Dian Masyita, Ph.D. is one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Islamic Business and Finance in the World by Cambridge IFA

[unpad.ac.id, 6/27/2019] Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Padjadjaran Dian Masyita, M.T., Ph.D., was chosen as one of the 10 most influential women in Islamic Business and Finance in the world by financial analysis institutions from England, Cambridge IFA.

Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Padjadjaran Dian Masyita, M.T., Ph.D., received the award “The Top 10 Most Influential Women in Islamic Business & Finance 2019” from Chairman of Womani Prof. Dr. Humayon Dar, in the “The 2nd WOMANI Award Ceremony” at the JW Marriot Hotel, Dubai, Monday (17/6). *

The awarding of  “The Top 10 Most Influential Women in Islamic Business & Finance 2019″ was given at the “The 2nd WOMANI Award Ceremony” at JW Marriot Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday (17/6).

This title is the second time Dian has received. In 2018, Dian was also included in the 50 most influential female figures in the field of Islamic Finance in the world based on an assessment from Cambridge IFA. In 2018, Dian was ranked 42nd, while this year, Dian was ranked 9th.

Dian explained, the assessment was carried out directly by the Cambridge IFA. The process is based on 3 evaluation parameters, professional leadership, advocacy, and recognition from the industrial sector.

At this award, Dian represented academics who took part in the islamic business and finance industry. From there, Cambridge IFA assesses how Dian’s work as an academic is based on the three parameters above. Thus, the assessment process is not only based on academic contributions, but rather on how the scientific influence on the industrial sector and society.

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“It seems that they (Cambridge IFA) closely monitor how we impact the development of industry, economy, business and islamic finance,” said Dian.

Many of the tasks and contributions made by Dian were one of the reasons why her rankings shot up to enter the top ten. Until now, Dian has not only struggled with teaching and research activities in islamic finance which began in 1999, but also helped the industrial sector and regulations in the business and sharia financial sphere, especially after completing his Ph.D. from Durham University, England in 2012.

Since 2006, Dian has collaborated with Bank Indonesia to conduct sharia linkage model research, microfinance, compile Islamic micro-business books and assist in the development of other policies.

Almost every month, the book was disseminated by Dian with the Bank Indonesia DEKS team to each province. In each region, Dian delivered her presentation on islamic economics and finance to academics and sharia practitioners in the province.

Not only that, Dian is also trusted by a number of parties related to the sharia sector. It was noted, Dian served as a BAN PT assessor for Islamic Economics, Sharia Business Management, and Islamic Banking study programs. In addition, she was also entrusted to provide input in UNDP Lab. Financing, training providers, to LPDP reviewers.

These experiences then became one of the considerations of the Cambridge IFA in the assessment process. Because, one of the assessment models that is done is by tracing the nominees’ track records. Dian said, it was not denied that social media made it easy to see the activities of nominees.

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“At the time of their selection, they requested the latest CV. Then they also interviewed about the current state of islamic business and finance in Indonesia, the position of women in islamic financial institutions in Indonesia whether there is discrimination or not, to what position and opportunity women have to achieve or lead in Indonesia,” said Dian.

The acquisition of this award was a motivation for Dian to continue to develop her knowledge, especially in the fields of economics, business and islamic finance. The aspects of research, publication, and community service must continue.

“In my opinion, their goal to make this award is to maintain our productivity of women to continue working amidst our busy life taking care of families,” said Dian.

Dian hoped that this award would also motivate other women, especially students, to be able to make achievements.

This year, awards were given to 300 women from various countries in the world. In addition to academics, awards are given to sharia banking practitioners, CEOs of other non-bank financial institutions, asset management, sharia advisors and supervisors, researchers, halal business entrepreneurs, and training instructors from around the world. *


Reported by Arief Maulana | Translated by dfa