Adel Ahmed, Ph.D

Dean, College of Business

Al Ain Campus

+971 3 7024800


Ph.D. Accounting, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool JM University, UK

Master in Accounting, Alexandria University, Egypt

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Alexandria University, Egypt

Research Interests

Financial Accounting, Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), Ethical Finance, Accounting Employability skills and  Accounting Career Planning

Selected Publications

Adel Ahmed, (2017), “An investigation of the disclosure of corporate social responsibility in UK Islamic banks”, Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, Volume 21 Issue 3. 
Adel E Ahmed, Ghaleb A El Refae, Sobhy M Elkhatib (2017) " Integrating Employability Competencies: A Framework for Accounting Education”, International Journal of Research in Business, Economics and Management, Vol.1 Issue 1 July-August 2017,  pp 141-172.
Adel Ahmed, (2017) " An Investigation and Evaluation of Information Systems Combined/Joint Honours Degree into Accounting Programmes - An Evidence from UK Universities”, The International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Invention (The IJSSHI), ISSN: 2349-2031. Vol 4(9), DOI: 10.18535/ijsshi/v4i9.02.
Adel Ahmed, (2017) " Information Systems Competencies in Accounting Education”, International Research Journal of Applied Finance (IRJAF), ISSN 2229 – 6891. Vol. VIII Issue – 8. 

Teaching Courses

Research Skills (UG), Managerial Accounting (PG), Banking Operations Management (UG), Principles of Financial Management (UG) Accounting in Business (UG), Accounting Information Systems (AIS) (UG), Financial Accounting (UG), Management Accounting (UG), Ethical and Islamic Finance Banking and Financial Reporting (UG/PG), Managing Finance (UG), Financial Management (UG), Managerial and International finance (PG)


- Member, British Accounting Association. (BAA)
- Member, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF)
- Trustee, Open College North West Region, Open Awards
- Member, BMAF Employability Special Interest Group
- Member, BMAF Internationalisation Special Interest Group
- Member, Islamic banking and Finance (IBF) NET Group
- Member, Higher Education Academy Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance Subject Centre (BMAF)
- Member, Higher Education Academy, Islamic Studies Network
Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK 


An investigation of the disclosure of corporate social responsibility in UK Islamic banks

Published in: Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal

Nov 01, 2017

/ Adel Ahmed

The adverse consequence of the on-going financial crisis has ignited interest into the relationship and lack of communication between ethics and banking. However, already on the ethical banking horizon, the Islamic banking model (in theory) is in itself built upon the objective of pursing the benefit of society; rather than to solely profit maximise. However, Islamic banking is not free of its own critics. There are claims that the industry has ‘mimicked’ the conventional model; while marginalising their societal role. In addition, a few studies focused on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) disclosure practice of Islamic banks. The consensus has been that Islamic banks make minimal disclosure of CSR issues. Nevertheless, this is puzzling as Islamic banks are expected to fulfil their Social accountability and full disclosure expectations; as per the Sharia Law (Islamic law). Furthermore, rather than solely pursue profit maximisation, Islamic banks are expected to apply a moral filter when financing and investing, as well as fulfilling their role of distributing and allocating investments. This helps Islamic banks achieve their objectives; social betterment and justice. These objectives are derived from the Islamic economic paradigm, which interlinks vital Islamic concepts of unity, justice, equity, trusteeship, accountability and benevolence. This Study used content analysis methodology to achieve the objective of the study to compare the communicated versus the expected CSR disclosure made by four UK Islamic banks. The study used the disclosure index developed by Haniffa and Hudaib (2007) for Islamic banks, as the expected disclosure benchmark. The results found that communicated disclosure made by the Islamic banks fell short of the expected or ideal disclosure set out by the benchmark. The overall the result shows the trend of poor disclosure among Islamic banks in Muslim countries (where most studies were focused) is supported by UK Islamic banks, leaving the status quo of poor disclosure unchallenged. The result is surprising since the Islamic banks are expected to be socially accountable. Therefore, make full disclosures in order to fulfil the accountability placed onto them by God (primarily) and thus also mankind (stakeholders). Keywords: Islamic Banking, Islamic Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure (Icsrd), Uk Islamic Banks, Content Analysis


Integrating Employability Competencies: A Framework for Accounting Education

Published in: International Journal of Research in Business, Economics and Management

Apr 25, 2017

/ Adel Ahmed

The world of work has changed significantly over the last few years and a degree is no longer enough to secure graduate employment. The accounting profession world wide has come under close scrutiny in the last decade as a result of a series of high-profile corporate failures changing technology and globalization of the world economy. Higher education providers are under considerable pressure from policymakers, students and employers to ensure that graduates emerge from higher education ready for the labour market. Employers are often looking for skills and competencies that go beyond the degree qualifications. While the education may make the student eligible to apply for a job but to be successful in the role, the student will need to exhibit a mix of competencies: ‘employability competencies’. The Universities should be committed to enhancing the employability of all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, in order to enable them to compete and flourish in a competitive, fast-moving knowledge-based economy. Also, the accounting courses should be helping the students to develop a wide range of employability skills through the extracurricular schemes available to help them to develop the employability skills further. This means that the specialist, technical skills associated with different roles may be less important than the 'soft skills' that can be transferred between different jobs and different employment sectors. The 21st Century brings many different challenges and opportunities for the accounting profession for both developed as well as developing nations. One of these challenges is to equip accounting graduates with a broader range of Employability Skills to meet the demands of employers and the profession. Both academics and practitioners have recognised the value and importance of employability skills of success in the competitive business world and employability skills as being essential to long-term success for accountants. Therefore, accountants should possess non-technical skills and knowledge than ever before. The present study aims to propose a framework for integrating employability competencies into accounting curriculum by determining what and how the employability competencies should be integrated into accounting education.