Tariq Al RIFAI

Tariq Al RIFAI

Quorum Center CEO

Tariq Al-Rifai has been involved in the Islamic banking and finance sector for over 20 years and is viewed as a leading authority on Islamic investments, private equity and Sukuk. He has written for prestigious publications such as Euromoney and The Harvard Forum on Islamic Finance and is the author of Islamic Finance and the New Financial System: An Ethical Approach to Preventing Future Financial Crises, published by Wiley in April 2015.

He is often quoted in print and electronic media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Reuters. He has also appeared as a guest on Bloomberg Television, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Arabia and Al-Arabiya Business Channel.

Most recently, he served as the Head of Research and Investor Relations at Kuwait Finance House in Kuwait, one of the largest Islamic financial institutions in the world. He also served as Global Director of Islamic Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices (Dubai) and as vice president of UIB Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm which managed a $300 million Shariah-compliant investment portfolio.

Previously, Tariq was a partner in the London office of The International Investor, a Kuwait-based investment bank, where he was responsible for building distribution relationships with financial institutions in Europe and the Middle East. He also was vice president and manager of HSBC Bank’s Islamic Finance Program in New York. In 1996 Tariq founded Failaka Advisors, which was the first-ever organization to monitor and publish research on Islamic funds.

Tariq Al-Rifai holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in international finance from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.


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