Co-Chairman – Scotland Leadership Group
Omar Shaikh is a Chartered Accountant by profession and specialises in Islamic finance and private equity.
He sits on the Board of the Islamic Finance Council UK focusing on government policy advisory.
Omar has been recognised in the Worldwide Who’s Who 2014 and awarded the 2015 British Muslim Award for his work in Islamic finance.
He has supported in 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.
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.