Sheikh Bilal Khan

Sheikh Bilal is Co-Chairman and Partner at Dome Advisory. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards and recognitions including being a Freeman of the City of London (https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/about-us/Pages/the-honorary-freedom.aspx). Sheikh Bilal holds various executive board positions and is known for his strategic leadership and executive management skills. He was invited to feature in the television series ‘Secrets of Success’ as part of 20 London-based personalities (https://youtu.be/LhLyFMXRmns) which is now showing on British Airways Inflight (tinyurl.com/htqc7gg). Sheikh Bilal was recently recognised as one of eight Positive Role Models for Race, Religion and Faith at the British National Diversity Awards 2016 for championing diversity and inter-faith dialogue within the UK and across the globe (http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist/).

In terms of profession, Sheikh Bilal is uniquely positioned as both an English qualified lawyer from the ‘Magic Circle’ law firm Linklaters and an award-winning Shari'ah Scholar (http://www.linklaters.com/News/LatestNews/2013/Pages/Linklaters-Sharia-Scholar-wins-British-Muslim-Award.aspx)  with several qualifications from British Universities including B.A. and M.A. (Arabic & Islamic Studies), LL.B (Law), M.A. (Islamic Finance) and MBA. He serves both as Adviser to the Shari’ah Standards Review Committee of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and Takaful Panel Member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) (http://www.takaful.coop/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=107).

In his government business ambassadorial role as UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT) Catalyst and Adviser to the City of London Corporation, Sheikh Bilal is promoting UK excellence internationally and the City of London in particular as a leading Islamic finance hub. He serves as Senior Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Islamic Finance, the APPG for Saudi Arabia, the APPG for Kuwait, the APPG for Qatar, the APPG for UAE, the APPG for Bahrain, the APPG for Oman, the APPG for Malaysia and the APPG for Kazakhstan. Sheikh Bilal is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Middle East Association as Special Adviser to the Chairman and CEO (http://the-mea.co.uk/about/key-people), working in close collaboration with the DIT, the British Foreign Office and The City of London Corporation as well as delivering executive training programs for governments and private sector in the UK and across the globe.  

Sheikh Bilal has been part of trade and diplomatic missions to strengthen strategic relationships between the UK and countries across Middle East, Asia and Africa. He recently received invitation from the Government of Kyrgyzstan to visit the country (https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/leading-uk-islamic-finance-expert-visits-bishkek) and invitation to deliver keynote speech at the Lord Mayor Dame Fiona Woolf’s last public lecture at The Mansion House after serving on the Lord Mayor’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and accompanying the Lord Mayor on her foreign visits (http://tomorrowscompany.com/seizing-the-opportunities-of-the-new-normal).

Sheikh Bilal is also Vice Chairman of the International Panel of Mosaic (The Prince's Charities) which conducts the International Leadership Program for young leaders from 80 countries (http://www.mosaicnetwork.co.uk/about/advisory-panels/ilp-advisory-panel/) in addition to acting as Judge for both the DIT Sirius Programme for graduate entrepreneurs around the world and for the UK Asian Apprenticeship Awards (http://asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk/judges/ and his recent interview has been published: http://asianapprenticeshipawards.co.uk/2016/10/18/judging-day-sheikh-bilal-khan/). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Generation Success as a lifetime champion of diversity (http://generation-success.com/about-us/advisory-board/). 

Sheikh Bilal frequently chairs and speaks at international conferences and round-tables and is regularly contributing to industry journals and publications as well as being quoted in the mainstream international and pan-Arab media including Al Jazeera, SkyNews Arabia and Al Arabiya (http://ow.ly/KbAaghttp://m.skynewsarabia.com/#!/web/article/727096 and http://ow.ly/JKQZP). Sheikh Bilal was recently interviewed for the Financial Management Magazine along with the CEO of Unilever and MD of McKinsey (http://www.slideshare.net/BilalKhan254/fm-leadership-issue). 

After training extensively with leading Islamic scholars including Justice (R) Mufti Taqi Usmani at Darul Uloom Karachi, Sheikh Bilal has gained many years of Shari'ah law experience with practical focus on structuring and drafting first-of-their-kind Shari'ah-compliant financial products.

Sheikh Bilal was awarded ‘Religious Advocate of the Year’ at the prestigious British Muslim Awards 2013; 'Oxford Visiting Fellow of Islamic Finance' by the Securities Commission Malaysia 2012-13; ‘Young Takaful Scholar of the Year’ at the 2012 International Takaful Summit and ‘Zaki Badawi Shari’ah Scholar of the Year’ at the 2011 London Sukuk Summit. 

Recent speaking engagements:

  • International Conference: Private Investor Middle East, London 2017 (keynote speaker)
  • Islamic Countries Finance Summit, Istanbul 2017 (keynote speaker)
  • MLE Connect, London 2017 (chairperson)
  • Islamica500 Global Gathering, Muslim Lifestyle Show, London 2017 (panellist)
  • Turkey-UK Islamic Finance Summit, Istanbul 2017 (chairperson)
  • UK-Turkey Islamic Finance Summit, London 2017 (chairperson)
  • Frontier Exchange: Islamic Enterprises Roadshow, London 2016 (chairperson) 
  • IFC-ISRA Islamic Finance Forum, London 2016 (panellist)
  • Opportunity Arabia XIII (UK-Saudi Governments and Businesses), London 2016 (panellist)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention, Uganda 2016 (panellist)
  • Islamic Banking & Investment: Asia & Middle East Congress, Singapore 2016 (panellist)
  • 3rd Mediterranean Islamic Finance Forum, Barcelona, Spain 2015 (chairperson)
  • Islamic Finance and Law Conference, Ireland 2015 (chairperson)
  • DRI International Dispute Resolution Conference, Zurich 2015 (keynote speaker)
  • Middle East Congress, London 2015 (chairperson)
  • International Real Estate Forum, London 2014 (panellist)
  • EU Islamic Finance and Banking Summit, London 2014 (chairperson)
  • The Lord Mayor of the City of London Lecture, Mansion House London 2014 (panellist)
  • Kazakhstan Islamic Finance Conference, Kazakhstan 2014 (panellist)
  • Global Economic Forum, International Festival for Business, Liverpool 2014 (chairperson) 
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Forum, London 2014 (panellist)
  • 13th Euromoney Islamic Finance Summit, London 2014 (chairperson)
  • 20th World Islamic Banking Conference, Bahrain 2013 (chairperson)
  • GCC-Britain Expo, London 2013 (panellist)
  • World Islamic Economic Forum, London 2013 (panellist)
  • UKTI British Business Pavilion, London 2013 (panellist)
  • Securities Commission Malaysia-OCIS Roundtable, Oxford 2011 and 2013 (speaker)
  • Sukuk Summit, London 2011, 2014 and 2015 (chairperson and panellist)
  • Middle East Takaful Forum, Bahrain 2013 (chairperson)
  • Africa Debt Capital Markets Summit, London 2013 (panellist)
  • IFN Europe Forum, London 2010, 2011 and 2013 (panellist)
  • 9th World Congress of INSOL International, The Hague, Netherlands 2013 (panellist)
  • Middle East Islamic Finance & Investments Conference, Dubai 2012 and 2013 (panellist)
  • World Takaful Conference, Dubai 2012 and 2013 (panellist)
  • Oman Islamic Banking and Finance Conference, Oman 2012 and 2013 (speaker)
  • Euromoney Islamic Finance Summit, London 2012 and 2013 (chairperson)
  • International Takaful Summit, Cairo 2013 (chairperson)
  • International Takaful Summit, London 2010, 2011 and 2012 (speaker/chairperson)
  • Annual World Islamic Funds and Financial Markets Conference, Bahrain 2012 (panellist)
  • Annual Middle East & Africa Insurance Summit, Dubai 2012 (chairperson)
  • LexisNexis Butterworths Islamic Finance Conference, London 2012 (speaker)
  • International Islamic Banking and Finance Summit, London 2012 (chairperson)
  • World Islamic Finance Conference, London 2012 (adviser, speaker and panellist)
  • 6th Asian Takaful Conference, Singapore 2011 (speaker)
  • London Stock Exchange Conference 2011 (speaker)
  • IFN Asia Forum, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (panellist)
  • Ernst & Young Islamic Funds Conference, Luxembourg 2011 (panellist)
  • Financial Institutions Insurance Conference, London 2011 (chairperson)
  • International Real Estate Forum 2011, London (chairperson)

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Twitter: @strictlybilal