Prior to joining INCEIF, he has held several key positions at the International Islamic University Malaysia, including as Director of the university’s Management Center. He began his working career as a Credit Officer at Maybank Berhad. Subsequent, to completing his doctoral studies, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Finance at Boston University, where he taught at both the MBA and undergraduate levels and won the Allen E. Beckwith Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Obiyathulla has conducted Executive training programs at several Malaysian institutions. Internationally, he has conducted programs in Islamic Capital Markets at the University of Luxembourg, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Waseda University, Japan among others. He has published scholarly articles in numerous local and international journals and has presented papers at several international and Islamic finance conferences. He is a member of the Shari’ah panels of Great Eastern Life Assurance, Malaysia, Five Pillars Singapore and SABANA, Singapore’s only Islamic REIT. He received his Doctoral degree in Finance, Master of Business Administration (High Honours) and Master of Arts (Economics) from Boston University, USA. His Bachelor’s degree is from the Science University of Malaysia in Penang. He won the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Research Award (1994) for work emanating from his doctoral thesis.