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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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Keynote Address

Sayed Aqa — Vice President, Cooperation and Capacity Development, IDB Group  

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Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia

Islamic Real Estate Investment, Property and Construction Finance

Indicative of greater Islamic investment interest in the Australian property market, the year saw the arrival of leading ethical real estate. Also, broader interest in the Australian real estate market from a number of other Middle East and Southeast Asian investors, and further Shariah compliant property transactions, particularly in the commercial property space, are expected. Moderator: Mahanoor Hassan Khan  – Operations Manager, Islamic Cooperative Finance Australia Ltd Panelists: Ariff Sultan – Regional Director - Asia, IdealRatings Inc Chaaban Omran  – CEO, Islamic Financial Services Council of Australia (IFSCA) Christopher Aylward – Partner, Banking and Finance, Madison Marcus Dr Imran Lum – Director, Islamic Capital Markets, National Australia Bank Dr Muhammad M Khan – CEO, Halal Australia

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

Digital Assets, Digitalization and the Evolution of Islamic Financial Services

The digitalization of Islamic financial services: what is working, what is viable and what is not? What do the answers to these questions mean for the evolution of Islamic financial services in Saudi Arabia? Does digitalization allow us to better address issues such as product authenticity and the minimization of uncertainty? Is the success of neobanks inevitable, and how will they change the market? How will the development, provision and distribution of digital Islamic financial services evolve in the near-term? How are global regulators creating an environment for the enhancement of the Islamic financial services’ sector digital infrastructure? Beyond retail: developing and distributing effective and attractive suites of Shariah compliant digital wealth management, investment and insurance solutions. The development of…

IFN Morocco OnAir Forum 2021

System Restart: Islamic Finance in Morocco What does the Moroccan Islamic finance landscape, including Takaful, look like in 2021 and 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 Morocco? Do Moroccan Islamic banks face liquidity challenges and what funding alternatives are available for these institutions? What role is Islamic finance set to play in the recovery of the Moroccan economy and what is the mandate of the Central Guarantee Fund? Can Islamic finance, including Sukuk, be further deployed to fund the Moroccan SME, corporate and government-linked sectors, as well as…

Chairman’s Welcome

John Sandwick, General Manager, Safa Investment Service

Regulators’ Roundtable: Supporting and Regulating Islamic Fintech

How are financial regulators in key Islamic finance markets driving innovation through regulation and the creation of sandbox and incubator programs? What are the unique requirements to ensure compliance to Shariah principles?  Moderator: Muneer Khan – Partner, Head of Middle East Financial Markets, Regulatory & International Islamic Finance, Simmons & Simmons Panelists: Subas Roy – Global Chairman, International RegTech Association Suhail Ahmad – Partner, Exolta Capital Partners Yasmeen Al Sharaf – Licensing Directorate of Central Bank of Bahrain

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Tevfik Kinik Executive Vice Chairman Capital Markets Board of Turkey  

CEO Session: Growth and Opportunities for Islamic Finance in Africa

Prospects for key Islamic investment destinations across Africa Outlook for the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector: Is Islamic finance achieving its goal of increasing financial access to MSMEs What synergies exist between the various Islamic economies in Africa and what can be done to strengthen ties? Outlook for syndicated finance, trade and infrastructure finance What role will Islamic banks play to promote financial inclusion and reinforce food security in Africa Future direction for Africa’s Shariah-compliant retail banking and Takaful industry Financial inclusion: Role of market players and multilateral agencies in raising awareness of Islamic retail banking and Takaful Moderator: Prof Dr Shahinaz Rashad - Executive Director - Financial Services Institute (FSI), Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) Panelists: Emad…

Keynote Address

Professor Dr John Hewson  – Board Member, IBA Group (former Opposition Leader of Australia)  

Welcome Address by Mohamed Azmeer

Mohamed Azmeer - Chief Executive Officer, Amana Bank

Presentation: Realising the Potential of On-Exchange Islamic Products

Dr Mustafa Kemal Yilmaz – Executive Vice President, Borsa Istanbul

Finance, Technology, Innovation and Sustainability

What role do technology and innovation play in bringing together corporates, projects, asset owners and investors toward the growth of sustainability, responsible corporate finance and behavior? Moderator: Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor, Islamic Finance news Panelists: Bikesh Lakhmichand, CEO, 1337 Ventures Raheel Iqbal, Managing Partner, Codebase Technologies Shubhomoy Ray, Founding Partner, InfraBlocks Capital

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Presentation: Enabling Regulations: Developing the Legal, Tax and Regulatory Landscape to Promote Inward Islamic Investment in Kuwait

In a bid to create a supportive environment for economic development the Kuwaiti government recently passed legislation to enhance corporate governance and encourage inward investment. What impact will this have on establishing a domestic Islamic investment market? A discussion of recently passed legislation and its impact on Kuwaiti based businesses Creation of a legislative and tax framework to promote Islamic finance transactions: Lessons learnt from mature markets Hossam Abdullah - Partner, ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Keynote Address by Dr Mark Mobius

Dr Mark Mobius – Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Franklin Templeton Investments

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

Abdulkader Thomas – Chief Executive Officer, SHAPE Financial

Developing Cote D’Ivoire as a Shariah Compliant Investment Destination

Significance of new regulations on Cote D’Ivoire’s Islamic finance industry Emerging Economy: Advancing the National Development Plan through Islamic finance Prospects for corporate Sukuk issuances and other Shariah compliant transactions Outlook for inward investments and public private partnerships: Key sectors and asset classes Moderator: Ibou Diouf – Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank Panelists: Albert Toikeusse Mabri Abdallah – Minister of State, Planning & Development, Cote d’Ivoire & Governor, Islamic Development Bank  Abdourahmane Cisse – Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of the Budget, Cote d’Ivoire Andrew Alli – Chief Executive Officer, Africa Finance Corporation Christian Adovelande – President, West African Development Bank Musa Sillah – Director, Dakar Regional Office, Islamic Development Bank

Islamic Asset Management

Will a QFI license become a game-changer for fund managers in the region? Looking beyond petrochemicals: Investment opportunities in high potential sectors and asset classes: Construction, aviation, healthcare, real estate and education New players and product offerings in the Islamic asset management space What effect will KSA’s new investment regulations have on fund managers in the region and how will the asset management landscape evolve? How will global markets be affected by recently repatriated assets by Saudi Arabia? Moderator : Nabil Issa — Partner, King & Spalding Panelists : Bishr Shiblaq — Partner and Head of Middle East Office, Arendt & Medernach, UAE Monem Salam — President, Saturna Malaysia Walid Bin Ghaith — General Manager Asset Management and Chief Investment…

Keynote Address

Dr Mulya E. Siregar — Deputy Commissioner of Banking Supervision, Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK)  

Presentation: Outlook for Islamic Asset Management and the Funds Industry in Pakistan

Mohammad Shoaib — CEO, Al Meezan Investment Management  

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Address: Niale Kaba - Minister of Planning and Development, Côte d’Ivoire

Driving Oman’s Economic Development and Diversification Plans through Islamic Finance

How will the full spectrum of Islamic finance offerings – from banking to capital market products - advance Oman’s Vision 2020 and economic development plans, including Tanfeedh’s economic diversification programme? Moderator: Qasim Aslam — Partner, Head of Islamic Finance – Middle East, Dentons Panelists: Dr. Ashraf bin Nabhan Al-Nabhani — General Manager, Corporate Support, Bank Nizwa, Chairman, Muscat Securities Market Azzan Al-Busaidi — Director General, Planning & Studies, The Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development Mohamed Al Abri — Director General, Directorate of Issues & Disclosures, Capital Market Authority Sohail Niazi — Chief Islamic Banking Officer, Maisairah Islamic Banking Services, Bank Dhofar Sulaiman Hamad Al Harthi — Deputy CEO - Islamic Banking, Islamic Banking Group, Bank Muscat  

Unleashing Innovative Possibilities in Islamic Finance

At its core, Islamic finance has both the mandate and capability to spur innovation to generate real value for all participants. Leveraging off the leading final innovation project of ICD's Miras Islamic Finance Talent Development Program, an esteemed industry group of panellists will discuss the importance of engendering a culture of innovation and discuss ways to unleash the innovative potential of Islamic finance institutions to drive further growth and real-world positive impact.Brought to you by the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector Moderator: Badlisyah Abdul Ghani — Deputy CEO, Lembaga Tabung Haji Panelists: Fazhil Kyeyune Mwesigwa — Risk Analyst, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector and MIRAS Fellow Associate 2015 Nida Raza — Director…

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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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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