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The Evolution of UK Financial Technology

The Evolution of UK Financial Technology The IFN Fintech Landscape identifies 39 Islamic fintech providers in the UK, making it the world’s largest Shariah fintech centre. Considering this, how do we assess the rapid evolution of the sector? What is the value proposition and market positioning of UK Islamic fintech offerings and what can Shariah compliant challenger banks learn from their conventional counterparts? How can UK Islamic fintech fulfil its potential through offering Shariah compliant financial solutions to minorities, particularly in retail finance, pensions and wealth management? How can traditional Islamic financial institutions effectively maintain competitiveness in these product areas through innovation and investment? What are the potential implications, if any, of the findings of the Kalifa Report for UK…

Investors Roundtable: UK Opportunities for Shariah Compliant Direct Real Estate and Private Equity Investment

Investors Roundtable: UK Opportunities for Shariah Compliant Direct Real Estate and Private Equity Investment Through a panel of international investment professionals, we explore current and potentially innovative Shariah compliant investment types and asset classes. What are the latest opportunities and demands for Shariah compliant direct investment into UK real estate market? Considering the evolution of working practices in the UK, what is the future of the office and what are the implications for UK commercial real estate investment? With an active private equity market, what are potential targets for investment into the UK market and what structures are being employed? Aside from these, what new and interesting asset classes have presented themselves in the past year? Moderator: Celia de Anca, Director,…

Driving Development in UK Islamic Corporate Banking and Capital Markets

Driving Development in UK Islamic Corporate Banking and Capital Markets What will the second Sovereign Sukuk achieve and what does it represent for UK Islamic financial services, and UK Islamic banks in particular? What does the UK offer as a listing destination for sovereign, supranational and corporate Sukuk issuance, as well as other products such as investment trusts and ETFs? Is there an effective secondary market in the UK for Sukuk? How can Shariah compliant instruments, including Sukuk, be further applied to the funding of alternative asset classes and sustainable assets? How is technology such as blockchain shaping and influencing Islamic corporate banking and capital markets, considering notable recent innovations by GCC Islamic banks? Finally, how can global and domestic…

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Rofiya Hussain, Chief Product Officer, nomo

Green, Social, Transition and Sustainability-Linked Finance and Investment – Shariah Compliant Options

Green, Social, Transition and Sustainability-Linked Finance and Investment – Shariah Compliant Options As host of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in November, the UK has an opportunity to drive an important agenda. However, alongside ‘Transition to Net Zero’ and decarbonisation targets, what is realistically achievable and what does net zero mean for sectors such as aviation, oil and gas and other asset-based industries? How are Shariah compliant financing products and assets playing a role in this hugely important transition? How also are Shariah compliant assets funding social impact initiatives in the UK, while contributing to the achievement of the UN SDGs and the Paris Accord? Is a UK sovereign sustainability Sukuk viable in the short term? Beyond the UK,…

Re-evaluating the Value Proposition of Islamic Financial Services in the UK

Re-evaluating the Value Proposition of Islamic Financial Services in the UK Reflecting on an economic recovery and a stable EU departure, is now an opportunity for the UK Islamic financial services industry to reassess its strategy, activities, goals and global competitiveness? Should we ask how the industry has grown and developed over the past five years, how viable Islamic retail, wealth management or pension offerings can be successfully mass positioned in the UK, and how we build more confidence in such products? How do we shift perceptions of Shariah compliant finance from alternative, to complementary and supplementary? How does the recent UK sovereign Sukuk widen the investor base for the UK Islamic capital markets and what does the Bank of…

Keynote Address

Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, John Glen MP

Welcome Address

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell

IFN Pakistan OnAir Forum 2021

Keynote Address Ghulam Muhammad Abbasi Director Islamic Banking Department, State Bank of Pakistan New Opportunities for Islamic Finance in Pakistan What does the new Strategic Plan for Islamic Banking Industry mean for the Pakistani Islamic finance services industry and are growth targets for the sector realistic? What does the domestic Islamic finance ecosystem still require from regulators and market participants for it to flourish across multiple product areas and asset classes? With such measures in place, what would constitute success for Islamic finance in Pakistan? How can regulatory, taxation, Shariah governance and legal frameworks be fine-tuned? Are current liquidity management tools for Islamic banks sufficient? How can Islamic financial institutions play a more meaningful role funding the Pakistani SME, corporate…

Islamic Finance and the Halal Economy

Islamic Finance and the Halal Economy Islamic finance and the development of the Halal economy are symbiotic. However, where and how does sustainability come in? What do sustainable, Halal supply chains of the future look like and how do Islamic banking and financing products play a role? How do we ensure global trade flows within the Halal economy are first of all Shariah compliant, and secondly, sustainable? We seek the views of an expert panel. Moderator: Norita Ja’aafar, Senior Advisor, TFX Islamic Panelists: Aamir Husain Khan, Director Financial Institutions Development, The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector Angela Martins, Chief Representative, Brazil Representative Office, FAB Hussam Sultan, Regional Head, Islamic Commercial Banking, CIMB Islamic Bank Professor Dr…

Green, Transition Bonds & Sukuk

Green, Transition Bonds & Sukuk Green and transition fixed income products, including bonds and Sukuk, constitute one of the world’s fastest growing asset classes. Analysts expect 2021 issuance to reach record levels as governments seek sustainable recoveries. How are these instruments structured, priced, rated and distributed and what role do regulatory frameworks play in these processes? What are ESG investors looking for and what segment-specific characteristics and challenges need to be addressed? Moderator: Cedric Rimaud, Climate Finance Specialist Panelists: Benjamin Cliquet, Head of Business Development for Second Party Opinions, Vigeo Eiris Farmida Bi, Chair, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright Tayyaba Rasheed, Head of Investment Banking Group, Faysal Bank

The Future of Sustainable Banking & Finance

The Future of Sustainable Banking & Finance What does the sustainable financial institution of the future look like? Who are the stakeholders and how should they be engaged? In a sustainable financial institution, how is capital deployed, what product ranges are appropriate and how is the institution governed? What does low carbon mean for financial institutions in the financing of key industries and sectors? What returns are on offer for financial institutions employing sustainable principles? Moderator: David Korslund, Consultant, Values-Based Banking Panelists: Jessica Robinson, Founder and Managing Director, Moxie Future Asst Prof Dr Kinan Salim, Head of Islamic Digital Economy, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)Norfadelizan Abdul Rahman, Managing Director, Taj Bank Professor Dr M. Kabir Hassan, Professor…