It has been my literary ambition to share experiences and write a book. Completing this book is my dream come true. This book was conceived four years ago. As I stepped down from the stage, having finished speaking at an Islamic Conference in Singapore in late 2009 I was approached by Patricia Lee, who was then with Wiley. She suggested I write a book on Islamic asset management. I accepted the challenge, not realizing how taxing writing a book would be in the midst of starting and building a global asset management business. Whenever I was back in Malaysia, I sacrificed my limited weekends in the writing of this book. In the journey to completing this book, many people came to my aid in different capacities.
Mr. Larry Zimpleman, Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, and Mr. Mohammad Faiz Azmi, I am grateful for your commitments in contributing the Foreword and Preface respectively. Larry, your supportive words deftly articulate the potential of Islamic asset management. Tan Sri Zarinah, I have always admired your conviction in this space, which I have taken as inspiration to share my experience via this book. Faiz, as a steadfast enthusiast with an investigative mind, you have indeed influenced the international pioneering phase. The industry is fortunate to have the strong dedication of corporate leaders and policy makers like yourselves to cultivate this marketplace.
Siti Aishah Ibrahim, my executive assistant, who has spent many weekends with me typing out the first draft ...