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Growing Islamic Finance in Kenya and East Africa: Learning from Developments outside the East African Community Area

Moderator: Claire Matheson Kirton – Partner, White & Case  Panelists: Hussein Khalif Jama – Former Advisor to CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) Mamadou Barro – CEO, Tamweel Africa Holding Mohammad Farrukh Raza – Managing Director, IFAAS  Samira Mensah – Senior Credit Analyst, S&P Global

Keynote Address

Keynote Address: Dr Kamau Thugge, CBS – Principal secretary, The National Treasury  

Welcome Address

Welcome Address: Salah Babale – Division Head, Line of Finance Division – FIDD, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector  

Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Saudi Arabia

What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? We analyze opportunities and challenges as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels. Moderator: Maisa J Shunnar – Head of Strategy Implementation and Transformation, Bahrain Islamic Bank Panelists: Ashar Nazim – Managing Director, Finocracy Lawrence Oliver – Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP Talal A Ajina – Country Head, PayTabs

Funding Infrastructure and Social Welfare Requirements in Saudi Arabia

We discuss public-private partnerships, financing structures as well as opportunities in active sectors. Moderator: Shibeer Ahmed – Partner, Winston & Strawn Panelists: Hidayathullah Baig – Senior Director, Project Finance, Al Rajhi Bank Richard Paton – Head of PPP and Public Sector Strategy, Saudi Arabia, KPMG Safdar Raza – Director, Project and Export Finance, HSBC Saudi Arabia

Analysis: Sukuk Risk and the Case of the Dana Gas Default

We ask two leading capital markets professionals to outline their views on the situation. Moderator: Abdul-Rahman Hammad – Regional Director Middle East, IdealRatings Panelists: Fakrizzaki Ghazali – Head of Fixed Income, SEDCO Capital Nitish Bhojnagarwala – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service Rizwan Kanji – Partner, King & Spalding Yasser Dahlawi – CEO, Shariyah Review Bureau

Real Estate Investment in Saudi Arabia

We assess latest techniques and trends in real estate investment in Saudi Arabia, including the use and structure REITs Moderator: James Stull – Partner, King & Spalding Panelists: Allen Merhej – Managing Director - GCC, Inovalis Fund Management Amro Nahas – Head of Real Estate Investment, MASIC Ibrahim Al Buloushi – National Director and Country Head, JLL

Investment Banking and Equity Markets in the Kingdom: Opportunities for Islamic and Conventional Finance

The Saudi Aramco listing is a significant and exciting development for Saudi companies and the country’s equity capital markets as a whole. We examine opportunities for equity issuance and the development of equity-linked products, and the various options offered by conventional and Islamic programmes. We also look at the prospects of mergers and acquisitions across key industries, with the backdrop of the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation, diversification and privatisation programs and Vision 2030. Moderator: Nabil Issa – Partner, King & Spalding Panelists: Fahad Aldeweesh – CEO and Head of Investment Banking, JP Morgan Saudi Arabia Company Jassim AlSane – Director, Middle East Investment Banking, Citi Robert Ansari – Executive Director, Head of the Middle East, MSCI

Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International

Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International Recent Saudi sovereign issuance has been acknowledged as a game-changer in the Saudi capital markets and recent corporate Sukuk issuance has provided an important benchmark. However, what needs to be done to further shape the Kingdom as a recognized international financial center and how will the Sukuk market develop? What will a new generation of products such as Sukuk funds and mortgage-backed securitizations bring, and where can Islamic finance play a role? Moderator: John Sandwick – General Manager, Safa Investment Services Panelists: Anita Yadav – Head of Fixed Income Research, Senior Director – Wholesale Banking, Emirates NBD Darko Hajdukovic – Head of Analytics, Funds and Fixed Income, London Stock Exchange Group Faisal Qadri – Managing Director, Head of Debt…

A Closer Look at Kuwait’s Investment Flows and Investment Trends

While attracting inward investments is climbing up the regulatory agenda, Kuwaitis invest billions into overseas markets every year. This panel looks at local, regional and international investment flows and opportunities for the year ahead. We also examine the opportunities presented by the inclusion of Kuwait in a leading Emerging Markets Index. Moderator: David Testa – Executive Director, DDCap Group Panelists: Faisal Hasan – Chief Business Development Officer, Head of Investment Research,KAMCO Investment Company Raghu Mandagolathur – Head of Research, Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz) Umera Ali – Partner, Michelman & Robinson

Opportunities for Infrastructure and Social Welfare Project Financing in Kuwait and the Region

With the launch of the New Kuwait plan and mega projects in the pipeline, we ask deal-makers to examine the role financial service providers - Islamic and conventional - can play to make these plans a reality. Moderator: Rajwah Al Kuhaymi – Associate, Winston & Strawn Panelists: Faisal Hijazi – Vice-President, Relationship Management, Middle East and Islamic Finance, Moody's Investors Service Qasim Aslam – Partner, Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East, Dentons Yusuf Chorghay – Senior Manager, Structured and Syndicated Finance Department, Investment Banking Group, Warba Bank

Islamic Banking Roundtable: Hastening Growth through Technology and Innovation in the GCC

As the global banking system embraces significant innovation, how are Islamic banks in Kuwait and the region embracing digitization and how does this influence the development and placement of banking products? Moderator: Sanjeev Gupta – Retail Banking Consultant and Advisor Panelists: Cassim Docrat – Director, DDCAP (DIFC) Mohamed Ghandour – Group Deputy General Manager - Products, Kuwait Finance House Robert Hahm – CEO, Mashreq Capital

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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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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…

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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