Zarina Nalla is currently the Head of Futures Studies, Office of the Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). She is also the Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), Malaysia, Managing Editor of IAIS Journal of Civilizations Studies and Board Member of the institute. IAIS Malaysia is the brainchild of former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The institute is essentially a think-tank that studies contemporary issues affecting communities in Malaysia. She later joined the private sector as an Associate Director (Public Policy and Strategy) of IA Consulting (iAC), a private firm that offers management and technology consulting services across the region. She also worked for Srategy&, a part of the Pricewaterhouse Coopers group on an economic project for Sabah. Zarina earned her B.A. - First Class Honours (1994) in Islamic Studies & Political Science at The International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and an M.A. (1996) in Economics & International Relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She further completed an M.B.A. (2002) from the University of Birmingham.