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Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters to Join Middle East Leaders Forum 2009

Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, Joining's Middle East Leaders Forum 2009 on November 20th in New York City

New York, NY, November 12, 2009 --( Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will speak at's Middle East Leaders Forum 2009 (, forum generously sponsored by Qatar Airways and hosted by DLA Piper, on November 20th, New York City. This extraordinary gathering of minds will congregate businessmen, professionals, entrepreneurs and academics, both from the Middle East and Western countries, interested in learning more about the tremendous challenges and dynamic opportunities the economies of the Arabian Gulf face and present for the global business community.

Mr. Siddiqui is Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters. Previously, Rushdi was Global Director of the Islamic Index Group at Dow Jones Indexes. While supporting and growing Dow Jones Indexes’s presence in Islamic markets, Rushdi has received a number of awards and has been named to various Islamic-based advisory councils. He has also done well over 200 media interviews including television interviews for CNNfn, BBC, CNBC Arabia and CNBC Pakistan, presented at major Islamic finance conferences globally and authored over 25 articles. He was the winner of Failaka Award for Best Contribution to Growth & Development of Islamic Funds (2006), Deloitte/IIIF Award (Special Contribution to Islamic Finance (2005), CERT Award for Excellence in Islamic Finance (2004), and Sh. Mohammad Rashid Bin Makhtoum Award for Innovation in Islamic Finance (2003). His background is investment and commercial banking, contributing to media, including Editor of Islamic Banker (UK), taught at NYU's School of Professional Studies (Privatization & Economic Reform), Dow Jones University of Principles of Islamic Investing, taught at Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (Islamic Indexes & Funds), and he is the Chairman of the Islamic Finance Forum in Dubai, UAE. Rushdi has a Bachelor of Science (BS) from NYU, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Baruch College, and Juris Doctorate (JD) from Albany Law School of Union University.

Sponsors are invited to contact by sending an email to to receive Middle East Leaders Forum 2009's Sponsorship Package. This forum is produced by, the premier networking community for businessmen, entrepreneurs, professionals and diplomats, to experience what’s hot, new and next. has been frequently featured in the press, including a recent article in The New York Times, " Helps Job Seekers Make Overseas Connections" (

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