Research Professor and Director of Research Division, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation
Dr. Syed Nazim Ali is Research Professor and the Director of Research Division at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. In addition he is also heading the Center for Islamic Economics and Finance.
Dr Ali has spent the last thirty years spearheading interdisciplinary research in Islamic finance and faith-based initiatives in finance as well as community development. He was the Founding Director of the Islamic Finance Program (IFP) at Harvard Law School, Harvard University since 1995. He has paid special attention to lines of inquiry that seek to examine and interrogate the frontiers, facilitate research and encourage dialogue among various stakeholders and external discussants. He has played a lead role in organizing several conferences and seminars by observing global trends creating forums for intellectual debates. Some of Dr Ali’s most significant contributions to the field have been the Islamic Finance Databank: an online information source in the field; LSE (London School of Economics) Workshop: an annual event to discuss the current pressing issues facing the field, since 2018 it is now being held at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies); and the Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance, the proceedings of which are published under his editorship. Islamic Finance and Development (2014) is the most recent title in this series. In addition, he has published several papers and monographs, the most recent ones are, Takaful and Islamic Cooperative Finance: Challenges and Opportunities (Edward Elgar, 2016) and Shari‘a-Compliant Microfinance (Routledge, 2012).
Dr. Ali has been actively involved with the U.S. Treasury, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and central banks in other countries, working to improve understanding of and combat misconceptions about the Islamic Finance Industry. Currently he has undertaken an edited book project with the Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh Companion to Shariah Governance in Islamic Finance (forthcoming). Dr. Ali received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He was also Visiting Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed Center for Islamic Studies at Harvard University (2014-2016). Currently he is serving as an Academic Advisor to Harvard Muslim Alumni Association (HUMA) in the organization of the HUMA Islamic Finance Conference.