion, Risk, and Return. He is also the author of numerous articles covering various subjects within Islamic law and the Middle East.


Jean-Francois Seznec
Jean-Francois Seznec is Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. His research centers on the influence of the Arab-Persian Gulf political and social variables on the financial and oil markets in the region. He is focusing on the industrialization of the Gulf and in particular the growth of the petrochemical industry. He is Senior Advisor to PFC Energy in Washington, DC. He holds a MIA from Columbia University [1973], a MA and his Ph.D. from Yale University [1994]. He has published and lectured extensively on Petrochemicals and energy based industries in the Gulf and their importance in world trade. He is interviewed regularly on national TV, radio and newspapers, as well as by the foreign media.

Dr. Seznec has 25 years experience in international banking and finance of which ten years were spent in the Middle East, including two years in Riyadh at SIDF and six years in Bahrain covering Saudi Arabia. Dr. Seznec is a founding member and Managing Partner of the Lafayette Group LLC, a US based private investment company. He uses his knowledge of business in the Middle East and the United States to further his analysis of the Arab-Persian Gulf.


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About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world. The Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The National Council does not employ or retain a lobbyist.


The National Council's vision is a relationship between the United States and its Arab partners, friends, and allies that rests on as solid and enduring a foundation as possible. Such a foundation, viewed from both ends of the spectrum, is one that would be characterized by strengthened and expanded strategic, economic, political, commercial, and defense cooperation ties; increased joint ventures; a mutuality of benefit; reciprocal respect for each other's heritage and values; and overall acceptance of each other's legitimate needs, concerns, interests, and objectives.


The National Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world. Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. As a public service, the Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, religious, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship.

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