Blake Goud is the founder of Sharing Risk, a think tank on Islamic finance that based in Portland, Oregon. He writes the widely-followed Sharing Risk blog and is a Community Leader for the Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Gateway where he leads the Morning Wrap at 9:30am Mecca time (GMT+3) every Tuesday and Thursday.
Blake is also the Chief Compliance Officer for Marquam Capital, a registered investment advisor, and Chief Compliance Officer for HP Securities, Inc, a FINRA-member broker/dealer. Prior to founding Sharing Risk in 2008, Blake headed up another think tank focused on Islamic finance from 2006 to 2008.
Blake graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Economics in 2003 and has several years experience in the financial industry. During 2011 and 2012, he covered the Americas for The Islamic Globe. He is a contributor to Yasaar Media’s “So Far? The Journal on Strategic Thought in Islamic Finance”. In April 2008, he co-authored a paper, “The Development of Shari’ah-based microfinance using the Grameen group financing methodology” which he presented at the pre-forum workshop on Islamic microfinance at the 8th Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance (review in pdf). A similar version of the paper was published in the Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance.
He served as US Correspondent for Islamic Business & Finance magazine from 2007 to 2010, wrote a monthly opinion column for Business Islamica magazine from 2008 to 2010, and contributed to Islamic Finance News. In 2010, Blake edited the UFANA newsletter that was distributed at the conference held in March 2010 in Toronto, Canada. He was recently recognized by the S.E.VEN Fund’s Morality of Profit competition with an “Honorable Mention” for an essay he wrote on Islamic finance & Unitarian Universalism.