Dr Ansari started his career in accounting and finance by first becoming qualified as an ACCA affiliate. Subsequently, he worked on a research project that earned him a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University. Dr Ansari then picked up two degrees from Cranfield University at the UK Defence Academy: first, the AMBA-accredited Masters in Defence Administration (MDA) for which he won the AMEY Defence Management Prize for the best MDA dissertation and second, a PhD in Defence Private Finance Initiatives.
At Cranfield University, Irfan is on the Education and Scholarship Pathway. He has been teaching defence finance for over a decade. As module leader, he runs the Financing Acquisition module on the MSc Defence Acquisition Management programme and the Financial and Security module on the Leadership and Management Pathway on the Defence and Security Programme. He also lectures on Defence Finance to students on the MBA (Defence) programme as well as to students at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia. He is also the course director for the MSc Security Sector Management (East Africa). His academic interests are accounting and finance, in general, and public finance and defence finance, in particular.
Articles In Journals
- Matthews R, Ansari I & Watters B (2021) Operational resilience in the business-battle space, The CAPCO Institute Journal of Financial Transformation, 2021 (53) 146-156.
- Matthews R & Ansari I (2015) Economic orthodoxy v market pragmatism: a case study of Europe's 'abandonment' of defense offset, Public Finance and Management, 15 (4) 378-404.