Tan Sri Dr Mohd Daud Bakar is a renowned shariah advisor, founder of a few startups and a prolific author. He was Chairman of Shariah Board at Central Bank of Malaysia and Securities Commission of Malaysia. He is Chairman of shariah committee at First Abu Dhabi Bank, Madina Insurance in Oman, Salama Insurance in the UAE and Permodalan Nasional Berhad in Malaysia. He sits on the shariah committee of a few Islamic financial institutions in Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Dr Mohd Daud is Chairman of a few organisations including Bio-Angle Vacs Sdn Bhd, BerryPay Sdn Bhd and Amanie Group Sdn Bhd. He has authored 42 books including Shariah Minds in Islamic Finance: An Inside Story of a Shariah Scholar and Maqasid al-Shariah: The Face and Voice of Shariah. He has received numerous awards and the recent one is Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2022, which was awarded by the King of Malaysia.

Ajith Basu

Chief Programme Executive

Agastya Foundation


Ajith Basu is Chief Consultant-Programs at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO that uses interactive, hands-on methods to educate over 1.7 million government school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in 22 Indian states each year. The foundation handles teacher training programmes and coordinate ‘giftedness’ identification programme in STEM among rural children with various organisations including National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Ajith developed an impact assessment framework to assess various Agastya field intervention models in collaboration with various agencies in Bangalore. He designed and coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium which worked across eight countries. He also designed and coordinated Maverick Teachers’ Global Summit at Agastya campus where teachers participated, creating school-level pedagogies around UN SDGs.