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5, 6 & 7 December 2016 – Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

New Economic Uncertainties and Vigilant Growth

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About WIBC

WIBC: A 23-year heritage

 

For 23 years, the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has solidified its reputation as the indisputable compass for the global Islamic finance and banking industry, building a robust platform that comprises of leading bankers, institutional investors, asset managers, policy makers, academics and other stakeholders from across the globe.

This year’s conference theme is “New Economic Uncertainties and Vigilant Growth”, reflecting the fact that global economy finds itself at an important inflection point. WIBC 2016 is aimed at enabling Islamic finance to converge, strengthen and growth itself as an ecosystem whilst equipping leaders with breakthrough insights to navigate the complexity of the global financial system.

Key features for WIBC 2016 include a Governors’ Power Table; Guru Speaker; specialised streams focused on banking leadership opportunities and asset management best practices; thought leadership from leading strategy consultants; and panel sessions focused on SMEs and entrepreneurship, the impact of innovation in financial technology (“fintech”); and much more.

WIBC: the Middle East’s definitive thought leadership platform

 

Over the past 23 years, WIBC has served as the definitive platform for thought leadership, playing host to luminaries such as Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman of the European Central Bank, Professor Robert Kaplan of Harvard Business School, Nicholas Naseem Taleb, the author of “The Black Swan,” and Dr. Mark Mobius, Emerging Markets Guru and Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets.

WIBC 2015 witnessed the launch of no less than 8 intelligence reports by Thomson Reuters, EY, National Bank of Kazakhstan, Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Middle East Global Advisors, Bank of Khartoum and other leaders. Over the years, WIBC has partnered with Strategy Associates such as EY, Thomson Reuters, Harvard University and McKinsey & Company to produce cutting-edge pragmatic insights to serve the Islamic finance, banking and insurance industries.

WIBC: the much-awaited annual C-level gathering to address business strategy in an increasingly interconnected world

 

WIBC is a platform for C-level executives to discuss strategies to navigate the myriad complexities and subtle nuances of the global economy – and with the uncertain economic environment that we find ourselves in, these discussions will prove even more critical to better understand the shifting economic, demographical, technological and regulatory landscape.

A key feature of WIBC is the CEO Power debate involving powerhouses from the top Islamic financial institutions engaged in key strategic issues facing the industry.

WIBC: the compass for Ethical Banking and business practices

 

The team behind WIBC, Middle East Global Advisors, are the conveners of the ground-breaking Global Ethical Finance Forum, in strategic partnership with the Scottish Government, and the co-organisers of the Responsible Finance Summit, in strategic partnership with Bank Negara Malaysia.

A key focus at WIBC 2016 is identifying ways in which Islamic finance can connect with the broader ethical finance industry and benefit from collaboration with other ethical finance sectors to support their common growth prospects – SRI, ESG and faith-based investing – as well as looking at the model of community banking and microfinance to promote financial inclusion.

WIBC: the most all-encompassing Islamic finance ecosystem

 

Over 23 years, WIBC has helped forge a robust ecosystem to widen the scope of Islamic finance to meet new realities, whilst staying true to its ideals.

WIBC is an open forum connecting all stakeholders across the entire ecosystem – regulators, policy makers, banks, asset managers, investors, thought leaders, academic, international media – to converge and drive critical discussions and strategic execution across a plethora of areas: fintech, women, emerging markets, asset allocation, etc. Ultimately, WIBC cultivates this ecosystem to help power the agenda for the C-level executive for the coming year.

Our innovative WIBC Leaderboard, a peer-to-peer assessment benchmark based on robust quantitiaive metrics, was aimed to promoted greater transparency within the Islamic banking industry and fed into the much-coveted WIBC Awards celebrating excellence in the industry.

The WIBC App proved an indispensable enabler to forge the WIBC global community – from Silicon Valley to London, from Nigeria to Australia. The series will leverage the app’s interactive tools to spur critical dialogue.

Programme

Our in-house research & production team curates the agenda based on robust industry research and in conjunction with our stakeholders across the global industry. Key features of the agenda will include:

  • Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

  • Islamic Banking & Finance- Keeping pace with changes in the global macro-economic trends

  • Islamic finance in the Digital Age

Stream A: Banking and Finance Leadership Issues

  • 3A: Islamic Banking: Of maturing markets and navigating towards new horizons

  • 4A: Ethical Banking- A Silver Lining for Islamic finance

  • 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

  • 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

Stream B: Asset Allocation

  • 3B: Launch of the Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast 2017

  • 4B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Regions and Countries

  • 5B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Asset Classes

  • CEO Power Debate – The Way forward for Islamic Finance

  • Corporate Social Responsibility - Role of Islamic banks to realize Islamic finance’s true ideals

  • One-on-One with a Financial Services Strategist

Stream A: Disruptive Leadership & Innovation

  • 9A: Innovation insight from Women leaders in Islamic finance

  • 10A: Disrupters & Distribution Channels - Enhancing Banking Growth through Integration

  • 11A: New Realities and Emerging Opportunities in the SME sector

Stream B: Country roundtables

  • 9B: Country Roundtable 1 – Islamic finance’s role in averting the oil curse

  • 10B: Country Roundtable 2 - Gateway to Islamic finance in the western market

  • 11B: Country Roundtable 3 – Central Asia wakening to the reality of Islamic Finance

+ Day 1
  • Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

  • Islamic Banking & Finance- Keeping pace with changes in the global macro-economic trends

  • Islamic finance in the Digital Age

Stream A: Banking and Finance Leadership Issues

  • 3A: Islamic Banking: Of maturing markets and navigating towards new horizons

  • 4A: Ethical Banking- A Silver Lining for Islamic finance

  • 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

  • 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

Stream B: Asset Allocation

  • 3B: Launch of the Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast 2017

  • 4B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Regions and Countries

  • 5B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Asset Classes

+ Day 2
  • CEO Power Debate – The Way forward for Islamic Finance

  • Corporate Social Responsibility - Role of Islamic banks to realize Islamic finance’s true ideals

  • One-on-One with a Financial Services Strategist

Stream A: Disruptive Leadership & Innovation

  • 9A: Innovation insight from Women leaders in Islamic finance

  • 10A: Disrupters & Distribution Channels - Enhancing Banking Growth through Integration

  • 11A: New Realities and Emerging Opportunities in the SME sector

Stream B: Country roundtables

  • 9B: Country Roundtable 1 – Islamic finance’s role in averting the oil curse

  • 10B: Country Roundtable 2 - Gateway to Islamic finance in the western market

  • 11B: Country Roundtable 3 – Central Asia wakening to the reality of Islamic Finance

WIBC Leaderboard

The WIBC Leaderboard is a truly groundbreaking and innovative tool aimed at assisting the Islamic finance industry assess and compare performance against peers.

 

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WIBC Intelligence

The Islamic Finance Outlook Report 2016 is powered by Finance Forward.

Who Should Attend?

International business leaders offering Islamic financial products

Ministers, policymakers, political leaders, senior government officials from countries with Islamic financial institutions or links to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries

Technology company C-level executives, business development managers

Innovators in the financial technology sector

Ethical finance leaders with current or potential operations in OIC countries

Business specialists and professionals, mid-level management, business development managers, analysts, risk professionals in the Islamic finance sector

Senior representatives of multilateral bodies, policy making, stakeholder, infrastructure and export finance/export promotion institutions

Shariah scholars, advisors, lawyers and legal experts

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Why Attend?

Largest and most prestigious gathering of Islamic banking and finance leaders in the world

Connect one-to-one with senior industry leaders, partners and institutional investors

Stay abreast of the most pressing issues in the Islamic banking and finance industry

Build relationships with counter parties from all over the world

Why Sponsor?

Showcase your institution’s capabilities to decision makers across the global Islamic banking and finance industry

Enhance visibility of your brand in front of global leaders in Islamic banking and finance

Engage in high value partnerships with global financial institutions looking to enter emerging markets

Acquire lucrative deals and investment mandates from Islamic financial institutions

Interactive Delegate Experience

 

WIBC 2016 will harness the power of technology, social media & cutting edge research and insights to give delegates a rich and interactive global Islamic financial services experience.

 

From curate content for impactful panels to maximising audience engagement through voting & twitter conversations on hot topics, to facilitating meetings seamlessly through the WIBC App, WIBC offers a powerful platform for our delegates.

 

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