High Quality Education.
For Everyone.

First Global Academy pioneered Islamic Banking and Finance education in Sri Lanka and has been recognized as a significant and influential Islamic Finance talent supplier.

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What is First Global Digital Academy?

We are dedicated to student learning and committed to service and excellence. Through 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.

Syllabus developed and maintained by veteran practitioners

Carefully vetted lecture panels to ensure a perfect mix of theory and practical knowledge

100% Online learning or hybrid – it’s all based on your need

Study on the go with the fully mobile-friendly student portal

Get qualified from anywhere in the world with remotely invigilated exams

First Global Digital Academy - Founder
MIT – Muhammad Ikram Thowfeek

Why consider FGDA for your Islamic Banking and Finance studies?

You can capitalise on the blended learning opportunities we are bringing you.
Most of our offerings, which cost thousands of dollars in an exclusive physical classroom setting, are now available to you at affordable rates – yes, this is not a marketing gimmick but our
approach and commitment to ensure that anyone, anywhere in the world has access to quality

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Meet Our Lead Instructors

We take pride in our expert panel of instructors who will be guiding you through your online education at the First Global Digital Academy. These are all practitioners of Islamic Banking and Finance with decades of experience in real-life applications of Islamic Banking and Finance products.

MIT – Muhammad Ikram Thowfeek

Founder – FGDA | Chartered Accountant by profession


Dr. Mohammed Burhan Arbouna, PhD.

EVP, Head of Shari’a Compliance at Al Salam Bank Bahrain | Scholar


Suhail Basit

Senior Technology Director and Operations Head, Middle East at Synechron


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Hear from our satisfied students

“Excellent presentation, hope you have some similar sessions to explain the mechanism of Islamic products.”

People’s Leasing & Finance
“An excellent awareness creation program by Mr. Thowfeek, very interesting and a beautiful speech.”

Sharmila Zackie
Sunuty Travel & Tours
“Cleared all the doubts of mine relating to Islamic banking & Finance, hats off to you sir.”

Saranga Wickramaarachi
Qatar Investors Group
“Hot topic in the globe was explained in simple human terms, first initiative and well done.”

Dasun Jayawardena
“Excellent program, please keep me posted if you have any further events in Sri Lanka, Bahrain or Dubai.”

Safaran Zarook
Dau Albilad – Bahrain
“It was a fruitful and interesting session, looking forward for the future workshops, well done.”

Zeila Fazal
Amana Takaful

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