Dr. Zahid Parvez
Rector of the Markfield Institute


Dr Zahid Parvez is currently the Rector of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and Head of Quality since 2013. He specialises in Information management, leadership development, and sustainable development from an Islamic perspective.

Dr Parvez has held leadership positions in several national charities and community organisations since 1985. He has engaged in delivering education and training on leadership development to a range of national and international organisations for over 30 years. This training has included sessions on strategic thinking, leadership skills, strategy and change management in the Information Age, Problem-solving and Decision-making, Project management, Risk management, Cross-cultural management, Performance management, and Personal development.

Before joining the Institute, Dr Parvez was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at the University of Wolverhampton Business School for 20 years (1992 – 2012).  He also served as an external examiner at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Hertfordshire University and Staffordshire University (for Oman delivery). He also served as the Chief Executive of the Muath Trust.

Dr Parvez has authored several academic papers published in peer-reviewed journals on e-democracy and problem-solving from an Islamic Perspective. He has also written a book entitled, “Building a New Society: An Islamic Approach to Social Change.


BSc, Chemical Engineering
MSc, Information Technology
PhD, E-democracy
Professional membership: FHEA CMgr MCMI

Research interests

Dr. Parvez's research interests include leadership and strategic change, education and development; and understanding the social and political impacts of the information revolution. In particular, he is interested in applying Gidden's structuration Theory to develop insights into how social practices are changing as a result of the increasing application of economic models and the new information and communications technologies in business, social and political life.

Dr. Parvez’s teaching areas include sustainable development, change management, research methods, information management, strategy, International management and globalisation, cross-cultural management, e-business management, and operations management (including project management, sustainability and CSR, and supply chain management).


Conferences & Public Lectures