Professor Mohamad Abdalla: Director, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
Professor Mohamad Abdalla is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected Muslim leaders, combining the roles of an academic scholar, public intellectual, community leader and commentator. Over the last 15 years, Prof Abdalla played a leading role in establishing Islamic Studies (Research and Teaching) as an academic area of study in Australia. In 2005, he established the Griffith University Islamic Research Unit and played a key role in the establishment of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, a dynamic collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Griffith University and the University of Western Sydney. He also played a key role establishing Islamic Studies as a Major across three universities.