Faisel has work in the field of financial exclusion for more than 20 years. Initially with the Grameen and World Bank in Bangladesh, for the last 17 years he focused his work in the UK and Europe.
In 2000 he set up the first microcredit program in London’s east end, and in 2005 launched Fair Finance, a social enterprise tackling financial exclusion in the UK.
Faisel was the elected President of the European Microfinance Network (2010-15) and writes an occasional column for the Guardian Newspaper on issues around financial exclusion.
In 2007 he was elected an Ashoka Fellows and in 2009 was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2014 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to Community Finance. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London
Faisel is a member of the Finance, Staffing and Operations Committees and is a Trustee of Fair Money Advice.