Advisory Board

The team at the Global Islamic Impact Investment Forum are passionate about the SDGs and Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals is crucial to making our work as effective tool as possible.

This group of advisors will council the team at GIIIF, and fulfil the important and unique strategic function of developing the Lil Mustaqbal Pledge (translating to English as the For the Future Pledge) for the GIIIF network of attendees. A tailor-made roadmap which takes the event’s intentions forwards and allows for a transparent evaluation of the network’s achievements by 2030.

  • His Excellency Talal al Rahby, an Omani economist and politician who currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Vision Oman 2040 implementation unit. Previously the visionary behind Oman’s Tanfeedh programme, al Rahby brings to the table a wealth of experience in planning and implementation of economic diversification efforts in the GCC region.  
  • Zoë Harries, CEO of Masdar City, she also heads the Advisory Division at World FZO. She is the founder and CEO of Impact Zones Global and Middle East and a Partner and Director at EZDA Alliance. Zoë’s mission is to mobilize the public and private sector to achieve the SDGs, while accelerating trade and promoting sustainable investment. 
  • Rozani Osman is presently a Senior Financial Sector Specialist  in Kuala Lumpur. He works on several areas including climate finance, capital markets, financial sector development, and financial stability monitoring in the East Asia Pacific region. Prior to working with World Bank, he was the Head of Treasury and Liquidity Management at Khazanah Nasional Berhad for 10 years. 
  • Faisal Sajwani is a distinguished Emirati board member, C-level executive, and strategic advisor. He is a Board Member at the Private Office of Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi (royal of Sharjah), a Royal Family Office based in the UAE and Founding Partner at Fate Capital Management, an ESG-focused investment fund. He is also a Mentor at Dubai Business Women Council and a member of the advisory board at Sustainability Action Society. Sajwani has received a lifetime achievement award from His Highness Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi for his many notable achievements. 
  • William Tohmé, Senior Regional Head – MENA for the CFA Institute. Tohmé joined CFA Institute in 2018 and is based at the organisation’s office in Abu Dhabi, which opened in the same year in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). Previously, Tohmé was director of institutional business development at Lazard, where he developed the sovereign institutional client business in the Middle East. He has also served as director for Middle Eastern institutions at Alliance Bernstein
  • Charlotte O’Leary, the CEO and an executive director of Pensions for Purpose. Charlotte is also a member of the Impact Investing Institute’s Pensions Expert Panel, an ambassador for the Transparency Taskforce and a founder of 10 Billion World, an end-to-end sustainability project management business aimed at businesses and organisations setting net zero and carbon reduction targets.
  • Yasser Dahlawi, CEO of Shariyah Review Bureau, Saudi Arabia brings unique experience in counselling enterprises and executive teams as they embark on journeys to Sharia compliant markets. In his 25 years of work experience, Yasser has advised clients in a range of industries including Islamic banking, Islamic Insurance, Real Estate and Private Equity but his primary area of work involves assisting the financial sector to develop and establish Sharia compliant businesses.
  • Anne Marie Thodsen, Anne Marie Thodsen is the Managing Director of The Umbrella Institute, a UAE based ESG & Sustainability advisory. The Umbrella Institute is specialized in business behaviour and triple bottom line transformation, ESG & Sustainability reporting, and program development. Thodsen was a judge at the Gulf Sustainability and CSR awards in 2020 and holds a degree in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Adrian Christofides Adrian started his career at HSBC
    Private Bank in the Wealth Management Investment Group. Adrian primarily focused on portfolio management for the Ultra High Net Worth clients in the offshore team. He joined Goldman Sachs Investment Management Division covering key private clients in Europe. In 2013 Adrian was appointed Director of Falcon Private Wealth Ltd an asset manager owned by a leading Middle Eastern Sovereign Fund.
  • Daud Vicary Abdullah is the Managing Director of DVA Consulting Sdn. Bhd. and a Partner at Gateway Global LLP. He is the former President and CEO of INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance. He has been in the finance and consulting industry for over 47 years, with significant experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 2002, he has focused exclusively on Islamic Finance where he has contributed to several books on the subject and has co-authored a book on Islamic Finance entitled “Islamic Finance: Why it makes sense.” He is also a frequent speaker and commentator on matters relating to Islamic Finance. 
  • Mohab al Hinai An innovator, entrepreneur and self-driven trendsetter, Mohab is a technology enthusiast with over seventeen years of experience in the field technology and innovation. He co-founded Sustainable Investments LLC, an Omani firm that focuses on introducing cutting-edge technological innovations in the MENA region with special focus on food security, energy and health.
  • Maali Khader, is a highly experienced, effective, and trusted lawyer. A luminary in corporate governance, sustainability, legal training, and advice sectors, Maali holds a few concurrent roles, chief of which is CEO of the influential Middle East Institute of Directors (MEIoD). There she delivers advanced environment, social and governance (ESG) advisory and training to prestigious organisations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, an Accredited Mediator from RICS,a member of CIPE MENA Advisory Council and a Member of the Responsible Business Roundtable established by the OECD.