Co-Founder, Advisory Board
Asad is one of the founders of Amanah and chairs its advisory board. He is a Melbourne based lawyer and finance professional with more than 20 years of experience as an adviser to some of the world’s largest Islamic banks and Shariah compliant funds in the South East Asian region and the Middle East. He has advised these institutions on more than $1 Billion of successfully implemented Australian Islamic finance transactions.
He is currently a Director in the international accounting firm, Deloitte in their Financial Services and Investment group and also served as a Special Counsel in the firm’s legal practice, Deloitte Lawyers.
He has held senior appointments with the Islamic bank, Kuwait Finance House and Australian top tier law firm, King and Wood Mallesons.
Asad was appointed to the expert panel of the Australian government’s review of the Australian taxation impact of Islamic finance. He has also been an advocate for the Australian Islamic finance industry through his appointments to various working groups of the Australian Financial Markets Association and Financial Services Council.
Asad is currently Deputy Chairman of the Islamic Museum of Australia.
Waqar Mirza JP
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Waqar is a founder and Executive Director of Amanah. He has had many years of experience in Islamic finance working with some of the world’s leading Islamic finance scholars to find solutions for the Australian Muslim community which includes the development of innovative home finance and investment products.
As an experienced Australian mortgage manager he has managed the origination and servicing of more than $400 Million of Islamic home finance from credit assessment to settlement and through to the life of the finance.
This depth of experience has seen him work with leading Australian financial institutions in the development of procedures and guidelines for new home mortgage products that would meet credit requirements, consumer credit laws and most importantly, Shariah compliance.
He has deep links into the Australian Muslim community and passionately believes in delivering financial solutions to our community that are consistent with their Islamic faith.
Waqar manages Amanah’s operations and leads its team of finance professionals.
He is Amanah’s Responsible Manager under its Australian Credit Licence.
Imam Uzair Akbar
Head of Internal Shariah Supervisory
Iman Uzair has been the Imam of Holland Park Mosque for the last 20 years. He is a dynamic advocate for the Muslim community in Australia and has appeared in many public forums which includes the media and government. Imam Uzair has a very close relationship with the eminent Islamic finance scholar Justice (ret.) Mufti Taqi Usmani having hosted him to Australia on a number of occasions.
Imam Uzair’s role as the Head of Internal Shariah Supervisory is to liaise with AIFA’s Shariah Supervisory Board and ensure that the recommendations of the Shariah board are implemented by management. He plays a major role in communicating with AIFA’s Principal Shariah advisor, Mufti Imran Usmani (s/o Justice (ret.) Mufti Taqi Usmani).
Mortgage and Finance Executive
Shifat completed her Masters in Accounting and Financial Management from La Trobe University. She did an internship at Deloitte (Audit and Assurance) during her graduate studies after which she joined Public Transport Victoria as a consultant. Shifat joined the Amanah team as a Finance Executive and since then has been an integral part of the team. She has a deep understanding of financial market operations and the dynamics of financial products. Her vision is to use her experience and skills in finance in contributing towards the dynamic and flourishing Islamic Finance industry in Australia and globally.
Mortgage and Finance Executive
Business Development Manager – NSW
Anisa’s role is to develop relationships with Muslim communities and organisations in NSW that are interested in Islamic home financing. Anisa has over 20 years of experience working in and with various Muslim community organisations in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. She was a founding Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia and has served as a Board Member of Noor Al Houda Islamic College in Sydney, the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights in Melbourne and the Australian Muslim Women’s Association in Sydney.
Prior to her role at Amanah, Anisa helped establish the Qard Hassan: No Interest Loans Scheme with Good Shepherd and NAB in Adelaide, Co-founded arabicmadeinchina.com an online Arabic learning platform and taught Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Noor Al Houda Islamic College and the Islamic College of South Australia.
Anisa has a B.Ed (University of Sydney), a Grad Cert in International Development (RMIT), a MA in Islamic Studies (University of New England) and has completed her PhD in Islamic Studies (University of Melbourne).