Dr Hafiz Muhammad Usman Rana
Programme Director for BSc Business Finance
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Usman Rana is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and heads the Business Finance programme at Birmingham City University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK and holds a PhD in Finance from Birmingham City University, focusing on the functioning of the global precious metals market.
He has published his research in a prestigious journal, International Review of Financial Analysis, and has presented his findings at international conferences and seminars. He is also a Research Development member of the Centre for Accountancy, Finance and Economics (CAFE) at Birmingham City University and seminar convenor for the upcoming working paper series.
Dr. Rana has extensive academic and professional experience in finance, he has developed strong analytical and business skills that he applies to his teaching and research. Externally he serves as an external examiner for Financial Economics, MSc Finance (Banking and Risk Management), and BSc Finance programmes at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland. Before joining Birmingham City University, he worked as a Financial Analyst for S&P Global, where he gained valuable insights into the practical and policy aspects of financial markets.
In addition to his work at BCU, he also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor on Fiscal Policy and Monetary Strategy at Pakistan’s independent policy think tank Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). His role at SDPI is to advise innovative fiscal, monetary, and financial policy solutions to the government of Pakistan to build more robust policies and institutions that foster inclusive growth.
He also speaks as an expert around the economics and finance of precious metals, climate finance, economic recovery, and sustainable development at international conferences and leading finance summit around the globe. He regularly writes for newspapers such as Dawn, The News, and The Express Tribune on current issues in economics and international finance.