Leading Scottish Islamic finance expert to speak at Responsible Finance & Investment Summit



Graham Burnside
Graham Burnside

Graham Burnside, a consultant at Shepherd and Wedderburn, is to speak at a major Zurich conference.

Hosted by the RFI Foundation and Swiss Arab Network, the Responsible Finance & Investment Summit (RFI Summit) is a two-day event aimed at building awareness of how the convergence of social and environmentally responsible investment, social and governance, and Islamic finance can create a positive impact.

Mr Burnside joins an impressive speaker line-up at the event in Zurich, Switzerland.

Regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in Islamic finance, Graham has a formidable track record and is considered a pioneer in the field. Best known for having structured and documented the first and only Shariah-compliant mortgage products operating under Scots law, he has also advised on the first fully Shariah compliant commercial real estate financing in Scotland.

He is also a founding member of the advisory board of the Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), a Scottish-based not-for-profit specialist advisory and development body established to promote and enhance the global Islamic and ethical finance industry. In 2015, the UKIFC was recognised by Ethical Finance Innovation Challenge Awards (EFICA), winning the $100,000 Islamic Finance Industry Development Award.

Mr Burnside has been invited to take part in the RFI Summit panel looking at financial inclusion and responsible finance. He said: “This is a unique opportunity to connect with professionals in the sector and to share and exchange new ideas. I look forward to hearing from others in responsible finance, building connections and opening up growth opportunities.”

The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit will be held on 3 and 4 May 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.