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The Roadmap from COP28: Driving Islamic Sustainable Investment

Post-COP28, what continue to be key features and challenges of regional Islamic asset management, and how are crucial ESG considerations being incorporated? How are investors continuing to encourage portfolio companies to manage long-term climate-related risk and social impact? How is Islamic sustainable investment being supported by innovative activities such as carbon trading, and what opportunities are presented by the carbon markets? What is a realistic assessment of regional ESG guidelines and global taxonomies and their influence on Islamic investors? We seek the views of an influential panel. Moderator: Aruna Narayanan, Founder and Chief Impact Enabler, Real Impact Solutions Panelists: Husam Abdel Al, Senior Director, Origination and Head of Sustainable Finance, Investment Banking, Mashreq Luma Saqqaf, Director – Middle East, Africa, India, UN Principles…

Innovation and Transformation Roundtable: Asset Management in the New Age

What are the key technological integrations and partnerships that are reshaping regional Islamic asset management, and how are regulators responding to innovation? How are AI and machine learning remodeling asset allocation and how is the implementation of tokenization set to change the industry? What represent the latest Shariah compliant digital assets in use today, and are ECF and P2P platforms fulfilling their potential regionally? What are recent product innovations based on precious metals, and are they significant? Moderator: Shah Fahad, Deputy Director-General, BTD International Fund House Panelists: Ali Allawala, Head Islamic Banking – UAE and Head Wealth and Retail Banking – Group Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Saadiq Khalid Howladar, Chairman, MRHB DeFi Paula Tavangar, Chief Investment Officer, Injaz Capital Saleh Al-Tamami, Co-Founder and CEO, Mamun…

Harnessing the Growing Influence of Shariah Compliant Private Capital

How is private capital influencing regional financial markets? How is private credit transforming GCC corporate financing, and what approach should regulators take? What are opportunities for private equity investment and how can this market be effectively navigated? What are opportunities for early-stage Shariah compliant venture capital, and can the success of global venture funds be emulated regionally? How have regional Islamic REITs and property funds performed and what is the likely evolution of these vehicles? Finally, with many infrastructure funds being Shariah compliant, how can this powerful source of capital be harnessed for GCC infrastructure development? Moderator: Dr Scott Levy, CEO, Yasaar Capital Panelists: Anita Wieja-Caruba, Associate Director, Policy and Legal, Dubai Financial Services Authority Dr John Sandwick, General Manager, Safa Investment Services…

Defining Islamic Investment in a Dynamic Market – Technology, Products and Markets

What represents a holistic and efficient Islamic investment ecosystem, and what is an effective regulatory environment to foster growth for the sector? What are notable recent developments in global Islamic investment management, including those influencing investment patterns, asset allocation and product innovation? What role is technology playing in the evolution of Islamic asset management, and what are the key challenges and opportunities? How are savings and investment rates being stimulated in the GCC, and are suitable Shariah compliant products being developed to meet market needs? We ask an expert panel. Moderator: Frederik Wijsenbeek, Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Ethos Invest Panelists: Arsalan Tariq, Partner and Head of Banking and Finance, BSA Law Fahd Chaudhry, Director, Client Coverage MENA, CIS and Turkey, S&P Dow…

Presentation: Key Drivers for Regional Shariah Compliant Investment

Ahmed Kareem El Kenzi, Director, BTD International Fund House – Luxembourg

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.…

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Innovating Shariah Compliant Green Financing Solutions to Drive Climate Action: A Session by the Joint Committee on Climate Change (JC3) Sub-Committee on Product and Innovation

How Islamic finance can contribute towards meeting sustainable development and climate goals Innovative Shariah-compliant sustainable finance products and solutions to facilitate transition to a greener and low-carbon economy Green financing – sustainability-linked financing, term financing, mortgages, hire-purchase, credit cards Capital Market – Green sukuk, sustainability linked sukuk, ESG Funds, ESG ETFs, FinTech Enhancing and leveraging on Islamic finance to ensure just transition Issues, challenges and priorities facing the financial sector in driving climate-related actions, alongside key impediments and gaps in the demand and supply of green solutions, products and services Facilitating collaboration between stakeholders, alongside enhancing Shariah-compliant and sustainable finance global thought leadership and capacity building capabilities, in advancing the climate agenda Moderator: Sharifatul Hanizah Said Ali, Executive Director, Islamic…

Launch: Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) – Islamic Financial Services Industry Stability Report 2019

Dr Bello Lawal Danbatta, Secretary-General, Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

Welcome Address

Welcome Address: Salah Babale – Division Head, Line of Finance Division – FIDD, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector  

Deal Dialogue: Emirates Airlines’s ECA-backed Sukuk

Perspectives of issuer, arrangers and legal counsel Moderator: Lauren McAughtry – Managing Editor, Islamic Finance news Panelists: Gordon Welsh – Head of Aviation, UK Export Finance Gregory Man – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Mohammed Dawood – Managing Director, Global Head of Sukuk Financing, HSBC Nirmal Govindadas – Senior Vice-President & Group Treasurer, Emirates Group Qudeer Latif – Partner and Global Head of Islamic Finance Practice, Clifford Chance, the UAE

Global Market Perspective: What is the Way Forward for the Industry in Morocco?

This panel will feature global leaders in Islamic finance industry offering their views on how Moroccan market can leverage on the experiences from established participative finance markets of Malaysia, Turkey and the Gulf. Moderator: Dr Ahmed Tahiri Jouti – COO, Al Maali Consulting Group Panelists: Dr Mohamed Damak – Senior Director, Global Head of Islamic Finance, Standard & Poor's Paul McViety – Partner, Head of Islamic Finance, DLA Piper, the UAE Dr Rusen Ahmet Albayrak – Executive Vice President, Treasury & International Banking, Kuveyt Turk, Turkey

Gold — Opportunities for Financial Innovation

John Durham, Manager – Depository, Gold Corporation, The Perth Mint  

Opening and Keynote Speeches

Khaled Al Aboodi – Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Issues facing Islamic Banks and Islamic Financing in Oman

We address two current, important operational issues influencing Islamic financial institutions and financial products in Oman. Firstly, we examine the enforceability of Islamic finance contracts in the Sultanate and assess mechanisms for dispute resolution, the role of the courts and arbitral tribunals. We ask if Islamic finance contracts are recognized in their own right, whether they are differentiated from conventional products, how regulatory bodies have responded to registration of security charges in Islamic finance contracts, and what precedents have been established in cases of default. Secondly, with the global transition to risk-free rates, what are the implications for Islamic financial products in Oman and the Gulf region? We seek the views of an expert panel. Moderator: Asad Qayyum, Managing Partner,…

Mohd Suhaimi Abdul Hamid, CEO, Standard Chartered Saadiq, on 2024 opportunities

Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor and Director of REDmoney Group, interviews Mohd Suhaimi Abdul Hamid, CEO, Standard Chartered Saadiq

Welcome Address by Mohamed Azmeer

Mohamed Azmeer - Chief Executive Officer, Amana Bank

Islamic Finance 2030-2050

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

Opening Keynote Address by Professor Datuk Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim

Professor Datuk Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim – Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation

Keynote Address

Saeed Ahmad — Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan

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Presentation: The Sukuk Investor Landscape

Mehdi Boulfoul – Assistant General Manager – Head of Trading & Investments, Barwa Bank

Presentation: Outlook for Shariah-Compliant Private Equity Investments in Asia

Arshad Ahmed – Managing Director, Elixir Capital, USA

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

Global Real Estate Roundtable: Opportunities for Saudi Investors

Real estate projects currently underway in the GCC have been estimated to exceed US$1 trillion with Gulf nations accounting for approximately 87% of the investments. Investors in the Middle East are expected to spend a further US$180 billion in commercial real estate markets outside the Middle East over the next 10 years. As real estate continues to be a key driver for economies in the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the world, what trends are expected to unfold in Shariah compliant financing to capitalize on and support this growth? Innovation in real estate financing structures and products Which real estate markets are expected to outperform and why? Investment trends, strategies and risks for the global real estate market…

Overview of the Energy Sector and the role of Green Sukuk plays within

Jeremy Crane - Board Member, Clean Energy Business Council

Future Gameplan: Where Do We Go From Here?

With significant success in recent transactions under its belt, Oman has all the makings of being a serious contender in the Islamic investment space. What’s next? Opportunities and challenges for Islamic banking and finance in continuing the growth of the industry. Takaful – How will the industry move forward and what can domestic players learn from their GCC neighbors? How does the CMA manage Shariah governance and will this change? The role of the National Shariah Board and how it has benefited the industry Crowdfunding: The role of Shariah-compliant funds for SME businesses Moderator: Abdulkader Thomas — CEO, Shape Financial Panelists: Abdullah Al Jufaili — General Manager, Sharakah Ahmed Al Mamari — Director-General, Directorate of Insurance Supervision, CMA Gauttam Datta…

Keynote Address

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

An Audience with HSBC

Interviewer: Lauren McAughtry — Group Managing Editor, REDmoney Group Interviewee: Mohammed Dawood — Managing Director, Global Sukuk Financing, HSBC

Official Launch of Sukuk Listings on the BRVM

Khaled Al Aboodi — CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Driving Regional Economic Development through Shariah-compliant Capital Raising

How can IF facilitate development of regional resources in oil & gas, energy, agriculture and halal industry? How can CIS’s SMEs benefit from Shariah-compliant capital raising products? Moderator: Nadir Burnashev - Advisor to the Chairman of Board, Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan (AFK) Panelists: Daulet Abylkairov – Deputy Chairman, DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund Elena Gupalo – Chairman, Zaman Bank Saeed Kharbash - Head of Strategy and Planning, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)

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The Roadmap from COP28: Driving Islamic Sustainable Investment

Post-COP28, what continue to be key features and challenges of regional Islamic asset management, and how are crucial ESG considerations being incorporated? How are investors continuing to encourage portfolio companies to manage long-term climate-related risk and social impact? How is Islamic sustainable investment being supported by innovative activities such as carbon trading, and what opportunities are presented by the carbon markets? What is a realistic assessment of regional ESG guidelines and global taxonomies and their influence on Islamic investors? We seek the views of an influential panel. Moderator: Aruna Narayanan, Founder and Chief Impact Enabler, Real Impact Solutions Panelists: Husam Abdel Al, Senior Director, Origination and Head of Sustainable Finance, Investment Banking, Mashreq Luma Saqqaf, Director – Middle East, Africa, India, UN Principles…

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

Dr Amat Taap Manshor - Chief Executive Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency, Malaysia   [embeddoc url="http://ifn-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FAA_Dr_Amat_Taap_Manshor-IFN_KL.pdf"]

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

Marjan Naseri - Senior Islamic Banking Expert, Innovation & Development Corp   [embeddoc url="http://ifn-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/IBI_Launch_-_Presentation.pdf"]

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

Omid Torabi - Managing Director, Innovation & Development Corp   [embeddoc url="http://ifn-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/IBI_Launch_-_Presentation.pdf"]

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