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Launch and Development of The Takaful Industry in Morocco

We take a comprehensive look at the nascent domestic Takaful market, identifying challenges and asking how they can be overcome. What is the current status of the Takaful industry in terms of regulation, awarding of licenses, market readiness, product offerings and potential market penetration? Moderator: Ahmed Tahiri Jouti, COO, Al Maali Consulting Group Panelists: Abderrahmane Lahlou, Expert in Participative Finance, ABWAB Consultants Hakim Bensaid, Project Manager, Participative Insurance – Takaful, RMA Assurance and Vice-Chairman, AMFP Koudama Zeroual, Directeur Général Assurances Takaful, Wafa Assurance  Mohammed Amine Sabibi, Research Fellow, Economia Research Center Shaima Hasan, Research and Product Development Manager, Refinitiv

Presentation: REIT — New Investment Opportunity for Morocco

Mehdi Bouamama, Head of Acquisitions at Morocco REIT Management  

Sukuk, Capital Markets and Asset Management

Will the recent sovereign Sukuk enable the expansion of the Moroccan sovereign, sub-sovereign and private sector Sukuk market in support of the national development plan? What does the sovereign mean for the local market and what investment and liquidity management opportunities does it offer domestic Islamic banks? Through an expert panel we analyze product structures, the securitization regulatory framework, ratings, structuring issues and the use of SPVs in asset transfer and ownership. We also discuss the recent launch of the Moroccan Islamic Equity Index and discuss opportunities for local capital market participants and asset managers. Moderator: Zaineb Sefiani, Founder, Carrera Learning Panelists: Badr Benyoussef, Chief Business Development Officer, Casablanca Stock Exchange Monsif Ghaffouli, CIO, Wafa Gestion Noreddine Tahiri, CEO, AjarInvest Yassine Temli, Managing Partner, Maghreb…

The Big Picture: Formalizing the Islamic Finance, Banking and Takaful Ecosystem in Morocco

We assess the steps the Kingdom has taken to facilitate the Islamic finance ecosystem over the past year and ask how successful these measures have been. We discuss the introduction of the benchmark Sukuk in 2018, the initiation of the local Takaful market as well as the introduction of REITs and other investment management structures. We also discuss opportunities and challenges facing domestic Islamic banks, including successfully growing deposit bases and effectively managing liquidity. Moderator: Said Amaghdir, Chairman, Moroccan Association for Participative Finance Professionals – Shariah Compliant (AMFP) and Director of Takaful projects, SAHAM Assurance Panelists: Hounaida Boukhari, Managing Director, Dar Al Amane Ghizlane Rabhi, Moroccan Capital Market Authority Ikhlas Mettioui, Head of Asset Management, Moroccan Capital Market Authority Mohamed Maarouf, General Manager, BTI Bank …

Drive and Disrupt: Digital Banking and Financial Technology in Oman and the GCC Region

We assess the latest developments in digital banking and fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels across a range of product areas. What does the advancement of technology and in particular, blockchain, mean for Islamic financial institutions in Oman and the Gulf region? Moderator: Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor, Islamic Finance news Panelists: Ahmet Salim Bilgin, Founder, FinBrain Technologies Muhammad Kashif Zafar, Head of Islamic Banking Finance, Sohar Islamic Mughees Shaukat, Head, Islamic Finance, College of Banking and Financial Studies Salman Kabani, Head of Market Risk, Operational Risk and Strategy

Presentation: Talent Development in Islamic finance

Zaineb Sefiani, Founder, Carrera Learning

Learning from Financial Institutions, Issuers and Projects in Oman

What rationale do issuers, corporates and sponsors use for evaluating the offerings of Islamic capital markets and facilities? What lessons can be learned from recent transactions in Oman? We examine factors for success including structures, pricing, ratings, distribution, market conditions and credit enhancement. Moderator: Alex Roussos, Partner, Dentons Panelists: Girish Koli, CFO, Al Madina Real Estate Company Mohammed Sajari, Head of Shariah Structuring, Bank Nizwa Mohsin Shaik, Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services  Richard Phelan, Legal Director, Oman Gas Company Sheikh Muadh Salim Ahmed Al-Ghazali, Director, Golden Group of Companies Thamer Al-Shahry, Head of Corporate Commercial Department, Said Al Shahry & Partners

Gold — Opportunities for Financial Innovation

John Durham, Manager – Depository, Gold Corporation, The Perth Mint  

REITs and Islamic Investment Funds in Oman

An expert panel discusses the launch and development of the REIT market in Oman. With REITs being recently established in the Sultanate and with more in the pipeline, what can we expect in the coming year and what is current investor sentiment and appetite? We also assess the role of regulation, asset quality and diversification. Moderator: Salman Ahmed, Partner, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, Trowers & Hamlins Panelists: Abdul Samad Al Maskari, CEO, Thara Global Business Asad Qayyum, Partner, Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co Kemal Rizadi Arbi, Expert/Advisor, Capital Market Authority, Sultanate of Oman  Saifuddin Ahmed, Head of Asset Management, Almadina Investment Sylvain Vieujot, CEO, Emirates REIT Yasser Al Tooqi, Head, Corporate Planning Team, ISFU (Implementation Support and Follow-Up Unit)

Opportunities for Oman: The Next Stage of Development for Islamic Banking, Capital Markets and Takaful

Through a select group of senior market participants, we review recent developments in Omani Islamic banking, finance, Takaful and investment and ask if expectations have been matched, exceeded or otherwise. We examine industry consolidation and assess the efficacy of various operational models for Islamic banks — stand-alone and windows — while at the same time examining pressing issues such as liquidity management as part of the Sultanate’s Islamic Banking Regulatory Framework. We also discuss what a deposit insurance scheme would look like in Oman and assess what can be learned from other Islamic finance centers that have successfully implemented such schemes. Moderator: Jawad Ali, Managing Partner – ME Offices, King & Spalding Panelists: Ahmed Al Mamari, Vice-President, Insurance Sector, Capital Market Authority, Sultanate…

Keynote Address

HE Tahir Salim Al Amri, Executive President, Central Bank of Oman  

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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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HE Tahir Salim Al Amri, Executive President, Central Bank of Oman  

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HE Abdullah Salim Al-Salmi, Executive President, Capital Market Authority, Sultanate of Oman  

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Bryan Stirewalt, Chief Executive, Dubai Financial Services Authority

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Dr Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi, CEO, Securities and Commodities Authority