Prof Datuk Dr Syed Othman Al-Habshi
On 1 March 2007, INCEIF welcomes two new faculty members.
Prof Datuk Dr Syed Othman Al-Habshi, respected academician in Malaysia, joins INCEIF as the Professor of Islamic Economics & Econometrics and Head of Takaful Faculty.
Prof Datuk Dr Syed Othman holds B.Ec (Hons) in Statistics from University of Malaya, M.S. (Statistics) from University of Wisconsin, U.S.A. and Ph.D. in Econometrics from University of Birmingham, U.K. Since 1969, he has served in various academic capacities in five universities in the country. The universities are University of Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia. In October of 1997, he served as the Founding President and CEO of University Tun Abdul Razak.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees, International Institute of Islamic Banking and Economics, Cyprus, a member of the International Advisory Board, International Institute of Islamic Economics, Islamabad and a member of the First Executive Committee of the International Association of Islamic Economics, London. He served The Islamic Economic Development Foundation, Malaysia (YPEIM) for ten years, first as Deputy Chairman and later as Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Apart from publishing numerous academic and other topical issues, Prof Datuk Dr Syed Othman is a member of the Board for Takaful Nasional Sdn Bhd; Shariah Advisor, Singapore Unit Trusts Global Ethical Fund; and Chairman, Shariah Supervisory council for Labuan Reinsurance (L) Ltd, amongst others.
His previous affiliations included as Member of the Islamic Consultative Body, Prime Minister’s Department (1983 – 1994); and Member, Board of Trustees and Management Committee of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (1986 – 2000) which is an NGO that deals with micro-credit serving more than 70,000 hard-core poor families in Malaysia.
Dr Dirar El Mahi el Obeid