Academic Sessions

16:00 – 17:30, Thursday, 22nd November 2018


These sessions will provide a platform for scholars to present and discuss their research outcomes and reflections on issues related to financing development. This would include, but is not limited to:

- Data, measurement and monitoring issues on financing for development

- Country-case studies and new approaches in financing for development such as aid for trade, regional multilateral projects on infrastructure development

- The role of Islamic finance and alternative financing mechanisms in financing for development

- Specific challenges of least developed countries including debt and debt sustainability issues

- Success stories and best practices from developing countries that effectively used domestic resources in their development

Academic Session 1: Finance and Sustainability

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Erhan Turbedar was born in the Kosovo in 1975. Turbedar received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Gazi University in Ankara. He wrote his master’s thesis at the same university on the economic transformation process in South East Europe and he got Doctor’s degree with the thesis on the transportation policies in the Balkan countries. From 1999 to 2013, Turbedar was engaged in different think tanks in Turkey, focusing his interest on the Balkan countries. Turbedar served as the Senior Political Advisor at the Regional Cooperation Council - intergovernmental organization based in Sarajevo, and currently he works at the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) - a subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Turbedar is author of around 50 academic articles and two edited books.

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University of South Orleans, USA

Paper Title: Where Do Muslim Countries Stand on Sustainable Development Goals

Authors: Salman Ahmed Shaikh and M. Kabir Hassan

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Professor Dr. M. Kabir Hassan is Professor of Finance in the Department of Economics and Finance in the University of New Orleans. He currently holds two endowed Chairs-Hibernia Professor of Economics and Finance, 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.

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University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Paper Title: Determinants and Sustainability of External Debt: A Panel Data Analysis for Selected Islamic Countries

Authors: Dr. Abdul Waheed and Dr. Shujaat Abbas

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Dr. Abdul Waheed is an economist with expertise in quantitative development analyses and external debt issues of South Asia. He has achieved his Ph.D. degree from Nagoya University, Japan in 2005. He did two post-doctorate researches in Japan under Japanese government fellowship in Nagoya University and Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics & Finance, College of Business Administration (AACSB accredited), University of Bahrain, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Dr. Cem Tintin is a trained economist with a Master degree in Economics with distinction from Lund University (Sweden) and a PhD degree in Economics from University of Brussels (Belgium). Dr. Tintin has been working with SESRIC (Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries) as a researcher since 2013. Prior to joining SESRIC, he worked for three years at the Institute for European Studies in Brussels as a researcher on economics. He is the author of two books on international macroeconomics and published several scholarly and non-scholarly articles on international finance and development issues with a particular focus on developing countries. His recent research agenda is focusing on the nexus of development and Islamic finance.

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National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Paper Title: Synergy of Financing Mechanisms and the Attainment of SDGs: An Overview of Pakistan

Author: Dr. Bakare Najimdeen

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Dr. Bakare Najimdeen has over a decade teaching and research experience in tertiary institutions. His research interests include developmental studies, Theories of IR, African politics, EU Politics, Global Politics, Regionalism, Islamic Peace Studies, Minority Issues, Muslims in Europe and (Islamic and Western) Philosophy. Both teaching and research experience accords Dr. Najimdeen the ability to engage in serious scholarly discourse and an effective and meaningful utility of research output in classroom experience. Dr. Najimdeen has had the opportunity to teach in several universities (National Defense University, Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Preston University, Islamabad) though currently attached with the Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences & Technology NUST, Islamabad.

Academic Session 2: Islamic Finance for Development

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Ankara Social Sciences University (ASBU)

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Dr. Al Jarhi is a Professor of Economics and Finance, ASBU and Coordinator of the project of Establishing the International Center of Islamic Economics & Finance, ASBU-ICIEF. He has also held the posts of Professor of Economics and Finance at INCEIF, 2016 – 2017, Professor of Economics and Finance at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, 2012 – 2015, President of International Association for Islamic Economics, 2003 – 2011, and Member and secretary of Shari’a Board, Dubai Financial Market. Dr. Al Jarhi has taught economics at American and Egyptian universities, participated in establishing several Islamic banks, and in introducing Islamic banking laws. Dr. Al Jarhi has publications in economics and Islamic economics and is the former author of a yearly economic report on Islamic finance in the UAE and the Gulf. He hold a B. A. in economics from Cairo University, M. A. in economics from University of Illinois, resident graduate studies, UCLA and a PhD in Economics from USC.

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International Islamic University, Malaysia

Paper Title: Socially Responsible Investment Sukuk as an Innovative Funding Mechanism to Promote the Development of Islamic Microfinance

Authors: Dr. Salina Kassim and Dr. Mohamed Yassine Khouildi

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Dr. Salina Hj. Kassim is an Associate Professor at the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Prior to becoming an academician, she has several years of working experience in a commercial bank in Malaysia. Her research interests include various areas of Islamic banking and finance, mainly focusing on Islamic social finance. Dr Salina received her PhD in Monetary Economics in 2006 from the IIUM and her Master and Bachelor degrees from the USA in 1992 and 1994, respectively.

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Islamic Development Bank, Turkey

Paper Title: Islamic Re-Distributive Instruments and Financing Infrastructure Development

Author: Dr. Nosratollah Nafar

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Dr. Nosratollah Nafar is a Lead Economist in the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group Regional Hub, Turkey. Before joining the Islamic Development Bank Group, he taught, for more than 10 years at a graduate college with a solid track record of publications, research projects and advising private and public-sector institutions. He has over 28 years of experience in the field of economics at the academia and in development financing institutions. The scope of his work in the current position includes: diagnostic studies at sector and country levels; empirical and policy-oriented research on various dimensions of socio-economic development, with emphasis on sustainable growth, poverty reduction, human and infrastructure development; development impact analysis, strategy formulation at sector and country level and; regional economic analysis.

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Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia

Paper Title: Waqf Resource Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation Based on Maqasid Framework

Author: Dr. Khalifa M. Ali Hassanain

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Dr. Khalifa M. Ali Hassanain holds undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and a graduate degree in Islamic Economics and Banking from The Islamic University Sudan. He also holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Economics/Financial Markets from Iowa State University, USA where he taught Economics. He worked as assistant and associate Professor of Economics at the United Arab Emirates University and is currently a senior economist at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). Dr. Khalifa is the editor of the Islamic Economic Studies (IES) Journal of IRTI, his research and books are published by some of the well-known publishers. Dr. Khalifa developed the content of an on-line Master Program in Islamic Finance and Banking for IRTI and also the content for IRTI/IDB on line program in Islamic banking and finance with edx (MIT and Harvard university).

Call for Papers

The authors of the high quality papers are invited to present their research during the Symposium. The selection of the papers is to be made by an academic committee comprising the members of editorial board of the Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development. Selected high quality papers will also be published in a special issue of the Journal. For paper submission guidelines and timeline, please click here.

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