Sydney-based Crescent Group, which has pioneered Islamic investing in Australia, today announced that it has appointed risk management professional, Saira Cader, as Head of Risk and Compliance. This follows the recent appointments of Brendan White as Group Executive and of Dr Sayd Farook as Group Head of Strategy of Crescent Group in November 2021.

Saira has more than 15 years’ financial services experience, including leading credit teams at Pepper Group, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and GE Capital Finance, and risk and compliance operations at several start-ups including Nano Lending and Xinja Bank.

Crescent Group’s Group Executive, Brendan White, said: “Saira’s diverse experience across compliance, credit risk and risk management, together with her leadership and relationship skills, provide an ideal skill-set as the group builds a strong executive team. We anticipate benefits from her deep knowledge and specialised expertise as our business continues to evolve.

“The Crescent Group is moving forward on a dynamic growth path, targeting a combined $5 billion for super funds under management and residential finance originated by the end of 2026.”

Ms Cader said she was looking forward to working with the group, which has 11,000 customers and has established a strong reputation for engaging Muslims with high quality propositions built on best-in-class infrastructure. “Robust risk and governance frameworks are critical in today’s changing regulatory and legislative environment, and I look forward to working with Brendan and contributing to the success of the group,” she said.

Ms Cader holds a Bachelor of Business in Banking and Finance from Victoria University and has also completed a Diploma in Computing and IT.

The Crescent Group, which includes Crescent Wealth, Crescent Finance, Crescent Foundation, Crescent Institute and Crescent Think Tank, expects to announce several further key appointments over the course of the year.

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Dr. Sayd Farook is the Executive Director of Crescent Foundation. He is Group Chief Operating Officer of Crescent Wealth and Managing Director of Crescent Finance. He previously served as Advisor to the Executive Office of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In this capacity, he envisioned and executed strategic / transformation initiatives for Dubai and the UAE. Prior to that, he was the Global Head Islamic Capital Markets at Thomson Reuters, where he advised and served large corporates, multilaterals and governments in the Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia.

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