Samir Alamad

Samir Alamad


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    Dr. Samir Alamad is a Senior Lecturer in Finance who has made a successful transition to academia after accumulating over 16 years of valuable professional experience in the banking and financial services industry in the UK. Throughout his career, he held senior positions and notably served as the Head of Product Development and Ethical Compliance. Dr. Alamad's expertise lies in all areas of banking and financial services, and he has been recognised as an advisor to UK government departments, both domestically and internationally, on matters related to social and financial inclusion.

    As a testament to his commitment to excellence, Dr. Alamad is a Certified Adviser and Auditor accredited by the esteemed Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). AAOIFI is widely recognised as the global standard-setting body for the finance and banking industry. Furthermore, Dr. Alamad actively contributes to the field as a board member of the Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) within AAOIFI, advising on curriculum design, structure and implementation for the industry. 

    Prior to his academic pursuits at Coventry University, Dr. Alamad also shared his extensive knowledge and experience with aspiring professionals while serving as a lecturer on the MBA course at the University of Birmingham. He holds a Ph.D. degree in financial innovation and engineering from Aston Business School, further complemented by an MA in banking finance and management from Loughborough University.

    Dr. Alamad's intellectual contributions extend beyond his teaching and qualifications. He has authored two books in the domain of financial engineering and financial accounting and has contributed chapters to further four books. Additionally, his research endeavours have resulted in published papers, including a notable article featured in the esteemed British Accounting Review, which has been recognised as most reviewed article in 2021.

    Since 2012, Dr. Alamad has been a trusted advisor to various UK government departments, including HM Treasury, BIS, the Department for Education, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the Bank of England. He has played an instrumental role in structuring alternative finance schemes aimed at enhancing financial and social inclusion and advancing the infrastructure of alternative finance within the UK. Noteworthy examples of his innovative work include the Takaful Alternative Student Finance (TASF) scheme, which he structured and developed for the UK government, and has been enacted in the Higher Education Act 2017, and will be offered to students alongside the existing student loans system, as well as his involvement in structuring the alternative central bank liquidity facility for the Bank of England.

    With his rich academic background and expertise, Dr. Samir Alamad remains an active and highly respected figure in academia and in the field of Islamic finance and banking nationally and internationally. His dedication to both academia and his advisory roles in the industry demonstrates his unwavering commitment to driving progress and fostering innovation and education in this dynamic industry.


    Research Interests

    Samir has an interest in contributing to a deeper understanding of extending his research interest, which is qualitative in nature and has been working towards connecting research and practice for societal impacts. His research interest includes:

    • Banking and its regulations,
    • Islamic finance and banking,
    • Ethical and alternative finance,
    • Faith-based governance and audit in organisations and financial institutions,
    • FinTech and its application
    • Financial engineering, and 
    • Risk management. 



    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Education/Academic qualification

    Financial Innovation and Engineering, Doctorate, Aston Business School

    Award Date: 7 Apr 2016

    MA, Loughborough University

    Award Date: 1 Nov 2006


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