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IFN Awards 2016 Highlights

IFN Awards Dubai Ceremony 28th February 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) IFN Awards Kuala Lumpur Ceremony 22nd February 2016, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Panel Session: Onstage Discourse between HR Practitioners and Academia

Many of today’s successful Islamic bankers embarked on a route far removed from their fields of study. Islamic investment bankers, for example, often have a background in law but no real grounding in the area of Islamic finance. We ask HR practitioners and academic providers how this disconnect can be addressed: Are Islamic finance graduate programs adequately preparing young professionals for the industry? How are curriculums being designed to meet the needs of the market? What are HR practitioners looking for when recruiting young executives? What will be expected of them from Day One? How do current industry professional standards support the new generation of bankers and what needs to change? Will professional qualification become mandatory for Islamic bankers? Moderator:…

Presentation: Hiring Trends, Human Capital Initiatives

Dr Hatim El-Tahir — Director, Islamic Finance Group & Islamic Finance Knowledge Center Leader, Deloitte & Touche, Bahrain     

Panel Session: Developing Leadership in the Islamic Banking Sector

The Islamic finance industry faces a unique dilemma – familiar faces. The industry’s top talent tend to be poached by the competition in a landscape where growth is far outpacing the availability of talent to match the requirements of C-level positions. How will we, as an industry, overcome the current dearth in strong leadership? What is needed to nurture and grow mid-level managers to become industry leaders? And more importantly, can the industry stay on growth trajectory without fresh chiefs? Moderator: Ashar Nazim — Partner, Global Islamic Banking Center, EY Panelists: Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar —  CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) Dr Mohd Daud Bakar — Founder and Group Chairman, Amanie Group, Malaysia Rehan M. Shaikh — CEO Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Saadiq, UAE Tirad…

Keynote Address

Sayed Aqa — Vice President, Cooperation and Capacity Development, IDB Group  

Welcome Address

Khaled Al Aboodi — CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector  

Riding the Fintech Wave: Are Alternative Funding Platforms Continuing to Grow Sustainably?

What is driving the continued growth of these platforms? What Shariah principles are companies like Beehive, Blossom Finance and Club Ethis basing their products on? How will peer-based capital raising platforms overcome investor concerns relating to exit strategies and lengthy investment periods? Outlook for crowdlending for SMEs Is there potential for secondary market creation? What’s next in the FinTech space? Moderator: Stuart Hutton — Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical, the UK Panelists: Anass Patel — President, 570 Asset Management, France Natalya Zotikova — Adviser, FinTech Development, Luxembourg for Finance Rachid Ouaich — Founder and Managing Director, Eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg

Presentation: Bringing Innovation and Technology to Islamic Finance

Rachid Ouaich — Founder and Managing Director, Eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg  

The Debate: This House Believes: A Rebranding is the Catalyst for Creating Mass Appeal for Shariah Compliant Investments in Europe

With an increasingly tense geopolitical situation playing out in Europe many have voiced a need to consider replacing ‘Islamic finance’ with a more culturally acceptable term such as alternative finance or SRI. Is the ‘Islamic finance’ brand preventing Europe’s Shariah compliant funds industry from achieving its potential growth? Or are there other issues at play? Will the industry decide to take this controversial step and what will this mean for Islamic finance in Europe going forward? Moderator: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group Panelists: Ammar Dabbour — Managing Director and Founder, Euris Group Anouar Hassoune — Managing Director, Euris Group Lawrence Oliver — Deputy CEO, DDCap, the UK Rachid Ouaich — Founder and Managing Director, Eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg Volker Nienhaus —…

Capital Raising and Securitization: What is Driving Europe’s Lending Market?

A discussion on structures, regulations, recent innovation and risks Moderator: Paul Peporte — Counsel, Allen & Overy, Luxembourg Panelists: Anouar Hasoune — Managing Director, Euris Group Alex Armstrong — Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions & Structured Finance, QInvest, Qatar Farmida Bi — Partner and Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright Mark Smyth — Chief Investment Officer, Tawreeq Holdings, the UAE

What’s Next for Shariah-Compliant Funds in Europe?

Where is the funds industry headed in light of contracting emerging markets, plunging oil prices and general market volatility? Where are investors putting their money and where are funds from MENA and Asia flowing to? Where are European Shariah compliant funds being distributed? Funds distribution: How will Europe benefit from the implementation of the ASEAN-CIS, ARFP and China-MRF? New structures in real estate and private equity transactions Moderator: Kamal Ikherrazen — Advisor, Eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg Panelists: Annemarie Arens — General Manager, LUXFlag Ashraf Ammar — Director, PwC Luxembourg Florence Stainier — Partner, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg Magdy Eissa — Vice-President, IdealRatings

Europe 2016: A Review of Markets on the Rise

Key industry players representing developing Islamic finance markets provide an update on what significant progress has taken place in their respective jurisdictions and how these markets are being affected by geopolitics and economic conditions. What is the outlook for Sukuk issuances, establishment of Islamic banks and windows and alternative lending/investment platforms in these markets? Is the much discussed rebranding of Islamic finance a necessity for further industry growth? Moderator: Stella Cox — Managing Director, DDCap, the UK  Panelists: Dr Johannes Engels — Senior Advisor, Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Germany (BaFin) Khairul Nizam — COO, Finance Accreditation Agency Robert Scharfe — CEO, Luxembourg Stock Exchange Stefano Padovani — Partner, NCTM Studio, Italy Ugurlu Soylu — Former Managing Director, Germany, Kuveyt Turk Bank,…

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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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Presentation: Meeting Kuwait’s Infrastructure Needs through Islamic Project Finance

As Kuwait continues its rapid infrastructure development an abundance of opportunities exist for market players to fund housing, road, water and power projects through Shariah compliant project financing. This session will cover the trends, structures and opportunities available Alex Saleh - Partner and Head of Kuwait Office, Al Tamimi & Company [embeddoc url=""]

Keynote Address

Dr Mulya E. Siregar — Deputy Commissioner of Banking Supervision, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK)  

Sector Investment Opportunities for Qatari Investors

Oil & gas sector: A change in investment strategy in light of recent events? Will we see a significant shift towards the use of renewable energy, environmental assets and other intangible? Investing in aviation and other transportation modes as an asset class Investment trends, strategies and risks for the global real estate market Exploring education and health care as emerging asset classes Moderator: Bishr Shiblaq – Head, Dubai Representative Office, Arendt & Medernach Panelists: Anouar Adham – Group Chief Executive Officer, Elite International Assets Jean Philippe Besse – Founder, Parisian Real Estate Advisor

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