Yousef Hassan Khalawi


Mr. Yousef Khalawi, after completing his undergraduate studies at Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University Faculty of Theology, specialized in comparative fiqh, international investment, arbitration and dispute resolution. He received his legal education in various international law and consultancy firms in Frankfurt, Geneva and London. He has established many companies with a large number of investors in more than 70 countries around the world, has served as a board member, and chairman of audit and management committees in various companies. Mr. Khalawi currently serves as the General Secretary of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. He is currently a board member of many important companies around the world and a member of the Board of Trustees in various international organizations, including the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions in Bahrain (AAOIFI). He is also a member of the main council of the Islamic Fiqh Academy. Mr. Yousef Khalawi is also a board member of the Saudi Commercial Arbitration Center in Riyadh - SCCA, which is the highest arbitration authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Hamdi Döndüren, PhD,

Deputy Chairman

Prof. Dr. Hamdi DÖNDÜREN was born in Balıkesir in 1945. After being an hafiz, he graduated from Imam Hatip High School and General High School. He graduated from Istanbul Higher Islamic Institute and Istanbul Law Faculties. He completed his doctorate study, which he started in the field of Islamic Law, in 1983. Receiving the title of Associate Professor in 1998, Döndüren continues his studies as Prof. Dr. From 1973 to 1986, he worked as a lecturer in Islamic Law and Fiqh Procedures at Konya Higher Islamic Institute, Bursa Higher Islamic Institute and Uludağ University Faculty of Theology, respectively. In addition, in 1986, he conducted various researches at Saudi Arabia Imam Muhammad b. Suud el-İslamiyye University upon the invitation of this university. Hamdi Döndüren has various works and many articles and researches. He has many researches on Participation Banking and today's economy such as Money, Credit, Inflation, Corporates, Islamic Banking, Mudaraba, Capital Risk and Interest, Money Foundations, Labor and Employer. Currently, his studies on Interest-Free Banking continue, he advises various institutions and organizations and is a member of the advisory board. He also gives seminars and trainings within the same framework. Döndüren speaks Arabic and English.

Necmettin Kizilkaya, PhD,


Necmettin Kizilkaya is currently working as a Professor of Islamic Law and Economics at the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University. He is director of the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance at Istanbul University. He earned his B.A in Islamic studies from Marmara University and M.A in Islamic Law from the same university. He received his PhD in Islamic Law from Selcuk University, Institute of Social Sciences in 2011. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Cambridge University. His research interests related to Islamic studies, especially Islamic law and economics. He focuses on the history of Islamic law, Islamic corporate law, modernity and Islamic law. He also works on Islamic economics, migration issues, halaal food and some other contemporary issues from the legal perspective. Kizilkaya has published several books. His research in the field of Islamic law and economics has appeared in many leading academic journals. He is a scientific advisor for numerous academic journals, and serves on the editorial boards of many academic journals and editor in chief of the Turkish Journal of Islamic Economics (TUJISE) and Darulfunun Ilahiyat.