Principal Investigator


About the Mentor/Researcher

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)               

Associate Professor, Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)                                   

Mentor, Knowledge for Change (K4C) Consortium – A Consortium affiliated to UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, University of Victoria Canada and Participatory Research in Asia (Pria), India


Mahazan Abdul Mutalib, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). He received his Bachelor of Da’wah and Islamic Management (Hons) from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) in 2005, Master’s in Organisational Leadership from Monash University, Australia (2008) and PhD in  Management  from Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) (2012). He is currently appointed as Assistant Vice Chancellor (Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication) at the Office of Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Previously, he was appointed as Director of Islamic Science Institute, USIM (2022), Director of Community Engagement and Industrial Relation Centre, USIM (2021), Director of Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC), USIM (2017 – 2020), and Deputy Dean (Academic and Research), Faculty of Leadership and Management, USIM (2015-2016). He also act as the Principal Researcher for the Mizan Knowledge for Change (K4C) Hub, USIM, which affiliated to UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility of Higher Education and now working closely with UNESCO Chair to establish a K4C Hub for Asia region based at USIM and International Youth Centre (IYC), Malaysia.

He has published several books on Islamic and community leadership. Some of his most recent publications are “The Principles and Practice of Islamic Leadership” by Springer, “The Roles of Spirituality in Leadership and Management Process” by IGI Global, and “Leadership Development Model for Religious Leaders: Answering Issues and Challenges of Mosque Organization in Malaysia”, published by the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM). He also authored/co-authored a series of publications under USIM Press including “Kepimpinan dan Dakwah Pengajian Tinggi Islam : Suatu Naratif Baharu”, “Dari  Menara ke Angkasa”, “Kampung – Reflections of Balance in Development”, “Masjid dan Pembangunan Komuniti Bandar dan Luar Bandar”, “Model Pengimarahan Masjid bagi Kesejahteraan Komuniti Berkonsepkan Mizan”, and a national leadership training module entitled “Qalb- Based Leadership for Malaysia Higher Education Leaders” that gives special focus on concepts and  skills of soul-based academic leadership.

He is now leading several  academic and research projects in Malaysia namely “UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) Mentor Training Program for Asia Region”, “Bridging Knowledge Culture – A Study of Community Leadership of Kampung Guntur in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan”, “The  Kampung Mizan Initiative”, “Management, Governance, And Risk Of Corruption In Syariah Courts, Waqf, Zakat, And Mosque Institutions In Malaysia” and “The Nature and Functions of Qalb in Leadership from the Islamic Perspective”. He also act as academic advisor for Bachelor Degree in Islamic Management and Halal Services as well as Diploma in Islamic Administration for University College Yayasan Pahang (UCYP), research advisor for Malaysian Cooperative Institute (IKMa) in national cooperative leadership succession study, and a referral expert for Malaysia International Youth Council (IYC) UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) progr

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