Dr. Hatem El-Karanshawy is the Founding Dean of QFIS. His efforts have been instrumental in building the Faculty from the ground up. He had come to QFIS with a long and distinguished career both in academia and policy. Before joining QFIS, Dr. Hatem was Professor of Finance, and Director of the Public Administration Program at the American University in Cairo. He was also Dean at the Faculty of Commerce in Al Azhar University. Dr. El-Karanshawy was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt. He has and continues to advise extensively on Islamic Finance and economic development. In addition to advising the Prime Minister of Egypt and other senior Cabinet Members, he has contributed to negotiations with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the US State Department.
He is also a member of the Arab-Japanese Dialogue Forum. Dr. El Karanshawy regularly participates and presents at international events and is an active member of several academic committees. Among his numerous intellectual contributions are 30 articles and books related to economic development and Islamic Finance. Dr. El Karanshawy received his PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, UK in 1976.
Dr. Louay Safi Received his B.Sc. in civil engineering, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Safi serves on the board of Muslim organizations, including the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). He is a fellow with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger (MCI). Dr. Safi served as Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC) (2004–2008), and Director of Communications and Leadership (2009) and has served as Executive Director and Director of Research for the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (1999–2003).
Dr. Safi has served as the Common Word Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Associate faculty with Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), and Visiting Professor at George Washington University (2001). He has also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science (1994-99), Dean of Research (1998-99), and Senate Member at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995-99).
Dr. Safi has published extensively on such issues as socio-political development, modernization, democracy, human rights, and Islamic resurgence, including eleven books and numerous academic papers. His most recent books include: Author of eleven books, including: Palestine: Prophetic Principles Over Prophecies (Outskirts Press 2009), The Qur'anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Leading with Compassion (Outskirts Press 2008), and Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World (University Press of America 2003).
Dr. Monzer Kahf holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. He completed his undergraduate studies in business at the University of Damascus, followed by a graduate degree in Social and Economic Planning at the UN Institute of Planning in Damascus. Dr. Kahf is the recipient of the prestigious Islamic Development Bank Prize for Islamic Economics (2001). He acts as an international consultant, trainer and lecturer on Islamic economics, finance and Islamic financial laws and regulations. Before joining QFIS, Dr. Kahf was Professor of Islamic Economics and Banking at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He was also Senior Research Economist and head of the Research Division at the Islamic Research and Training Institute of the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah. Dr. Kahf has authored 29 books and more than 100 articles on Awqaf, Zakah, Islamic finance and banking and other areas of Islamic economics. For a list of his publications, please visit: This page
Dr. Khalifa received his Doctorate (1976) and MA (1972) in Comparative Religion from Temple University in Philadelphia in USA. He is a Professor of Comparative Religion, and Director of Al Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal, Faculty of Islamic studies, Qatar Foundation.
Dr. Khalifa is fluent in Arabic and English and is a specialist in Semitic languages. He received the scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1989. He shared in preparing The Dictionary of Arabic Proper Names, and The Master Dictionary. Dr. Khalifa contributed to the establishment of several centers for Oriental Studies. He has supervised more than 70 Masters and Ph.D. Theses in Linguistics, Literature, Oriental Studies, and Religious Studies. He is the author of more than 20 books and 50 research papers/articles. He received several international awards from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. His previous work experiences include: Vice President at International Islamic University (IIU), Islamabad (2006 - 2009), Dean of Faculty of Islamic Studies, IIU, Islamabad (2008 - 2009), Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (1999–2002), Director of Center for Oriental Studies, Cairo University (1997 - 2004), Chairman of Dept. of Oriental Languages and Literatures, Cairo University (1997 – 1999), Director of Center for Orientalistic and Civilization Studies, Al - Imam University, K.S.A. (1992 - 1995), Chairman of Depart. of Orientalism, Al-Imam University, K.S.A. (1992 – 1995), Vice Director, Center for Oriental Studies, Cairo University (1989 – 1991), Chairman Dept. of History, Al - Imam University, K.S.A. (1984 – 1985), and President of the Academic Committee for the Promotion of Professors and Associate Professors in the field of Oriental Studies in the Egyptian Universities, the Higher Council of Egyptian Universities.
Dr. Khalifa is a member of the editorial board of the following academic journals: Journal of Comparative Literature, Cairo, Adyan (Religions) DICID, Contemporary Islamic Studies (Bloomsbury, Qatar Foundation), Journal of the Faculty of Shariah, Qatar University, QScience journals management Committee, Center for Translation and Interpreting Advisory Committee, Qatar Foundation, Journal of Islamic Studies, Islamabad, Insights Journal, Islamabad. He is also Editor in Chief of the following journals: Journal of Oriental Studies, Cairo, Journal of Risalat Al-Masriq, Cairo University, and the Annual Journal of International Islamic University, Islamabad.
Dr. Tariqullah Khan is a Professor in the Islamic Finance Program. Before joining the Faculty in August 2009, he worked as the Division Chief of Islamic Banking and Finance at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Jeddah. At IRTI, he also officiated as Division Chief for Islamic Economics and Development Cooperation, and worked as Editor of the Islamic Economic Studies Journal.
He was the Technical Anchor of the Ten-Year Framework and Strategies for the Development of Islamic Financial Services Industry - a joint IDB and Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) initiative - and Co-Leader of the IDB Islamic Financial Services Development program and a member of the IFSB Working Group on Risk Management. Dr. Khan worked as a member of the International Advisory Committee of QFIS for establishing the M.Sc. Islamic Finance Program and worked on behalf of the Dean of QFIS as a member of the Visiting Certification Commission, Ministry of Higher Education, UAE. He has contributed several research papers in the areas of risk management, regulation, supervision, financial stability, and Islamic financial sector development, developed a number of international flagship conferences in these areas, presented papers and lectures, and edited conference proceedings. He served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School in the summer of 2011. Dr. Khan holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from Karachi University, Pakistan and a Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
Dr. Yousef holds a PhD in Economic Development and Public Policy from Boston University, and a PhD in International Economics from Charles University (Prague, Czechoslovakia). He is currently an Associate Professor at QFIS, and is extensively involved in the executive training department which trains businesses across Qatar. Dr. Yousef has been a professor at Boston University, Lesley College, and King Saud University. His recent work experience was as economic advisor to the Ministry of Business and Trade in Qatar. He was also the Managing Director and a founder of Global Management Associates in Boston USA. He has also worked as a senior executive and manager in the Middle East, serving as a senior Economic Consultant for the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, and manager and senior economist for the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF).
Dr. Yousef is currently working on a research publication on Small-Medium Enterprises in the GCC.
Dr. El Gammal obtained his doctorate in Islamic Thought and Economics with high honours and recommendation for publication from the College of Shariah and Law, Al Azhar University, Cairo. He also obtained his master's degree with high honours and a bachelor degree with honours from Al Azhar. Prior to joining QFIS, Dr. El Gammal was Assistant Professor in the College of Shariah and Law, Al Azhar University. He was also a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. He has contributed to several renowned volumes in Islamic studies including the Fikr El Islamy (Gamal Abdel Nasser) Volume, and the Ma'lamat Al Qawa'id Al Fiqhiya Project of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Dr. El Gammal spent several years as a research consultant to Harf, and Dar El Ta'sil while studying in Egypt. He has several Arabic publications including The Application of Customs in Contemporary Financial Transactions (2007), The Economic Value of Time in Contemporary Financial Transactions (upcoming), and several research papers.
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The 10th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance (ICIEF) March 23-24, 2015Conference Website
Investment and Governance of Africa’s Resources for Economic Diversification and DevelopmentConference Website
The Ninth International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance (ICIEF)Conference Website
Sustainable Growth and Inclusive Economic Development from an Islamic PerspectiveRead the presentations from the 8th International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance