Assoc. Prof Dr. Aishath Muneeza


Associate Professor Dr. Aishath Muneeza of INCEIF is one of the key founders of Islamic finance in the Maldives. She is the first female Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the first chairperson of the Hajj Pilgrimage Fund of Maldives.

Currently, she is the chairperson of the Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance. She has published books and numerous articles on Islamic Finance and her research areas include legal studies & corporate governance applicable to Islamic Finance. She structured the first corporate Sukuk, sovereign private Sukuk and Islamic Treasury instruments for the government of Maldives and she has played a key role in offering Islamic finance products by more than eleven institutions. She also designed the first Islamic microfinance scheme offered in the Maldives. She sits in Shariah advisory committees of financial institutions offering Islamic financial services such as Islamic hire purchase and takaful. She also holds the position of chairperson of three different in-house Shariah committees. She is the chairperson of the Shariah Advisory Council of CMDA, the capital market regulatory authority of Maldives since 2011. She is the only registered Shariah Adviser for structuring capital market instruments in the Maldives and she is a registered Shariah Advisor at the Securities Commission of Malaysia. The Islamic capital Market framework of Maldives was designed by her.

She has won numerous national and international awards for her service in the Islamic finance industry including the Rehendhi award, the highest award conferred to women by the government of Maldives. She is also a role model and a mentor for females who aspire to build their careers in the Islamic finance industry and is the Vice President of Women on Boards, an NGO advocating women representation on boards of companies. She is an invited speaker in Islamic finance conferences and events held in different parts of the world. She is listed in 2017 as number seven among the 50 Influential Women in Business and Finance by ISFIRE which is an official publication of the Islamic Bankers Association based in London and she is among the most influential 500 in Islamic Economy. She is a member of the Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS), Malaysia.