Abdullah Turkistani is the Dean of Islamic Economic Institute at king Abdulaziz University since 2007. During this period, a wide academic international network was established for the Center through research, conferences and curricula. Now IEI is providing postgraduate studies and training programs. Abdullah is a member is several boards of directors of academic institutions and journals within Saudi and internationally.
He graduated from Leicester University with a PhD in economics and a dissertation on External Debt in Arab Counties, and from University of Colorado – USA with MA in Economics, with concentration on Development and International Finance. Abdullah taught in Leicester University and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) quantitative courses, International finance, Health finance and economic theory.