Advisor, Senior Fellow
Umar is passionate about responsible and impact investing and the potential of partnerships among business and investment, philanthropy, and development. For nearly 20 years, Umar has provided legal advised on a variety corporate and finance transactions. Much of his work has been on behalf of ethical and responsible sponsors, investors, and business owners seeking to create positive impact. Umar’s work includes structuring a variety of funds and investment vehicles, private equity and venture capital transactions, and a broad array of real estate initiatives, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He has additionally designed innovative mortgage products, trade finance solutions, and secured and unsecured financings. Umar has represented clients in the energy, healthcare, technology, real estate, transport and logistics, and business services sectors across North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia. Umar is adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Michigan State Law School, and Hartford Seminary. He teaches courses in Islamic law, business ethics, Islamic finance and investment, and halal food. He is author of the forthcoming book, A Socially Responsible Islamic Finance: Character and the Common Good (Palgrave-MacMillan) and is published in a variety of academic and trade journals and has spoken at numerous forums. Umar serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Seminary, a graduate educational institution.