Sohail Zubairi is the CEO of Dar Al Sharia Legal & Financial Consultancy, a subsidiary of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) launched in July 2008. Before that he served with DIB as Sr. Vice President and Head of Sharia Structuring, Documentation and Product Development since 2004. Sohail is commerce graduate from Karachi University and successfully pursued Institute of Bankers diploma as his post graduate studies. He started his banking career with MCB Bank in Karachi in 1975 as credit officer and joined Middle East Bank-Dubai in 1979 as corporate banker. He has held senior Corporate, Structured & Project Finance and Risk Management positions in prestigious financial institutions in the UAE. He has considerable experience of the GCC markets (over 2 decades) acquired mainly in the fields of Large Corporate Finance (Syndication, bonds/Sukuk) and Risk Management. In Credit Risk Management he was instrumental in setting up a focused RMD function at a prime European bank for its GCC operation and at a Dubai-based venture capital PJSC with activities including full acquisition and taking majority stakes, where he successfully completed acquisitions of a number of medium to large industrial concerns in the UAE and was instrumental in achieving substantial improvement in their performances by introducing new efficiency measures. While being associated with Dubai Islamic Bank since 2001, he has played significant role in successful completion of financing the large projects based in the UAE and abroad, including many high profile Sukuk and Syndication transactions. In 2004, Sohail joined Dr. Hussain Hamid Hassan, Chairman Sharia Board DIB Group, (a great scholar of our time) from whom he learned the art of structuring Islamic transactions and has worked with him in developing several innovative Sharia compliant financing and investment products. Since joining Islamic banking in 2001, Zubairi has taken several initiatives in promoting the noble cause of this industry, including writing several articles in local print media. Zubairi undertakes semester on Islamic Finance at University of Dubai for final year students. He is also a regular participant in various conferences and seminars on Islamic Finance in GCC region and abroad.