Dian Masyita, PhD, Nominated as One of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Islamic Business and Finance in the World by Cambridge IFA

[unpad.ac.id, 27/06/2019] Lecturer at the Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Economics and Business, Dian Masyita, M.T, PhD., was chosen as one of the 10 most influential women in Islamic Business and Finance in the world by Cambridge IFA, a financial analysis institution from England.

Lecturer at the Universitas Padjadjaran Faculty of Economics and Business, Dian Masyita, M.T., PhD., receiving the award “The Top 10 Most Influential Women in Islamic Business & Finance 2019” from WOMANi Chairman Prof. Dr. Humayon Dar, in 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 “2nd WOMANi Award Ceremony” at JW Marriot Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday (17/6). The award was given directly by to Dian by the WOMANi Chairman Prof. Dr. Humayon Dar.

This is the second title Dian has received from Cambridge IFA. 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 by Cambridge IFA. In 2018, Dian was ranked 42nd, while this year, Dian was ranked 9th.

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

For this award, Dian represented academics who took part in the Islamic business and finance industry. From there, Cambridge IFA assessed Dian’s work as an academic based on the three parameters above. Therefore, the assessment process is not only based on academic contributions, but rather their scientific impact on the industrial sector and society.

“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 some of the reasons why her rankings shot up to enter the top ten. Until now, Dian has not only engaged herself with teaching and research activities in Islamic finance beginning in 1999, but she also assisted the industrial sector and regulations in the business and sharia financial sphere, mainly after completing her PhD from Durham University, England in 2012.

Since 2006, Dian has collaborated with Bank Indonesia to conduct sharia linkage model research, microfinance, compiled an Islamic micro-business book, and assisted the development of other policies.

Almost every month, the book mentioned above is disseminated by Dian with the Bank Indonesia DEKS team to each province. In each region, Dian delivers her presentation on Islamic economics and finance to academics and sharia practitioners in the province.

In addition to that, Dian is also trusted by a number of parties related to the sharia sector. Dian serves as a BAN PT assessor for Islamic Economics, Sharia Business Management, and Islamic Banking study programs. Furthermore, she has also been entrusted to provide input in the UNDP Financing Lab, as a training provider, as well as being an LPDP reviewer.

These experiences then became the considerations of the Cambridge IFA for the assessment process because one of the assessment models is done by tracing the nominees’ track records. Dian said that it is undeniable that social media makes it easy to observe the activities of nominees.

“At the time of the selection, they requested my latest CV. Then they also conducted an interview about the current state of Islamic business and finance in Indonesia, whether there is discrimination or not in the position of women in Islamic financial institutions in Indonesia, and what positions and opportunities that women have in order to achieve or lead in Indonesia,” said Dian.

The acquisition of this award became motivation for Dian to continue developing her knowledge, especially in the fields of economics, business, and Islamic finance. The aspects of research, publication, and community service must be continued.

“In my opinion, their goal in making this award is to maintain the productivity of women so we can continue working while also having to take care of our families,” said Dian.

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

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

Report by Arief Maulana
Translation by Shabrina Maharani

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