Prior to ISIS, Dato' Dr. Mahani was Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Administration, University of Malaya. She was appointed a member of the Working Group for the National Economic Action Council (NEAC) in January 1998.
Dato' Dr. Mahani was appointed Head, Special Consultancy Team on Globalisation of the NEAC in 2001. She published a book titled "Rewriting the Rules: The Malaysian Crisis Management Model" in 2002.
Dato' Dr. Mahani holds a Ph.D in Development Economics from the University of London in 1992.