Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Robin Hahnel

American Economist
United States


Prof. Robin Hahnel is currently Mark and Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, Co-Director of Economics for Equity and the Environment (the e3 network), and Professor Emeritus at American University where he taught for over thirty years. He has also taught at the University of Maryland at College Park, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, Manchester University (England), Catholic University (Peru), and the University of Havana (Cuba.) He received his BA in economics from Harvard University (1968), and his PhD in economics from American University (1979). He has traveled extensively advising on economic matters all over the world. He is best known for his work on participatory economics with Z Magazine editor Michael Albert.

Prof. Hahnel is a radical economist and political activist. His work in economic theory and analysis is informed by the work of Karl Marx, Keynes, Piero Sraffa, Michał Kalecki, and Joan Robinson, among others.

He is author of Green Economics: Confronting the Ecological Crisis, Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation, The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach, Income Distribution and Environmental Sustainability: A Sraffian Approach, and Radical Political Economy: Sraffa Versus Marx and co-author of Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics and The Political Economy of Participatory Economics and Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy. He has been active in various campaigns and organizations working for peace, economic justice, and environmental sustainability for fifty years. Most recently he worked on the Portland Climate Action Plan 2015 for the city’s Department of Planning and Sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Moha Asri Abdullah

International Islamic University Malaysia

Professor Dr. Moha Asri Abdullah is a former Director, of Innovation and Commercialization Office at the university, a former Deputy Dean at the Research Management Centre (IIUM) and Head of the Department of Economics. He started his career as an Assistant Professor in University of Sciences Malaysia in 1987. In the year 2005 he moved to the Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

He has been serving as the Board of Director at the IIUM Entrepreneurship and Consultancy Sdn. Bhd. Until now. He has been member of the National Committee for the Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS) and Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) since 2007 until now. He was a former Visiting Research Scholars of Economic Research Centre, School of Economics, Nagoya University, Japan and University of Auckland, AUT and Massey University, New Zealand. His specialization is on small business, entrepreneurship, venture capital and economic development.

He has conducted more than 35 research projects from different funding agencies, local and international alike. He also has been a consultant to a number of agencies. So far he has published more than 16 books, more than 60 papers in renowned journals and presented a number of papers in the international conferences/forums. His recent books include; “Asian Small and Medium Enterprises: Challenges in the 21st Century” (editor) and “Small and Medium Enterprises in the Information Age: Asian Perspectives” (editor), “Small and Medium Enterprises in Asian Pacific Countries”, “Small and Medium Enterprises in Malaysia”, “Management of Small Business”, Succession Planning in SMEs and SMEs in Selected Muslim Countries.