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Ethical and Responsible Finance in Singapore: Opportunities for Islamic Finance and Investment

We examine responsible, ethical investment and green finance in Singapore and Southeast Asia and identify the prospects for Islamic finance and investment to thrive in this active sector. Do green bonds and Sukuk offer viable long-term investments and how can the industry address the relative scarcity of credible climate related and low carbon investment opportunities? Moderator: Armin Choksey — Partner, PwC Panelists: Ariff Sultan — Regional Director, IdealRatings Patsian Low — Director, Asia Policy Forum, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network   Petra Daroczi — ESG Ambassador and Asset Management Specialist, Thomson Reuters Ralph Dixon — Director of Environmental Investments, YTL Corporation and CEO, YTL-SV Carbon

Gold – All that Glitters

Gold has come to prominence of late, either as an underlying asset or an asset class in itself. We take a closer look at recent financial products structured on or around gold and ask if the upward trend is set to continue. Moderator: Albert Cheng — CEO, Singapore Bullion Market Association Panelists: Andrew Naylor — Director, Central Banks and Public Policy, World Gold Council  Robin Lee — CEO, HelloGold Robin Tsui — Gold ETF Strategist, APAC, State Street Global Advisors

Fintech and Islamic Finance in Singapore

We assess the latest developments in Shariah compliant fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product, distribution and delivery channels. We also discuss the role of tokenization and robo-advisory in Singapore’s capital-raising and investment management environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks? Moderator: Vineeta Tan — Editor, IFN Fintech Panelists: Abdul Rahman — Managing Director, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation Dima Djani — Co-Founder and CEO, ALAMI Maritz Mansor — COO, Ethis Group Muhammad Assad — Co-Founder and CEO, Tamasia

Financing, Fund and Capital-Raising in Singapore: Islamic Options

We assess the diversification of funding for corporates and the potential for Islamic financing. What industry sectors offer opportunities and what more can be done to make Islamic finance more appealing? We also address the potential for Sukuk in the Republic and identify what steps should be taken to deepen domestic and regional secondary markets and increase the tradability of such instruments. Lastly, we take a look at infrastructure financing and ask what role Islamic finance can play in Singapore and the region. Moderator: Lawrence Oliver — Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP Panelists: Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman — CEO, CMC Engineering  Maaqil Bhoyroo — Head of EMEA Partnership, FTSE Russell Shamsun Anwar Hussain — Managing Director, CIMB Islamic Bank Todd Schubert — Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Research, Bank…

Islamic Finance and Singapore: Domestic and Global Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment

We assess the latest opportunities for Islamic finance and investment in Singapore: what can the country offer and what are its competitive advantages? What roles can Singapore’s liquid capital markets and highly developed regulatory frameworks play and what can the Republic’s established buy-side and investment management community offer? Moderator: Emmanuel Hadjidakis — Principal, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow Panelists: Majid Dawood — CEO, Yasaar Sazali Baharom — Country Manager, CIMB Shamzani Hussain — Managing Director and Head of Global Islamic Banking, FAB Siraj

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Chan Kum Kong — Head of Research and Products, Equities and Fixed Income, SGX 

Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Indonesia

What is the present status of Indonesian FinTech regulations and what does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Indonesia? What does the development of smart contracts and blockchains mean for Islamic banking in the region? We analyze opportunities and challenges as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels. Moderator: Vineeta Tan — Editor, IFN Fintech Panelists: Abdul Rahman — Managing Director, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation  Dima Djani — CEO, ALAMI Matthew J Martin — Founder and CEO, Blossom Finance Muhammad Assad — Co-Founder and CEO, Tamasia Ronald Wijaya — Country Head (Indonesia), Ethis Group and CEO, Ethis Indonesia

Infrastructure Finance and the Role of Islamic Financial Institutions in Indonesia

Building the nation's roads, railways and ports offers a huge opportunity for Islamic financial institutions. What are the priorities for the development of infrastructure finance in Indonesia? What models could feasibly be imported from other countries and what lessons could be learned? Do Public-Private Partnerships offer a viable model and what role does Sukuk play? Moderator:  Indri P Guritno — Partner, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Panelists: Agung Wiryawan — Partner, PwC Indonesia Edwin Syahruzad — Director, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur Irman Boyle — Head of Advisory, Indonesia Infrastructure Finance 

Green, Sustainable and Responsible Finance and Investment in Indonesia

With Indonesia setting benchmarks through the issue of the industry’s first green Sukuk, there is significant local and regional interest in responsible finance and investment. What’s the latest regulatory and standard-setting position with regards to the sector? What is needed to make green finance and socially responsible investment mainstream and can sectors such as infrastructure potentially benefit from its growth? Moderator: Lawrence Oliver — Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP Panelists: Abdul Aleem Habeeb — Corporate and Structured Finance Manager, Asia, Islamic Trade Finance Corporation Ashraf Arshad — Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group Kanya Satwika — Partner, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Masumi Hamahira — Advisor – Islamic Banking Window, MUFG Bank

Sukuk, Capital Markets and Ratings in Indonesia

What does the listing of Islamic bank stocks on IDX mean for the industry and what more can be done to allow Islamic financial institutions easier access to capital? What is the latest view toward the development of the domestic Sukuk market? We also discuss issues such as the Shariah compliance of tradable debt instruments, ratings, the development and deepening of domestic Islamic secondary markets and the potential for Waqf in capital market transactions. Moderator: Qudeer Latif — Partner (Global Head of Islamic Finance), Clifford Chance Panelists: Chung Chee Leong — CEO, Cagamas Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid — Senior Managing Director and Deputy CEO, CIMB Islamic Muhammad Gunawan Yasni — Member of National Shariah Board, Indonesian Council of Ulemas Muhammad Touriq — Deputy Director, Sharia Capital Market Directorate, Financial…

Developing the Islamic Asset Management Industry in Indonesia

BPKH will be a hugely important institutional investor and its emergence is a significant boon for the local asset management industry. What does BPKH’s entrance mean for Shariah compliant investment in Indonesia and what more needs to be done to develop this important sector? Moderator: Cassim Docrat — Director, DDCAP Panelists: Endang Astharanti — Director, Mandiri Manajemen Investasi Gunanta Afrima — Director, Syailendra Capital I Made B. Tirthayatra — Deputy Director of Investment Management Licensing, Financial Services Authority - Indonesia Monem Salam — President and Executive Director, Saturna Syed Mashafuddin Syed Badarudin — CEO, CIMB-Principal Islamic Asset Management

Islamic Finance and Banking in Indonesia: 2018 and onwards

With the emergence of BPKH as a notable regional player, recent significant capital-raising exercises and impressive asset growth rates from domestic Islamic banks, the continued efforts of the National Committee on Islamic Finance, the embrace of fintech and the development of the Islamic capital markets, there is much to discuss in Indonesian Islamic finance. We ask the industry’s elite to share their views on local and regional developments – including regulation – that will influence the development of Islamic finance in the Republic. Moderator: Hurriyah El Islamy — Executive Board Member, Badan Pengelola Keuangan Haji (BPKH) Panelists: Ibrahim Ali Shoukry — Regional Head, South East Asia Hub, Indonesia, Islamic Development Bank Irwan Abdalloh — Head of Islamic Capital Market Division, Indonesia Stock Exchange Luky Alfirman — Director-General…

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Shariah-Compliant Capital Financing: New Assets and Structures

A review of the applicability and success of recent structures: Covered, convertible, exchangeable, perpetual and hybrid Sukuk Recent regulatory updates and central bank guidelines affecting the use of Shariah compliant capital financing in Europe Will there be a shift towards the use of renewable energy, environmental assets and other intangible assets Are there further cross border Sukuk transactions in the pipeline? Reviewing significant recent transactions Moderator: Imam Qazi – Partner, Foot Anstey, UK Panelists: Harris Irfan – Managing Director, European Islamic Investment Bank, United Kingdom Mark Smyth – Chief Investment Officer, Tawreeq Holdings Dr Mohamed Damak – Director – Global Head of Islamic Finance, Standard & Poor's, France Ugurlu Soylu – Chief Representative, KT Bank, Germany

Keynote Interview: Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Interviewer: Mohammad Faiz Azmi – Executive Chairman, PwC Malaysia Interviewees: Khaled Al Aboodi — CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz — Co-chair Board of Governors, Asia School of Business, Former Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

A Global View of Islamic Finance and Shariah Compliant Transactions

Global Islamic finance thought leaders share their vision on what the Islamic finance landscape will look like in 2016 and what trends are expected in global Sukuk transactions. Which markets are likely to lead and which sectors will flourish? What can investors expect from the Islamic investment environment in the next five years? What structures, trends and assets will drive future Sukuk transactions in Africa and globally? Rise of sovereign Sukuk in non-Muslim jurisdictions: What impact will this have on corporate Sukuk pipelines in these markets? Moderator: Nida Raza – Director & Head of Advisory, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector Panelists: Ahsan Ali – Managing Director & Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank Fabrice Toka…

Crowdfunding: The Birth of a New Asset Class

Crowdfunding is big news in both the Islamic and conventional markets, with a groundswell of interest that has seen legislation introduced in the US, UK and several other jurisdictions as nations legitimize what is promoted as one of the few truly egalitarian and accessible forms of entrepreneurial start-up funding. The story has already swung into gear on the conventional side with a plethora of successful case studies – and with principles that perfectly match the platform of Shariah compliant SME support, is it a trend tilting on the edge of enormity for the Islamic world as well? Moderator: Lauren McAughtry – Managing Editor, Islamic Finance news Panelists: Ahmed Elkhodary – Development Strategist, Islamic Development Bank Anass Patel – President, 570 Asset…

What’s Trending in the European Asset Management Industry?

As Islamic finance continues to proliferate in both the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds it is becoming clear that certain funds and asset classes appeal to specific investors in specific markets. What are high net worth and institutional investors in Europe seeking and are these trends likely to change in the coming years? As the market continues to expand, what products will appeal to European investors? Outlook for equity, PE funds, i-ETFs, fixed income funds and index-linked investments Potential for wealth management products and Shariah compliant pension funds in European markets What impact will global economic trends have on real estate investments in Europe? Which real estate markets are expected to outperform and why? To what extend do tax developments impact…

Inward Investment, Cross Border Collaboration and Corporate Sukuk Issuances

Indonesia has long been viewed as an attractive investment destination by Asian and Gulf investors. How will the introduction of new regulations affect further foreign investment? What can foreign investors expect, what opportunities exist and how can investors benefit from the country’s regulatory framework promoting Islamic finance initiatives? Recent regulatory changes: Key issues and concerns facing foreign investors Key issues faced by potential corporate Sukuk issuers Making Indonesia’s corporate issuances attractive to foreign investors Addressing governance and risk issues affecting Indonesia’s Islamic banks Investor protection, recourse to assets, default, insolvency and restructuring in Islamic finance: Key practical issues and avoiding costly mistakes Investing in Indonesia in comparison to other Islamic finance destinations: costs, legal considerations, opportunities and sectors Moderator: Farouk…

Gameplan for 2015: Growth Strategies for Indonesia’s Islamic Financial Institutions

Reviewing recent regulatory updates and guidelines affecting Islamic finance transactions in Indonesia Widening customer base: MSME financing, microTakaful, Islamic cooperatives and rural banks What does the future hold for Shariah multifinance companies? Consolidation of the state-owned Islamic banks: what does it mean to the market players? An update on the management of Hajj, Zakat and Waqf funds by Islamic banks and its potential effects on the liquity management of the banks New Insurance Law: The effect on full-fledged Takaful operators and the effects on Takaful windows Prospects for syndicated finance, trade and infrastructure finance Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Director & Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DDCAP Group, United Kingdom Panelists: Adi Pramana – Chairman, Indonesia Sharia Insurance Association & President Director,…

Meeting Qatar’s and the GCC’s Infrastructure and Project Financing Needs Through Islamic Finance

The drive by many Gulf countries to improve on infrastructure is set to create opportunities for market players to fund infrastructure and power projects through Shariah compliant project financing. This session will cover the trends, structures and opportunities available Infrastructure and project finance in Qatar and the rest of the GCC: What’s in the pipeline? Trends and outlook for syndicated financing of infrastructure projects and how will Basel 3 affect syndicated financing? Opportunities in cross border Sukuk through project and infrastructure financing How has utilizing Islamic infrastructure financing in public private partnership ventures grown? Assessing the potential of alternative assets and its suitability to Shariah compliant financing: Key considerations for issuers Moderator: Qasim Aslam – Partner & Head of Islamic…

What’s Driving Industry Growth?

Given current market conditions, what does the future hold for the Islamic debt and equity capital markets and retail finance? What can we expect in terms of new asset classes, sector specific development and trends? Are there opportunities for cross-border transactions and what role will US market makers play? How will US and global regulations on Shariah compliance impact the performance of PE funds and investment in private equity? Moderator: Rizwan Kanji — Partner, King & Spalding, the UAE Panelists: Ahmed Al Qassim – CEO, Emirates NBD Capital, the UAE Bashar Qasem — Founder and CEO, Azzad Asset Management Ibrahim Mardam-Bey — Principal and Chief Commercial Officer, Taylor De Jongh Michael Orzano — Director, Global Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices…

Onstage Dialogue with Capital Market Authority

In an engaging and informative onstage exchange, Mohammed Elkuwaiz, Vice Chairman at Capital Market Authority will discuss with Jawad Ali, Managing Partner, Middle East Offices at King & Spalding, the Qualified Foreign Financial Institutions Investment in Listed Shares (QFI) Rules and how the initiative has impacted Saudi Arabia’s Islamic asset management landscape.

The Investment Landscape for Islamic Investors in Qatar and the Gulf: Trends and Strategies for 2015

What will 2015 hold for Islamic investors and fund managers Qatar Vision 2030: Opportunities presented in the pursuit of the Vision Assessing other key investment markets in Europe, Africa and the Gulf: What do emerging markets have to offer Islamic investors? Which asset classes and markets are expected to outperform and why Risk vs. opportunity: Understanding the risks and impact on the Islamic asset management industry The changing face of the institutional investment market: Discussing investment strategies and product trends for 2015 Outlook for i-ETFs, Shariah compliant mutual funds Moderator: Dr Ataf Ahmed – Head of Asset Management, QInvest Panelist: Akber Khan – Director, Asset Management Group, Al Rayan Investment Brian J. Luck – Director, Investment Advisory, Asiya Investments, UAE Mohsin Mujtaba –…

Sector Investment Opportunities for Kuwaiti Investors

Investment trends, strategies and risks for the global real estate market New investment sectors: Outlook for investments in renewable energy, environmental assets , aviation and the transportation sector Exploring private equity in education and health care as emerging asset classes Venture capital and regional startups Moderator: Kavilash Chawla – Partner, Bâton Global and Visiting Scholar, International Business Program, Drake University, USA Panelists: Bishr Al Boukai – Senior Associate, Al Markaz Law Firm Mohamed Mokhtar – Vice President, IdealRatings, Egypt Mohammed Jaffar – Former Chief Executive Officer, Talabat Moulay Omar Alaoui – President and CEO, International AirFinance Corporation Muhannad Al-Sane – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Al Riyada Finance & Investment Co.

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