Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus
Volker Nienhaus received his doctorate in economics (1979) and his post-doctorate (1985) from the University of Bochum. He was full professor of economics at the German universities of Trier (1989-1990) and Bochum (1990-2004) where he also was director of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy and vice rector for structure, planning and finance from 2000 to 2003. He was president of the University of Marburg from 2004 to 2010. He holds an honorary professorship of the University of Bochum and an honorary doctorate of the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (since 2009). He became a Visiting Professor at the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK) in 2010. In addition, he was Visiting Scholar at the University of Malaya under the Securities Commission Malaysia Islamic Capital Market Programme (2010/11) and Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies of Qatar Foundation, Doha (2011). He served as a member of several academic advisory committees and boards in Germany, and he was consultant to the Islamic Financial Services Board. His current research interests are in service sector economics and Islamic economics and finance.
Jamal D. Harwood
Jamal D. Harwood is an Economic Analyst and has 25 years of experience working in the financial sector (JP Morgan & Credit Suisse) and as a management consultant. He currently lectures on Finance (MBA programme) in the University of Wales, UK. He has spoken extensively on economic issues, international affairs, politics and Islam – debating at the Oxford Union in 2007 and at speaking conferences on the international financial crisis in Khartoum, Sudan in 2009 and in Beirut, Lebanon later that year. Amongst others, he has engaged in public debates and dialogue with former Chancellor Norman Lamont, the current Attorney General Dominic Greive MP, Jim O’Neill (Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management), Peter Rodman (former US Assistant Secretary of Defence), Matt Frei (formerly of the BBC and currently with Channel 4 News), David Smith (Economic Editor of The Sunday Times) and US columnist Jonah Goldberg. He has been featured in Time Magazine, and has been a frequent media commentator on the global financial crisis, and addressing problems related oil prices and energy problems, appearing regularly on Islam Channel and Press TV.
Idries de Vries
Idries de Vries is an Indonesianist focusing on economics. He holds a master degree in economics from Rijkuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands, but has also studied at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration. He works as a management advisor in the Oil and Gas Industry. As an international speaker on economics he has spoken on Islamic economics in particular in The Netherlands, Sudan, America and Indonesia. His views on the global economy and the Indonesian economy appear regularly in The Jakarta Globe, The Jakarta Herald and EurasiaReview.
Prof. Dr. Sofjan S. Siregar, MA
Sofjan S Siregar is an Indonesian expert in international law, professor and executive board of the European Islamic University (IUE) in Rotterdam. He earned his degrees (MA and PhD) in the Islamic jurisprudence from Islamic University of Madinah, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University Riyard, both in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan. He is an imam at Nasuha Mosque and director of the Indonesische Stichting Rotterdam (ISR), Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is the member of De Nederlandse Raad for Ifta (Dutch Fatwa Council), and chairman of the European Chapter's Indonesian Moslem Intellectuals Association (ICMI). He is author of De Edele Koran, a translation of Holy Quran in Dutch.
Hadi Susanto, Ph.D.
Hadi Susanto is a mathematician and an assistant professor in the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. His PhD degree was obtained in 2006 from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, following his Master degree from the same University. He did a postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts Armherst, USA prior his current position in the UK. However, mathematics is not his only passion, but also he is enjoying his time in literature. "It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul", he cited a famous word of Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya (1850-1891), a known mathematician and developer of Cauchy-Kovalevsky theory. His view on Islamic and Indonesian literature was summarized in the preface of popular Indonesian-Islamic novel The Love Verses (Ayat-ayat Cinta). He is currently the chairman of Nahdhatul Ulama (NU) - Chapter United Kingdom.
Dwi Condro Triono, Ph.D.
Dwi Condro Triono is an Islamic economist, currently lectures on Islamic Economics in the doctoral programme of State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, School of Islamic Economics (STEI) Hamfara, both located in Yogyakarta, and the Graduate Programme in the State Islamic University (IAIN) Surakarta. He holds a doctoral degree on Islamic Economics from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and had learned Islamic studies traditionally in Pondok Pesantren Darul Ulum, Rembang and Pondok Pesantren Al-Muhsin, Krapyak, Yogyakarta. He was a former board of the Muslim Clerical Council (MUI) Yogyakarta, former member of boards of the Islamic Association of Islamic Students (HMI) and the Indonesian Muslim Pupils (PII) and a former chairman of Student Union (Senat Mahasiswa) in the Faculty of Agriculture of University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta. He has been spoken extensively on Islamic economics issues worldwide in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Japan. He has written two books on sharia economics, i.e.: Ekonomi Islam versus Ekonomi Kapitalisme and Ekonomi Islam Madzab Hamfara.