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Islamic Innovation Labs: Views from the Inside

Islamic Finance Innovation Day Organized by In Partnership With Innovation rarely happens in isolation and that’s why a significant and growing number of global financial institutions and banks are developing dedicated innovation labs and accelerators. This panel will highlight the growing emphasis that Islamic banks are placing on internal collaboration and knowledge sharing as a means for driving fintech innovation and the important role these labs are playing in accelerating fintech development, adoption and digital transformation.

Panel 2: Educating, Empowering and Leveraging the Power of Young Professionals

Islamic Finance Innovation Day Organized by In Partnership With This session will look at how institutions and the industry can harness the power of young finnovators through investment in education and greater empowerment to lead change. It will bring together HR professionals along with representatives and students of strategic, high-calibre programmes currently providing degrees, certification or on-the-job training. Participants will discuss the merits and value of existing initiatives, short comings as well as the need for further investment and expansion of training and skills development among young professionals so that the industry can keep pace with the expected growth in demand for digital Islamic financial products and services.

Panel 1: Accelerating Fintech Adoption

Islamic Finance Innovation Day Organized by In Partnership With Get a glimpse into the views of young Islamic banking, finance, regulatory and fintech professionals on the current state of industry innovation and the adoption of fintech. The session will hear the unique perspective that young professionals have to offer on the pace of current developments, if digital innovation is moving fast enough, major challenges and obstacles and the changes required in the cultures, attitudes and behaviours of institutions to effectively innovate. It will also examine the role that the next generation of finnovators can play in the development and implementation of fintech agendas and the fast tracking of industry advancement.

Welcome Remarks

Islamic Finance Innovation Day Organized by In Partnership With David Parker – Executive Director, Financial Services, Economic Development Board

Power Pitch

Promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas. Hassan Waqar – Founder, MoneeMint

Power Pitch

Promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas. Ita Jalaluddin – Product Lead, HelloGold


Hear from an entrepreneur leveraging on technology and Islamic financial instruments to create real positive impact on society Speaker: Rama Jalal Turkistani – Co-Founder, CBX Unit

Making the case for Islamic Fintech

From crowdfunding, AI, data analytics to payment solutions and digital banking – what can these offer Islamic finance and what challenges do new players face? Moderator: Umera Ali – Global Head Islamic Finance and Head of Banking and Finance Middle East, DWF (Middle East) Panelists: Dr Husam Yaghi – Group Chief Technology Officer, Alhamrani Universal Muhammad Shaheed – Advisor, Fintech Galaxy Salman Mujtaba – Investor Relations, Wahed Invest

Power Pitch

Khalid Howladar – Chief Strategy Officer, Blossom Finance  

Power Pitch

Khalid Howladar – Chief Strategy Officer, Blossom Finance  

Fireside Chat: Finding the Islamic Fintech Unicorn

Islamic fintech market practitioners share their experience and discuss: What do investors look for when it comes to investing in fintech for Islamic finance? What are the biggest opportunities for Islamic fintech? What are the struggles Islamic fintech start-ups face when it comes to raising funding? Interviewer: Vineeta Tan – Editor, Islamic Finance news and IFN Fintech Interviewee: Raheel Iqbal – Managing Director, Technology Investments, Finocracy

CEO Corner: What do Islamic fintech start-ups need to thrive?

What makes an Islamic fintech start-up successful? What support do they need? What makes a conducive Islamic fintech ecosystem? Listen first hand from leading Islamic financial enablers and Islamic fintech start-ups. Moderator: Wajeeha Hussain – Section Head of Digital Banking and FinTech, Al Baraka Banking Group Panelists: Kamran Akhtar – Chief Commercial Officer, Waqfe Khalid Saad – CEO, Bahrain Fintech Bay Maritz Mansor – Chief Operating Officer, Ethis Group

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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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