About Us

Managing Director

Prof. Issam Tlemsani

Issam Tlemsani is a Scholar in Islamic Banking and Finance. He is a Professor of Finance / Islamic Finance and a Managing Director of TCIB. Previously a Director of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi Graduate Program, he has also coordinated MBA programs between the Academy of National Economy (Russia) and Kingston University Business School (UK). He is a Senior Advisor to the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and was a Fellow (2014) at the Royal Institute of Science (UK).

Issam is a prolific author, having written several books and published more than 100 articles in leading academic journals. In addition to editorial activities, he has been interviewed by Bloomberg (Faith in Finance). Issam's research is well known in academic and Islamic finance communities. He is strongly identified with research on Islamic mortgages, financial crisis, financial portfolios replication, Islamic interbank benchmark rate, debt restructuring, Zakat and social capital. He focuses much of his research on the correspondence between Islamic and Conventional finance and its implications for portfolio management. 


  • The financial crisis and Islamic Finance
  • Evaluation of Islamic interbank benchmark rate
  • Financial portfolios replication
  • Poverty elimination, Zakat and social capital 
  • Islamic project financing
  • Shariah-compliant mortgage products
  • Zakat and social capital


Prof. Robin Matthews

Robin Matthews is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his career at different Business Schools, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including organisation evolution, company strategy, economic development, creativity and imagination. His approach is based on understanding the overall economics and structure of complex systems in contrast to particular elements or parts. His extensive research is widely recognised in governments, corporations, and academic circles around the globe. His research has received numerous awards. While Robin Matthews is at the core a scholar, his work has achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields.

Robin has over 200 articles in leading academic journals. His research focuses on complexity science and evolutionary applications to business; global business; alliances, economic development, especially transition economies; development and simulation of complexity and games; learning; networks; semiotics. Open learning and applications of new media: management and spirituality, Sufism, Islamic Economics.


Dr Elena Karpukhina, vice-rector Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation
Dr Alexander Ageev
Dr Andrei Korolev
Dr Mohamad Eshhati
Dr Hosein Piranfar
Steve Fitzpatrick
Frank Martin
Olga Soui ke Min