Obama Appoints Shariah-Compliant Finance Specialist to Join White House Fellows


(Sharia Finance Watch) The White House has announced the appointment of 13 men and women to serve as White House Fellows. Atop the list in the release issued by the White House is an attorney named Samar Ali. Ms. Ali specializes in advising clients on "Shariah-compliant” transactions and was a founding member of the first U.S. delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum.

Long-time SFW readers may recall that it was at the World Islamic Economic Forum where key leaders declared Shariah Finance to be "dawa” (missionary) activity to promote Islam and Shariah.

Here is White House Fellow Samar Ali’s full biography:
Samar Ali, Waverly, TN. Samar Ali is an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP. She is responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari’a compliant transactions, project finance, and international business matters. During her time with Hogan Lovells, she has been a founding member of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Prior to that, she clerked for The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for The Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where she also worked extensively on editing his book Witness to AIDS. While in Nashville, Samar led the YMCA Israeli-Palestinian Modern Voices for Progress Program, and is currently the transatlantic liaison for the development of the Palestine Diabetes Institute. She is a founding member of the first U.S. Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. She is also a three-time Southeastern Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Champion. Samar received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from Vanderbilt, where she served as the first Arab-Muslim student body president.



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