Farouk is both an Islamic finance practitioner and lecturer. He spent most of his Islamic finance career in the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank Headquarters handling hundreds of US$ million IDB trade finance operations in many countries in Asia & CIS countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Maldives, and Tajikistan (1998-2007). Prior to running PT. Alwyni International Capital (AIC) in 2012, Farouk was a member of the executive management of PT. Al-Ijarah Indonesia Finance (ALIF), the first Islamic leasing company in the country (owned jointly by Bank Muamalat Indonesia and Gulf Islamic financial institutions), in 2007-2009 and PT. Bank Muamalat Indonesia (BMI) in 2009-2011 where he initiated and implemented a number of new initiatives. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Center for Islamic Studies in Finance, Economics, and Development (CISFED), a Jakarta based think tank whose objective is to develop an integrated paradigm in addressing Indonesian and global development issues. Farouk obtained his Bachelor in Banking & Financial Management from Perbanas Institute (Jakarta-Indonesia), MA in Economics from New York University (USA), and MBA in International Banking & Finance from the University of Birmingham (UK). He also has Diploma in Islamic Finance from Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA), London, UK & Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) from Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, London, UK. Farouk speaks and writes about Islamic Finance in local as well as international forum and media. He also lectures on Islamic finance, financial institutions, and economic development subjects. He is one of the country correspondents for Kuala Lumpur based-Islamic Finance news.