David Vicary

Most of the people affected by the displacement crisis and political conflict have no control over the circumstances. It is enormously important to bring back the human element and lend a voice to them.


David Vicary Abdullah, 66 (Sungai Buloh, Malaysia)

"I am encouraged with the collaboration happening within the industry and Human Crescent is an excellent example of collaboration for positive impact. It is enormously important to bring back the human element and lend a voice to the narrative around refugees. Most of the people affected by the displacement crisis and political conflict have no control over their circumstances. They have no choice but to move abroad. We must realise our duty of care towards displaced people and change the mindset we have about them.

Institutions must demonstrate stewardship to solve humanitarian problems. There is a lot in common between Islamic Social Finance and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Strategic giving can greatly impact the faster achievement of these goals.

There is a need for greater transparency and Impact Reporting by organisations managing philanthropy. By employing Artificial Intelligence, strong partnerships and a focused strategy, , I am hopeful that an initiative like the Human Crescent would be a commendable step in that direction.

As always, there's much to do and not a moment to lose!"

David Vicary (Daud Vicary Abdullah) is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in both the financial industry and  academia. A frequent commentator and speaker on Islamic Finance, David holds various leadership and advisory positions in the industry. He recently retired from his role as PCEO of INCEIF, The Global University for Islamic Finance.

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