Sohail Zubairi currently serves as the Projects Advisor with Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) which was established in December 2013 under the supervision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to transform Dubai into the capital of Islamic economy (www.iedcdubai.ae).
He is the former Founding CEO of the international award winning ‘Dar Al Sharia Islamic Finance Consultancy’, established by him in 2007 in Dubai as the subsidiary of Dubai Islamic Bank which he headed before joining DIEDC.
Zubairi holds 4 decades of rare combined conventional and Islamic banking experience at senior executive and CEO positions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He holds professional educational background in both financial systems i.e. conventional and Islamic.
He has strong command over all facets of Islamic banking, Islamic capital market and asset management. In his illustrious career, Zubairi also effectively headed the risk management functions in reputable conventional and Islamic banks. He has transformational and result-oriented leadership style. He has held successful track record in engineering and fruitful implementation of business plans, including his brainchild concept of starting and running Dar Al Sharia highly successfully for a decade.
Under Zubairi’s leadership, Dar Al Sharia won over 2 dozen international awards for being the best Islamic finance consultancy and advisory firm – notably the most coveted Dubai Global Islamic Economy Summit Award and Dubai Chamber’s 1st Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Award besides twin IFN Malaysia Awards for the best consultancy and advisory firm for 8 years in a row.