Dr. Mohammed R. Kroessin is a development economist with 20 years’ experience of working with Islamic development and financial institutions on strategies for sustainable development and social impact. He has formerly worked for Chambers of Commerce and the Centre for Enterprise in the UK, was Asst. CEO of Muslim Aid and is now heading Islamic Relief’s Global Islamic Microfinance Unit where he leads a portfolio of 10 country financial inclusion programmes. He also is the founder of the GEMicro Group, a social investment advisory firm. He holds a Masters in international political economy (Kent, UK) and a Masters in development management (Westminster Business School, UK). He has completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham (UK) in Islamic development finance. He is currently a lecturer (ex-faculty) in Islamic Microfinance at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany. Previously he was a research associate at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Research Fellow at Aston Business School (UK) where he focused on impact assessment and social entrepreneurship. Dr Mohammed serves on the board of Prva Islamska, the only Islamic microfinance institution in Bosnia and also has worked with Islamic financial institutions in other parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.