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Professor and Head, School of Business, Monash University

Nafis is currently working as a Professor of Finance and Head of the School of Business at Monash University. He previously worked as Professor at Asia Pacific University (APU); 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). Nafis is also a research affiliate of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and regularly contributes to a global industry report on Fintech and Financial regulations.

Nafis's research is focused on banking/FinTech regulation, financial stability corporate finance, financial market, Islamic banking and finance, financial intermediation, and financial economics. His scholarly 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. He has 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, he has given lectures on Islamic finance/finance across the world such as 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 Professor at Universities in the UK and Indonesia. He has also co-edited special issues on Islamic finance in the mainstream finance and economics journals such as The World Economy, Managerial finance and Economic Papers.

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


  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor, University of Reading Malaysia
  • 2014–2016
    Associate professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • 2011–2013
    Assitant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus


  • 2010 
    Monash University, PhD (Finance)


Upcoming Personality in Islamic Finance