Advisors and Management

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
All Praise is due to God
All Peace and Blessings upon His Final Prophet Muhammad

All of the advisory and management roles are volunteer-based, Iana has no paid staff or personnel. 

To join Iana’s Volunteer team, email

Islamic Law (Sharia) & Advisory Board

Dr. Adi Setia: is an Associate Professor of Islamic Finance at the Center for Advanced Studies in Islam, Science & Civilization (CASIS), University of Technology, Malaysia. Prior to this role, he was a lecturer and Associate Professor of history and philosophy of science at the Faculty of Science and later at the Faculty of General Studies at the prestigious International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He was also the Dean of the Faculty for a few years.

As a long term intellectual, his pragmatic work lies in the realization of the Worldview of Islam in terms of arts, sciences and technologies. His involvement in community-based intellectual and socioeconomic self-empowerment, intercultural dialogue and the reharmonization of man and his natural environment has enabled him to do pioneering research on Islamic Gift Economy and Awqaf .

His research area of specialization includes Islamic Gift Economy,  Awqaf, Worldview of Islam and Islamisation of the Sciences. He has written numerous articles on these topics and has presented many papers around the world especially on the topic of Islamic Gift Economy and Awqaf. He has also been invited by various International Awqaf organisations to provide consultancy and staff training on Awqaf. Dr. Adi Setia has also authored numerous books. His books are used by Islamic Finance and Economics students around the world. He has supervised many research students over the years. In addition, he is currently Senior Fellow & Academic and Research Coordinator of HAKIM and founding Coordinator of the Mu‘amalah Research Group (MRG) at  International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

Before embarking on formal academic work he has spent many years learning at the traditional Islamic madrasahs (pondoks) of Kedah, Patani and Kelantan, under Islamic scholars such as (Almarhum) Tuan Guru Haji Umar Zuhdi of Madrasah Misbahul Falah, Baling, Kedah; and Tuan Guru Haji Hashim Abu Bakar of Madrasah Diniyyah Bakriyyah, Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan.

Dr. Adi Setia completed both his doctorate (PhD) and Masters (MA) degrees from International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Malaysia.  He studied his Degree (BA) in Human Sciences specialising in Arabic Language and Literature from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

Dr. Adi Setia enjoys outdoor activities connecting up to nature especially canoeing, mountain hiking, cross-country trekking, camping out in the hillsides/forests by rivers/streams and travelling to new places. Dr. Adi Setia also specialises in Classical Filahah in relation to Modern Permaculture. He has his own plot of garden where he practices Permaculture. Dr. Adi Setia is one of the founding members of the Islamic Gift Economy Blog.

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.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:

Other notable advisors include Dr. Shelby Haque, a long-time pillar in the Edmonton community, Mr. Omar Yaqub, former President and innovator of Edmonton’s Islamic Family and Social Service Association, and Mr. Farooq Maseehuddin, founder of, a pioneering Edmonton community organization.

Special thanks goes to Dr. Yusuf Jha on other authors whose works appear in the Journal for Islamic Sciences by Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal and have been sources of inspiration and guidance for Iana’s programs and efforts.

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.

By God’s Grace we have been blessed with a dedicated team of many volunteers that manage the application process including interviews and reference checks, issuing contracts, administering active loans, supporting the supporters, accounting and bookkeeping, website, mailing list, research, and much more.  The volunteers also cover all of Iana’s administrative costs.

Iana’s Founding Director is the poor servant of Allah, Sharafe Mohamad Elladen, who is grateful and indebted for the ongoing guidance and mentorship of a number of scholars and students of Sacred Knowledge.  To reach him with any feedback, critiques, or suggestions, email


Many more helping hands…

IANA thanks the generous support of many others in helping develop this program, notably: Mohammed R., Rabia, Rema, Abdallah, Mohammed A., Murtada, Faraz, Fatima, S. Maher, and the initial donors.

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