Saif Ahmed: Managing Partner,
As part of its commitment to build Islamic finance awareness in
India, Infinity Consultants - a Shari’a-compliant advisory firm
based in Bangalore, launched a campus-talk initiative titled
“Opportunities in Islamic Banking and Finance.”
Saif Ahmed, Managing Partner at
Infinity and a former Islamic banker and Wall Street investment
banker delivered talks at some of the leading business schools
across the country.
Saif addressed hundreds of students
in over 15 institutions across India and received tremendous
feedback from the students as well as the faculty.
Drawing on his experience as a
former Islamic banker, Saif stressed on the underlying ethical
nature of Islamic financial products during his talks and offered
many practical insights on how to prepare for a career in this
The students are overwhelmed by the
lectures on what they termed as new and promising career in the
filed that was not known to them.
"This event was an eye-opener for
all the students and showed us a brand new career path and an
opportunity that we were not aware of", said Harsh Saxena, an MBA
student of Symbiosis School of Banking Management, Pune.
Ramesh P. A. DGM, Corporate
Relations, Indian Business School (IBS), Bangalore also expressed
similar feeling. "An eye opener to the world of Islamic banking
and the opportunities that exist in this field", he said.
"The slides added impetus to your
words, and gave everyone a good idea about the intricate
differences between traditional and Islamic finance. This could
not have been accomplished with such simplicity from any other
source." Managing Committee, Finnacle Investments Club Institute
of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
Several institutions have also
expressed interests to include an Islamic finance elective in
Infinity Consultants is actively
pursuing Islamic finance training and development in India through
its exclusive partnership with Ethica Institute of Islamic
Finance, a leading global provider of Islamic finance education.
Even though Islamic finance is one of fastest growing segments of
global finance and the largest alternative financial system in the
world today, the absence of a formal Islamic banking industry in
India has led to limited awareness among Indians on the scope and
opportunities available in the industry.