Entrepreneur joins Islamic finance advisory board

Zunikh founder and chief executive Shakeel Adli has been appointed to the UK Islamic Finance Council Advisory (UKIFC) board.

In this new role Adli will be lending his experience to help to promote and enhance the global Islamic finance industry.

The UKIFC, established in 2005, is a not-for-profit organisation focussed on the establishing, promoting and regulating Islamic finance. It also promotes co-ordination between Islamic finance and the broader ethical finance arena, whilst improving awareness and understanding of the world of Islamic finance.

Zunikh, Adli’s London and Sheffield based property development and investment business, significantly expanded its operations within the UK earlier this year.

The firm’s model embraces the Islamic principal of ethical investment and gives 50% of its profit to local communities.

Adli was formerly the global head of Islamic finance at international law firm CMS.

He said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the UKIFC Advisory board and cannot wait to get started building relationships to promote the awareness of Islamic finance.

“Zunikh is inclusive, ethical and values led, as is the Islamic Finance Council UK. There is a commonality in our broader purpose and it is an exciting time to be involved in Islamic
finance and particularly in facilitating the offering of investment opportunities based upon ethical values.”

Graham Burnside, Chair of the UKIFC Advisory Board, added: “Our relationship with Shakeel goes back several years and we have always been impressed with his commitment to Islamic and ethical finance as well as his ability to deliver to a high standard, at pace. As well as Shakeel’s legal expertise, we believe that his experience at Zunikh will be particularly insightful as we renew our focus on financial inclusion and look at the extent to which the UK offers a level playing field for Muslim consumers, business owners and investors.”