Advisors and Management

Advisory Board


Dr.Monzer Kahf: Dr. Monzer Kahf has more than thirty years experience in Islamic finance, banking and economics. He is one of the principal pioneers of structuring Islamic financial products, currently a Consultant, Trainer, Lecturer. He served as a Professor of Islamic Economics and Banking in the graduate program of Islamic economics and banking, Yarmouk University, Jordan, a Senior Research Economist, for fifteen years, and Head of the Research Division at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He provides expert opinions to courts and on the internet. His experience also includes directing scores of training seminars on Islamic finance and banking, presenting more than 75 papers in conference and seminars and organizing scores of courses, conferences and seminars on the same in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and South and South East Asia. Prof. Kahf is continuously active in writing, with more than 27 books and more than 60 articles published in professional journals. He has a Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Utah (1975), a B A in Business and a strong training in Islamic Law (Shari’ah). He is the Laureate of IDB Prize in Islamic Economics, 2000.

Dr. Kahf has also helped the Assiniboine Credit Union develop an Islamic Finance option for their members.  For more information see:


Sheikh Taha Abdul-Basser: was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, where he attended Prep for Prep as well as The Dalton School.  His father, Hasan Abdul-Basser, converted to Islam at age sixteen upon the advice of his mentor, the great Malcolm X, God have mercy on his soul.

Taha bin Hasan Abdul-Basser is an independent scholar of Islamic ethics and law who has acted as a shari`a compliance reviewer, examiner and consultant to investment funds, investment banks, retail banks, financial advisories, legal advisors and other for-profit and not-for-profit entities since 1998. He was lead contributor to the Harvard Islamic Finance Information Program’s database software on Islamic financial ethics and jurisprudence, independent study course instructor (“Principles of Islamic Finance”) at Harvard Business School and a Senior Tutorial Advisor at Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations. He is currently the Harvard Islamic Society Chaplain and a member of the Harvard Chaplains.

He received his Bachelors (A.B.) in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College, a Master’s (A.M.) in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is an ABD from the same department. In addition to his father (with whom he began the study of standard Arabic as a child), he has studied the traditional Islamic disciplines with teachers from the Sudan, the Yemen, Tanzania and Bahrain. He has received traditional licenses (ijazat) in Islamic ethics and law, Prophetic traditions (hadith) and other disciplines from several teachers, including Shaykh Nizam Ya`quby.


Dr. Shelby Haque is an Emergency Medical Doctor in Edmonton Alberta, Dr. Haque is the founder of the Tadhkira Foundation as well as a pillar in the local Edmonton community.  Dr. Haque has been studying Islam with leading pious scholars of the outward and inward sciences for over 15 years across Canada, US, Syria, Jordan, Morocco aside from organizing programs for Sacred Islamic Knowledge in Edmonton.


Pray that God guides our advisory team to what He loves and is pleased with.

Management Team


IANA Financial’s operations team is entirely volunteer-run and based out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Laura Fayad has been with Iana since 2014 and she helps manage the Applications area as well as contracts, bookkeeping and much more; Laura was blessed to graduate from the University of Alberta with degrees in Science and English and is currently working as a project assistant with an Alberta construction company.

Yasmeen Elladen manages the Supporters area of Iana; Yasmeen was blessed to graduate from the University of Alberta with degrees in Accounting and Education and is currently working as a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools.

Fatima Fayad and Alia Basargin help with Communications and managing the mailing list.

Tarick Fadel (co-founder): Tarick was born and raised in London Ontario where he studied at the University of Western Ontario and attained an honors degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics. Upon graduating from Western, he was also awarded a diploma in Operational Research from the Canadian Operations Research Society. Once in Edmonton, Tarick began working with Statistics Canada and eventually found a permanent home with a large not-for-profit insurance company.

Sharafe Elladen, Founding Director, works in Alberta’s construction industry; currently managing his own small business, he has worked with some of Canada’s largest companies and has experience managing $100M+ projects.


Many more helping hands…

IANA would like to recognize and thank the generous support of many others in helping this program, notably: Mohammed Rauf who helped launch it, Rabia Sheikh who temporarily managed IANA, Rema Darwiche who worked on the application, Abdallah Fares who helped set up the accounting and operational systems, Mohammed Assaf for his valuable input into the lending process, Murtada Shah for helping with the website and other IT needs, Farooq Maseehuddin for website support, Faraz Ahmed, Fatima Elladen, the initial donors who helped get things moving, Sheikh Tamir Ali, and Sheikh Maher Abbas, former Imam at Al-Rashid Mosque, Edmonton, Allah alleviate his situation.

There are others, and God knows them well.

All Blessings and Peace upon our Beloved Prophet Muhammad

All Thanks are Due to God, Lord of All Worlds


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