Prof M. Kabir Hassan
Professor of Finance, UNO, USA
Visiting Distinguished Professor, UKM, Malaysia

Prof Ferdinand Gul
Alfred Deakin Professor
Faculty of Business and Law, BL Deakin Business School
Melbourne Burwood Campus, Australia

Prof. Dr. Atiur Rahman
Bangabandhu Chair Professor
University of Dhaka,

Prof. Muhammad Zilal Hamzah
Faculty of Economics and Business, Trisakti University
Jakarta, Indonesia

Biodata - Professor Dr. Mohammad Kabir Hassan

Professor Dr. Mohammad Kabir Hassan is Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics and Finance in the University of New Orleans. He currently holds three endowed Chairs-Hibernia Professor of Economics and Finance, Hancock Whitney Chair Professor in Business, and Bank One Professor in Business- in the University of New Orleans. Professor Hassan is the winner of the 2016 Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prize in Islamic Banking and Finance.  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.

Professor 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, Islamic banking and finance, and international trade and finance. Professor Hassan has done consulting work for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, Transparency International-Bangladesh (TIB), Islamic Development Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Government of Turkey and many private organizations. Professor Hassan has been elected a Board Member of Ethics and Governance Committee and Education Board of the Accounting and Auditing Organization for the Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).

Dr. Hassan has served as Associate Chair from 2001-2004, and currently is serving Graduate Program Coordinator of Ph.D. in Financial Economics. Professor Kabir Hassan holds numerous on-campus academic service positions. He was in the Committee on Academic Computing (University): 1998-2001, and Graduate Program Committee (College): 1998-2004, 2007-2020. Professor Hassan is a member of Instructional Resources and Responsibilities Group. (College), Teaching Effectiveness Committee. (Department), Graduate Program Committee. (Department), and Departmental Seminar Committee. (Department). He is the Faculty Advisor for Financial Management Association Honor Society of UNO student chapter (Department). He also holds academic service position in Internal Review of Ph.D. Program in Financial Economics (Department) as well as Departmental Search Committee in Finance: 1994-1995; 1995-1996 (Department). Professor Kabir Hassan is the Chair of Finance Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Committee, Monetary Theory and Institutions and member of MBA Program Committee (College): 1996-2000; 2008-2020 as well as member of Graduate Council: 2015-2020.

Dr. Hassan has provided academic leaderships to several organizations such as President of Southwest Finance Association (SWFA), Southwestern Society of Economist (SSE), Academy of International Business-US Southwest and Academy of Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB). The positions include Financial Markets and Institutions Program Committee Chair: Southern Finance Association (2017), Financial Markets and Institutions Program Committee Chair: Eastern Finance Association (2017), Vice President-Local Arrangement, Eastern Finance Association Meeting (2015), President, Southwest Finance Association Meetings (SWFA): 2015-16, Vice-President Program Southwestern Finance Association Meetings (SWFA): 2014-15, Treasurer, Southwest Finance Association Meetings (SWFA): 2012-14, Chapter Chair, AIB-USSW: 2013-14, Chapter Chair, AIB-US SW: 2003-2007, President, Southwestern Society of Economists (SSE): 2006-2007, Program Chair and President Elect, Southwestern Society of Economists (SSE): 2005-2006, President, AIB-USSW: 2002-2003, Vice-President, AIB-US-SW: 2000, President, Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh, 2005-2007, Vice President, AEDSB: 2000, General Secretary, AEDSB: 1997-1998, General Secretary, Islamic Economics Research Bureau, Dhaka, Bangladesh: 1998-1999; 2000-2001, Assistant General Secretary, Association for Economic and Development Studies on Bangladesh (AEDSB), 1993-95; 1995-1997. He was member of Board of Directors, Academy of Financial Services: 1996-1999. He is currently board member of Southern Finance Association (SFA).

Professor Hassan has over 350 papers [225 SCOPUS, 108 SSCI, 58 ESCI, 227 ABDC, 161 ABS] published as book chapters and in top refereed academic journals. The number of publications would put Professor Hassan in the top 1% of peers who continue to publish one refereed article per year over a long period of time according to an article published in Journal of Finance. Professor Hassan has also been cited as one of the most prolific authors in finance literature in the last fifty years in a paper published in Journal of Finance Literature. His publication record puts him among the top 5.6% of all authors who published in the 26 leading finance journals. He is among the top 5% authors according to number of Journal Pages at RePAC/IDEAS. Professor Hassan is among the top three presenters in the Financial Management Annual Meetings during 1990-2013. He has won 32 Best Paper Awards from Academic Conference presentations. Professor Hassan has been honored by the fellow members of Academy of Economics and Finance for life-long contribution to teaching and research in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Professor Hassan has an H-index of 63 from Google Scholar. A frequent traveler, Dr. Hassan gives lectures and workshops in the US and abroad and has presented over 408 research papers at professional conferences and has delivered 184 invited papers/seminars.  For his outstanding research and scholarly work, Dr. Hassan has been recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award by UNO Research Council in 2019.

Professor Hassan has supervised 62 doctoral theses at the University of New Orleans and acted as External examiners for 49 dissertations from countries like Australia, New Zealand, USA, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Canada. Many of his students are now well placed in the academia (Department Chairs, Deans and Professors), government (Secretary, Under-Secretary and Central Bank Deputy Governor) and private sectors (CEO and CFO). Professor Hassan has evaluated promotion documents of many faculty members from the USA and abroad.

Professor Hassan has numerous teaching awards for his outstanding teaching from the University of New Orleans and outside academic organizations. His teaching awards include Jamaica Executive MBA, JEMBA (2002, 2003, 2009), US EMBA (1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2015), Executive Masters in Health Care Management EMHCM (2002, 2003, 2015), Thompson-Reuters Outstanding Educator (2002, 2004, 2006), UNO College of Business Administration Professor of the Year (2001), UNO Favored Professor (1998), University of Nebraska-Lincoln Graduate Assistant Award (1990). Professor Hassan won 27 Teaching Awards from UNO and external academic and professional organizations. He has also received 2017 Islamic Banking and Finance Excellence Award, COMSATS, Lahore, Pakistan, 2018 University of New Orleans Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller International Leadership Medallion, 2019, 2019 University of Louisiana System Outstanding Faculty Member Award and 2019 UNO Library Book Prize Award.

Professor Hassan is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and SSCI) published by Emerald UK, Senior Editor International Journal of Emerging Markets (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and SSCI) published by Emerald UK and Associate Editor of Review of International Business and Finance (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and ESCI) published by Elsevier, International Review of Economics and Finance (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and ESCI) published by Elsevier and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal ((SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and ESCI) published by Elsevier . He has guest edited special Issues of Islamic finance for Thunderbird International Business Review (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS, ESCI), published by John Wiley, International Journal of Business and Society (SCOPUS, ESCI, ABDC), Review of Financial Economics (SCOPUS, ESCI, ABDC) published by Wiley, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance (SCOPUS, ESCI, ABDC) published by Elsevier, Singapore Economic Review (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and SSCI) published by World-Scientific, International Review of Economics and Finance (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and ESCI) published by Elsevier and Review of International Business and Finance (SCOPUS, ABDC, ABS and ESCI) published by Elsevier. Professor Hassan also sits on editorial board of a good number of journals published by Elsevier, Emerald, Wiley, Springer and several universities around the globe. Professor Hassan is Editor Board member for 26 journals.

Professor Hassan has also edited and published seventeen books. Kabir is the co-editor (with Mervyn K. Lewis) of Handbook of Islamic Banking, and Islamic Finance, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (Edward Elgar, 2007), Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (Edward Elgar, 2014), and co-editor (with Michael Mahlknecht) Islamic Capital Market: Products and Strategies (John Wiley and Sons, 2011). He is co-author of Islamic Entrepreneurship (Routledge UK, 2010). Dr. Hassan has written the first textbook (co-authored with Dr Kayed and Dr. Oseni) on Islamic Finance that was published by Pearson in 2013. His book Handbook of Empirical Research on Islam and Economic Life was published in December 2016 by Edward Elgar Publishing Company. He coauthored with Ahcene Lahsasna and Rubi Ahmad “Forward Lease Sukuk in Islamic Capital Market: Structure and Governing Rules” published by Palgrave-Springer, New York in 2019. His another textbook “An Introduction to Islamic Finance” co-authored with Salman Sheikh and Selim Kayhan is to be published in 2020 by the World Scientific Press. Professor Hassan’s edited volume with Professor Mehmet Sarac on Islamic Perspectives on Sustainable Financial Development will be published by Oxford University Press and Istanbul University Press in 2020.

Professor Hassan has interviewed in all major new and media services worldwide. He interviewed on “Business Asia” Program in CNN on Corruption in Emerging Markets. His research featured in Reuters, The Economist, New Orleans City Business, The Advocate, The Bangladesh Observer, The Financial Express, The Bangladesh Times, The Daily Star, The Independent, The Daily Ittefaq, The JanKantha, and the Daily Sangram, The City Business (New Orleans), The Tempo (the National Indonesian Daily), National Public Radio and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Voice of America (VOA), Bangladesh TVs (Channel I, NTV, RTV, Bangla Vision, ETV and ATN Bangla), Smart Beta (a podcast on research in economics, finance and management), National Public Radio (NPR), CBS, Fox, NBC.

Professor Kabir Hassan has served public both in US and abroad in various capacities. He was Advisor, Bangladesh Student Association, 1996-current, General Secretary, Islamic Economics Research Bureau, 1997-98, Member, New Orleans Museum of Arts, 1992, Member, Board of Directors, Asian-Pacific American Society, 1991-current, General Secretary, Louisiana Bangladesh Society, 1991-92, President, Bangladesh Student Organization, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1989-90, President, Omicron Delta Epsilon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1986 and President, International Student Organization, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1984. Currently he is advisor to Bangladesh Student Association at UNO. Please see social media coverage of Professor Kabir Hassan.

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Biodata - Professor Ferdinand Gul

Ferdinand Gul is a Research Professor in the Department of Accounting in Deakin Business School. Ferdinand was a former Professor and Head of the Accounting and Finance Discipline in the School of Business at Monash University in Malaysia. He was also the Donald Cochrane Chair of Business and Economics at Monash University. Ferdinand has a wide practical and academic experience, having held several senior positions in various universities in Australia and Hong Kong. He has provided consulting services on corporate governance reform to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, and held various visiting or honorary professorships in universities in China such as Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Zhongshan University and Xiamen University.
Ferdinand has supervised more than 30 PhD students and published in top-tier journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and The Journal of Financial Economics.

Biodata - Prof. Dr. Atiur Rahman

Dr. Atiur Rahman, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, University of Dhaka is the newly elected Chairman of the Executive Committee (EC) of the Center for Advance Research in Arts and Social Sciences (CARASS), University of Dhaka. He is also an honorary Professor at the Department of Development Studies at the same University. He earned BSS and MSS degrees in economics from the University of Dhaka. With a Commonwealth scholarship, he went to SOAS University of London in late 1970s and completed his Ph.D. in 1983. His thesis later came out as a book under the title Peasants and Classes published by the Oxford University Press.

Popularly known as the ‘Poor Peoples’ Economist’ and a ‘Green Governor’, Professor Atiur Rahman is a many time awarded central bank governor with a human face. A lifelong campaigner for sustainable development focusing on financial inclusion and green growth Dr. Rahman has demonstrated his commitment for empowering the poor and the disadvantaged both as a researcher, teacher, and regulator. After a long spell of research tenure at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) he joined Dhaka University as a Professor of Development Studies in 2006. He was picked up as the tenth Governor of Bangladesh Bank by the Government in 2009 where he served about seven years. He returned to Dhaka University in March 2016 and continues to serve the University as an honorary Professor at the same Department. In addition, he is currently the chair of the board of directors of the national think tank Unnayan Shamannay and its subsidiary Shamunnay. He is a Fellow of Bangla Academy and Life Member of Asiatic Society, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Economic Association. He is also a trustee of Bangladesh Economist’s Forum (BEF). He is also contributing globally for improving the state of inclusive sustainable development as a Special Adviser to Social Innovation Japan (SIJ), a diverse platform of change-makers led by Professor Emeritus Sei Yonekura of
Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of UNEP’s ‘Inquiry on Designing Global Sustainable Finance’ and continues to share his green mind with the group.

The defining feature of his tenure as the Governor of the central bank of Bangladesh was his decisive drive reorienting the institutional objectives and ethos to support a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable development model through his flagship initiatives of financial inclusion and environmentally benign financial services including world famous mobile and agent banking innovations. He is currently devoting his time in inspiring his students at the Dhaka University about how to overcome the multifaceted challenges of development in addition to his research, public advocacy and writing. Until recently, he was traveling a lot around the world advocating inclusive sustainable development, green finance movement and promoting peace building through participatory development.

He has published more than 65 books in English and Bangla, besides, numerous papers in national and international journals. His book titled ‘Peasants and Classes’ which has been published by both Oxford University Press, Delhi and Zed Books, London- is considered a semi-classic and taught all around the world. He has been awarded profusely both at home and abroad for his seminal work and professional performance. His significant achievements include:

  • ‘The Best Central Bank Governor Asia and Pacific, 2015’, awarded by the Banker of the Financial Times.
  • ‘The Central Bank Governor of the Year for Asia 2015’, awarded by the Emerging Markets of the Euromoney.
  • Winner of the ‘GUSI Peace Prize International 2014’, awarded by GUSI Foundation Manila.
  • ‘Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2011’ for his outstanding contribution towards human progress, Asiatic Society, Kolkata.
  • ‘A Regulator with a human Face’, awarded by Dhaka University.
  • ‘Sheltech Award 2010’ for financial inclusion.
  • National Literary Award (Bangla Academy Award) for 2015.
Biodata - Prof. Muhammad Zilal Hamzah

Prof. Muhammad Zilal Hamzah, PhD was born in Padang, West Sumatera Province, July 11, 1964.
Currently as the Head of Doctoral Program of Public Policy Studies and Head of Centre for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Faculty of Economics and Business, Trisakti University.

Educational Background: 1. Hangtuah Belawan Elementary School, Medan, (certified, 1976); 2. Hangtuah Belawan Junior High School, Medan, (certified, 1980); 3. Senior High School 3, Medan, (certified, 1983); 4. Faculty of Economics, North Sumatera University, Medan, (certified, 1988); 5. Master Management Program, International Golden Institute, Jakarta, (certified, 1997); and 6. Economics Doctoral Program, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, (certified, 2005).

Furthermore, he is a reviewer of some journals, including: Journal of Sustainability Science and Management & Journal of Business and Social Development (Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu), Finance and Accounting (AAJFA-Inderscience Publishers), Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia (JEM-UKM), AIJIEF-Universitas Airlangga, ITrev Indonesia Ministry of Finance, and MANAR-UiTM.

Prof. Muhammad Zilal works as an External Examiner in University of Malaya, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Swinburne Technology University, UiTM Shah Alam, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He also worked as a guest Lecturer at some Universities in Indonesia (such as: Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Airlangga) and is currently a member of The Indonesian Association of Islamic Economist (IAEI), The Indonesian Economic Scholar Association (ISEI), The Indonesian Lecturer Association (ADI) and Association of Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI).

Expertise and study area: He specialized in Public Policy, Fiscal Decentralization and Islamic Economic and Finance, including some research projects from OJK of which 75 articles are already published in some journal such as: OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development; Al-Awqaf; IMAR Journal; ICEESE; JEM-UKM Malaysia, EJEM-UII, Review of Islamic Economics-UK, Journal of MEIS-UI, Banks and Banks System and ITrev. Furthermore, he wrote some books on Fiscal Decentralization and Economic Growth, the Introduction of Fiscal Decentralization, the Success Factor of Sustainable Development and Readings in Islamic Economics.