CISI Islamic Finance Qualification (Preparatory Course)
IFQ is an internationally recognised qualification awarded by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), developed in conjunction with the Bahrain Institute on Banking and Finance (BIBF), recognized by Ofqual (the UK government education regulator) and supported by the Central Bank of Lebanon. It is an industry leading qualification which covers Islamic finance from both a technical and a Sharia’a perspective. Developed by industry experts, the qualification will equip candidates for success in this rapidly developing field. It provides an understanding of the influence of Sharia’a in a business context and prepares candidates to hold key positions in the Islamic banking & finance and takaful (Islamic insurance) industries.
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Patrick Mahdi is an Islamic Financial Planner, Educator, and Trainer with extensive UK and international experience. More than 25 years in the UK working in partnership with clients helping them to achieve their financial goals through holistic financial planning aligned with their ethical values.
In the UAE, he successfully pioneered the opening of an Islamic window at Holborn Assets in Dubai covering the full remit of Islamic wealth management solutions. His passion for Islamic Finance lead him to establish the Islamic Financial Education Initiative – IFEi, which aims at making Islamic financial knowledge more accessible to all. He developed the Islamic Finance for Everyone (IFfE) course – a practical course that aims to equip people with the necessary knowledge and techniques to manage their financial affairs and prosper financially whilst staying true to their beliefs.
As a passionate financial trainer and educator, his motto is You Are What You Think! Your Mind is your Greatest Asset! He has delivered extensive Islamic Finance, Wealth Management, Real Estate, CISI Qualifications, Regulatory and Compliance trainings throughout the Middle East and Europe. Through his extensive industry and international markets experience he brings learning to life and promotes a participative style of learning.
An advocate of professionalism and excellence, he holds 17 professional qualifications from Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI), CFA Institute, and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). He has helped review and advised AAOIFI on improvements to its Certified Islamic Professional Accountant (CIPA) qualification. His articles have appeared in leading publications and he is a regular guest lecturer at Universities and Associations.