Dr Minhat is a professionally qualified accountant. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Prior to joining academia, she worked with a publicly listed government-linked company. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lincoln University (New Zealand), a PhD and an MSc in Banking and Finance at the University of Stirling, and Master of Laws (Financial Law and Regulation) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Dr Minhat is Co-Director of the International Centre for Management and Governance Research (ICMGR) that was founded in 2016. In this role, she successfully leads research-related activities and public engagement events in relation to ethical finance and governance themes. The events include ‘Perspectives on Ethical Finance and Investment’ (2017), ‘Ethical Finance and Governance in Emerging Markets’ (2018), 'Ethical Finance and Community Development Forum' (2018), and 'Management, Governance and Ethical Finance Conference' (2019). The events attracted participants from diverse backgrounds as she aspires to encourage interdisciplinary discourse for the public interest. She builds bridges with professionals, charities, social enterprises, NGOs, religious leaders and policy-makers. She had delivered talks on ethical finance at the Confucius Institute for Scotland, Centre for Sustainability Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). She is also a stakeholder of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance (APPGIF).
As a research-active academic, Dr Minhat published widely in the areas of Islamic finance and corporate governance that includes executive remuneration, risk-taking incentives, and financial reporting. Her scholarly research outputs were published in REF-able journals (e.g., Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Journal of Financial Stability, Economics Letters, Applied Economics, Business Ethics: A European Review, and Research in International Business and Finance). She has also co-authored a book chapter on Islamic Finance for Financial Management Theory and Practice EMEA edition (published by Cengage Learning). Her opinion pieces can be found in non-academic media such as Islamic Finance Review, Islamic Finance News, The Edge Malaysia, and The Malaysian Reserve. These pieces are more accessible than scientific articles to inspire public debates and policy changes.
Her scholarly research outputs were presented internationally at conferences organised by British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA), European Accounting Association (EAA), Financial Management Association (FMA), European Financial Management Association (EFMA), and the Multinational Finance Society (MFA). She has also reviewed articles for a number of journals including Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Accounting and Business Research, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and Studies in Economics and Finance. She sits on the International Advisory Board of Asian Journal of Accounting Perspectives.
As a Lecturer in Finance, Dr Minhat has accumulated more than ten years of teaching experience in higher academic institutions in the United Kingdom. She had previously taught at the University of Stirling, the University of Salford and the University of Bedfordshire. She was an external examiner at Leeds Beckett University. She has taught conventional finance and Islamic finance in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Dr Minhat was nominated for “Most Inspiring Tutor Award” in 2017 and 2016, “Outstanding Award” in 2013, and “Best Innovation Award” in 2012 by Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA). She was also nominated for an Above & Beyond Award in 2019.