Dr Nawal and Associate Professor Dr Abdul Halim are research leaders for ARI's research in Islamic Finance. They have embarked international research collaborations with Islamic Finance Scholars in the Philippines, Indonesia, Morocco, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. Formal collaborations will be forged through Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Agreement. Dr Balkish, Dr Azmi and Dr Farah Aida will soon be our experts in Enterprise Risk Management as they are undertaking professional certifications with the global's Enterprise Risk Management Academy (ERMA).
Dr Norazida is now on a 15-month sabbatical attachment with the Inland Revenue Board Malaysia (IRBM). She will further strengthen our professional collaboration with that agency. Dr Yang Chik, our law expert has been involved with many law-related initiatives including getting involved with the exposure drafts of the upcoming Companies Act amendments and other corporate governance-related proposals. ARI welcomes our newly appointed research fellows - Associate Professor Dr Ayub Md Som (Chemical engineering), Professor Dato'Mustaffa Md Zain and Associate Professor Dr Erlane who will be tasked with spearheading the transdiciplinary aspects of ARI research projects. Whilst Dr Ayub's specialisation is in Decision Support System, Prof Mustafa is a leading researcher in Corporate Social Responsibility. Dr Erlane is an expert in the "Internet of Things".
As a result of these hardworks and smart collaborations, ARI has received many research recognitions and accolades in 2016: Six gold awards from ITEX 2016; Global Islamic Finance Awards for "Best Research & Development in Islamic Finance 2016"; ACQ's "Islamic Financial Criminology Research Body of the Year for Second Consecutive Year 2016"; Gamechanger Online Magazine UK award for "Gamechanger Award 2016" and "ASEAN Risk Awards 2016" from the Enterprise Risk Management Academy (ERMA). Almost all ARIANS have achieved the stipulated KPIs for 2016. Congratulations and great job everyone.