Prof. Monzer Kahf is the Chairman, Advisory Committee of Expert (ACE). He is a leading scholar, Professor and a consultant in Islamic Banking and Finance. He has been drafting and reviewing Shari’ah contents of finance agreements, by-laws and operational systems for Islamic Financial Institutions in many countries around the world including USA, Canada, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad. Since the middle of 2008 he has been a Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar, the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Hamad University, in Doha, Qatar. He served as a visiting Professor of Islamic Finance at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) based in Malaysia, summer 2010. In the year 2004/2005, he was a Professor of Islamic Economics, Finance and Banking at Graduate program of Yarmouk University, Jordan and he served as a Senior Research Economist at the Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank, IDB, in Jedda from 1985 to 1999. He has written 38 books and published over 91 articles in English and Arabic on Trusts, Awqaf, Zakah, Islamic Finance and Banking and other areas of Islamic Economics. Since 1973 till date he has been contributing to conferences, seminars and training programs across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Far East and the Middle East. He holds Ph.d in Economics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, March, 1975, High Diploma in Social and Economic Planning, UN Institute of Planning, Damascus, Syria, 1967, B.A. in Business from the University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria,1962 which earned him the President’s Award for best University Graduating Student, July, 1962. Prof. Kahf was awarded the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prize for Islamic Economics in 2001. He speaks English, Arabic and a little of French.
Prof. Muhammad Lawal Bashar is a member of the Advisory Committee of Experts ( ACE). He is a Professor of Economics at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. He is a well-published, prolific writer. He has a B.A. (Hons.) Economics Degree from Jamia Milla University, New Delhi, an M.A. (Economics) Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Ph.D (Economics) degree from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He studied and taught Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) for Economists at Graduate Level. His specialization is in Regulatory Economics.
Dr. Muhammad Alhaji Abubakar has over 20 years’ experience in Islamic Scholarship. He obtained his degree, M.A and Ph.D (in Islamic Jurisprudence) from Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Muhammad was a Reviewer of Academic Research at the Deanship of Academic Research, Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. He was also an Assistant Supervisor, Department of Student Supervision of the same University. Dr. Muhammad had also at various times rendered support services to the General Court of Medinah in area of translation. He has Published articles on Islamic Commercial Jurisprudence and other areas of Islamic Law in refereed academic journals (local and international). He also published articles in some local dailies in Hausa Language. He attended learned conferences within and outside Nigeria. He is actively engaged in propagating Islam. Dr. Muhammad speaks Arabic, English, Kanuri and Hausa. He is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Sharia, Faculty of Law, University of Maiduguri, Chairman, Da’awah Committee of Imam Malik Islamic Center, Maiduguri, Chairman Shura Council, Indimi Islamic Trust, Maiduguri and member, Union of African Scholars.
Shaikh Abdulwahab is a renowned Islamic Scholar and preacher who has spent major part of his life in teaching and preaching of Islam. Together with Late Shaikh Ja’afar Mahmud Adam, they have contributed immensely in creating Islamic awareness within and outside the country. He is a graduate of Darul Hadith in Makkah and Islamic University of Madinah, Kulliyatul Hadith Wa Darasat al Islamiyya (Faculty of Hadith and Islamic Knowledge). He is the Chairman of Bin Baz Foundation, member, Shari’ah Commission of Zamfara State and member, National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). As part of his efforts towards propagation and development of Islam, Shaik Abdulwahab has written several books on various topics including but not limited to Fatwa on Marriage and Divorce, Fatwa on Bid’a (innovation), issues of Hisba, Fatwa on Hajj (pilgrimage), Fatwa on Fasting among others. Some of his activities include weekly preaching at Usman Bin Affan Mosque Gadon Kaya, Weekly preaching for women and Sahihul Bukhari at Sharada, Fatwa with Radio Kano and a weekly program with the popular Sunnah TV. The Sheikh is married with children.
Dr. Ahmad Bello Dogarawa is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He received his B.Sc. in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; Master of Banking and Finance (MBF) from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria; M.Sc. Accounting and Finance and Ph.D. Accounting and Finance from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. In addition, he obtained Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) from Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and belong to several professional bodies. His area of interest is Banking, Islamic finance, Entrepreneurship and Human resource management. Dr. Dogarawa has travelled throughout Nigeria and some neighbouring countries to present papers and give sensitisation lectures on various topical issues particularly Islamic Banking and Finance, and Islamic Perspective of Economic Empowerment, Investment and Poverty Eradication, and has participated in training of staff of various public and private sector organisations, as well as members of professional bodies and business communities in Nigeria. He has published more than 25 articles in refereed academic journals (local and international), presented over 50 papers at local and international conferences and published 6 Islamic books in Hausa and English Languages. He is currently the Head, Department of Accounting; member, ABUTH Health Research Ethics Committee; and member, Capacity Building and Certification Committee of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is a Jumu’ah Chief Imam, University Professor and a writer. He was educated in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami holds a B.Tech, M.Sc (Computing & IT) and also MBA in (Technology Management). In addition, he also holds a PG. Cert in Research Methods, PG.Cert in Teaching and also a Ph.D from University of Aberdeen in the UK. Prior to that, he memorized the Qur’an by heart at the age of 13. Furthermore, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami has published 15 Islamic books and 9 international journal articles in reputable journals and many conference papers. He has been leading Jumu’ah prayer for over 20 years in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He has been invited to present lectures in many countries, such as the UK, Malaysia, Germany, France, etc. He is also a Shurah member of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria and a member of many other national and international council. In addition, he learnt Islamic knowledge from many prominent international scholars in various Majaalis. These scholars include, Shaykh Muhammad Umar Fallatah, Shaykh Muhammad Saleh Al-Uthaymeen and recently Shaykh Abdulmuhsin bn Abbad among others. Dr. Ibrahim Pantami has been a Lecturer in a university for almost 15 years. He is currently a Professor at the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia (Al-Jamiatul- Islamiyya). He teaches at the new Faculty of Computing and Information Systems of the university. He also serves in various university committees, such as Accreditation Committee, Staff Training Committee, etc.