Dr El Islamy is IMF expert in Islamic finance, FAA Assessor and member of AAOIFI working group on Centralised Shariah Boards Standard. She obtained PhD in Law from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom and Masters of Comparative Laws from International Islamic University, Malaysia. She won Overall Best LLB Student award from the same university.
Her work experience spans over 17 years holding senior position in government institution, legal practise, Islamic retail bank, Islamic wholesale bank and Islamic universal bank. She oversaw Islamic finance business in several jurisdiction including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Bahrain, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. She was responsible for most of sovereign sukuk issuance worldwide as well as commercial sukuk in Malaysia.