Board of Governors

Nimra Shahid  is President of the Islamic Finance & Ethics Society and is a final year undergraduate at King’s College London in BA English. She has hosted United Nations Habitat, Qatar Foundation, the CEO of the London Central Portfolio and notable economists including Professor Steve Keen alongside her degree. Her interest lies in how the Islamic Economy is changing global consumer behaviour across sectors such as the technology, travel and fashion. As the IFES’ first female lead, she aspires to contribute to the development of diverse human capital in the emerging market and is currently peer-reviewing a White Paper on Women in the Islamic Economy, to be presented in the UAE at the end of 2016.


Farheen Ahmed is studying LLB Law at London School of Economics and heads the LSE Islamic Finance Society. She has been drawn to the growing prevalence of the field in corporate law and has worked closely with lawyers from the industry at Magic Circle firms, such as Linklaters and Allen and Overy. As part of the Islamic Finance & Ethics Society’s inaugural conference, she also hosted the legal panel. Her involvement with the Women in Islamic and Ethical Finance Forum has furthered her ambition to grow the field in the legal arena and encourage the continued success of women. Farheen will be visiting law firms in Dubai to gain a greater exposure to Islamic Finance in the Middle East and the benefits that can be offered to the UK.


Sannah Tariq is a final year student in LLB Law at the London School of Economics. Whilst studying at university, she has gained knowledge on the Islamic Finance sector through networking with major city firms such as Clifford Chance, Linklaters and Reed Smith across various platforms. The rapid growth of the Islamic Finance in the commercial sector has inspired her to develop a more comprehensive understanding of this practice area. She is extremely passionate about encouraging female participation in this field. In the long term, she aims start a Non-Governmental Organization, which will empower women to embark on entrepreneurial ventures with sustainable means, by offering interest free loans.


Shadmaan Chowdhury is final year Economics and Japanese undergraduate at SOAS. His specific interests lie in the role of debt in economies. As an avid traveller, he has spent much of his last few years in South East Asia and Japan. He is currently engaged in business partnerships in Osaka.