Dr. Abu Umar Faruq Ahmad
Dr. Faruq has been chairing the Shari`ah Advisory Board in ICFAL since its inception in 1998. Currently, he is working as Associate Professor at Islamic Economics Institute in King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. He has received his first degree in Sharī‘ah from Islamic University of Madinah in 1984, and both LLM (Hons.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Faculty of Laws of the University of Western Sydney (UWS), Australia. Based on a high quality dissertation he submitted for his LLM, he was awarded a prestigious Western Sydney University Postgraduate Research Award Scholarship. His PhD dissertation was also of high quality for which he was awarded High Distinction. Both of these dissertations have since been published. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and at INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance; also as Senior Researcher at International Sharī‘ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that he served as Assistant Professor at Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University, Dubai. He has also taught for several years at Amity College (formerly Sule College), Sydney; and worked as Imam-cum-Islamic Advisor of Bangladesh Islamic Centre of NSW Inc., Sydney. He has over 30 years of substantial experience in teaching, research, community counselling, advising in Sharī‘ah compliance of Islamic banks and Islamic financial service providers, editing refereed journals, reviewing journal articles and Sharī‘ah standards, multi-lingual translation, and leading vibrant Muslim community in multicultural Australia. He has over 40 refereed published journal articles, several books, chapters in edited books, conference proceedings, and a significant number of other published intellectual contributions to his credit. In addition, Dr Faruq has presented over 50 scholarly contributions at international conferences held in USA, Ireland, Australia, UAE, North Cyprus, Brunei, Qatar, Sudan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. His current editorial roles include serving as founding editor, senior editor, co-editor, editorial advisory board member of a plethora of internationally reputed refereed journals including some of those published by Emerald Group Publishing, UK.