Director, Islamic Finance Group and Leader, Deloitte ME Islamic Finance Knowledge Centre (IFKC), Deloitte & Touche – Bahrain

Dr. Hatim El-Tahir

Hatim is a director in Deloitte and Touche (ME)’s financial services practice, and leads the Islamic Finance Knowledge Centre where he advises clients on Islamic financial markets development. Hatim Tahir devised and leads Deloitte’s Islamic thought leadership program, and writes the yearly industry flagship – Deloitte Islamic finance reports.

With over 20 years business and finance experience, Hatim has held key leadership roles designing Islamic finance strategies and delivering projects in the Middle East, Europe, Central America, Central and South Asia. His recent accomplished engagements included strategy development, Sharia’ Governance and regulatory compliance, and industry research in Islamic capital market instruments.

Prior to working for Deloitte, Hatim worked for the NASDAQ DUBAI in a senior role, and led a capacity building & leadership development initiative in Islamic finance – working with international financial institutions regulated by the DFSA – to develop their Islamic financial knowledge and skills and other DIFC’s rules and regulations.

Hatim authored numerous articles and chapters in books including Harvard University and Wiley. He is also a regular contributor to industry talks and comments in industry issues in CNBC Arabia, Bloomberg, Forbes ME and other broadcast outlets. Hatim regularly participates in industry consultative meetings and working groups and is a member of Board of Trustees of the AAOIFI.

Hatim earned his PhD in Business Management, University of London, and was a Research Associate at the London School of Economics between the years 1995-2000. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading and Fellow member of the British Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).