He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ISRA Consulting. He is also a senior researcher at International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) and a Professor at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF).
He attained a PhD (Islamic Law) from the University of Birmingham, UK, 1999, M.A (Fiqh & Usul Fiqh), University of Jordan, Jordan, 1995, B.A. (Shari’ah), Islamic University Medina, Saudi Arabia, 1991 and Postgraduate Diploma in Shari’ah Law & Practice, International Islamic University Malaysia, 2001. Previously, he was an academic staff member in the Department of Fiqh and Usul Fiqh, Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (IRKHS), International Islamic University Malaysia. He was then seconded to Al -Madinah International University as Deputy Rector (Academic Affairs) for two years.
He is an author of two books and has published a number of articles in the local and international journals. He has been a Chevening Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom. Prof. Dr. Ashraf Md Hashim has vast experience in providing Shari’ah views on retail and investment banking products, sukuk structuring and unit trusts. He was also actively involved in advising Takaful and Retakaful companies such as ACR Retakaful, ARIL and Takaful Malaysia. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of LembagaTabung Haji Malaysia. He is also a member of Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) Shari’ah Advisory Council (SAC) and National Fatwa Council of Malaysia. He is also a Shari’ah Committee member of the Securities Commission and the Chairman of Shariah Committee, Bursa Malaysia. He also serves as a member of Technical Committee of IFSB for matters related to retakaful. In addition, Dr Ashraf is also a Shari’ah Advisor to a number of Islamic Financial Institutions in Malaysia and abroad.