Ethical Finance Summit 2021

Yusuf Odukoya
Published: July 3, 2021

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We are delighted to be supporting Ethical Finance 2021, taking place from 8-10 June, with over 1,500 delegates from 100 countries set to come together for a virtual summit dedicated to driving positive change in financial services.

Convened by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), the Summit will begin with regional showcases on day one. Day two will have a focus on climate finance and natural capital, ahead of COP26, while the third day will look beyond climate. Our CEO Abubakar Suleiman will contribute to a Day 3 panel on SDG finance.

The Summit will be delivered in partnership with Chartered Banker, and is certified as CPD. 

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Topics that will be explored:
Global Trends in Sustainable Finance
Role of Finance in Delivering Net Zero
Finance for Nature
How the World Can Finance the SDGS
The ‘S’ in ESG – Why It Matters
Strategic Business and Sustainability Leadership
Regional showcase: Australasia
Regional showcase: Southeast Asia
Regional showcase: South Asia
Regional showcase: West Africa

Confirmed speakers include:
Abubakar Suleiman, CEO, Sterling Bank
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge
Elizabetha Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Climate & Energy Global Practice Leader, WWF
Dr Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Charlotte Kaiser, Managing Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy
Dr Bronwyn King AO, Founder, Director & CEO, Tobacco Free Portfolios
Dr Hayat Sindi, Chief Scientific Advisor to the President, IsDB
Hiro Mizuno, UN Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments & former CIO, GPIF (Japan)
More speakers are listed on
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This year the summit forms part of our ww campaign that is helping to build momentum towards the COP26 UN Climate Summit taking place in Glasgow in 2021.

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Abubakar Muhammad Musa


Abubakar Muhammad Musa is currently a Sharia Advisor and Consultant for SHAPE Knowledge Services a consulting firm based in Kuwait. He has been involved in product development, Sharia research and approval of Islamic banking products for different clients. His work covers retail banking, corporate banking and project finance deals.

Formerly, Abubakar worked as a Researcher in different units at International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Besides his primary assignments in ISRA, he taught Shariah Rules in Financial Transactions to Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP) Masters online Students of International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Malaysia. He also taught MBA and BBA Students different Islamic Banking and Finance Subjects at University College of Bahrain.

Abubakar holds two Diplomas with distinction, one in Islamic Law and the other in Arabic Language from Al-Imam University Riyadh. He also holds LLB (Hons) degree in Shariah from the same University. He successfully completed his (CIFP) Professional Masters Degree Programme at (INCEIF), Malaysia. He had his internship program on Islamic Banking & Finance at Fajr Capital in Kuala Lumpur. During the programme, Abubakar conducted research relating to product structuring and market development.

Abdurraheem Ahmad Sayi


Abdurraheem Ahmad Sayi is a legal practitioner and Consultant of over 16 years of active legal practice. He is currently the principal partner, A.A. Sayi & Co. (Qist Chambers) and Qadi, Independent Shari’ah Panel of Lagos State – a platform, through which he has delivered several judgments of in-depth analysis, widely applauded by leading legal and intellectual icons, including learned Judges, professors of law and Islamic Studies.

He is the Executive Director/C.E.O., ClearPath Islamic Centre (Incorporated), Lekki-Lagos and Chief Imam, SilverPoint Central Mosque, Badore, Ajah-Lagos. Fondly called Imam Sayi, Abdurraheem is the designate Chairman, Shari’ah Advisory Committee, Mutual Benefit Takaaful.

Imam Sayi has also authored a few works, some of which include: The Financial Obligations: a compendium of essays on monetary or material obligations under Islamic Law and Waqf (Charity Endowment): The Governing Principles.

He holds a Certificate on Improving Personal Effectiveness from the Lagos Business School (Pan African University) and he is a recipient of numerous awards and certificates of merits.

Abdulkader Thomas


Master of Arts Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Bachelor of Arts Arabic & Islamic Studies, The University of Chicago.

Shariah Board Experience:

Bank Muscat Meethaq (2013 – 2017)

Sterling Bank Nigeria (Since 2013)

University Bank, USA (Since 2006)


Abdulkader Thomas has over 35 years of diversified financial services experience in major markets. With a Master of Arts Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and a BA in Arabic & Islamic Studies from The University of Chicago. His areas of activity have included trade finance, real estate finance, securities and alternative finance.

As the general manager of a foreign bank branch in New York, he secured the first US regulatory approvals of Islamic mortgage and instalment credit/sale as banking instruments. Later, he secured US regulatory approval for profit sharing deposits. Abdulkader has been involved in the successful implementation of these products in the US market. With more than 17years Shariah Board Experience in Bank Muscat Meethaq, Sterling Bank Nigeria and University Bank USA, Abdulkader has worked on IFTA projects in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, and an authority on Islamic deal structures and securities.

He also serves as a director of Alkhabeer Capital in Jeddah and Chairman of Alkhabeer (DIFC). He is a member of the international advisory board of the Securities Commission of Malaysia, a published author, and an active speaker on Islamic finance.