Farmida Bi

Farmida is a debt capital markets and Islamic finance partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, and has been European Head of Islamic Finance since 2011. In May 2018, she became Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (responsible for Europe, Middle East and Asia) after being elected by her peers, the first woman and the first ethnic minority to hold this position. Her responsibilities include chairing the firm’s Partnership and Audit committees and reviewing the firm’s global business plan, but she has also taken the lead on developing the firm’s D&I initiatives and is partner sponsor and steering group member for the firm’s women’s network and a mentor in the firm’s Career Strategies Programme (which aims to improve retention of female and ethnic minority associates and encourage them to enter the partnership) as well as being involved in its LGBT+ and faith networks. Farmida continues to do fee earning work in debt capital markets and Islamic finance, and has been active in promoting the firm’s pro bono work (after advising on the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond for the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2017, which was done on a pro bono basis). Externally, Farmida is involved in many initiatives promoting inclusion for women, including participating in the Prime Minister’s roundtable on diversity at 10 Downing Street; participating in the Law Society’s Women in Law Leadership Symposiums; and sponsoring and hosting the mother/daughter mentoring programme for Mosaic (part of the Prince’s Trust).

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