Dr. Aishath Muneeza

Dr Aishath Muneeza is among the key founders of Islamic finance in Maldives, a small island nation with a hundred percent Muslim population. She has experience in multiple aspects of Islamic finance industry. She is a shariah Advisor, an Islamic Finance Consultant, a researcher, a presenter, a regulator, a speaker, a trainer, an Associate Professor and an attorney who is actively involved in promoting Islamic finance. She is the driving force behind the establishment of Maldives Hajj Corporation, the Tabung Haji of Maldives and she has facilitated the establishment of more than ten financial institutions offering Islamic finance services.

She structured the first corporate sukuk offered in Maldives and she also structured the Islamic Treasury Instruments for the government of Maldives. The Islamic Capital Market framework of Maldives has been shaped under her guidance and the legal framework of Islamic Capital Market in Maldives was developed by her. She is a registered Shariah Adviser with Securities Commission of Malaysia and Capital Market development Authority of Maldives.

She has published numerous books on Islamic finance, available in all major bookstores across Malaysia and she is the first to publish comprehensive books on Islamic finance in Dhivehi language. She is the co-author of the winning essay of the worldwide Islamic finance essay competition organized in Kuala-Lumpur Islamic Finance forum (KLIFF) of 2010.

She had won gold and silver medals in international research exhibitions for research conducted on disciplines related to Islamic banking and finance. Her contribution to Islamic finance industry has been recognised internationally and has been conferred several awards of recognition.

She has received the prestigious “Rehendhi Award” highest award for women, conferred by the government of Maldives for her contribution in the development of Islamic finance industry. Currently she is an Associate Professor at INCEIF & the chairwomen of Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance that was set up by the government of Maldives to position the country as the hub of Islamic finance and Halal industry in the South Asia region.