Maya Marissa Malek is the Managing Director/CEO of the Amanie Advisors’ global office, based in Dubai. Maya is a multiple award-winning Islamic finance expert and Executive Leader (also recognised as one of the “Top-50 Most Influential Women in Middle East Finance” by Financial News UK of Dow Jones Group) with extensive experience driving strategic planning and collaboration with key industry players – including regulators, corporates, banks, and standard-setting bodies. She skilfully bridges efforts of diverse regulatory and structural groups – identifying and targeting performance/operations gaps, equipped with history of success working closely with globally-renowned Shariah scholars while creating awareness of Islamic finance worldwide. Her profession in and passion for Islamic finance has taken her around the globe creating awareness on Islamic finance, innovating and creating demand for Islamic finance to take root. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Islamic Finance Professional association, a member of the Green Sukuk Working Group in UAE and Shariah consultant for the IFC, World Bank Group and a frequent Islamic finance speaker at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, UK, the world’ most influential think tank.