Faisel Rahman has a background in international development, including Grameen Bank and the World Bank, where he focused on developing the microfinance sector. He worked as an underwriter for a syndicate at Lloyd's of London and co-authored books on charitable fundraising and trust funds. In 2000, he set up the first microfinance programme in London on the back of a credit card with help from a local charity. In 2002, he set up one of the first sustainable debt advice services. In 2003, his work was recognized in the Bank of England Annual Report and by the government. In 2005, he launched Fair Finance as a social enterprise to challenge unfair and usurious lending practices in London. He is a Board Member of the Debt On Our Doorstep Campaign, representing over 1,000 grassroots activists and organizations highlighting issues of debt and poverty in the UK; Board Member of European Microfinance Network promoting microfinance across the EU; and writes a monthly column in the Guardian. In 2008, he was elected as one of the first Ashoka fellows in the United Kingdom.