Dr. Umer Chapra
Renowned thinker and researcher in Finance and Economics

Dr. Muhammad Umer Chapra is serving as Advisor at the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this position, he worked at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), Riyadh, for nearly 35 years as Economic Advisor and then Senior Economic Advisor. He has taught as Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin (Platteville), the University of Kentucky (Lexington), as Senior Economist and Associate Editor of the Pakistan Development Review at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, and as Reader (Associate Professor) at the Central Institute of Islamic Research (Pakistan). He has authored 11 books, and has lectured widely at a number of universities and professional institutes in different countries, including the Harvard Law School, Loughborough University, UK, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, the London Scool of Economics, Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, the University of Malaga, Spain, and Kyoto University, Japan. He is on the editorial board of a number of professional journals and has acted as referee for a number of others. Dr. Chapra has received a number of awards for his academic contributions, including: The Islamic Development Bank Award for Islamic Economics (1989), the IOP (Institute of Overseas Pakistanis) gold medal by the President of Pakistan for services to Islam and Islamic Economics at the First IOP Convention in Islamabad (1995), in addition to the COMCEC 30th Anniversary Academic Award by the President of Turkey "for his outstanding academic studies in Islamic Economics and Finance" in Istanbul (2014).