Rushdi Siddiqui (Member of Board of Advisors)

Rushdi Siddiqui is the Global Head of Islamic Finance and OIC Countries at Thomson Reuters (TR). In this role, Mr. Siddiqui's mandate is to address the pre-trade work flow information for variety of Islamic asset classes, build-out the Islamic Treasury and Transaction platform for multiple price discovery and liquidity, undertake initiatives for Islamic fixings and benchmarks. He works closely with Islamic finance stakeholders, Halal industry, and the OIC countries

The Islamic finance team successfully launched the Islamic Finance Gateway (IFG), the world's first platform that addresses the work flow in IF across multiple asset classes. The IFG won the International Islamic Finance Forum (IIFF, May 2010) Award for ‘Contribution to Innovation in Islamic Finance.' The IFG won the Markets Award of Excellence at Thomson Reuters.

Rushdi recently received an award at the 2nd Sri Lanka Islamic Banking & Finance Conference for Contribution to Islamic Banking in Sri Lanka (2010). Mr Siddiqui conceived the concept which led to the launch of the 1st SAMI (Socially Acceptable Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Food Participation Index which presented Halal Investments as an asset class.

Mr. Siddiqui joined Thomson Reuters from Dow Jones, where he was global director for their Islamic Market Indices. Over his 10 years there, Mr. Siddiqui led the entry and expansion of the Dow Jones Indexes into Islamic finance, resulting in numerous awards from leading finance organizations and media outlets. Mr. Siddiqui has considerable experience in the financial markets, having worked at a Wall Street investment bank and commercial bank in the 1990s.

Mr. Siddiqui has authored a number of white papers and articles on Islamic indexes for publications including WIEF, ABANA Review, CPI Financial, the Chicago Journal of International Law, Euromoney, writes fortnightly for Gulf News, and is a a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by Harvard, Columbia Business School, London Business School, Oxford, the Economist, Islamic Development Bank, Bahrain's BIBF, Malaysia's INCEIF, IIUM and MIFC, IIRME (Dubai).

Mr. Siddiqui holds a JD from Albany Law School of Union University, an MBA in international business from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from New York University.