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Former Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Topic 1: Humanizing Technology in line with the Principles of Maqasid al-Shari’ah


Funding CEO, International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies

Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali is Founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies, Malaysia and an international scholar in his field of specialisation.He was Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (1985-2004), and then Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) from 2004 to 2006. He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Law and Political Science from Kabul University, Afghanistan, an LLM and Ph.D in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law from the University of London. Dr. Kamali was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University in Montreal, and later a Research Associate with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was a Visiting Professor at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio in 1991, and a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin, Germany, 2000-2001. He served as member and sometime Chairman of the Constitutional Review Commission of Afghanistan, in 2003. He is a Fellow of the International Institute of’ Islamic Thought, and is currently on the International Advisory Board of 13 academic journals published in Malaysia, USA, Canada, Kuwait, India and Pakistan. He has addressed over 230 national and international conferences, has published 46 books and over 260 academic articles. His works have been hitherto translated into 13 languages. Prof. Kamali has been member and chairman of the CIMB Shariah Committee, Sunlife Takaful Malaysia, and formerly Stanlib Corporation of South Africa. He is also Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Jordan. He received the Isma’il al-Faruqi Award for Academic Excellence twice, in 1995 and 1997. He is listed in a number of leading Who’s Who in the world. He features in the book The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World (2009, 2010, 2016, 2019 and 2020). He is a recipient of the King Abdullah II International Award 2010 in recognition of his intellectual contributions towards serving Islam and Muslims. He is a recipient of the 24th Iran World Award for Book of the Year 2016 in 2017 and in 2019, he received the Special Award – Halal Global Award on Islamic Civilisation Studies, 2019.

Topic 2 : Harm Reduction : Balancing between biomedical advances and Shari’ah Principals 


King Fahad Medical City,

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Prof. Dr. Kasule is a physician holding a doctorate in epidemiology from Harvard University, Boston, USA. His doctoral research was on the Epidemiology of Childhood Epstein-Barr Virus Infection in Relation to the Risk of Burkitt’s Lymphoma and Malarial Infection. He had experience of cancer epidemiology research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and moved to Virginia where he was a principal investigator of an NIH national sickle cell screening project. Since 1995 he held appointments as professor at faculties of medicine in Malaysia, Brunei, and Saudi Arabia. He held the appointment of Deputy Dean for research at the International University of Malaysia 1995-2005 and was overseeing the research and ethics committees. He was on the research committee of the University of Brunei 2005- 2009. He is currently the chairman of the Ethics Committee and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh. He founded and was the first editor of the International Medical Journal. Over the past 18 years he has been teaching and presenting conference papers on clinical ethics and research ethics worldwide. He has published on ethics in journals and on his own websites.


Faculty of Medicine, Chicago University, USA

Dr. Aasim Padela is the Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine, and a faculty member at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.Dr. Padela holds an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, completed residency in emergency medicine at the University of Rochester, and received an MS in Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan. His Islamic studies expertise comes via a BS in Classical Arabic from the University of Rochester, seminary studies during his formative years, and continued tutorials with Islamic authorities.Dr. Padela is a clinician-researcher and bioethicist whose scholarship lies at the intersection of community health and religion. He utilizes diverse methodologies from health services research, religious studies, and comparative ethics to examine the encounter of Islam with contemporary biomedicine through the lives of Muslim patients and clinicians, and in the scholarly writings of Islamic authorities. Through systematic research and strategic interventions, he seeks (1) to improve American Muslim health outcomes and healthcare experiences, and (2) to construct a multidisciplinary field of Islamic bioethics.As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar from 2008-2011 he developed a community-based research methodology to study and intervene upon American Muslim health disparities. In 2010, as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies he studied Islamic moral and theological frameworks, and from 2013 to 2015 as a Templeton Foundation Scholar he led a national survey of Muslim physicians’ bioethical attitudes and professional experiences. His current areas of research in cancer screening, end-of-life care, neuroscience and theology are funded by the Templeton Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Topic 3: Cyberpsychology and Wellbeing in the Age of 4th Industrial Revolution


Kulliyyah of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia ( IIUM )



Kulliyyah of Information Communication Technology