About Us

Founder & Managing Director

Raja Mohamad or Raj as he is commonly known has been in the fianancial industry for over 18 years. Having worked in the risk management and private banking it provided him an invaluable opportunity to understand the workings of the conventional financial market. Raja also spent time time in Europe and has travelled extensively to Asia and Middle-East. The many years in financial industry means, including the 2008, he has seen some four financial crisis since the 1995 Barings Bank fall-out.

Following the banking experiences he went to work with Bloomberg Financial Data in management capacity covering businesses in most of Asia. His introduction to Islamic Finance paved way to offer Islamic Finance advisory and consultancy services from Singapore.

Raja is a regular speaker in Islamic Finance conferences globally and is also a resource person, often appearing in CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia commenting on Islamic Finance.

He works directly with Global leaders in Islamic Finance such as Dr. Mohamed Ali Elgari.

He also has lectured and conducted workshops at National University of Singapore (Dept of Real Estate), Singapore Management University and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore.

Raja is committed to demystify Islamic Finance and make it simple to encourage more participation by the conventional market experts. His positioning of Islamic Finance as an enabler of businesses is appreciated by most of his clients.

The Firm

Five Pillars is a Singapore based advisory and consultancy firm that specializes in Islamic Banking and Finance, education, training and structuring products that are Shari’ah (also spelt as Sharia, Shariah or Syariah) compliant. Five Pillars is focused on delivering Shari’ah based solutions to conventional financial institutions like banks, international investment funds, insurance companies, private equity (PE) and hedge funds on the demand side as well as companies wanting to access funds from Shari’ah investors on the supply side. We also help investment managers identify companies that are Shari’ah compliant for investment purposes. Five Pillars Pte Ltd has a renowned and reputable team of Shariah scholars, that provides you with a menu of comprehensive solutions to benefit from the Islamic Finance world.

Recent notable milestones include having advised in the world’s largest Shari’ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) which also happens to be Singapore’s (SGX) first main board listed Shari’ah Compliant entity. Five Pillars also provided advisory services to Singapore’s First Shari’ah Compliant Data Property Fund namely Securus Data Propoerty Fund.

Five Pillars is focused on providing innovative solutions so as to create greater opportunity for Middle-East, Gulf and Muslim investors to participate and profit from this growing sector.