MALAYSIA HONOURS SHAIKH SALEH ABDULLAH KAMEL
Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel’s work over four decades has fast-tracked the global adoption of Islamic finance and continues to have sustained financial, economic and social impact in the world. He is widely credited for pioneering the adoption of Shariah-compliant principles in banking and business. In the absence of Islamic finance at the time, his deep personal adherence to Islamic principles led him to be one of the first individuals to devise Islamic contracts for use in his business operations in the 1960s. In 1969 he founded a group of companies, which amongst others, provides Shariah-compliant retail, corporate and investment banking and treasury services and is today a global organisation comprising subsidiaries in 12 countries with more than 300 branches. Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel followed this by establishing the Islamic Arab Insurance Company in 1979, a pioneering takaful (Islamic insurance) company.
In his efforts to inspire and develop future talent and innovation, Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel established the Islamic Economics Research Centre, King Abdulaziz University and Jeddah Center for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He also founded the Saleh Kamel Centre for Islamic Economy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo and Saleh Kamel Center for Banking Studies and Research, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. The endeavours of these institutions have led to the development of many tools, techniques and edicts.
"In line with the ambition of The Royal Award – to be the global benchmark recognition for Islamic finance, the Jury chose to honour a truly unique and pioneering individual – one whose accomplishments have endured a rigorous selection process that is qualitative, quantitative and global in impact. With his extensive contribution to the industry, we believe he will serve as a strong role model to inspire others to follow suit,” says Musa Hitam, Chief Juror, The Royal Award for Islamic Finance.
A key aspect of Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel’s invaluable contribution is the annual Albaraka Symposium on Islamic Economics. Now in its 29th year, the Symposium is widely respected as a cornerstone of the development of Islamic finance. It gathers a worldwide audience of Shariah scholars, bankers and experts to discuss and form solutions for the future of the industry. The Symposium has resulted in more than 150 edicts that feed research and innovation, representing the backbone and basis for the activities of many Islamic financial institutions.
Following his acceptance of The Royal Award, Shaikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel will lead a series of international engagements to share knowledge, build deeper inter-linkages to the greater global finance community and inspire future nominees.
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Highlights of Contributions to Islamic Finance
Educational Institutions and Research Institutions
Established Saleh Kamel Centre for Islamic Economy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo
Established Saleh Kamel Center for Banking Studies and Research, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Founded Jeddah Center for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Other Roles contribute to Development of Islamic Finance
Trustee, Arab Thought Foundation
Trustee, Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions
Chairman, Islamic Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Board of Trustees, King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for the Gifted
Member of the Board of Trustees, Arab Thought Foundation
Member of the Board of Trustees, Arab Media Corporation
Thought Leadership On Islamic Finance