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Iqbal Khan,
Chief Executive Officer, Fajr Capital

Iqbal Khan

Iqbal Khan is the CEO of Fajr Capital, a sovereign-backed investment firm focused on high-growth markets in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Cravia Group, Jadwa Investment, and MENA Infrastructure.

Prior to Fajr Capital, Mr Khan was the founding CEO of HSBC Amanah, where he built the business and team over eight years into one of the fastest growing and most successful emerging businesses in the HSBC Group. He was simultaneously a member of the Board of Directors of HSBC Bank Middle East, The Saudi British Bank, and HSBC Investment Bank (Saudi Arabia).

Mr Khan has played a prominent role in developing and promoting Islamic finance and investment on the international stage, serving as an advisor to government initiatives in Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and United Kingdom. He is currently a Member of the Global Development Council at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development.

Mr Khan holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry and a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, both from Aligarh Muslim University. He is the recipient of several industry and global accolades, including:

  • The Royal Award for Islamic Finance (2012), a biannual award jointly organized by Securities Commission Malaysia and Bank Negara Malaysia, and presented by His Majesty the King of Malaysia;
  • The State Award of “The Most Honourable Order of the Crown of Brunei” (2014), presented by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam; and
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.