[unpad.ac.id, 2/9/2019] A lecturer from the Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Economics and Business Dian Masyita, PhD, was honored the Syariah Figure 2019 award (Tokoh Syariah 2019) from academic community by Investor Magazine. The event took place during Syariah Awards 2019, held by Investor Magazine in Jakarta, Thursday (22/8).
Dian was honored because of her commitment and consistency in the field of Islamic economics and finance. Investor Magazine also assessed Dian’s efforts and impacts for the development of Islamic economy and finance sector in Indonesia.
When interviewed at the Unpad Office of Public Communication, Dian explained that her consistency in the field of Islamic economics started when she was studying for her master’s degree in 1999. Since then, she started focusing on Islamic Endowment Fund Modelling and made it the topic for her thesis.
This consistency continued when she enrolled in a Doctorate of Islamic finance program at Durham University, England. Dian has done various research in the field of Islamic economics. Her work in Islamic economics research motivated her to present her works in many international forums.
It is no surprise that Investor Magazine has mentioned Dian as an inspirational figure and pioneer in the Indonesian Islamic economy sector since early 2000. “These are the consequences, I have to push myself to be more consistent and keep on developing, inspiring, and pioneering things that are new in the field of Islamic economics and finance,” Dian said.
Being honored as the Syariah Figure has motivated Dian to be more active. Beyond the academic field, Dian also pushes herself to give advice to practitioners in the field of Islamic economics, like banking and non-bank financial institutions.
It is hoped that this award can motivated academics, especially in the field of Islamic economics, to be more consistent in learning and creating new ideas in this disruption era. This is intended to develop the Islamic economic sector in the future.
The cooperation between stakeholders such as Bank Indonesia and strategic Ministries must be done. Dian stated that without cooperation, it will be hard to develop the Islamic economy sector massively in Indonesia.
Besides Dian, Investor Magazine also honored Prof. Dr Yunahar Ilyas, LC., M.Ag., the head of Indonesian Ulema Council, the Syariah Figure 2019 award from the ulema community.
Report by Arief Maulana
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