Rushdi Siddiqui is a Co-Founder and CEO of Zilzar, USA and Malaysia base (B2B e-commerce platform for the $1.3 Trillion Halal Industry) and Muslim Lifestyle (original content) website for the $2.4 Trillion Muslim Lifestyle Market. Mr. Siddiqui is in Top 50 of Islamica 500, The 500 who make the Islamic Economy. He is the Chairman of Zywary Foundation, India, a non-profit grant giving organization dedicated to encouraging, empowering and enfranchising women in the Modest (Muslimah) fashion to ‘dream, design and develop’ their vision for the $230 Billion modest fashion marketplace. He is Chairman at, fabrics/modest fashion industry. He is Board Member of Global Eco mall,, a global platform for sustainability products. He is a mentor for McKinsey YLA (Youth Leadership Academy) 2015 Malaysia, Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), leadership development program designed for local university students. He is a co-founder of Shekra, World’s first Islamic Crowd Funding, Advisory Board of Crescenrating, Singapore company in Muslin travel, Advisor The Halal Dining Club, Singapore, Board of Trustees of Hudson Hills Academy, NY. He is featured in book, Global Leaders in Islamic Finance, John Wiley, 2013. He was a co-founder and Managing Director of Azka Capital, a private equity advisory firm for the $2.6 trillion Halal Industry with former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Badawi. He sits on the International Islamic Advisory Committee for Malaysia’s Securities Commission since 2011. He was on Dubai International financial Center (DIFC) Islamic Finance Advisory Committee (IFAC) from 2007 to 2011. He is also a Visiting Scholar in Islamic finance for International Islamic University in Malaysia (IIUM). He was the Global Head of Islamic Finance & OIC Countries for Thomson Reuters (TR). Before TR, he was Global Director of the Dow Jones Islamic Market Index. His experience and understanding of private and public sector, industry and economy challenges in the high growth markets in Asia and the Middle East is channeled through his Writings, Lecturing and international speaking engagements. He has delivered notable market “firsts”, and has worked and managed people from various countries and backgrounds globally. Mr. Siddiqui led his global team to establish the world’s first Islamic equity index, first Sukuk index, first Islamic sustainability index, first halal food index (SAMI), and first Islamic interbank benchmark rate (IIBR). He contributed to world’s first Islamic Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in Europe (Turkey and France), Asia (Malaysia) and US, led the index provider to be the first to have licensed Islamic assets under management of $7 billion, and lead team to establish the world’s first comprehensive pre-trade multi-asset Islamic finance platform. Mr. Siddiqui is also an avid and keen writer. He has a column in Malaysia’s Malaysian Reserve, Malaysia Insider and The Edge, and Dubai’s Khaleej Times, Dubai’s monthly magazine CPI, and others, and previously had column for Malaysia’s NST and Dubai’s Gulfnews. His years in an industry that spans from the West to the East, allows him an insight and provides him expertise in excelling in an unstructured global environment.