Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), and initiated the creation of DSP (Decolonial Studies Program) at the University of the Philippines’ Center for Integrative and Development Studies. He works on theoretical research between Islam and International Relations, political interaction of Muslim societies with Western modernity, and Muslim governance in the Philippines. Aside from Co-IRIS, PHISO, and DSP, Nassef also embarked on creating the following publication platforms of which he is co-editing:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– International Relations in Southeast Asia series (Routledge)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Islam in the Philippines series (DLSU Publishing House)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)
Nassef co-edited Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms (2018), Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory and Practice (2016), and edited International Relations and Islam: Diverse Perspectives (2013). His recent articles appeared in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, Springer’s Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Islamic Perspective Journal, Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law, The Quarterly Journal of Political Studies of Islamic World, Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, among others.
At the prestigious International Studies Association (ISA), he was elected as the At-Large South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Representative of the Global South Caucus of International Studies (GSCIS) for 2018-2020 and appointed as one of the 7-committee members on the Status of Representation and Diversity (CSRD) for 2018-2021. He is a Chevening fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies from October 2018 to March 2019. Nassef is also a 2018 TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men & Women) honoree of the JCI Philippines. Previously, he was a SUSI (Study of the United States Institutes) scholar on religious pluralism at The Dialogue Institute of the Temple University in Pennsylvania, USA, from June 24 to August 05, 2017, and a full bursary recipient of the online course on “Muslims and Jews: The Historical and Contemporary Encounter” provided by the WOOLF Institute in Cambridge, UK, from January 10 to June 29, 2011.
At the University of the Philippines Diliman, Nassef is assistant professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies and the project leader of the CIDS Decolonial Studies Program on religion. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines conferred him the Professorial Chairholder in Political Science and International Relations on December 11, 2017. He is an adviser and member of the Multi-Sector Advisory Group (MSAB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Civil Relations Service.
Nassef obtained his PhD in International Relations (as EMMA scholar or EU’s Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia scholarship and as TÜBİTAK fellow or The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s fellowship), Master in International Studies (as UP Presidential scholar and Willy Keng scholar), and BA in International Studies (as UE University President scholar, UE University scholar, UE College scholar, and Quezon City government scholar in various semesters) from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), University of the Philippines Diliman, and University of the East (Manila, Philippines), respectively.