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Global Shariah Majlis 2023: Closing remarks

Ali Allawala, Head of Islamic Banking UAE, & Group Islamic Head of Consumer, Private & Business Banking

Session 4: Accelerating the Paradigm Shift through Innovation

Moderator: Dr Alaa Alaabed, Associate Director, Islamic Products, Standard Chartered Bank DIFC Panelists: Sheikh Nizam Yaquby, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz, Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Professor Dr Ashraf Md Hashim, Internal Shariah Supervision Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank UAE Dr Amin Fateh, Internal Shariah Supervision Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank UAE Mufti Yousuf Sultan, Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia

Session 3: Embedding Sustainability in IFIs

Moderator: Mufti Mohammed Valli, Director CFCC – Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank DIFC Panelists: Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Aznan Hasan, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Internal Shariah Supervision Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank UAE Mufti Muhammad Abdul Mubeen, Group Head of Shariah Department, Standard Chartered Bank and Shariah Board Member SCB Pakistan and Malaysia Professor Dr Zurina Binti Shafii, Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia

Session 2: Islamic Finance 2.0: Is Sustainability the missing piece?

Moderator: Ustazah Faezah Abdullah, Head Shariah, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Panelists: Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Aznan Hasan, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Salim Al-Ali, Internal Shariah Supervision Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank UAE Mufti Muhammad Sarfaraz Nihal, Resident Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan

Session 1: Sustainability: Greater than the sum of parts?

Moderator: Bilal Parvaiz, Executive Director and Head Islamic Corporate Commercial & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Saadiq Panelists: Sheikh Nizam Yaquby, Global Shariah Supervisory Committee Member, Standard Chartered Bank Dr Mufti Irshad Ahmad Aijaz, Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Dr Ahcene Lahsasna, Chairman Internal Shariah Supervision Committee, Standard Chartered Bank UAE and Shariah Board SCB Malaysia Dr Hakimah Binti Haji Yaacob, Shariah Board Member, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia

Global Shariah Majlis 2023 – Keynote address

Rola Abu Manneh, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank UAE

Global Shariah Majlis 2023 – Welcome remarks

Khurram Hilal, CEO, Group Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Deploying Transition Finance and Sustainability-Linked Products in a Climate Risk-sensitive Environment

What is driving the shift toward transition and sustainability-linked bonds and Sukuk issuance, and how do we maintain this momentum? What options do the deployment of sustainability-linked financing structures offer issuers, and are they properly understood? How do we better identify viable underlying assets for transition and sustainability-linked issuance, while also verifying the actual uses of proceeds? What role does transition and sustainability-linked finance play in the development of sustainable projects and infrastructure development? How can adherence to KPIs in the post-issuance process be assured and what tools are available for this purpose, such as second-party opinions and external review? We seek the views of an expert panel. Moderator: Marlena Kareem, Editor, Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment, REDmoney Group Dr…

Blueprint for Protecting the Future: Islamic Sustainable and Social Investing

What steps are necessary to ensure Islamic sustainable investors are offered a common definition of climate risk standards in ASEAN? What is driving innovation of Islamic sustainable and social finance and investment products, and are we successfully creating products which satisfy both Shariah and ESG requirements? How do systematic tilts in portfolio allocation resulting from Shariah screens influence ESG integration in the development of Shariah-screened ESG funds? What is the role of the asset management sector in directing capital to social causes, and how can Waqf be further deployed to facilitate this? How are investors using ESG data and indices to benchmark and measure portfolio performance and is data still a challenge for the industry? We ask an expert panel.…

How Innovation is Driving the Funding of Green and Sustainable Activities

Do currently available taxonomies adequately address sector-specific transition concerns and what are salient additions to later versions? Assessing disclosure requirements and developing an effective climate change curriculum for financial institutions How are governments and exchanges enabling the trading of carbon credits, and what are the objectives and benefits of such initiatives? Defining the role of the financial sector in facilitating an effective energy transition in conjunction with the National Energy Policy How will the pace of adoption of ESG by SMEs impact the banking sector and capital markets? Moderator: Sharifatul Hanizah, Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market Development, Securities Commission Malaysia Panelists: Bilal Parvaiz, Executive Director and Head Islamic Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Saadiq Louis Booth, APAC Commercial Lead,…

Presentation: Markets and Sectors Driving Growth and Leading Innovation in Islamic Sustainable Finance

Marlena Kareem, Editor, Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment, REDmoney Group

Keynote Interview: Moving from Halal to the Ideal of Tayyib

Interviewee: Azman Mokhtar, Chairman, Malaysia International Islamic Finance Centre Leadership Council Interviewer: Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Former Deputy Chief Executive, Securities Commission Malaysia

Ensuring an Effective, Innovative and Equitable Transition to Low Carbon: Policy, Regulation and Innovation

What does a successful strategic roadmap for advancing transition look like? Are current policies and actions sufficiently aligned with climate risk? Are the various climate taxonomies conflicting or complementary, and how do we offer a clear and consistent message? Are tax and operational cost incentives for companies and issuers sufficient, and are current regulatory frameworks encouraging product and market innovation? Finally, how do we effectively position and market Islamic sustainable finance and investment, and what would represent meaningful goals for the sector? Moderator: Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor and Director, Islamic Finance news Panelists: Lim Beng Guan, Executive Director, reNIKOLA Group of Companies Mushtaq Kapasi, Managing Director, Chief Representative Asia-Pacific, International Capital Market Association Nor Masliza Sulaiman, Deputy CEO, CIMB Investment Bank…

Keynote Address

Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

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Morocco as an Islamic Investor’s Gateway to Africa

Rachid Boumehraz – Partner, Fidaroc Grant Thornton

Center of Excellence: Malaysia as a Center for Innovative Islamic Financial Markets and Structured Finance Products

How does Malaysia fully leverage on its reputation as an international center for innovative Shariah compliant transactions and structured finance products? What is the potential for Islamic syndicated finance — distribution and the development of regional secondary markets? Do additional Tier 1 Sukuk still offer Islamic financial institutions the most flexible and efficient way of satisfying regulatory capital requirements? How do we ensure issuances continue to feature Islamic tranches, and that Islamic finance is a mainstream way of funding large projects? How do we capitalize on the rising significance of the Islamic pre-IPO, IPO, ECM and corporate finance markets? Finally, what is the continued importance of Waqf and Tawarruq within Islamic financial market structures, and how influential are alternatives such…

Trends in Islamic Asset Management and Asset Allocation Strategies

Long and short-terms asset allocation strategies for Islamic investors Catering to the rise and prominence of HNWI and family offices in Asia Fixed income investments: Outlook for investing in Asian Sukuk funds Investment in commodities in light of recent economic events: What trends are developing and what risks should investors be aware of? How are equity & PE funds, fixed income funds and VC funds shaping the Islamic investor’s portfolio: Will we see a change in current trends? Moderator: Shireen Muhiudeen – Founder, Managing Director & Principal Fund Manager, Corston-Smith Asset Management Panelists: Hanifah Hashim – Executive Director & Head of Malaysia Fixed Income & Sukuk, Franklin Templeton Investments, Malaysia Dr Hasnita Hashim – Chief Executive Officer, Guidance Investments Maznah…

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…

Interview

Dr. Yakubu A. Umar — Special Adviser to the Governor on Islamic Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria  

Funds, Infrastructure, Islamic Capital Markets and Responsible Finance Initiatives in Oman

Assessing the Omani Rial Sovereign Sukuk program and asking what it means for the Sultanate’s domestic capital market. How was the Oman’s first REIT received by the market? What do innovative equity-linked investment products such as Exchange Traded Funds offer local investors and what are the pros and cons of these and other passive investment tools? What can technology, particularly tools such as Blockchain, offer capital market innovation in Oman? What role can pandemic and disaster recovery bonds play and how can Islamic finance solutions feature? How can Sustainable Development Goal 3 – promoting health and wellbeing – be made an achievable priority and what do SDG bonds, and potentially SDG Sukuk, offer? Lastly, we examine the Sultanate’s infrastructure requirements…

Disrupting and Enabling: Islamic Fintech and Crowdfunding Platforms in Oman

With Oman witnessing notable developments in the areas of equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending, what’s next in the evolution of these exciting activities? How do ECF and P2P work in practice, what platforms are they built on and how might they help address and reduce funding gaps in the Omani economy, particularly in the SME sector? What role do the CMA and CBO sandboxes play in the conception and development of new Shariah compliant capital market, insurance and banking products in Oman, and what is their place in the fintech ecosystem? Through this ecosystem, will we witness the successful development positioning of appealing Islamic digital retail, wealth management, Takaful and pension offerings in Oman? Moderator: Zaineb Sefiani, Founder, Carrera Learning…

Investing in Middle Eastern Sukuk

Sukuk originating from the Middle East have attracted US and other foreign investors with increased size and frequency in the past few years. While the recent Dana Gas debacle has rattled investors, how are US investors viewing securities issued from the Gulf and what can be anticipated going forward? Moderator: James Stull – Partner, King & Spalding Panelists: Dan Reddington – Fixed Income Broker, Liquidity Finance Patrick Drum – Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst, Saturna Capital

Keynote Address Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO, Bursa Malaysia

Keynote Address Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO, Bursa Malaysia

The Africa Roundtable

The tireless efforts of Africa’s financial regulators in encouraging Shariah compliant investment and advancing Islamic finance have made the continent an attractive investment preference amongst Shariah compliant investors globally. This roundtable will explore the prospects and challenges that lie ahead in some of the world’s most promising economies. What are the prospects for sovereign Sukuk issuances out of Africa? What strides have regulators made in these markets and what further regulatory changes can be anticipated in the coming year? How can existing synergies be strengthened between key African economies? What can be expected in terms of new asset classes, sector-specific development and trends? How will the emergence of these markets create linkages with mature Islamic finance destinations? Moderator: Dr Andrew…

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.

Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Oman and GCC Region

What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Oman and the Gulf region? We assess the latest developments in FinTech and analyse likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels. Moderator: Majid Al Amri  – CEO, Thawani Panelists: Chitrajit Chakrabarti – VP International Business, Monami Tech David Testa – Executive Director, DDCAP Group Manar Abbas – Head of Product Development, IFAAS Mughees Shaukat – Head, Islamic Finance, College of Banking and Financial Studies Salah Almajthoob – Managing Director, Jeyad Advisory Salman Kabani – Head of Market Risk, Operational Risk and Strategy, Bank Nizwa

Evaluating options for Shariah compliant real estate structures

Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst Panelists: Kamal Ikherrazen – Head of Operations, WCP Investments LP Naomi Heaton – Chief Executive Officer, London Central Portfolio Simon Swann – Partner, Ashurst

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Keynote Presentation: Where do Shariah Funds fit in to the grand scale of the global Asset Management industry?

Claude Kremer – Partner, Head of Investment Management, Arendt & Medernach

Corporate Funding Strategies in the Current Economic Environment

An in-depth review of how Asian corporates are raising funds in light of rising interest rates and falling oil prices How will recent economic events change corporate strategy on capital raising? What is the appeal of increasingly popular structures such as perpetual, covered and convertible Sukuk amongst corporate issuers? What can Shariah indices offer issuers in terms of widening the investor base and what needs to be done to warrant inclusion in Shariah indices? What new trends are likely to develop in Shariah compliant capital raising? Widening investor appeal of corporate Sukuk from a ratings perspective Moderator: Abdulkader Thomas – Chief Executive Officer, SHAPE Financial Panelists: Ahmad Najib Nazlan – Chief Investment Officer, Amundi Malaysia Irwan Abdalloh – Head of…

Investment Titans: The Islamic Investment Strategy: A Five Year Plan

Global Islamic investment leaders are asked to share their views on what Asian investors can expect from the Islamic investment environment in the next five years. Which investment vehicles are expected to thrive and which would have run their course? Are forays into emerging markets worth the risk and how should these be assessed? How are fund managers adapting their strategy to prevailing political and economic conditions in Asia? Panelists: Maznah Mahbob - Chief Executive Officer, AmInvest, Malaysia Nicholas Kaiser - Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Saturna Capital, USA Nor Rejina Rahim — Country Head — Malaysia, Nomura Asset Management Sandeep Singh - Country Head - Malaysia & Chief Executive Officer, Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management

Signing Ceremony: Memorandum of Understanding between CIMB Islamic Bank and IRTI on the Islamic Finance Country Report for Malaysia

Professor Dr Mohamad Azmi Omar - Director General of Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)

Keynote Address

Tevfik Kinik Executive Vice Chairman Capital Markets Board of Turkey  

Keynote Address

Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah — Minister of Finance II, Malaysia

Quality Talent Development for the Financial Services Industry

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

Welcome Message

H.E. Sheikh Saleh Kamel — Chairman, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry  

Sri Lanka Investment Session: Keynote Address

Ravi Karunanayake — Minister of Finance, Sri Lanka  

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Global Shariah Majlis 2023: Closing remarks

Ali Allawala, Head of Islamic Banking UAE, & Group Islamic Head of Consumer, Private & Business Banking

Islamic Investments and Funds in Asia: Developing Growth in Key Sectors and New Asset Classes

Investment experts and advisors offer their perspectives on potential growth sectors in the Islamic investment universe. Which classes and sectors will deliver and what is hindering the development of others? How will Asia compete with the UK and the GCC in the Shariah compliant real estate space? Closing the gap between high demand and low supply of Islamic wealth management products Can the development of Waqf serve as a catalyst for driving growth in Islamic wealth management? Is the Islamic investment industry going into regulatory overdrive or is more regulation actually necessary? Improving the distribution of Islamic funds by using passporting options Which elements are crucial when choosing the right fund domicile or investment vehicle? Panelists: Bishr Shiblaq - Head,…

Presentation – What Initiatives Exist to Develop Talent and Human Capital in the Islamic Finance Services

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Investors Roundtable: Shifting Trends and Winning Strategies

Outlook for offshore Sukuk and offshore Islamic funds: New markets, new players The case for government-linked investments and infrastructure funds: Outlook for Asian PPPs Islamic private equity and venture capital funds: What infrastructure is necessary for Asia to catch up to the Middle East? What is inhibiting the growth of Islamic ETFs and index-linked investments? Moderator: Noripah Kamso - Former Advisor, CIMB Islamic, Malaysia Panelists: Ahmad Nazim Abdul Rahman - Group Chief Executive Officer, Pelaburan Mara, Malaysia Alka Banerjee - Managing Director of Global Equity & Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices, USA Mahdzir Othman - Chief Executive Officer, i-VCap Management, Malaysia Mushthaq Ahmad Ibrahim - Chief Executive Officer, KFH Asset Management, Malaysia Ritjana Ceveli - Managing Director of Asset Management…

Investment Titans: The Islamic Investment Strategy: A Five Year Plan

Global Islamic investment leaders are asked to share their views on what Asian investors can expect from the Islamic investment environment in the next five years. Which investment vehicles are expected to thrive and which would have run their course? Are forays into emerging markets worth the risk and how should these be assessed? How are fund managers adapting their strategy to prevailing political and economic conditions in Asia? Panelists: Maznah Mahbob - Chief Executive Officer, AmInvest, Malaysia Nicholas Kaiser - Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Saturna Capital, USA Nor Rejina Rahim — Country Head — Malaysia, Nomura Asset Management Sandeep Singh - Country Head - Malaysia & Chief Executive Officer, Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management

Enabling Growth: Resolving Key Regulatory, Risk and Shariah Issues Facing the Industry

Can new regulations actually address the higher cost of Islamic finance transactions? Tradability of Sukuk: The question of Shariah compliance Addressing the management of risks and provision of liquidity to Islamic finance institutions Evolving from a risk transfer to a risk sharing model in the Basel III environment: Are current products staying true to the risk sharing model? Raising capital in accordance with Basel III and other regulations: The challenge for financial institutions The pan Asian Sukuk debate : Discussing opposing viewpoints on Shariah compliance Legal and tax considerations in advancing Islamic finance— what emerging concerns must be addressed today Panelists: Andri Aidham Badri - Partner, Kadir Andri & Partners, Malaysia Mohd Nazri Chik - General Manager & Head of…

IFN Asia Issuers Roundtable

We invite the region’s most successful issuers to discuss key trends, features and success factors of their most prominent deals. Why did they choose to raise funds Islamically? What drove the success of the issuances and what made these deals unique? In hindsight, what would these issuers have done differently? Cagamas RM4.2 billion Sukuk Commodity Murabahah Khazanah Nasional SG$600 million convertible Sukuk FWU Group US$100 million Sukuk Wakalah Panelists: Mohd Izani Ghani - Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia Rafiza Ghazali - Chief Financial Officer, Cagamas, Malaysia Sohail Jaffer - Deputy CEO, FWU Global Takaful Solutions, United Arab Emirates

Sukuk and the Asian Islamic Capital Market: The Challenge to Innovate

The call to innovate has been consistently echoed by industry players with the lack of market depth and breadth and its reliance on replicating conventional products often blamed for the innovation deficiency. Is it time for the Islamic finance industry to transform its business model? Is there truly customer demand for innovative Islamic finance products? Addressing the over-reliance on Sukuk: What else is out there? Connecting Shariah compliance with real innovation Will Basel III requirements drive innovative structuring? Building the infrastructure to support large scale, cross border and multi-jurisdictional deals New and innovative offerings and asset classes in the pipeline Panelists: Alhami Mohd Abdan - Head, International Finance & Capital Market, OCBC Al-Amin Bank, Malaysia Issam Al Tawari - Chairman…

Launch of Islamic Banking Intelligence: The First Comprehensive Global Islamic Banking Database and Analytical Business Intelligence Dashboard

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Launch of Islamic Banking Intelligence: The First Comprehensive Global Islamic Banking Database and Analytical Business Intelligence Dashboard

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Presentation: Will Innovation in Islamic Finance Require a New Business Model?

Jawad Ali - Managing Partner, Middle East Offices, King & Spalding, United Arab Emirates

Asian Regulatory Roundtable: Driving Growth through Effective Regulatory Environments

Central to the success of Asia’s Sukuk markets are the tireless efforts made by Asian regulators in building enabling regulatory frameworks and promoting governance. As the Islamic finance marketplace evolves so must the standards that govern the industry. What strides have regulators of aspiring Islamic investment destinations made in promoting Islamic finance transactions? What synergies exist between the various Asian Islamic economies and what can be done to strengthen ties? Anticipated impact of regulatory changes in the coming year in the Asian Islamic finance landscape Assessing the introduction of Shariah standards frameworks in Malaysia and the likely impact on capital markets issues Is the setting up of a global Shariah board a viable solution to solving Shariah issues? Is it…

Keynote Address by Khaled Mohammed Al-Aboodi

Khaled Mohammed Al-Aboodi - Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, IDB Group

Industry Titans Roundtable: Islamic Finance 2015

We ask global Islamic finance thought leaders to share their vision of what the Islamic finance landscape will look like in 2015. Which markets are likely to lead and which sectors will flourish. What challenges lie ahead for Asia to stay in the game and what needs to happen now to achieve this vision? Moderator: Mohammad Faiz Azmi - Executive Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malaysia Panelists: Badlisyah Abdul Ghani - Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic Mohammad Kamran Wajid - Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Financial Services & Emirates NBD Capital, United Arab Emirates Rafe Haneef — Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah, Malaysia Wasim Akhtar Saifi — Global Head of Islamic Banking, Consumer Banking & Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia