Islamic Economy Award
العربية

Submissions are now closed

2015 Winner 2015 Winner 2015 Winner Attendees Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Overview

The Islamic Economy Award was launched in 2013 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and directed by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

Now in its fourth year, the annual award recognises innovative world-class business initiatives and ideas that have contributed to the social and economic welfare of the Muslim population. These initiatives and ideas must prove to enhance bilateral trade and investment relations between Islamic nations and forge closer economic ties with the rest of the world towards fostering prosperity, harmony and well-being for all. In addition, a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ recognises an outstanding and influential business leader who demonstrates inspired leadership and who has made a significant impact on the Islamic economy.

The integrity and credibility of the Award is managed independently by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading information provider, and is adjudicated by an esteemed judges’ panel based on formal, established criteria.

The Award is divided into eight key Islamic economy categories in addition to the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

Submission Deadline: August 11th, 2016

“After receiving the award, more people have been joining us, putting more trust on us and the number of sponsored projects has more than doubled”

Niaz Rahim, Chairman, Center for Zakat Management, Bangladesh

Award Categories:

  • Money and Finance:

    Islamic banking and finance, takaful, emerging sectors and sukuk

  • Food and Health:

    Agriculture, ingredients and manufacturing, retail, logistics, research and product development and food services, cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceuticals

  • Media:

    Entertainment shows, publications, social media, and mobile apps

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Family friendly travel, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), medical tourism, and Hajj/Ummrah

  • Waqf and Endowments:

    Innovative solutions, government managed and private awqaf/waqf management services, and cross-border waqf

  • SME Development:

    Technology, incubation, training, infrastructure and SME ecosystem development

  • Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure:

    Research and educational institutions or initiatives, compliance and standardization, thought leaders and authors

  • Islamic Arts:

    Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and design

Individual Award:

  • 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Global Islamic Economy

Methodology

The judging criteria have been established by Thomson Reuters. The Thomson Reuters team is a specialist group that facilitates the clarity, transparency and accessibility of the Award to an audience of focused professionals, businesses and governments.

Judges panel:

A Panel of eleven Judges has been setup to adjudicate the award.

The judges evaluate all nominations based on the judging criteria.

No Thomson Reuters employee will be part of the judging panel.

Award Nominations:

Nominations for award categories are open to organizations and institutions (not individuals) active in any of the eight categories. Self-nominations are accepted for all eight categories and organizations and institutions are welcome to nominate their own members for the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.

Award Scoring:

An initial shortlist of top three nominees per category will be determined based on the judges’ aggregate scores. The judges will then review these top three nominations per category and vote for the winner in each.

The organizing team will then provide the judges with detailed information shortlisted nominees (by soliciting additional details from the nominees) so that the judges may vote on the winner for each category.

'Lifetime Achievement Award' Nominations:

Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award are open to any individual who have played a strong role in any of the eight Award categories AND has had a career spanning at least 20 years.

“Alhumdulilah I’ve benefitted from more international exposure and opportunities through the award…It had a strong influence on my decision to move to Dubai, the capital of the Global Islamic Economy!”

Peter Gould, Founder & Director, Gould – Australia

Evaluation Criteria for All Award Categories

Nominees will be evaluated on the criteria below. Judges will be provided with a scorecard that details scoring guidelines for each of the criteria. They will score each nominee on each of the criteria on a scale from 0-10.

Innovation:

The nominee will have led the execution of a true innovation in their category (business process, customer experience, product, business model, or marketing) in one or more of the Islamic economy categories.

Key Considerations:

To demonstrate true innovation, the nominee will have delivered:

  • A completely new product or solution, or
  • A completely new business process, business-model, or marketing strategy, or
  • An update to an existing solution or a new application of existing solution, or
  • The implementation of outside innovation to a local or regional market

Social impact:

The nominee's work should demonstrate significant social impact. This could include job creation, bottom-of-pyramid business model, human development impact, stakeholder relations, etc. This criterion recognizes nominees for applying the underlying ethos of an Islamic economic system.

Key Considerations:

To demonstrate success in this category, the nominee will have delivered:

  • Social impact with an actual product or service offering, or
  • Social impact through charitable giving or philanthropy

Inspiring stories:

Because the journey is often as important as the destination, the inspirational quality of the nominee's story – their struggles, triumphs and even their failures – will be considered in the judging process.

Geographic scope of impact:

The nominee will have demonstrated impact in multiple geographies. This criterion acknowledges nominees for the reach of their work. The nominee should be able to demonstrate impact beyond the local level, either regionally or globally.

Economic Impact:

The nominee would have demonstrated the highest quantifiable impact in terms of either creating wealth for its shareholders and the industry or groups that it serves or has enhanced cross border trade in a significant manner.

Judges

H.E. Hussain Al Qemzi

H.E. Hussain Al Qemzi

Chairman
Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation
United Arab Emirates

Chair of Judges Panel

Mr. Khalid Al Aboodi

Mr. Khalid Al-Aboodi

CEO
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, Islamic Development Bank Group
Saudi Arabia

Hassan Bayrakdar Ph.D.

Hassan Bayrakdar Ph.D.

Managing Director, RAQAM Consultancy
JLT - Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance Management for Middle East, Turkey & Africa
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Daud Bakr

Dr. Daud Bakr

Chairman, Shariah Advisory Council
Bank Negara Malaysia & Securities Commission
Malaysia

Zulkifly Said

Zulkifly Said

Director General
Islamic Tourism Centre
Malaysia

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

CEO
Dinar Standards
United States

Jad Toubayly

Jad Toubayly

Director in the Fund Placement & Corporate Finance Division
Greenstone Equity Partners
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abdullah Qurban Turkistani

Dr. Abdullah Qurban Turkistani

Dean
Islamic Economics Institute
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Dr. Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Richmond American University
United Kingdom

H.E. Hussain Al Qemzi

H.E. Hussain Al Qemzi

Chairman
Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation
United Arab Emirates

Chair of Judges Panel

Mr. Hussain Al Qemzi is Chairman of Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation. He is a seasoned banker with over 28 years of experience working with leading financial institutions in the UAE. He currently leads Noor Investment Group, and its flagship entity Noor Bank. In addition to his roles at Noor Investment Group and Noor Bank, Mr. Al Qemzi is Vice Chairman of Emaar Properties PJSC and is a member of the Board of Directors of the DIFC Supreme Council, DIFC Authority and Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies.

Prior to becoming Noor Group CEO, Mr. Al Qemzi was Chief Executive of Sharjah Islamic Bank and a former Board Member of Dubai Financial Market (DFM), and Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX). He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) and is credited with laying the groundwork for a world-class financial centre.

Mr. Khalid Al Aboodi

Mr. Khalid Al-Aboodi

CEO
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, Islamic Development Bank Group
Saudi Arabia

Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi joined the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group in November 2001 as Deputy Director General of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the Private Sector arm of IDB, and since 2007 has serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Al-Aboodi has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry in the Middle East and USA. He started his tenure with the Ministry of Finance & National Economy of Saudi Arabia in 1982 as an Economic Researcher, and served as Director of the Environment Unit, Acting Director of the International Financial Institutions Department.

In 1995 he moved to Washington DC to serve as Assistant to the Saudi Executive Director at the World Bank and was later appointed Alternate Executive Director for Saudi Arabia at the World Bank Board. He then joined the Saudi Public Investment Fund (Ministry of Finance) as Senior Economist where he was in charge of several privatization operations.

Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi is a Saudi National, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from King Saud University, Riyadh (1982), and a Master's Degree in Economics from Northeastern University, Boston, USA (1987).

Dr. Daud Bakr

Dr. Daud Bakr

Chairman, Shariah Advisory Council
Bank Negara Malaysia & Securities Commission
Malaysia

Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group that deals with real economic activities by delivering modern and ethical solutions for the challenges faced by the global Islamic finance industry. He currently sits as a Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the Labuan Financial Services Authority and the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM). He is also a Shariah board member of various financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman (Oman), Noor Islamic Bank (Dubai), Amundi Asset Management (France), Morgan Stanley (Dubai), Bank of London and Middle East (London), BNP Paribas (Bahrain), Bank Al Khair (Bahrain), Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York), Financial Guidance (USA), amongst many others.

Prior to this; he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He received his first degree in Shariah from University of Kuwait in 1988 and obtained his PhD from University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom in 1993. In 2002, he completed his external Bachelor of Jurisprudence at University of Malaya. He has published a number of articles in various academic journals and has made many presentations in various conferences both local and overseas. On the recognition side, Dr Mohd Daud has been honored with “The Asset Triple A Industry Leadership Award” at The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Award 2014 by The Asset magazine and been named as the “Most Outstanding Individual”, awarded by His Majesty, the King of Malaysia, in conjunction with the national-level Prophet Muhammad's birthday 2014. The most recent achievement is when he has been awarded as the “Shariah Scholar of the Year-2015” by London Sukuk Summit, June 2015. On the publication side, Dr Mohd Daud has just released his first book in March 2016 named “Shariah Minds in Islamic Finance : An Inside Story of A Shariah Scholar”.

Zulkifly Said

Zulkifly Said

Director General
Islamic Tourism Centre
Malaysia

Zulkifly Said began his career in the Malaysian Civil Service in 1988, as an Assistant Director with the Tourist Development Corporation (TDC) - now known as the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia). He was later assigned as Director (Overseas) at the Board’s overseas offices in Hong Kong (1992-1996), Bangkok (2000-2004) and Istanbul (2004-2007). He also served as the Board’s Northern Region Director based in Penang from 1996-2000.

In 2007, Zulkifly was promoted to the position of Director at the Board’s Head Office and has held the Director’s position with the Finance and Administration Division, Conventions Division, Research Division, Industry Development Division and International Promotion Division (West and South Asia Region). He served in Tourism Malaysia for 25 years before being seconded to the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) in 2013 as its Director General.

Zulkifly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Management and Marketing from Westmar College Le Mars Iowa, USA.

Jad Toubayly

Jad Toubayly

Director in the Fund Placement & Corporate Finance Division
Greenstone Equity Partners
United Arab Emirates

Jad Toubayly is a Director in the Fund Placement & Corporate Finance Division at Greenstone Equity Partners. He works extensively with regional and foreign fund managers raising capital within the GCC region.

Mr. Toubayly has extensive knowledge of debt, equity and derivative structuring for financial institutions, corporate and sovereign clients particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with a particular focus on Shariah compliant structuring.

Prior to joining Greenstone Equity Partners, Mr. Toubayly worked for J.P. Morgan as part of the Islamic Finance team. He was responsible for setting up the Islamic platform as well as developing and enhancing the Shariah compliant product and service suite. During his tenure, Mr. Toubayly was also involved in the structuring and execution of numerous Shariah compliant credit, derivative and debt capital markets transactions across MENA and South East Asia.

Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Toubayly spent 5 years as part of Deutsche Bank’s Emerging Markets Structuring desk where he was responsible for the structuring and execution of various sector debt, derivative and asset side transactions, with a particular focus on Islamic transactions that adhere to Shariah principles.

Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Toubayly was part of Ernst & Young’s Transaction Real Estate team working on various real estate sector projects in the MENA region. He worked extensively on valuations, market and financial feasibility studies, acquisitions, disposals and vendor due diligences for various landmark real estate projects across the MENA region.

Mr. Toubayly is a graduate of the American University of Beirut where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Dr. Abdullah Qurban Turkistani

Dr. Abdullah Qurban Turkistani

Dean
Islamic Economics Institute
Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Turkistani is the dean of the Islamic Economics Institute (IEI) since in 2011, and was the director of the Islamic Economics Research Center (IERC) 2007-2011. The IERC was established in 1977 and became IEI in 2011. During his period a wide academic international network was established for the Center/Institute through research, curricula, training and academic forums. Abdullah is a member in some boards of directors of academic institutions and journals nationally and internationally. He graduated from Leicester University - UK with a PhD in economics and a dissertation on External Debt in Arab Counties. He graduated from University of Colorado – USA with MA in Economics, with concentration on economic development & international finance. Abdullah taught at Leicester University and he is teaching now at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). He teaches quantitative courses, international finance, health finance, economic theory, Islamic Financial Transactions and Islamic financial institutions. He is interested in topics related to Islamic finance and economic integration. Abdullah presented papers and talks in Islamic economic and finance at several conferences and seminars. His relationship with the private sector is through funded research and in co-organizing academic forums locally and internationally. He organized and participated in organizing many conferences and workshops in Saudi, Europe and UK. In 2012 he participated in organizing a workshop on Islamic Finance at Cambridge University, which resulted a 3 volume book in 2015. Dr. Abdullah Turkistani is assistant professor in the department of economics of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at KAU.

Tariqullah Khan

Dr. Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Richmond American University
United Kingdom

Jonathan Wilson is Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Richmond American University in London. He lectures undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students.

Professor Wilson’s career began over twenty years ago in industry, before branching out into academia and consulting – where he specialises in the ABCDs of Business and Culture: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital.

Professor Wilson is also: a Halal Tourism Officer in the Ministry of Tourism, for the Republic of Indonesia; Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Islamic Marketing; an Executive Trainer for Al Jazeera Media Network; and is an Advisor for innovation and research firm Stylus, luxury fashion brand The ISHU, and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance.

Professor Wilson has spoken at conferences across the globe on over 100 occasions, and published over 200 pieces of work. He has been cited in, amongst others: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters, The Times Newspaper, Nikkei Asian Review, KBS TV (Korea), Communicate Advertising Age, Khaleej Times, Sky News Arabia, BBC World, Vision Magazine, The Marketeers, and KIN Global. He has worked on industry research projects and reports for: McKinsey & Company, Middle East; DinarStandard; Thomson Reuters and Salaam Gateway; Mindshare, London; Stylus; PwC Malaysia; Oxford Analytica; MBA & Company; Tokyo Institute of Technology and Gurunavi Japanese Restaurant Guide.

His work on Inconspicuous Branded Consumption and Luxury in the Journal of Marketing Management received an award, and also appeared in the September 2015 Harvard Business Review. Islamica 500 lists him in the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders for his work in Islamic Economics, Halal Branding, and Muslim Millennials. He sits on the panel of judges for the Islamic Economy Awards - hosted by Thomson Reuters and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre.

Hassan Bayrakdar Ph.D.

Hassan Bayrakdar Ph.D.

Managing Director, RAQAM Consultancy
JLT - Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance Management for Middle East, Turkey & Africa
United Arab Emirates

Dr. Hassan Bayrakdar : A Food Expert on Food & Beverages Regulations with International experience and an in depth knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa region, he hold a PhD in Chemistry from Nancy / France. A background of 16 years with Nestlé Middle East and 2 years with Mars GCC the leading Multinational Companies as a Corporate Regulatory & Scientific Affairs Manager and a Global Halal Affairs Expert for Mars Company . An expert and a certified Halal Lead Auditor and Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, Dr. Hassan participated and presented at several Seminars and Conferences related to Food Safety, Food Quality and contributed to several Conferences related to Halal subjects. A track record of establishing Food Standards and Regulations with the local authorities for GCC countries. Dr. Hassan Bayrakdar is the founder and the Managing Director of RAQAM Consultancy JLT Company based in Dubai.

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

CEO
Dinar Standards
United States

Rafi-uddin is the Founder and CEO of DinarStandard--a specialized market research and advisory firm focused on the emerging Islamic markets of Halal/Tayyab food, Muslim travel market, Islamic/Ethical Finance, and OIC member countries. He is passionate about empowering organizations for profitable and responsible global impact. Since 2008, Rafi-uddin has been advising global multi-nationals, Islamic financial institutions, Halal market startups and NGOs on market expansion analysis, business/investment strategy, and innovative marketing strategies.

Rafi-uddin has led various market studies on the Muslim markets globally including: State of the Global Islamic Economy, Global Muslim Lifestyle Tourism Market, DS100™ ranking of Top 100 Businesses in the Muslim World, Social Responsibility Survey of Islamic Financial Institution, State of Food Insecurity & Opportunities in OIC Countries, Productivity in Ramadan Survey, and various other such reports. He is a frequent speaker on innovation, marketing, social business, and Muslim customer strategies, and has presented at prestigious industry conferences at Oxford University, Harvard University, Jeddah Economic Forum, Dubai International Conference for Awqaf, International Food Conference Turkey, and IIUM Malaysia.

Prior to DinarStandard, Rafi-uddin had been a Vice President with Marsh Inc, a global risk-brokerage firm, where he led and successfully delivered multi-million dollar knowledge management and marketing technology related initiatives. He had previously served as a Senior e-Business Consultant at a Boston a based firm. Rafi-uddin has an MBA from UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina, and a BSc. in Marketing from Southwest State, Minnesota, USA.

Submissions are now closed

2015 Winners

Islamic Economy Award Winners

The winners were announced and awards presented by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2015 in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. The award winners are as follows:

Money and Finance:

Dubai International Financial Centre

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing a world-class platform connecting the region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas. It also facilitates the growth in South-South trade and investment. An onshore, international financial centre, DIFC provides a stable, mature and secure base for financial institutions to develop their wholesale businesses.

The Centre offers all the elements found in the world’s most successful financial industry ecosystems, including an independent regulator, an independent judicial system with a common-law framework, a global financial exchange, inspiring architecture, powerful, enabling support services and a vibrant business community. The infrastructure within the district features ultra-modern office space, retail outlets, cafes and restaurants, art galleries, residential apartments, public green areas and hotels.

Located midway between the global financial centres of New York, London in the West and Singapore, Hong Kong in the East, DIFC (GMT +4) fills a vital time-zone gap with a workday that bridges the market and business hours of financial centres in both Asia and North America.

Currently, more than 1,327 active registered companies operate from the Centre, including 21 of the world’s top 25 banks, 11 of the world’s top 20 money managers, 7 of the top 10 insurance companies, and 9 of the top 10 law firms. The Centre supports a combined workforce of 18,521 people.

DIFC continues to pursue expansion into new services and sectors within the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, an area comprising over 72 countries with an approximate population of 3.0 billion and nominal GDP of US$7.9 trillion.

On Tuesday 4 November 2014, DIFC Investments LLC (“DIFCI” or the “Company”), the developer and commercial operator of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”), successfully priced a USD 700 million 10-year Sukuk. The transaction was priced at par to yield a profit rate of 4.325% (equivalent to 185bps over 10-year USD Mid Swaps). The Sukuk was a remarkable success and attracted more than 70 international and regional investors.

Website: http://www.difc.ae/
Twitter: @DIFC

Money and Finance

Food and Health:

Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad

Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM) is a public listed company on Bursa Malaysia and declared as a Shariah-compliant security by the Shariah Advisory Council of the Securities Commission Malaysia. It is also one of Malaysia’s top Government Linked Companies (GLCs).

CCM is a key player in the pharmaceuticals, chemicals and fertilizers industries and has been an active player in championing and developing Halal initiatives. We are the first pharmaceutical company to obtain the Malaysia’s Halal certification in 1999 for our range of health supplements under the established brands of CHAMPS, Proviton, Naturalle and Flavettes. Our manufactured chemical products were also the first to obtain the Halal Malaysia certification in 2004.

Our continuous commitment in championing and developing Halal initiatives has accorded CCM with numerous awards and recognitions from both the national and international front. We were accredited with the world’s first Halal Pharmaceutical Standard MS2424:2012 in 2013 and awarded with the Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) Islamic Initiatives Award in 2014. In April 2015, CCM was the sole recipient for the Halal Excellence Award by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and was also the winner for the recent Islamic Economy Award 2015 under the Food & Health category at the Global Islamic Economy Summit 2015. CCM aspires to contribute significantly to the domestic and global Halal industries through its three Divisions by continually expanding its market presence in more than 30 countries.

Website: http://www.ccmberhad.com/

Food and Health

Media:

Unity Productions Foundation

For 15 years, Unity Productions Foundation has pioneered a critical presence in the mainstream media, presenting Muslim stories, both historical and contemporary, that might otherwise go untold to tens of millions of viewers in the West and around the world. Along the way, they developed an innovative one-of-a-kind media organization, consistently placed its work in the public eye at a national and international level.

UPF has gone on to co-produce ten internationally broadcast full-length documentaries seen in the U.S. and around the world by an estimated 150 million viewers. http://www.upf.tv/films/. These have been nominated for and/or won major awards and prizes including Cine Special Jury Award for Best Documentary Film, two Cine Golden Eagle Awards, the American Black Film Festival Best Documentary of the Year Award, the Rumi Peace & Dialogue Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Peace through the Media.

UPF films tell journalistic stories of Muslims in a wider historical context. Titles include Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet; Prince Among Slaves: The Story of an African Prince Enslaved in America; Allah Made Me Funny: The Official Muslim Comedy Tour; Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World; Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story, American Muslims: Fact v. Fiction, Nadia's Ramadan, and the forthcoming Sultan and the Saint: A Story of Muslim - Christian Peace.

Through its outreach program, 20,000 Dialogues, UPF films have been seen tens of thousands of times in American classrooms, churches, and civic centers. Through its Hollywood resource center, Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST), UPF provides extensive research and storylines to some of the most prominent American weekly-series TV programs and films, enabling them to replace harmful stereotypes about Muslims with powerful stories.

Lead by founders Michael Wolfe (The Hadj) and Alex Kronemer (CNN Hajj) as well as Development Director Jawaad Abdul Rahman, the organization has dedicated itself to educating mass American and Western audiences about who today’s Muslims really are and how they contribute to bettering lives in the complex, diverse world we inhabit today.

Website: http://www.upf.tv/

Media

Hospitality and Tourism:

Hajjnet

Hajjnet was founded in Dubai in 2012 to create and deliver content, and mobile & web products to empower Muslims in fulfilling their faith based obligations in a manner more safe, informed, and convenient.

Hajjnet is all about contributing to the 'common good' of our community and to bring our community together to contribute to that ‘common good’.

We serve our users in their aspirations to perform Hajj and Umrah and to support them in having the ultimate experience, sharing it, and helping share the information that made it that way.

As Muslims, we are all using the Internet to research our travel. The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages are no different. In fact they require more information and involve more unknowns than most other journeys. The goal of one’s Hajj or Umrah being accepted only adds extra weight to the responsibilities – all the more reason to build technology and a community to support it.

Website: https://www.hajjnet.com/en
Twitter: @Hajjnet

Media

Waqf and Endowments:

Center for Zakat Management

Center Zakat Management (CZM) started its humble operations in the year 2008. It is a Nonprofit, pro-poor charitable organization being run as trust in Bangladesh, engaged in the mobilization of Zakat, Waqf & Endowment with the purpose of alleviating poverty through a set of programs ranging from livelihood activities to education to emergency help. CZM addresses all walks of life starting from infants, adolescents, under graduate students, adult man & woman, aged & vulnerable people. Since its launch CZM has been working hard to develop awareness of Zakat, Waqf & Endowment amongst the affluent and blessed section of the Muslim community, both as individuals as well as corporate entities regarding the importance of an institutionalized platform for mobilization & distribution of Zakat, Waqf & Endowment.

CZM flagship program ‘Jeebika’ is a livelihood program focusing on the ultra-poor within a set population & bringing about economic upliftment of the community. Its unique innovative methods has opened a new frontier in the field of social economic development. CZM works in an integrated way by targeting all of the life challenges of a family or an individual by addressing his or her needs of equity aid, loan repayment, education, healthcare, water & sanitation, business & life skills training, community development and self-reliance under a single package. Complete asset transfer of equity aid & services are provided to them with no burden of repayment to CZM. Through this approach CZM has demonstrated within a four year term period, it possible to successfully in improve the lives of poor people in terms of allowing them to accumulate knowledge, skill and financial resources and maintain a sustainable growth.

Touching the lives of thousands of individuals & households, it is tremendous growth within such short period of time by utilizing only local resources.

Website: http://czm-bd.org/

Waqf and Endowments

SME Development:

Affinis Labs

Established in February 2015, Affinis Labs brings together experience, passion, and networks of talent to generate innovative solutions to global challenges. We do this through unique purpose-driven “hackathons” - intensive team competitions where ideas are prototyped, iterated, tested, and pitched to a live audience, an online crowd, and a panel of judges. Winning prototypes - and even some of the runners-up - are incubated, fully developed, and launched at Affinis Labs. From Sydney to Abu Dhabi, from Hollywood to Kampala, our hackathons leverage partners in the private and public sectors to build a foundation of support for entrepreneurs and creatives so that solutions have real world impact. Affinis Labs also helps innovative entrepreneurs accelerate their startups to grow their companies while providing social benefits to the markets they serve. Our first cohort of companies draws from Muslim American talent to target a global market of 500 million Muslim youth, who are upwardly mobile but lack an abundance of products & services that cater to their unique identities and needs. To support these efforts, the team at Affinis Labs designs communications campaigns for social impact in collaboration with entrepreneurs and creatives, fusing public relations, social media, community engagement, partnership building, and grassroots collaboration.

Website: www.affinislabs.com/
Twitter: @affinislabs

SME Development

Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure:

Amanie Advisors LLC

Amanie Advisors is a leading Shariah advisory firm specializing in Islamic finance solutions covering a wide range of services including Shariah advisory and consultancy, training and research and development for institutional and corporate clientele focusing on Islamic financial services. Guided by its Shariah Supervisory Board, Amanie Advisors provides end-to-end Shariah solutions to the client through its 10 offices around the globe.

Amanie has been established with the aim of addressing the global needs for experts' and Shariah scholars' pro-active input. This will ultimately allow the industry players to manage and achieve their business and financial goals in accordance with the Shariah Principles.

Amanie Advisors LLC incorporated in DIFC Dubai serves as the headquarters for Amanie’s clientele based in the Middle East & North Africa region. Its clientele includes a vast range of corporate entities spanning across the MENA region including large Western Banks, Regional Banks, local (UAE based) Banks, International Funds and Sukuk issuers.

Website: www.amanieadvisors.com/

Islamic Arts:

Peter Gould

Peter Gould is a designer, creative entrepreneur and artist. He is described by the BBC as “among those young urban global Muslims leading the emergence of a new Muslim cool.” His innovative, award-winning work is highly sought after globally and it has touched millions with positive, inspirational creative projects.

He founded and runs a successful international strategic branding firm which has worked with a wide spectrum of clients from global icons such as the United Nations, well-known personalities, governments, embassies and household brand names.

Peter's unique artwork & photography is found in the collections of diverse audiences including a Prime Minister, Middle Eastern royalty and has been exhibited in galleries around the world over the past decade.

He has won several awards, launched his own apps & games, created popular online platforms, teaches workshops internationally, has work published in several books and is followed by over 250,000 people through social media.

Through his work and artistic projects, Peter aims to inspire and promote understanding, positivity and creative thinking in the global community.

Website: www.peter-gould.com
Twitter: @petergouldart

Islamic Arts

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award:

Fajr Capital: Iqbal Khan

Iqbal Khan is the CEO of Fajr Capital, a Dubai-based Islamic investment firm whose shareholders include Khazanah Nasional, the Government of Brunei Darussalam, the Abu Dhabi Investment Council and the Mohammed Alsubeaei and Sons Investments Company (MASIC). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, GEMS Education, Jadwa Investment, MENA Infrastructure and National Petroleum Services.

Prior to Fajr Capital, Mr Khan was the founding CEO of HSBC Amanah, where he built the business and team over eight years into one of the fastest growing and most successful emerging businesses in the HSBC Group. He was simultaneously a member of the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank Middle East, The Saudi British Bank, and HSBC Investment Bank (Saudi Arabia).

Mr. Khan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, both from Aligarh Muslim University. He is the recipient of several industry and international accolades, including the Royal Award for Islamic Finance, a biannual prize presented by HM the King of Malaysia; the State Award of “The Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Brunei” from HM the Sultan of Brunei; and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Website: www.fajrcapital.com/
Twitter: @FajrCapital / @IqbalKhanCEO

Lifetime achievement