Prof. Dr Engku Rabiah Adawiah

Prof. Dr Engku Rabiah Adawiah is a distinguished Professor at IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIiBF), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She holds LLB (first class honors), LLB (Shari’ah) (first class honors), and Masters of Comparative Laws (MCL) from IIUM. 

In 1998, she achieved her PhD in law from the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Currently, she imparts her expertise to post-graduate students at IIiBF, focusing her research on Islamic capital market, Islamic banking and finance, Islamic insurance or takaful, and Islamic law of transaction. 

Her extensive publications encompass books, articles in local and international journals, periodicals, as well as chapters in books and proceedings. She has delivered presentations at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, and in-house trainings on Islamic Banking, Finance, and Capital Market. 

Prof. Dr Engku Rabiah Adawiah has previously served as a member of Shari’ah Committee for several financial institutions. Presently, she is a
member of the Syariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia), Securities Commission Malaysia, Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA), and Employees Provident Fund (EPF). Additionally, she is an independent Shari’ah Advisor for Islamic securities (sukuk) issuance, approved by and registered with the Malaysian Securities Commission.

Notably, she serves as a member of the Shariah Board of Labuan Re and Gen Re, and the Shariah Board to Khazanah for four of its exchangeable sukuk. Dr Engku Rabiah Adawiah is also affiliated with Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP), serving as a council member of Khadijah International Waqf Foundation, and a board member of AWQAF Holdings.

Her outstanding contributions to Islamic Finance have garnered significant recognition, including being awarded twice with the Most Outstanding Individual Contribution to Islamic Finance by Deloitte in 2004 and 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Finance Forum (KLIFF 2014).

As a female Shariah scholar in Islamic finance, she has consistently been listed among influential women in Islamic finance, receiving accolades such as being ranked in Top 10 Women in Islamic Finance (2014 and 2017), Top 20 Women in Islamic Finance (2017), and Top 10 Most Influential Women in Finance (2017), where she secured the 4th position. Furthermore, she has been ranked as the 3rd Most Influential Women in Islamic Finance in 2018 and 2019, and the 2nd Most Influential Women in Islamic Finance in 2020 and 2021 during the WOMANi Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony by Cambridge IF Analytica Limited.

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