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Rihab Grassa

Research Fellows

Faculty (Accounting), Higher College of Technology, Dubai

Areas of Interest:

  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Labor and Human Resources
  • Finance


  • Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance (Islamic Finance), Higher Institute of Accountancy and Entrepreneurial Administration (ISCAE),  University of Tunisia, 2016
  • Master of Accounting, Higher Institute of Accountancy and Entrepreneurial Administration (ISCAE), University of Tunisia, 2009
  • Bachelor of Accounting, Institute of Advanced Business Studies (IHEC Sousse), University of Tunisia, 2006


  • Faculty (Accounting), Higher College of Technology, Dubai, 2019 – present
  • Assistant Professor (Accounting), UMS University, Dubai, 2016 – 2019
  • Researcher Analyst, Global Islamic Finance Department, KPMG Dubai, 2011 – 2013
  • Trainer in Accounting and Islamic Finance, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Tunisia, 2010 – 2011
  • Manager of Islamic Finance Department, KPMG Tunisia, 2010 – 2011

Latest Publications: 

  • “Oil price volatility, Islamic Financial Development and Economic Growth in GCC countries”, Borsa Istambul Review, (with M. Kabir Hassan, Kaouthar Gazdar, M. Faisal Safa) (forthcoming)
  • Rihab Grassa, M. Kabir Hassan and Arja Turunen-Red, “Political Islam, Democracy and Islamic Finance Development,” International Finance Review, Volume 19, 2018
  • “Corporate choice between conventional bond and Sukuk issuance evidence from GCC countries”, (Available online 27 July 2017), Research in International Business and Finance, ( with, Hela Miniaoui)
  • “Corporate governance and Islamic banks’ products and services disclosure” (Accepted/In press – 27 Jul 2017), Accounting Research Journal. ( with Dr. Raida Chakroun and Professor Khaled Hussainey)
  • “Corporate governance and multi-corporate disclosures: evidence from Islamic banks”. Grassa, Rehab; El-Halaby, Sherif; Hussainey, Khaled. Research in Corporate and Shariah Governance in the Muslim World: Theory and Practice. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., (2017)
  • “Deposits Structure, Ownership Concentration and Corporate Governance Disclosure in GCC Islamic Banks: Empirical Evidence”, (2017) Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research
  • “Did Corporate Governance Mechanisms affect Earnings Management? Further Evidences from GCC Islamic Banks” (2016), International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management (with Dr. Chakib Kolsi)
  • Openness, Culture, Legal Environment and Islamic Finance” (2016), Handbook of Empirical Research on Islam and Economic Life, Published by Edward Elgar (UK): Scopus Indexed, (With Kaouthar Gazdar and Professor Kabir Hassan)
  • “Ownership structure, Deposits structure, Income structure and insolvency risk in GCC Islamic banks”, (2016), Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business Research, Volume 7 Issue 2

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