Dr. Thamina Anwar is an author, engineer, serial entrepreneur, Islamic social entrepreneur, researcher, educator, economist, public speaker and consultant for various international institutions, governments, corporate/non-profit organizations and waqf (Islamic endowment) institutions.
She is the founder of Trade Not Riba dot Com (www.TradeNotRiba.com). She developed the Islamic Social Entrepreneurship (ISE) and waqf-ISE model as part of her doctorate studies. She is the co-founder and director of Halal Brand Hub (www.halalbrandhub.com), director and founder of Halal and Tayyibaat (www.halalandtayyibaat.com>) and Salam New Zealand (www.salamnewzealand.com).
Thamina is the author of “Waqf (Endowment): A Vehicle for Islamic Social Entrepreneurship”, published in 2017 by the prestigious IBFIM (Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur. She is also one of the authors of the “Financing the Development of Old WAQF Properties: Classical Principles and Innovative Practices Around the World”, published by Palgrave Studies in Islamic Banking, Finance and Economics, USA.
Thamina’s work experience spans across the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Middle East. She has over 15 years of experience in varied positions and sectors ranging from research, tertiary level teaching, education management, problem solving, business analysis, general management, business development, product (software) development, business start-up strategies, relationship building, project management, consultancy, IT, computer programming, Islamic finance, sustainability, engineering, waqf (endowment) investment/ management strategies and philanthropy (community empowerment).
Thamina has a Doctorate degree from UKZN (SA), completed under the supervision of Professor Dr. Suleman Dangor and Associate Professor Dr. Adi Setia. In addition, Thamina has a Masters in Islamic Finance and is a Chartered Islamic Finance Professional (CIFP), gained from INCEIF (Malaysia). She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management (UK), a Master of Science (MSc) in Communications & Real-time Electronics from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London (UK). She also has a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland (NZ).