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Professor Madya Dr. Mohd Rafi Bin Yaacob

Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business

University Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Malaysia

He is currently serving as a Dean Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business, University Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Malaysia. He was graduated PhD from University of Newcastle, Australia and currently teaching entrepreneurial behavior and also issues in commerce. His core academic teaching including research methodology, strategic management and international business. He is actively engaged in research projects on small medium enterprises (SMEs) and strategic management as well as corporate environmentalism.

He also supervises many Master Degree and PhD candidates at UMK and become external examiner for PhD candidates. He is very active in journal writing and presenting in research paper locally and internationally. Professor Dr. Mohd Rafi has numerous academic publications that have been published such as books, chapter in the books and also journal for example: The Development of The Malaysian Palm Oil Industry and Environment (2011).

Assistant Professor Dr. Muhammad Khalique

Faculty of Economics & Business

Mirpur University of Science and Technology (MUST), Pakistan

He is presently working as a Chairman, MUST Business School (MBS), Mirpur University of Science and Technology Mirpur (MUST) Pakistan. He is a founder of MUST Business School, MUST Entrepreneurial Incubation Center and MUST Business Research Center. He received his PhD degree from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia in 2012. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Management, FEB in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak for a couple of years. He has 13 years teaching experience at national and international level. He has published more than 50 articles in international refereed journals, in conference proceedings and as book chapters. He has more than 180 citations. He is a reviewer of 12 international refereed and indexed journals. He is a member of various professional bodies. His research focuses on intellectual capital, knowledge management, entrepreneurship, innovation, SMEs & organizational performance. He worked on various research projects. He has conducted various workshops on SPSS, SEM (AMOS), PLS and Research Proposal in Malaysia & SPSS in HEC Pakistan. He has invited as a Keynote Speaker at national and international conferences. He has organized MUST 1st International Conference on Business and Management Research (ICBMR-2015) that was first conference in Azad Jammu and Kashmir History.

Professor Dr. Rafikul Islam

Faculty of Economics & Business

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia

Rafikul Islam is a Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He served the university in various capacities such as Head of Department of Business Administration, Deputy Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences. He also served the university as Deputy Dean of Strategic Planning at the Office of Corporate Strategy of the university. During the last 20 years, Prof. Islam has taught many courses in Business Administration both at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level.

He is a recipient of Best Researcher Award at the faculty level and Quality Research Award at the university level. Prof. Islam has published over 50 research papers in local as well as international referred journals. His papers can be downloaded from www.rafikulislam.com. He has published two books: Essentials of Management Science published by Thomson, Singapore and The Analytic Hierarchy Process : An Effective Multi-criteria Decision Making Tool published by IIUM Press. Seven students have completed their PhDs under his supervision as the main supervisor. He has attended international conferences in countries belonging to five continents: Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and presented research papers.

He is an Associate Editor of two International journals and member of Editorial Board of several local and International journals, mainly published by Emerald and Inderscience. He is well known expert in Analytic Hierarchy Process or AHP. He has conducted many workshops on AHP locally as well as internationally. He was the chairperson of the 12th International Symposium on the Analytic Hierarchy Process, held in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. His areas of research interest include: Applications of Analytic Hierarchy Process, Multiple Criteria Decision Making, Quality Management, Operations Management, Time Management. He is a member of Malaysian Institute of Management and life member of the Indian Society of Technical Education.

Associate Professor Dr. Evan Lau Poh Hock

Faculty of Economics and Business

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia

He is a well-trained Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate with vast experience and research excellence covering the areas of International Economics with numerous applications of econometrics techniques. Recently he ventured into socioeconomic discipline including Economics of Crime and Suicide. He joined Faculty of Economics and Business Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2005 soon after completing his Ph.D in 2004. He servicing as a senior lecturer since 2008 and promoted to Associate Professor from June 2014 to date. He holds the Managing Editor post for International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS), an internationally refereed journal indexed in Emerging Sources of Citation Index (ESCI), ASEAN Citation Index (ASI), SCOPUS bibliographic database, Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), ProQuest publisher, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, Cabell’s Directories (Economics, Finance and Management) and EBSCO Host Publishing. He is the director of Centre for Business, Economics and Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS which among other serves as a platform and reference point for business, economic and finance forecasting. He was the Visiting Scholar in Faculty of Economics in University of Cambridge. He teaches both the undergraduates and the graduate courses. At present he is the Deputy Dean for Research and Postgraduate in Faculty of Economics and Business.

To date, Evan Lau has impressive volume of articles in refereed journals (more than 70) and has also presented his research works in many international and local conferences. As part of recognition and internationalization, he was listed as Top 10% economists in Malaysia since 2008 and Top 12% in Asia since 2012 by the Research Papers in Economics RePEc database. He was also cited as Top 10 Most Productive Malaysian Based Authors in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the year from 2001 to 2010, published by the Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2012. Apart from that, his biography was selected to be listed in the 29th Edition of Who's Who in the world for 2012. He also indeed contributed to society in terms of economic research studies. Thus, an invitation was extended to him for interviews in several special programs on Budget (2006, 2011,2015), post budget 2013 and live radio interview in 2012 on the Malaysian broadcasting station. His profile is also made available at SCOPUS, RePEc, Research Gate, Google Scholar and Academia where he was among the highly cited authors in UNIMAS.

His excellence in research has brought him towards several award winnings. Beginning in his doctoral studies days, he was awarded with first prize from the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2001. Subsequently, this led him on to more winning awards. These include: 3 times recipients of Young Researcher Award in UNIMAS; 2 times recipients Excellent Service Award, numerous research medals from several Research Expo (UNIMAS and UPM), best papers from several conferences and Highest Impact Journal Paper Award (Social Science Cluster) for UNIMAS from 2005 – 2015.

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