Professor John Presley
Professor John Presley is a Professor Emeritus at Loughborough University, where he served for over 35 years. He was awarded the Islamic Development Prize in Islamic Finance in 2002 for his contribution to the development of Islamic economics and finance. He has also been a director of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce, an associate director of Maxwell Stamp PLC, and economic adviser to Saudi British Bank. He is a former member of several government and semi-government committees relating to the Middle East and Arab Gulf and has been adviser to the Saudi Arabian Government, World Bank, IMF et al. His research interests include Islamic and Middle East economics; and has worked on numerous research projects funded by The Wincott Foundation, British Academy, British Council, Swiss National Science Foundation, DTI, BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence. He founded The Saudi Arabian Business Information and Economic Research Centre (SABIERC) in 1994, which advises companies on business matters in the Arab Gulf. He has published numerous academic journal papers, authored and edited over 15 books on Middle East and Islamic economics and banking, is on the editorial board of seven academic journals relating to the Middle East and Islamic Studies and is adviser/assessor to several Middle East/ Asian universities.
Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki
Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki is currently the Head of Research Affairs, International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA). Apart from serving ISRA, he also serves as a Director of Affin Islamic Bank. He sits as a Chairman of Affin Bank Group Shariah Committee and Shariah consultant and advisor to several financial institutions and advisory firms including AIA AFG Takaful Berhad, AIA Takaful International, London- based Chain Mender Limited, London-based Halal Industries PLC, US-based United Chartered Bank (UCB), Singapore-based IFIS Business Advisory Pte Ltd and AFTAAS Shariah Advisory Sdn. Bhd. He is also a member of Board of Studies for Islamic Finance Programme at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), University Utara Malaysia (UUM), University Tun Abdul Razak (UniRAZAK) and Associate Fellow at ISDEV, University Sains Malaysia (USM). He holds Master of Science degree in Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance and Ph.D in Islamic Banking and Finance from Loughborough University, United Kingdom. He has published in numerous international and national refereed academic journals. One of his articles entitled “Banking for the Poor: The Role of Islamic Banking in Microfinance Initiatives” was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Paper Award by a well-known international publisher Emerald Literati Network. Apart from that he has presented papers at both national and international conferences including London, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Berlin, Dubai, Tehran, Jakarta, Singapore and Brunei. He also conducts training in Islamic banking and finance and related areas to officers of Central Bank of Malaysia, banking practitioners, government officials and general public.
Professor Kabir Hassan
Dr. M. Kabir Hassan is a financial economist with consulting, research and teaching experiences in development finance, money and capital markets, Islamic finance, corporate finance, investments, monetary economics, macroeconomics and international trade and finance. He provided consulting services to the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB), USAID, Government of Bangladesh, Organization of Islamic Conferences (OIC), Federal Reserve Bank, USA, and many corporations, private organizations and universities around the world.
Professor Hassan received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, and M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA respectively. He is now a tenured Full Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He has 130 papers published in refereed academic journals to his credit.
Professor Hassan is editor of The Global Journal of Finance and Economics and Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, and Co-Editor of Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development. He has edited and published many books along with articles in refereed academic journals. He is co-editor of Handbook of Islamic Banking and Islamic Finance, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (Edward Elgar, 2007), and co-editor of Islamic Capital Market: Products and Strategies (John Wiley and Sons, 2011). He is also co-author of Islamic Entrepreneurship (Routledge UK, 2010).
Professor Hassan is currently working on a textbook development project on Islamic Finance to be published by Pearson in December 2012. He has recently been commissioned by Oxford University Press to bring out an edited volume on Islam and the Economy.
A frequent traveler, Professor Hassan gives lectures and workshops in the US and abroad, and has presented over 150 research papers at professional conferences.
Sanaullah Ansari is one of our external consultants based in Islamabad. Being an academician, his primary involvement in Edbiz Consulting is through our training and research projects.
Apart from his full-time position as an assistant professor at SZABIST Islamabad, he has conducted a number of trainings in areas related with Islamic banking and finance, locally as well as internationally. His articles and research papers have appeared in the magazines and journals specializing in Islamic banking and finance. He is also the member of several international organizations related with Islamic banking and finance and reviewer of various international journals. Mr. Ansari has also supervised a number of research papers, projects and theses in the area.