Institute of Halal Investing
Demystifying Islamic Finance through Research
Chairman & Founder
Mohammad Saeed Rahman
Mr. Rahman has 32 years’ experience in the financial industry as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Wachovia and Vice President for Private Clients at Merrill Lynch. He is the founder of several business ventures and a few non-profit organizations. His ventures include Rubicon Global Asset Management, Rubicon Global Holdings, Rubicon Global Research, Always On Network, Maui-Rubicon Broadband and Z-Motors US.
Mr. Rahman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University, and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree from Reed College. Mr. Rahman received his Investment Management Analyst Certification from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Rahman served as an adjunct professor at the School of Marketing & Finance at Portland State University for eighteen years and has served as a Board Member for the Portland State Endowment Foundation. As of September 2016, he joined the Board of Trustees at Antioch College; a 160 year old United States liberal arts college in the heart of Ohio. Previously, he served for 10 years on the board of the Counsel of Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE). He also founded One Ummah Foundation in memory of his son, Mustafa Saeed Rahman. OUF is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of illiteracy and poverty in underdeveloped countries. Mr. Rahman previously served on the board of the Institute of Halal Investing.
Mr. Rahman has a very avid interest in demystifying halal investing and bringing it within the mainstream of the investing industry on a global scale. He was a member of the Reuters panel on Islamic finance in Singapore and presented his paper on Micro Equity Venture at the Harvard Islamic Finance Forum.
His resourcefulness and love of networking lead him to various investment projects from companion animal pharmaceuticals, to wireless telecommunications, to biotech engineering. He also has a heart for working on humanitarian projects through One Ummah Foundation, which serves to bring education to children in underdeveloped communities in a dozen countries world-wide.
As a global visionary, philanthropist and entrepreneur, he is a leader on ethical business practices and philosophies. He is a firm believer in driving fear out of the workplace and replacing it with joy. His personal business philosophy centers on marrying your passion with your compassion.
Mr. Rahman has been quoted by BBC, NPR, the Oregonian, and Deal Maker: Middle East, about his views on halal investing. He has been interviewed by Foreign Policy Magazine and other world media organizations.
Mr. Rahman is married and has three children. He continues to travel extensively in Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe. He is an avid reader and possesses forward thinking expertise in the Fourth Wave of Civilization, or knowledge-based world and economy.