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First Global Academy

About us

FGA pioneered Islamic Banking and Finance education in Sri Lanka and has been recognised as a significant and influential Islamic Finance talent supplier.

We are dedicated to student learning and committed to service and excellence. Through a foundation in the professional degree programs, personalized higher education experiences, and use of current technologies, we prepare a diverse body of students to be lifelong learners who are proficient in their fields of study, able to adapt to a changing world and contribute to the betterment of society.


To be the centre of professional excellence for the Islamic Banking and Finance industry, by providing qualifications and competencies to cater to this very happening and lucrative industry.

Our Values: ‘FIRST’
  • Firm in our Commitment.
  • Interaction with our clients continuously
  • Responsibility portrayed through accountability
  • Strength is our Foundation.
  • Trust in our integrity
First Global Academy


First Global incorporated as a Private Limited Liability Company in November 2006 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Received Aspiring Leader award in the global Islamic finance industry. Instrumental in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank’s venture into Islamic Banking, branded “Meethaq”. Silver Award for Financial Related Services at Sri Lanka Malaysia Business Awards 2008.

First Global with Investec Capital were joint lead arrangers for the first-ever Sri Lankan Sukuk. In the Islamic Business & Finance Awards 2008 conducted by CPI Financial, First Global was a finalist in the categories Best Advisory Services and Best Investment House along with prominent players like Ernst & Young, McKenzie, and Unicorn Investment Bank.

FGA has been recognized as “Education First” in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance in Sri Lanka for its outstanding contribution by KPMG in their first ever Islamic Finance country report 2011.


Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek - Founder & Managing Director

Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek

Welcome to First Global Academy (FGA), a pioneer educational institution in Sri Lanka to promote training and career development programs in the field of Islamic Banking, Finance and Takaful. Being in the Islamic Finance industry over the three decades, I strongly believe that “bigger the global financial crisis is, the greater the opportunities are to all the stakeholders in the Islamic finance industry, which can provide solutions to millions of people (both Muslims and non-Muslims) all over the world by improving their lives, financial and investment choices through equity participation, risk sharing and fair dealings”.

Therefore, my humble advice to those young budding teenagers and also the parents who are looking for a career path for their grown up children, to look into this vibrant, most promising and lucrative Islamic finance industry, by becoming an Islamic Banker (iBanker) in their chosen field”. I take this opportunity to invite all of you to be an integral part of FGA deliberations to make a ‘difference’ in your life and that of others by tapping into the riches of this multi-trillion dollar Islamic Finance industry. May Almighty Allah shower His choicest blessings on you and all your family members in this world and the hereafter. Jazakallah Khairan, Wassalam.

Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek

Founder & Managing Director


First Global Academy