Omar Shaikh is a Chartered Accountant by profession and specialises in Islamic finance and private equity. He leads the IFC’s activities in the arena of government policy advisory. Omar has advised various governments and been at the forefront of establishing the UK Government’s strategy for making the City a leading Western hub for Islamic finance through the UKTI, HM Treasury Committees and Mansion House trade delegations. He has lectured at various global conferences and universities and is involved in development initiatives relating to waqf , shariah governance and Islamic microfinance. His pioneering work in Islamic finance has led to Omar being recognised in the 2014 Worldwide Who’s Who for Islamic finance. Omar’s background includes working with Ernst & Young where he was recognised as the UK firms Subject Matter Expert for Islamic finance and successfully led the build out of the Islamic finance offering within the UK office. At EY he also worked with the UK Private Equity team and the multi-award winning EY Islamic Financial Services Group in Bahrain.