Sheikh Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo

Sheikh Yusuf is the honorary patron Shari’a scholar of Gateway. He works with international financial entities, including institutional investors, home finance providers, international investment banks, asset managers and governments.

Sheikh Yusuf serves as Chairman of the Shari’a Advisory Board of the Dow Jones Islamic Market Indexes, chaired the Shariah Board for the Islamic Interbank Benchmark Rate (IIBR), and is a member of the Shariah Boards for Wafra (Kuwait Investment Advisory Group), Oasis Asset Management (South Africa), Sidra Capital (Saudi Arabia), Guidance Residential (USA), Aspect Investment Partners (Dubai), and others. He helped design the first Sukuk using assets based in the United States, and was Chairman of the Shariah board that approved the first corporate Sukuk in Saudi Arabia. He was also a member of the team that designed a prime broker solution for a Shariah compliant short position.

Sheikh Yusuf has been a member of the Shari’a Committee of the Accounting and Auditing Organization of Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the Council of Scholars, International Shari’ah Research Academy (ISRA), the Central Bank of Malaysia. He was a founding member of the Governing Council of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) in Malaysia and served as Advisor on Islamic Education to the Government of Pakistan from 1981 to 1984.