Associate Professor Dr Aishath Muneeza of INCEIF is one of the key founders of Islamic finance in the Maldives. She is the first female Deputy Minister of Ministry of Islamic Affairs and the first chairperson of the Hajj Pilgrimage Fund of Maldives. Currently, she is the chairperson of the Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance. She has won numerous national and international awards for her service in the Islamic finance industry including the Rehendhi award, the highest award conferred to women by the government of Maldives. She is a member of the Association of Shariah Advisors in Islamic Finance Malaysia (ASAS), Malaysia.