The growth of the global Islamic finance industry has created the need to review and implement change in a few key areas. One of these is the much debated topic of availability of competent talent and jobs for these talents.
Today the industry is in critical need of connecting the dots between itself, academia and students to ensure its long-term sustainability. There is a dire need for globally accepted professional standards that enables development of competent talent keeping the relevancy that industry needs along with strategic talent development and career planning within organisation of the industries.
I had the pleasure to interview two luminaries of the global industry–Mr. Daud Vicary Abdullah, President & CEO of INCEIF- The Global University of Islamic Finance–and Mr. Richard Thomas–Chief Representative of Gatehouse Bank in Kuala Lumpur– to get an understanding of how this can be addressed by academia and industry.
This article was first published in the Islamic Finance Today April 2015 issue.