2019 category winner

Dr Imran Omar Lum

Dr Imran Omar Lum is a Director of Islamic Finance at the National Australia Bank (NAB). His primary responsibility is building the Islamic finance capability for bank's Corporate and Institutional Banking division. At NAB, he successfully developed a Sukuk bond trading platform, an Islamic finance book of ~$800 million and executed ~$250 million of Islamic FX Forwards. All of these offerings are a first for the Australian market and NAB was awarded the Islamic Bank of the Year, Australia by The Asset Magazine’s Triple Islamic Finance Awards in 2019.

Prior to this, Imran was the national Product Manager for NAB’s multi-award-winning Microenterprise Loans and under his management, the product was awarded Money Magazine’s Best Socially Responsible Product ’09.

Imran was also appointed by the Foreign Minister to the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council, DFAT and he is an Advisory Board Member of the Islamic Museum of Australia. In addition to this, Imran is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University and is currently writing a book on Islamic Finance in Australia due to be published by Routledge in 2020.

In recognition of his contribution, Imran was ranked in the top 500 who make the Islamic Economy by ISLAMICA 500 for three years (2017-2019). Imran has an undergraduate degree from the University of Adelaide, a Masters in Islamic Studies from the University of New England and a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Melbourne Law School and the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.


2019 CATEGORY winners

Dr Imran Omar Lum

Director, Islamic Finance, NAB

Astrid Haban-Beer

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Dr Meru Sheel

Westpac Research Fellow, ANU

Tim Fung

Co – Founder and Chief Executive officer, Airtasker

Eddie Woo

Mathematics Teacher, Author & Communicator

Khunapong Khunaraksa

Board Member at Gravity Water and Founder/CEO at Khunapong Consulting

Benjamin Law

Writer and broadcaster

Philip Le Liu

Councilor, City of Melbourne
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