The Islam and Liberty Network Council members have fiduciary responsibilities towards the Foundation and are referred together as Council in accordance with the Malaysian laws, where the Foundation is registered.
Mohammed Amin (Chairman)
Mohammed Amin was born in Pakistan but has lived in the UK since the age of 2. He is a Cambridge mathematics graduate, a chartered accountant, a chartered tax advisor and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Before retirement, he was a tax partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, their UK Head of Islamic Finance and a member of PwC’s UK Supervisory Board. In retirement, Amin divides his time between several political and interfaith organisations, mentoring individuals, and writing and speaking in the media. His website www.mohammedamin.com contains most of his past writings and some of his media appearances.
Ali Salman (CEO)
Ali is an economist and public policy expert and author of “Economic Shariah- How Islam preaches small government and strong society” (forthcoming) and “Discord between Social Justice and Economic Freedom in Islam”. He is a founding member of Islam and Liberty Network. He is also the founder of Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) – Pakistan’s leading free market think tank. Earlier, he has worked as a consultant and trainer for major international development organizations, public sector organizations and non-profits; worked in the government, academia and private sector. He has held Fulbright scholarship, Royal Netherlands Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship and has master degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration. He writes regularly for Express Tribune. Currently, Ali is based in Malaysia where he heads IDEAS and Islam and Liberty Network Foundation.
Dr. Edo Omercevic
Edo Omerčević started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he obtained his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree while at the International University of Sarajevo he obtained his Ph.D. in Economics. After more than a decade of working in the academic sector, he chose a change and is now active as an independent business consultant. Mr. Omercevic is also a co-founder and the executive director of the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise, Bosnia and Herzegovina, that has a mission to identify and advocate policy solutions that improve Bosnia’s business climate, governance and economic freedom.
Dr. Nouh Elharmouzi
Nouh Elharmouzi is Editor of the Arabic-language news and analysis site MinbarAlHurriyya.org (http://minbaralhurriyya.org/) of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation / Cato Institute (USA) and university professor at Ibn Toufail University in Kenitra, Morocco. He is also Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco. He served as a university professor for five years at Paul Cézanne University in France, teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy & Thought. His main research focus is on institutional dynamics, ideological beliefs, and their relationship with the process of development. He published many articles and research papers in various periodicals and wrote “Underdevelopment in the Arab-Muslim world: what is the role of non-formal institutions?” [Le sous-développement dans le monde arabo-musulman: Quel est le rôle des institutions informelles?]
Souad Adnane is Foreign Relations Coordinator at the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies in Morocco. She is a women’s rights activist. She served as a project coordinator for five years in different local and international NGOs. She is currently in charge of coordinating and monitoring a community development program aiming at improving life conditions of vulnerable populations in the MENA region.
Linda Whetstone is Chairman of the Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society and a board member of the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Islam and Liberty Network. She was previously on the board of the Mont Pelerin Society and co-organiser of MPS meetings in Nairobi in 2007 and Istanbul in 2011. She has written on development, trade and agricultural topics and recently co-edited Islamic Foundations of a Free Society. She runs a small business in Sussex, UK with her husband.
Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz
Ozlem has been Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) executive director of the projects conducted with NED titled “Promoting Democratic and Secular State an Rule of Law” between 2008-2009; “Developing the Idea of Democratization among opinion leaders” in 2010; as well as coordinator of various projects on entrepreneurship, and “Islam Civil Society and Market Economy” with Center for International Private Enterprise. Along with Ozlem’s coordination ALT partnered with NED funded projects of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy for programs in Ankara.
Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil
Assoc. Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam currently serves as Deputy CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. He began his career as a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia since 1990 and held several administration posts there from 1994 until 2013 before joining IAIS. He was appointed as Independent Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad on 5 November 2014- 4 November 2016 and was the Chairman of the Group Shariah Committee 1 November 2014 – 31 October 2017. He is also a Director of International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Syar’iah and Law from the University of Malaya, and his Master of Laws (LLM) and PhD degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Wan Saiful Wan Jan (Past Member and Ex-Chairman)
Wan Saiful Wan Jan is a founding member and ex-CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.IDEAS.org.my), Malaysia. He is also Board Member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.micci.com), Honorary Advisor to the Malaysia China Chamber of Commerce (www.mccc.my), and member of the Advisory Board at Laureate International Malaysia. Wan Saiful lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he worked for several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He is a regular contributor to several national and regional newspapers. His opinion has been quoted by various media, including the BBC, Reuters, Asian Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera and The Economist.