Economic conference - Tehran, January 2014


Earlier in January 2014, we were asked to provide speakers for a large international conference in Tehran titled “Towards the Geometry of Global Economy; the Effects of the Network of Global Economy on Iran's Economic Structure”.

This conference was co-hosted by IFSQ (Islamic Federation for Standard and Quality) and GVISS (Global Village Institute for Strategic Studies) and it was held in Tehran, Iran, on Monday 6th January 2014.

“Towards the Geometry of Global Economy” was a successful conference and CAPTO had the privilege to invite and arrange for the participation of three scholars who delivered thought-provoking speeches to a large audience of academics, business owners, industry managers, and other professionals and enthusiasts during the course of the conference in Tehran.

Read a brief introduction to the three scholars we invited to the above conference and visit the photo gallery of the conference further down this page.

Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol – the brilliant Turkish author and lecturer who is aptly referred to as “One of the smartest minds in Istanbul” by Fareed Zakaria of CNN. Mustafa is a lecturer at the Political Science Department of the Istanbul Faith University, and the author of the book Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty, which was long-listed for 2012 Lioner Gelber Prize.

Mustafa’s speech was titled: “Globalization and free trade from an Islamic point of view” in which he argued that Islam is compatible with the principles of free trade. (Here's a summary of his speech translated to Farsi). In support of his argument, Mustafa points, among other things, to the ideas and teachings of the 14th century Islamic scholar, Ibn Khaldun, a predecessor of Adam Smith and David Ricardo, and one of the world’s first thinkers who systematically promoted the ideas and doctrines of less state interference in economy, less taxation, and more freedom of trade between people and nations.

Habib Awada

Dr Habib Awada from Lebanon. Habib is a lecturer at the Department of Finance and Accounting of the Lebanese International University. He has been teaching finance, management, marketing, and economics at universities in Lebanon and Bahrain


The title of Dr Awada’s speech was: “Familiarization with the changing world and move towards the world’s new economic geometry” in which he first concentrated on the element of ‘change’ in all aspects of our lives in modern times (from technology and environment to politics and economy) and the ways we can deal with ‘change’. He then went on to explain his views about the element of ‘change’ in the multi-polarity world of the next ten to twelve years.

Hicham El Moussaoui

Dr Hicham El Moussaoui from Morocco. Hicham is an associate professor of economics at Aix-Marseille University in France. He has several publications on economics published in academic journals, including a thesis called “Rational choice preferences and cooperation in a social dilemma” published at European University Publishing in 2010.

Hicham’s speech at the conference in Tehran was titled “Is the Iranian economy a victim of globalization?” in which he enumerated the benefits of free trade and globalization while arguing against popular but unfounded notions about globalization – especially, the erroneous notion of ‘economic nationalism’ that views globalization as threat to the national economy.


A full report of this economic conference together with the Farsi translations of the speeches were published in the 10th edition of our bimonthly magazine Excellent Organization in Iran. The English version of the speeches will soon be uploaded here on our website.

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Watch the ending part of Mustafa Akyol's speech in Tehran, where he introduces our translation of "The Morality of Capitalism" edited by Dr. Tom Palmer


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