Red Envelope, Ep 3: Ethis Crowd and Islamic Fintech

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Sharia-compliant banking assets make up 6% of the world’s banking assets. With Muslims accounting for a quarter of the world’s population and 80% of Muslims are not financially included, there are considerable opportunities to explore.

In today’s episode of Red Envelope, we have Umar Munshi joining Arun Krishnakumar and Theodora Lau. Umar is the Co-Founder of Ethis Ventures and a Managing Director at Ethis Crowd. Both firms focus on Islamic Finance/Fintech businesses in South East Asia – one of the largest Shariah Finance markets in the world.



Arunkumar Krishnakumar

Venture Capital, Blockchain, Crypto, Fintech and AI

#Inclusion is the new #Innovation. Arun is a Venture capital investor, speaker and writer with particular interest in Fintech, Blockchain, Crypto and AI. He loves use cases with a strong emerging markets angle to them, serving the underserved and tapping the untapped.


Theodora Lau

Founder, Speaker, Writer, Startup Advisor

Theo is a speaker, writer, and advisor, whose work seeks to spark innovation to improve consumer financial well-being and health. She is the founder of Unconventional Ventures, which focuses on developing and growing an ecosystem of corporates, entrepreneurs, and VCs to better address the unmet needs of consumers, with keen interests in women and minority founders.

Bradley Leimer

Bradley Leimer

Writer, Speaker, Advisor on Banking & Technology

Bradley is Co-Founder of Unconventional Ventures, which connects founders to funders, provides mentorship to entrepreneurs, advisory to corporates, and broadens opportunities for diversity within the ecosystem. His belief is that anyone with great ideas should have a chance to succeed.


Umar Munshi-Rhetoriq

Umar Munshi, Founder of Ethis Crowd @EthisCrowd

Munshi is the Managing Director of Singapore-based, an award-winning Real Estate Islamic Crowdfunding platform. brings together retail crowd-investors, larger private investors and Islamic Banks to fund Social Housing developments in Indonesia, supported by the National Housing Program. Ethis is also currently expanding and setting up operations in Indonesia and Dubai.


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