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Nafis Alam, PhD

Professor at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I am currently working as a Professor of Finance and Head of School (Accounting & Finance) at Asia Pacific University. I previously worked as an Associate Professor at Henley Business School ( Univ. of Reading) and at the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) in the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). Prior to this, I was attached to Monash University at Sunway campus where I worked as a lecturer in finance. Additionally, I am also a research affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and contributes regularly to a global industry report on Fintech and Financial regulations.

My research is focused on banking/FinTech regulation, financial stability corporate finance, financial market, Islamic banking and finance, financial intermediation, financial economics. My articles have been published in leading journals like The World Economy, Emerging Markets Review, RIBAF, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Asset Management, Journal of Banking Regulation, Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation, Review of Islamic Economics; Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce and Journal of Financial Services Marketing among others. I have co-authored 9 books in Islamic Finance/Fintech and among them is the Encyclopedia of Islamic Finance which is the first of its kind and has sold over 1000 copies worldwide.

As a frequent traveller, I have given lectures on Islamic finance/finance across the world @ the Harvard Islamic Finance Forum at Harvard Law School; @Gulf Research Meeting at Cambridge University, UK; Durham University Summer School and Seoul International Finance Conference (SIFIC) among others. I have been appointed as visiting Associate Professors at the Universities in the UK and Indonesia. I am currently co-editing special issues on Islamic finance in the mainstream finance and economics journals such as The World Economy, Managerial finance and Economic Papers.

I was featured as the Professor of the Month by Financial times in 2014 and I am the winner of the Upcoming personality in Islamic Finance for 2016 given by GIFA. I have been ranked among the top 100 global social media influencers in Fintech by Refinitiv and Ranked number one Global Regtech Influencer.

Available For: Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Speaking Topics: FinTech, RegTech, Banking

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Company Type: Company

Areas of Expertise

Big Data 30.69
COVID19 32.89
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology
Fintech 44.76
Future of Work
Risk Management 30.78
Blockchain 37.59
Cryptocurrency 38.24

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Financial Services & Banking
Higher Education & Research

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1 Academic Whitepaper
The 2nd Global Alternative Finance Market Benchmarking Report
Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
June 01, 2021

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Tags: Big Data, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

1 Book
Fintech and Islamic Finance- Digitalization, Development and Disruption
Springer, Palgrave
November 30, 2019

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

1 Journal Publication
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—An epidemic or pandemic for financial markets
September 01, 2020

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Tags: COVID19, Fintech, Risk Management

2 Miscellaneouss
Digital Banks Vs Challenger Banks, NeoBanks Vs Open Banks- An Explainer
July 11, 2021

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech

Too Big to Fail or Too Protected to be Regulated
September 20, 2020

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Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Fintech



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