ARI-UITM director ranked as the second most influential women in Islamic finance


THE Director of the Accounting Research Institute (ARI), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Professor Dr Normah Omar, has been ranked second most influential women in Islamic finance by Cambridge IF Analytica.

The announcement was made during the inaugural 2nd WOMANi Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Dubai yesterday.

Placed second in the list of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Islamic Finance, Prof. Normah has achieved the accolade for her life-standing passion for Islamic financial criminology, an academic and professional discipline she pioneered and developed.

Accounting Research Institute (ARI), headed by Prof. Normah is promoting this new discipline that has relevance to the sustainable development of the Islamic finance sector.

The area, which supports Malaysia’s aspiration in Islamic financial criminology, sees Prof. Normah as an authority.

Her passion for research in the area has contributed significantly in realising the country’s aim to be an Islamic financial hub.

Under her leadership, ARI received the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia in 2010.

In 2017, Professor Normah became the first woman elected by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to sit on the “Anti Corruption Certification Programme”.

Besides holding various positions at the national level, she has also pursued her passion in elevating the status of women entrepreneurs through the development of new Islamic finance products. 

She continues to mentor dozens of academics, and her advice is highly sought by influential thought leaders.

For her dedication and perseverance, Prof Normah was named Game Changer of the Year in 2016 by ACQ London, while in 2017, she was recipient of both the Global Good Governance award for excellence in higher education in Dubai and the Advocacy of Islamic Financial Criminology award in Kazakhstan.

Professor Dr Normah has carved a new standard for women and has rightfully earned a place in the list of 100 most influential women in Islamic finance.  

Using her expertise in financial criminology, she works collaboratively with various government and professional agencies,  such as the MACC, Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysia Custom, Institute of Integrity, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance, CPA Australia, Association of Fraud Examiners, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Association of Bankers Malaysia, Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia and others.

The 2nd Womani awards ceremony was attended by Islamic banking and finance professionals from around the world, including the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), Malaysia, USA, Europe, Indonesia and Pakistan.

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