PropTech Crowd Ltd was founded in 2016 and combines Equity-based property Crowdfunding with Fintech- hence the name PropTech!
Our team came together when the founder and CEO, Javed Khan, saw an opportunity in property crowdfunding. At the time, it was difficult to become involved in interest-free property investment. There was a niche in the market for Shariah/Ethically compliant methods of investing. It was from this idea, PropTech Crowd was formed.
Founder / CEO
Javed has years of experience transforming residential and commercial properties as well as developing winning customer relationships in the real estate business. His extensive expertise as an entrepreneur also covers such varied fields as domestic appliances, and bespoke furniture manufacturing and retail. Prior to founding PropTech Crowd, he spent 25 years purchasing, developing, marketing, selling, and managing properties across prime Central London areas. This gives him unique insight into the £1 trillion Islamic Finance industry and the £5 trillion UK Property market, and the investment opportunities they hold.
PropTech Crowd is the result of his vision and dedication to providing certificated Shariah-compliant options for property investors. This became the catalyst for the revolutionary idea of bringing together Crowdfunding and Property Investment in a welcome manner for all those consumers who hold fast to ethical or religious prohibitions regarding interest paid on mortgages.
Javed has strong insight as well as excellent contacts that have allowed him to access below market value properties regardless of market conditions. He has proven his wealth of skills, experience and expertise in delivering the best financial property solutions to the clients of the Islamic community. This places PropTech Crowd at the forefront of Islamic FinTech companies in the UK.
In addition to his admirable business credentials, Javed has an interest in philanthropy and has been involved in charitable initiatives to raise funds for victims of natural disasters across the world. He holds a BSc (Hons) degree from the University of Warwick.
Co-Founder / COO
Abdullah Iqbal is a young, passionate entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding PropTech Crowd, he has fulfilled a variety of roles across diverse sectors. From education to customer care and sales, Abdullah has the drive and focus to succeed in the highly competitive landscape of real estate and technology. He is the centre point for our company, leading the day to day operations at PropTech Crowd and implementing new models and decisions that drive company growth.
Abdullah is studying for a BA in Business Management and Finance and is a member of various entrepreneurial networks in London. His contacts in the industry and unique approach to the market give him a considerable advantage in positioning PropTech Crowd as a leader in the sector of crowdfunding and property investment.
In his role as PropTech Crowd’s Chief Operating Officer, Abdullah is responsible for delivering a fast, efficient, end-to-end experience for customers. Under his supervision, PropTech Crowd has assembled a team of professionals with over 70 years collective experience in Central London and UK-wide property market.
Head of Administration
Being Head of Administration, Nina is a highly organised member of the team. With over 15 years’ experience she manages all aspects of our office processes on a day to day basis. She goes that extra mile to maintain good relations with people at all levels and she has excellent communication and multitasking skills.
She started her career working in the Accounts Department at University College London, progressing on to becoming an Administration Manager with various Estate Agencies based in Central London. She has over 12 years’ experience as an administrator working in the property market. Nina controls all our administrative functions and she is highly proficient in ensuring the smooth running of our work environment.
Shariah Compliance Advisor
Mufti Abdul Kadir Barkatulla is a prominent Islamic Shariah law scholar with a strong background in economics and finance. He has been trained extensively both in traditional Islamic and modern Western education, and has been named an “expert in Islamic Finance” by the UK Parliament.
As one of the Sharia Judges at the Islamic Shariah Council in London, Mufti Abdul Kadir will be ensuring that our work is consistent with the Ethical laws of Islamic Finance.
Mufti is a member of the Shariah supervisory boards for many financial institutions, including, but not limited to:
Al Rayan Bank, formerly Islamic Bank of Britain,
UK ABC Bank International, London
UBL UK, formerly United National Bank, UK
BSI SA Bank, Lungano, Switzerland
MRICS Surveyor Brian graduated as a Chartered Surveyor in 1976, and worked for some of the largest international Property Consultants and Chartered Surveyors firms in the World, taking part and managing major projects including; the 66 acre site “The New Covent Garden Market” at Nine Elms. He has carried out Residential and Commercial Building Surveys and Valuations in high value central London areas, predominantly the West End, and has managed construction contracts from £1m – £5m from inception to handover, in Surrey.
Brian also spent 5 years in Caribbean, project managing multi-million dollar Commercial projects including office block developments (both private and on behalf of the Government), landmark buildings and regeneration of deprived areas.
After being a Chartered Surveyor for 10 years and working on very impressive developments, Brian established his own firm, Brian Gale Surveyors, at the end of 1986. The firm specialises in Building Surveying, Valuation Surveying and Quantity Surveying and serve London and the South East.
Following his BSc graduation in Computer Science from Kings College, University of London, Umar completed his MBA from Cass Business School.
Umar has 15 years’ experience successfully delivering projects across multiple sectors (mobile, telecoms and digital) across Europe. Built and managed teams in both start-up and mature corporate environments across the IT Lifecycle/SDLC (including consultancy, design, project management (agile/waterfall), testing, operational support, team leadership and commercial disciplines).
He has demonstrated excellent working and communicating skills both with technical staff and at boardroom level, nationally and globally. He has to his credit a Toastmaster Public Speaking award.
Haris joined PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP in 2014. After joining the firm, Haris has worked on clients, ranging from corporate FTSE 100 companies to large non-profit organisations. His portfolio of includes Royal Dutch Shell, Water Aid, Cancer Research UK, Brent Housing Association and other local government councils in London. Over the years at PwC, Haris has developed key skills in audit and has a strong understanding of internal finance controls. Alongside these key clients, Haris has also been part of a team which delivered assurance work for State Street Bank, ensuring their compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act. He has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders and has used these relationships to ensure projects run smoothly. Haris is studying towards his Chartered Accountancy qualification, which is on track to be completed by the end of 2017. Haris has also completed a Level 4 Audit Diploma with PwC & OCR, and was marked highly for his written objectives. Overall, Haris specialises in financial reporting, audit and financial compliance.