Rahma Hersi

/ Partner and Head of Africa Office of Gateway Islamic Advisory LLP

Rahma Hersi is a Partner and Head of Africa Office of Gateway Islamic Advisory LLP. Gateway is the 1st Global Advisory Firm focusing on Ethical Finance present across 20 countries in every region. Rahma is also the 1st Muslim woman to be appointed as a board member at a microfinance institution in East Africa. Ms. Hersi is one of the few trained Islamic Finance Lawyers and the most recognized woman spearheading Ethical finance and financial inclusion discourse in Africa. Ms. Hersi has worked on developing the ethical finance industry and specifically Islamic finance by drafting regulations and policy documents across the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Hersi is also the first Islamic finance panel member of the Capital Markets Authority, Financial Review Panel. Further to this Ms. Hersi has also been picked as a leading expert on Islamic finance to give technical support and advice to the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya Technical Working Groups advising on the Capital Markets 10-year Master Plan for the development of the financial sectors in Kenya.

Ms. Hersi has been instrumental in pushing the agenda of Women in Business and Financial Inclusion for marginalized communities in not only Kenya but other African countries. Rahma was invited as a speaker invited to the High Level 1st African Women’s Leadership Symposium to discuss Islamic Finance and Financial Inclusion in August 2016. Ms. Hersi has spoken at other high- level forums and on women and financial inclusion across the globe.

Ms. Hersi is an International Speaker and has made significant contributions by writing the first comprehensive write up on Islamic finance and its growth in Kenya which was published by the John Wiley Islamic Finance Series, The Islamic Finance Handbook: A Practioner’s Guide to the Global Markets. Rahma was featured in the 1st Women in Islamic Finance Report 2016 that was launched at the World Islamic Banking Conference, where she discussed” breaking the cultural barriers in the industry” and most recently the Islamic Commercial Law Report 2018 published her article on Islamic microfinance in Kenya. Rahma has also contributed the 1st groundbreaking research on the Prospects and Challenges of Microfinance in the IGAD Region published in May 2018. Rahma is fluent in 4 languages including Arabic, Somali, English, Swahili and working knowledge of Urdu.

Rahma, is an adjunct lecturer at several private and public universities teaching Islamic finance and Islam & gender.