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Dr. Sayd Farook

Vice Chairperson, RFI Foundation

RFI2Dr. Sayd Farook is an innovation catalyst & ecosystem engineer passionate about advancing economic development. He is a veteran C-suite professional with a strong strategy execution track record, having advised and served large corporates, multilaterals & governments in the MENA region.

He is currently the Advisor to the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Besides his executive role, he is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Responsible Finance Institute, a London based non-profit institute backed by financial industry leaders promoting the convergence and expansion of responsible finance practices.

Prior to this, he was the Global Head of Islamic Capital Markets at Thomson Reuters. In his five year leadership stint where he oversaw the global Islamic markets strategy at Thomson Reuters, he conceived and led his 25 strong team to achieve a number of industry firsts besides growing and leading a profitable and highly visible business. He advised and produced research based insights for government entities in the GCC including Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayd is also the principle architect of a number of Dubai government initiatives in relation to their Islamic economy strategy.

Prior to his role at Thomson Reuters, Dr. Sayd was a legal and structuring advisor at Dar Al Istithmar, a boutique advisory firm based in Oxford. Prior to this, he led the growth & innovation strategy at the Centre for Islamic Finance at the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. Sayd regularly consults and advises standard setters and professional education providers and sits on the editorial advisory board for two industry blind peer reviewed academic journals.

Dr. Sayd has a Ph.D in Financial Economics (specifically focusing on Islamic banking and risk management), a first class Honours in Business and a Degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Technology Sydney.

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