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Quality Talent Development for the Financial Services Industry

Ulrika Brunner – Director, Strategic Corporate Relations, Finance Accreditation Agency  

Tapping the Middle East and Other Key Markets

The US and Middle East markets both hold great promise for potential investors seeking solid and innovative assets. We ask investment experts from each market what sectors are likely to yield the best returns. How can US market players access liquidity in the Middle East and other key markets, and likewise how do their Gulf counterparts attract US investors? Moderator: Jawad Ali — Managing Partner, Middle East Offices, King & Spalding, the UAE Panelists: Aamir Rehman — Managing Director, Fajr Capital Gabriel Torres – Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Investors Service Hdeel Abdelhady — Principal, MassPoint, Legal and Strategy Advisory, Washington, DC Hitesh Asarpota — Managing Director, Capital Markets, Emirates NBD Capital, the UAE Thom Polson — CEO, Falah Capital

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…

Keynote Address: Effect of US Policy on the Industry

Senator Kevin S Parker — New York State Senate  

The Turkey Dialogue

A high-level closed-door, invite-only, roundtable discussion comprising senior regulators and market leaders representing the participation finance industry in Turkey. A select group of international representatives will also be invited. This closed-door meeting will concentrate exclusively on Turkey’s bid to become a world-class financial center, with a focus on participation finance issues. Moderator: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group Panelists: Ahmet Bicer — Executive Director, Head of Banking and Financial Institutions Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey Avsar R Sungurlu — General Manager , BPY Asset Management Ayse Akkin — Managing Director, Debt Finance and Advisory, UNLU & Co Eda Tanyel — Group Manager of Structured Finance, HSBC Turkey  Eser Sagar — Deputy Head of Corporate Finance Department, Capital Markets…

Can Participation Finance Play a Meaningful Role in Achieving Vision 2023?

It’s 2023, we ask participation finance luminaries where they see their respective businesses – what products are they offering? What has become obsolete? What strategies were employed to get here and most importantly has the participation finance industry collectively contributed to Turkey’s development goals? Or was too much faith placed on the industry as a key enabler to Vision 2023? Moderator: Jawad Ali — Managing Partner, Middle East Offices, King & Spalding, the UAE Panelists: Dr Ahmet Suayb Gundogdu — Country Representative, Turkey, Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) Avsar R Sungurlu — General Manager, BPY Asset Management  Fehmi Tutulmaz — Head of Financial Institutions and Investment Banking, Ziraat Participation Bank Metin Tekeci — Head/General Manager, Turkiye Finans, Bahrain Dr Serdar Sumer — CEO and Board Member, Aktif…

DDCap ETHOS Launch

Henry Desch — Senior Manager, Business Development, DDCAP, the UK  

Getting Entrepreneurial Startups on Investors’ Radar

Moderator: Rachid Ouaich — Founder and Managing Director, Eethiq Advisors, Luxembourg Panelists: Adem Yakisirer — Private Market Specialist, Borsa Istanbul Cankut Durgun — Founding Partner, Aslanoba Capital Kerim Ture — Founder, Modanisa

An Audience with HSBC

Interviewer: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group Interviewee: Mohammed Dawood — Managing Director, Global Sukuk Financing, HSBC

Capital-Raising Roundtable: Bottlenecks, Strategies and Opportunities

Moderator: Hulusi Horozoglu — Assistant General Manager, Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Banking, HSBC Turkey Panelists: Ahmed Al Qassim — CEO, Emirates NBD Capital, the UAE Rizwan Kanji — Partner, King & Spalding, the UAE Sait Eryilmaz — Senior Associate, Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership  Tanweer Bukhari — Former Head of Investment Banking Advisory, CIMB Middle East

In Conversation with Turkish Regulators

Moderator: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group Panelists: Ahmet Bicer — Executive Director, Head of Banking and Financial Institutions Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey Aysegul Eksit — Executive Vice-Chair, Capital Markets Board of Turkey Raci Kaya — Deputy Undersecretary, Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury

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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=""]

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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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