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Md Safiullah (Safi)

Senior Lecturer in Finance, RMIT University

Dr. Md Safiullah, CPA also known as Safi, serves as a Senior Lecturer in Finance at RMIT University, Australia. Safi's research work focuses on the fields of corporate finance, Islamic banking, sustainable finance and corporate governance. His original research appears in top-ranked peer-reviewed outlets, including the Journal of Corporate Finance and Energy Economics. He has published 18 papers, including 4A* and 13A, in ABDC quality-ranked journals, 1 media article in The Conversation after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle in mid-2018. He received over $120K national and international research grants. Safi's research expertise is recognized by being invited to speak at academic and non-academic events in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Oman, and the UK.

Before joining RMIT, he served as a Lecturer in Finance at La Trobe University and an Assistant Professor in Banking at the University of Dhaka. He taught multidisciplinary courses (Frontiers in FinTech and Innovations; Money and Debt Markets; financial institutions risk management, financial statement analysis, CPA-financial risk management and financial management) and has received several teaching and research awards at La Trobe University and RMIT University.

Safi has considerable engagement experience and has been the coordinator of the Finance external research seminar (2021–2022) and internal research seminar (2020), Course Adviser-International Business (2020), Stage 2 academic progress officer (2019), Course Adviser-Banking specialisation (2022), and member of the Academic Board at La Trobe University. He serves as a member of the Workload Allocation Committee (WAC), and Education Committee (LEAP) at the College of Business and Law, RMIT University. He also serves as an associate editor, a special issue guest editor, an editorial advisory board member, and a reviewer of several ABDC-listed journals.

Dr. Safi received his PhD in Finance from the University of Newcastle on a fully funded postgraduate research scholarship. He received MSc with Distinction from the Birkbeck, University of London as a recipient of prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship awarded by the government of United Kingdom. Safi completed FinTech Certificate course with 92% marks from Harvard University, USA. He also achieved Certificate as a Carbon Literate from the Nottingham Business School, UK. He is also a recipient of Dean’s Honour Award and Dean’s Merit Award in his MBA and Bachelor (Hons) degrees, respectively. Safi was the winner of 2017 3-Minute Thesis competition at the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle. Safi stood 2nd in HSC Exam in Bangladesh.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Finance, RMIT University


  • 2018 
    The University of Newcastle, PhD in Finance