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Keynote speaker biography

Prof Mahmoud El-Gamal

Prof Mahmoud El-Gamal

“Can Islamic Finance Be Reformed?”

Professor of Economics and Statistics, Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance & Management
Rice University, Texas


Professor Mahmoud Amin El-Gamal is a leading academic and economist in the field of Islamic economics.  He is currently a Chaired Professor of Islamic Economics, Finance, and Management, and Professor of Economics and Statistics, at Rice University in Texas.

A graduate of the American University in Cairo he moved to the USA where he went on to gain a Masters in Statistics from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University. He then taught at the University of Rochester, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin before moving to Rice University in 1998.

Mahmoud has also held a number of advisory positions, working as an economist at the Middle East Department of the International Monetary Fund, and as a Scholar-in-Residence on Islamic finance for the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Mahmoud’s work has been published in numerous books, chapters and journal articles. His latest books are Oil, Dollars, Debt, and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold (2010) and Islamic Finance: Law, Economics and Practice (2006).

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Married with two children, Mahmoud El-Gamal is also a keen poet.

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