Dr. Thamina Anwar - Director and Co-founder
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).
Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-thamina-anwar-806124145/
Dr. Asad Mohsin - Director and Co-founder (Advisory Role)
Dr Asad Mohsin has accumulated several years of industry and academic experience working in different countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand.
His industry experience includes working in Food and Beverage (production and service) and Rooms Division departments with international hotel chains like Inter-Continental Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotels and Gulf Air Hotels. Asad has also operated his own Halal Catering business in Australia for seven years including a Restaurant at a Marina with capacity to seat 190 people.
Asad's experience as a practitioner and an academic has helped him to reduce the gulf between theory and practice by bringing real world issues and problems into his classes and testing academic research in his business. His academic qualifications include – PhD; MBA; Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Australia and Diploma (3years) in Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, from Pusa Institute, New Delhi and B.Sc. from Delhi University.
He is a Fellow of two renowned institutes namely: Australian Institute of Management and NZ Institute of Management. His main research interests and publications are in the area of – Tourism & Hospitality customer perceptions & contemporary trends and attitudes towards holidaying, Tourism and Hospitality product and service quality assessment and Human Resource issues in the service industry.