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HUMA Islamic Finance Conference

This biennial conference at Harvard University has attracted the world’s leading thought-leaders, practitioners, scholars and students to a distinguished platform and productive dialogue. The conference theme this year is Islamic Finance and Business: Capital, Commerce, and Careers. Together we will explore the role of Islamic finance from a social impact point of view and showcase successful ethical businesses and their positive impact on a wide variety of stakeholders. We will also focus on how the theme relates to students and professionals who want to learn more, build their networks and become engaged within the field by starting a business or meeting potential employers.

The previous conference in 2016 examined the role Islamic finance can play in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It also probed the institutional constraints the Islamic finance industry faces in making a meaningful impact. We hope this conference continues to build on this rich legacy here at Harvard and beyond.

Conference Plenary Tracks

This year’s conference will feature several keynote speeches and 5 panel sessions, all of which are aligned with the three tracks outlined below:

Islamic Finance

What is Islamic finance? We will cover Islamic Finance 101 & the role of multilateral institutions in promoting social impact finance. Various ethical investment models will be explored, including blockchain technologies and  fintech.

Islamic Economy

How might we strengthen the Muslim commercial ecosystem?  This track will explore the building blocks of this entrepenuerial ecosystem, one that embodies Islamic ethics and/or targets   Muslim consumers.

The Muslim Professional

How can I make an impact and succeed in the private sector while staying true to my values? Together we will address the challenges & opportunities that young people face while creating a space to develop their networks and deepen engagement within the field of Islamic finance, ethics, and economy.



About the Organizers

Harvard University Muslim Alumni

This conference is organized by a steering committee of Harvard students and alumni under the auspices of the Harvard University Muslim Alumni (HUMA) Association. HUMA is an active alumni organization founded in 2004, focused on alumni networking, supporting the Muslim community on campus, increasing Islamic resources on campus and increasing access to Harvard for Muslims.

Harvard Islamic Society

The Harvard Islamic Society was established in 1955 and is one of the oldest Muslim student organizations in America. HIS is dedicated to meeting the social and religious needs of the Muslim community at Harvard.

Please direct all your conference inquiries to: islamic.finance@harvardmuslimalumni.org