Dr Abdullah Iqbal is Chair of the KBS Research Ethics Advisory Group and a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Kent Business School. He had worked as a visiting professor at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Business School and Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Abdullah received his Masters in Finance and PhD in Accounting and Finance degrees from the University of Manchester, UK. He is a also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
He has published in well-respected international journals such as:
Abdullah was one of the keynote speakers at the first International Conference on Administration Management and Social Studies held at University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in September 2019. He is a member of Editorial Advisory Board of International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management. He regularly reviews research papers for 4/3* ABS ranked journals. He was the conference Chair for Accounting/Finance (International) stream in 2016 (46th) & 2017 (47th) for Atlantic Schools of Business conferences, Canada. He has also been a member of a number of learned societies such as EFMA, ASB, BAFA, MFS, AFA, and ISINI.
He has previously been a Director of Studies and helped to achieve accreditation by ACCA, ACA and CIMA while working as accreditations officer at Medway. He was also Head of Finance and Investments group at NUST Business School, Pakistan.
Abdullah has researched on a wide range of topics. These include:
He has applied event study research methodology in the areas of capital structure during the financial crisis and earnings management around corporate/macro-economic events.
Related to corporate governance, he is working on executive compensation and shareholder activism in the context of ‘Say on Pay’. This research is expected to shed light on how shareholder activism has evolved overtime from being voluntary to mandatory and played its role in linking executive remuneration to firm performance. In addition, he is also working on how board of directors networks influence various corporate financial policies (such as dividend, capital structure, and risk management policies).
More recently, he has developed research interest in asset valuation and capital structure under Islamic finance. He is also working on aspects related to ethics in Islamic banking and how classical trade credit can be used to address some of the issues on which Islamic banking is criticised.
He has presented his research at different international conferences such as at EMFA, AFAANZ, the International Finance and Banking Association (IBFA), Multinational Finance Society (MFS), Asian Finance Association, ISINI, and COMSATS.
Abdullah has teaching interests in corporate finance, financial management, investments and portfolio management, derivatives and risk management. He has previously taught a range of different accounting and finance modules at both postgraduate (corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate/business finance and investments, and financial management) and undergraduate (principles of finance, financial management, financial accounting, and financial and management accounting) levels.
Abdullah holds a Professional Diploma in Banking (with Distinction) and has previously worked at Bank of America and Emirates Bank International. He has worked as a trainer at the National Institute of Banking and Finance, State Bank of Pakistan.
Abdullah has regularly represented University of Kent at The British Council and other educational fairs, and trained education consultants in Pakistan since 2013.