Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has made a high-profile appointment of Sheikh Bilal Khan as the Chief Islamic Finance Officer which is a very unique role in any financial centre globally. This indicates how serious the AIFC is about the growth potential of Islamic finance in these markets. Sheikh Bilal Khan already holds several positions in the AIFC including being Member of the AIFC Advisory Council on Islamic Finance and Panel Arbitrator at the AIFC International Arbitration Centre after being appointed by the Chairman Barbara Dohmann QC.
Sheikh Bilal Khan is a special adviser to several presidents and prime ministers’ offices and serves on multi-lateral, government and quasi-government advisory boards. He also acts as Secretary-General of Malta Islamic Finance Association, Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance at the international law firm McCarthy Denning and Co-Chairman of Dome Advisory. He is uniquely positioned as an award-winning Shariah Scholar and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales after qualifying as an English lawyer from a ‘Magic Circle’ English law firm in the City of London.
Sheikh Bilal Khan is a Freeman of the City of London which is the highest honour given for contribution to the City of London. He has received numerous industry and lifetime achievement awards as well as featuring in TV documentaries such as the series ‘Secrets of Success’ which is now showing on British Airways. He is known for public speaking at international conferences, lecturing at leading British universities and contributing in electronic and press media.