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About Opalesque Islamic Finance Intelligence

OIFI is the latest addition to the Opalesque family and designed to provide an effective gateway towards this growing and fast-evolving industry. It aims to provide an innovative and sophisticated approach to Islamic finance, with an unmatched ability to openly discuss the various issues, challenges and opportunities within the industry. Above all, OIFI maintains a practitioner approach – focusing on precise and relevant content for investors, product manufacturers, fund managers and all members of this truly global community.

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This new publication addresses the Islamic finance community through a quarterly edition, complemented by the Opalesque Islamic Finance Briefing (our free industry news daily), and a variety of additional tools for readers. OIFI brings together a wide range of guest columnists, interviews, profiles and much more. Our coverage includes:

  • Featured resources and research material
  • Featured structures and their applications
  • Fund Manager profiles
  • Allocator / Institutional interviews
  • Featured articles and opinion columns
  • Discussion boards and forums
  • Industry statistics and metrics

Above all, OIFI brings a new and energetic approach; it is a must-read for anyone interested in entering this field and a welcome new approach for industry participants.

The OIFI concept has been jointly developed between Opalesque and Amsar Partners, an independent Islamic finance consultancy. Amsar brings together a multi-disciplinary team that includes Bernardo Vizcaino, CAIA, Managing Director; Nikan Firoozye Ph.D., Director of Shariah Structuring; and Khalil Jarrar J.D., Director of Jurisprudence. They combine highly regarded financial, academic and research backgrounds with an unmatched industry network.

Their working experience ranges from boutique to institutional. Their research has explored Islamic funds, sukuk structures, a wide range of Shariah compliant instruments, as well as work on the conventional world - fixed income relative value strategies, bayesian models for algorithmic trading, macroeconomics, 130/30 and SRI funds, etc. Their previous editorial engagements have included the Middle East Insurance Review, Euromoney, RISK Magazine, Islamic Finance News, Terrapinn, IQPC, CNBC, Bloomberg, among others. Their academic trajectory ranges from Masters of Applied Finance, PhD in Applied Mathematics, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Doctor of Jurisprudence, and International Law.

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