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IFN Fintech Huddle

A special value-added format gathering fintech experts in their own fields to take the stage in a 75-minute interactive open dialogue. The Fintech Huddle is designed to allow these thought leaders to dive deep, debate and dissect and take questions from the audience on the thorniest and most pressing issues the industry faces in the wake of the fintech revolution and identify where opportunities lie and how they can be best capitalized. Main themes to be covered: Investing in Fintech What do investors look for when investing in Islamic fintech start-ups? What risks should be taken into consideration? Which verticals are most interesting? Blockchain How is blockchain changing the game for Islamic finance? What are the latest blockchain-driven Islamic finance…

Responsible, Sustainable and Green Finance Initiatives

What is driving the demand for sustainable, responsible and green financial products, and how can issuers tap this burgeoning market? Regulatory frameworks, innovation, pricing and placement: what are the factors for success and what are investors looking for? Where and how does green Sukuk play a role? How will governance-driven investment make its mark in Malaysia? Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Deputy CEO, DDCAP Group Panelists: Daud Vicary Abdullah – Managing Director, DVA Consulting Rozani Osman – Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Sharifah Bakar Ali – General Manager, Group Business Development, UEM Group Simon Lord – Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Stuart Hutton – Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

Developing Value-Based Banking in Malaysia

We ask industry players to assess the development of Islamic finance and banking in Malaysia, including the adoption of benevolent, risk-sharing and Musharakah-based products and the implementation of initiatives such as sustainability and value-based intermediation. What is VBI, what does it mean for the industry and what needs to be done? Moderator: Azleena Idris – Head, Legal, Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia) Panelists: Ahmad Ramzani Ramli – Vice-President, Equity Research, Kenanga Investment Bank Ashraf Gomma Ali – Director/Regional Head, Shariah and Governance, CIMB Islamic Nik Norishky Thani – Executive Director/ Country Head Islamic Banking, UOB Bank Malaysia Norazua Mohd Marzuki – Head, Islamic Finance, MUFG Bank (Malaysia)

Islamic Finance 2030-2050

Nik Norishky Thani – Executive Director/ Country Head Islamic Banking, UOB Bank Malaysia  

Today’s Funding and Capital-Raising Options for Issuers

What represents an effective capital-raising strategy for local issuers today, across all available product areas and markets? What more needs to be done to bring issuers to market, particularly for corporate issuance? Moderator: Tahir Ali Sheikh – Director and Head Islamic Advisory, Client Coverage - Group Wholesale Banking, CIMB Investment Bank Panelists: Chung Chee Leong  – CEO, Cagamas Faridah Bakar Ali – Director and CFO, Khazanah Nasional Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman – CEO, CMC Engineering Lee Choo Boo – Executive Director, Quantum Solar Park Malaysia Mohd Amri Sofian – Chief Corporate and Investment Officer, Danajamin Nasional Yap Tse-Juie – Head of Finance, Alpha REIT Managers

Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Asia

What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Malaysia and the Asian region? What role will cryptocurrencies play in the global Islamic finance industry and will asset-linked coins feature in the corporate fundraising process? We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels. Moderator: Johnny Mayo – Business Consultant, SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator Panelists: Abdul Rahman – Managing Partner, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation Dima Djani – Co-Founder, ALAMI Gopal Kiran – Fintech Advisory Lead – Malaysia, EY Khairul Nizam – CEO, Financial Accreditation Agency Robin Lee – CEO, HelloGold

Managing Risk and Rating Implications

Leading capital markets and investment management professionals discuss the lessons learned so far from the Dana Gas event and ask if Malaysia is immune to such an occurrence. We also examine the effectiveness of credit enhancement measures in the local fixed income market and discuss the associated rating implications. Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus Panelists: Azlin Ahmad – Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills Mohamed Damak – Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings Mohsin Shaik Sehu Mohammed – Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, Bank Dhofar Simon Chen – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service 

Fixed Income, Lending and Sukuk in Malaysian Capital Markets

What does the return of global volatility mean for Malaysian capital markets and what is an accurate evaluation of current investment and capital flows into and out of Malaysia? What are the prospects for local bond and Sukuk markets in a rising interest rate environment? What structures and asset classes will find favor with investors in a more volatile investment environment? We ask a leading panel for their views. Moderator: Nicholas Edmondes – Partner, Trowers & Hamlins Panelists: Charanjeev Singh – Managing Director, NewParadigm Capital Markets Masumi Hamahira – Advisor, MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Shamzani Hussain – Managing Director and Head of Islamic Banking – Corporate and Investment Banking, First Abu Dhabi Bank Yeoh Teik Leng – Head, Structured Finance and Loan Markets, Capital Markets Group, AmInvestment Bank

Super Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment

We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing Islamic finance and investment in Asia, as well as significant other markets such as the Gulf and Africa. From regulation, to political risk to the ascendancy of fintech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? Moderator: Arsalaan Ahmed – CEO, HSBC Amanah Panelists: Ashraf Mohammed – Assistant General Counsel, Asian Development Bank Indar Barung – Head of Financing, Investment and Syndications, Sarana Multi Infrastruktur Irwan Abdalloh – Head of Islamic Capital Market, Indonesia Stock Exchange Mohammad Ali Allawala – CEO, Standard Chartered Saadiq Rafe Haneef — CEO and Executive Director, CIMB Islamic

Keynote Address

Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin – Deputy CEO, Securities Commission Malaysia

Innovation in Islamic Finance in Morocco and Africa

We take a closer look at innovation in finance in Morocco and the region, and focus on important initiatives such as Islamic microfinance, sustainable/responsible finance, green Sukuk and education. What opportunities does the new legal framework governing collaborative financing activities (crowdfunding) offer? Moderator: Dr Mohamed Wail Aaminou – General Manager, Al Maali Consulting Group Panelists: Abderrahmane Lahlou – Expert in Participative Finance, ABWAB Consultants Hissam Kamal Hassan – Research Fellow, International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) Khalil Labniouri – Commercial Director and Member of the Board, Bank Assafa Mohammed Amine Sabibi – Financial Consultant and Coordinator of the Executive Master Principles and Practices of Islamic Finance, Casablanca – University Paris-Dauphine

Presentation: Lines of Finance Products and Structures

Presenter Hamza Boukili – Senior Associate, Line of Finance Division – FIDD, The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

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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…

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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