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About Karen Hunt Ahmed

I am an Assistant Professor of Finance and Management at DePaul University. Before receiving my Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, I worked in the banking sector in Chicago and for Shuaa Capital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My research interests include Islamic finance, globalization, moral beliefs and business practice, ethical investing and the sociocultural implications of business practice. I am editing a book entitled: Contemporary Islamic Finance, to be published by Wiley & Sons.
At DePaul, I have been named a Faculty Fellow of the Egan Urban Center. I am also on the advisory committee of DePaul’s Center for Financial Services.
I am the President of the Chicago Islamic Microfinance Project, an economic development project started with partner Cynthia Shawamreh. I serve as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for RegugeeOne, and on the Board of Haven Youth Services.
I received my BA and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. I lived in Dubai for many years and have traveled extensively in the Middle East, Pakistan, Africa and Europe. My interests include karate and playing squash.


Present Assistant Professor, DePaul University Dreihaus College of Business

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  • Islamic Banking
  • Microfinance
  • Foundations of Business Thought
  • Introducton to Financial Management
  • Culture and Economy

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1 East Jackson
Suite 6100
Chicago, IL 60604


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