Mufti Ismail Desai is an internationally reputed shariah advisor and investment banker who currently serves a special advisor to various Islamic financial institutions, Islamic Banks, investment entities, and educational institutes around the world. Mufti Ismail has developed various Shariah auditing, governance and risk management standards for Islamic financial institutions and has issued several thousand expert legal opinions (fatwas) with a special focus on Islamic finance and economics. Mufti Ismail has attended and delivered papers at international conferences and has created the first ever Shariah Compliant models for leveraged/structured finance and currency trading.
Mufti Ismail has conducted deal advisory of over 4 Billion USD on a range of transactions including complex mergers and acquisitions, divestments, corporate restructures, bond issuances, corporate capital raising, cash management, derivative, structured finance and IPO/LBO/MBO transactions. He is the chairman and advisor to various banks, financial institutions and global funds. He has appeared on various prestigious media such as Bloomberg and Reuters. The Mufti holds an MA, Islamic Banking, MA, Islamic Theology and BSc Banking from the London School of Economics (LSE) among other honorary academic qualifications.
Protecting organisations from financial risk and driving growth-orientated strategies based on in-depth due diligence and auditing is what my experience demonstrates that I do best as a Finance Professional. Known for solid analytical abilities, I excel at navigating risk by scrutinizing business performance and generating projections. It is my goal to set the foundation for strong cash flow, to maintain high-quality assets and to provide financial models for evaluating business opportunities.
Leveraging keen financial expertise and robust communication skills, I strive to effectively translate complex financial data for cross-functional stakeholders (up to the C-suite). Finance is a key component to any business, and ensuring that non-finance professionals understand the financial impact of their decisions is critical to success. I am equally experienced in developing qualified finance and accounting teams dedicated to providing accurate figures, insightful reports and business transaction support.
Ex-Chairman of KPMG Southern Africa, board member of FICA, Reserve Bank of South Africa Advisory Panel, qualified auditor and banker conducted deal advisory of over 25 Billion USD.
- B.A. (Law) Degree
- LL.B Degree
- LL.M Degree
- I.I.E. Cert. (Georgetown-Washington DC, U.S.A)
- Phil. Degree-University of
- Cambridge, UK.
- Senior Lecturer in Public Law
- Attorneys Admission Examination
- Natal Law Society
- Attorney of the Supreme Court of
- South Africa – 8 (eight) years.
- Advocate of the High Court of South
- Africa – since 2nd October 1990 to date
Mufti Shareef is the chief Mufti and Imam of Botswana under the Botswana Muslim Association.