RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Dr. Sitara Karim

Dr. Sitara Karim is an Associate Professor of Finance/ FinTech at Sunway Business School, Sunway University, Malaysia. She has been recognized as the World's Top 2% Scientist in Financial Economics in 2023 (Stanford University Rankings/ Elsevier). She won the "Dean's Excellence in Research Award" in 2023. She has been Awarded as "Outstanding Reviewer" by the Emerald Literati Award (2023). She obtained her Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the Northern University of Malaysia. She is serving as an Associate Editor at the International Review of Economics & Finance. She has attended several International Conferences and presented her research papers. She is also keynote speaker of several conferences and international summits. She is supervising several Ph.D. and Master research students and inspiring other early career researchers. Along with it, she is Research Associate at the Centre for Market Education (CME), Malaysia and is an active member of it. She is European Marketing and Management Association Women's Forum Member. Her significant contributions to the academia and industry are reflective of her persistence, determination, proactiveness, and commitment.

Benedict Weerasena

Benedict Weerasena

An Economist at Bait Al Amanah (House of Trust) and the Research Director at Dar Al Hekma Advisory. With several publications on politics, economics and policy making, his research interests include public finance, development studies, international political economy and education policy. His latest policy papers on foreign worker dependency and private higher education were published in ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s ‘Johor: Abode of Development?’ in 2020.

He has participated and presented in various international conferences and economic updates in Beijing, Jinan, Hong Kong, Bologna, Singapore and Jakarta. Graduating with a Bachelor of Economics degree, first class honours from University Sains Malaysia, he is a recipient of the Conference of Rulers’ Royal Education Award and Gold Medal Award for Best Student in Economics 2015/2016. He previously worked with the National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), researching on university autonomy and shadow education.

Emile Phaneuf III

Emile is an economist whose biggest research interest is in monetary matters. He spent over a decade working in international business development around the world, first (as an intern) for the World Trade Center Arkansas, then in senior-level export management roles for manufacturers in both the mining and food and beverage industries. He holds a Master’s (double degree) in Economics from OMMA Business School Madrid and from Universidad Francisco Marroquín as well as an MA in Political Science and a BA in International Relations from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Emile’s articles and essays in the English language have been published by the American Institute for Economics Research (AIER), Independent Institute, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), MSN, Zero Hedge, Quoth the Raven (“fringe finance” Substack), and have been featured in RealClearPolicy, RealClearMarkets, RealClearHealth, and The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF). They have also been translated and published in several languages.

As a younger man, Emile served as a Security Forces member in the United States Air Force, stationed in the United States and Japan. As a university student, he received of two nationally-competitive academic awards (in the USA): the NSEP David L. Boren Scholarship and Tillman Military Scholarship. Emile is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society — founded in 1947 by Nobel Prize-winning economist FA Hayek. He presently lives in Brazil with his family.