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5, 6 & 7 December 2016 – ART Rotana Hotel, Amwaj Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain

Economic Uncertainties: Vigilance & Growth

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey
Governor  
Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

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His Excellency Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj
Governor
Central Bank of Bahrain

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His Excellency Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov
Governor
Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

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Kishore Mahbubani
Dean
Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad
Executive Director – Banking Supervision
Central Bank of Bahrain

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Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar
CEO
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

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Iqbal Khan
CEO
Fajr Capital

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Professor Datuk Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim
Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM)

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Abdul Aziz Al Onaizan
CEO
Bank Albilad

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Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Boubyan Bank

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Abdul Hakeem Alkhayyat
Managing Director & CEO
KFH Bahrain

IIFM Seminar Speakers

Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad
Chairman
IIFM

Usman Ahmed
Managing Director
Chief Executive Officer, Citi Bahrain
Chief Executive Officer, Citi Islamic Investment Bank, Bahrain

Dr. Salman Syed Ali
Senior Economist
Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI-IDB), Jeddah

Mr. Lilian Le Falher
Executive Manager – Head of Treasury
Financial Institutions & Capital Markets
Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain

 Ismail Dadabhoy
Advisor
IIFM

Moinuddin Malim
Managing Partner
Alternative International Management Services (AIMS), Dubai

Syed Moosa Kaleem Al-Falahi
Head, Financial Institutions (Africa, Asia & Turkey)
Noor Bank, Dubai

Cassim Docrat
Director
DDCAP (DIFC) Limited, Dubai

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
Chief Executive Officer
IIFM, Bahrain

Habib Motani
Partner
Clifford Chance LLP, London

Nadjima Hannoucene
Head of Islamic Finance
Natixis, Dubai

Shakeel Adli
Partner, Head of Islamic Finance
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Dubai

WIBC 2015 Highlights

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Every year at WIBC

  • The launch of what was to become the world’s largest and the most significant annual gathering of Islamic banking & finance industry leaders anywhere in the world. 120 pioneering delegates attend the 1st WIBC.

  • Fast track to 2000 and the Islamic banking and finance industry enters the new millennium growing rapidly as the 7th Annual WIBC highlights a new wave of growth in the international Islamic banking and finance industry.

  • The events of 9/11 cast an unwanted spotlight on the international industry, however leaders of major institutions used the WIBC platform to put the record straight and get key messages across to one of the largest ever contingents of international media at the conference.

  • The 10th Anniversary of WIBC was celebrated in style. The event which was officially inaugurated by Abdulla Hassan Saif, Bahrain's Minister of Finance & National Economy and moderated by Peter Hobday, saw the announcement of the launch of a new $1.5 billion International Islamic bank.

  • The inaugural edition of the World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report – an industry first initiative – was launched at WIBC 2004. The WIBC Competitiveness Report over the last 9 years has evolved into an indispensable reference resource for the key decision-makers in the global Islamic banking & finance industry. The pre-conference workshops, which are now a regular feature at WIBC, was also introduced in 2004. Tim Sebastian of BBC HardTalk was the moderator for WIBC 2004.

  • WIBC 2005 saw the introduction of a high-powered Leaders & Winning Strategies session featuring Abdul-Aziz Al-Ghurair & Abdullah Sulaiman Al Rajhi. Prof. Robert S. Kaplan was the Keynote Speaker at WIBC 2005.

  • Two World Renowned Gurus: Tom Peters & Gary Hamel wowed the WIBC Audience in 2006 and the delegate numbers broke through the 1,000 mark for the first time!

  • WIBC 2007 saw the launch of the World Comes to WIBC Initiative and the country-focus sessions, which explored the increasing interest and opportunities for Islamic finance in new jurisdictions. For the first time, the UK Trade and Investment hosted the UK Pavilion which featured a high powered delegation of decision-makers representing major banks & institutions in the UK attending the World Islamic Banking Conference. The UK Pavilion is now a regular feature of WIBC.

  • WIBC celebrated its 15 years of market leadership in 2008. The World Comes to WIBC initiative further expanded to feature a high powered delegation from Singapore which was led by H.E Heng Swee Keat, Governor of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

  • The Global Economic Crisis continues to cast a shadow across the conventional banking industry. The global market leaders gathered in full force at WIBC 2009 to strengthen the resilience and shape the future of the global Islamic finance industry. Prof. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author of the New York Times Best Seller – The Black Swan, was the keynote speaker.

  • WIBC 2010 featured for the first time an official representation from Luxembourg to showcase Islamic finance. Also for the ­first time, a Malaysia focus representing the county’s leading Islamic financial players. Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor of CNN was the moderator and Dr. Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group was the Guru Speaker.

  • For the first time ever, an official representation from France led by Invest in France Agency attended WIBC in 2011 and hosted a roundtable on the opportunities for Islamic finance in France. Also for the first time, WIBC 2011 featured Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as the Guru Speaker.

  • WIBC 2012 featured for the first time, a US Country Interface led by the US Chamber of Commerce. This was the first time that the US was ever showcasing their interest in Islamic finance and inviting Islamic finance institutions to the US. WIBC 2012 also featured a special keynote address by H.E. Jaloul Ayed, Former Minister of Finance, The Republic of Tunisia who discussed the Potential for Islamic Finance in Maghreb Countries in the aftermath of the Arab spring.

  • The 20th Anniversary Special Edition of WIBC was a true celebration as the world’s largest gathering of Islamic finance leaders took stock of the past, present and future of the industry. It was graced by the presence of Islamic finance pioneer and industry titan Sheikh Saleh Kamel, Founder and Chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group (DBG), who shared his invaluable insights into the Development of the Islamic Finance Industry: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future. The Keynote address was by Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman, Financial Services Authority; and Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England, who spoke on the Future of Banking Regulation & Implications for Islamic Finance Institutions.

  • Celebrating 21 Years of Growth, Excellence and Innovation in the Global Islamic Finance Industry, keynote speakers featured Nurlan Kussainov, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Kazakhstan; and Jaseem Ahmed, Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), who addressed key issues related to the strength, stability and enhancing international linkages between Islamic finance jurisdictions. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of the House of Lords, who has been a key driving force in the progress made by the UK in Islamic finance, said in her special keynote address that London is fast emerging as a key centre of Islamic finance offering billions in earnings as well as funding for major infrastructure projects.

  • WIBC celebrated 40 years of the Global Islamic Finance Industry in its 22nd edition, enabling it to evolve into a globally renowned brand standing for excellence, innovation & growth. In 2015, WIBC introduced various new topics including a focus on Fintech, Digital Banking and a large interest on Ethical Banking. WIBC’s tremendous success was portrayed in its representation of over 1300 delegates from over 50 countries, with 94 partners and over 70 high profile and globally renowned speakers.

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 “Economic Uncertainties: Vigilance & 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.

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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:

5th December

  • Registration and Morning Refreshments

  • Recitation of Holy Quran

  • Opening Address

  • Keynote Address

  • Sukuk Trends, Prospects and Challenges

  • Risk Participation in Islamic Trade Finance

  • Islamic Hedging Framework

  • IIFM Standard Inter-Bank Unrestricted Master Investment Wakalah Agreement

  • End of Workshop and Lunch

  • Keynote Address

  • What is powering the FinTech revolution?

  • FinTech: Challenges and regulation

  • Fostering a culture of innovation: Key lessons from global hubs

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency

  • Thomson Reuters Report Launch

  • Panel Discussion: The Bahrain Islamic Venture Capital Report

  • The era of AI: Rise of the robo-advisors

  • Enhancing the digital customer experience: how best to engage customers?

  • Bridging the gap between investors and startups: Is crowdfunding a game-changer?

  • Cyber Security an imperative in the digital banking era

  • Conference Luncheon and End of E-Squared

+ IIFM
  • Registration and Morning Refreshments

  • Recitation of Holy Quran

  • Opening Address

  • Keynote Address

  • Sukuk Trends, Prospects and Challenges

  • Risk Participation in Islamic Trade Finance

  • Islamic Hedging Framework

  • IIFM Standard Inter-Bank Unrestricted Master Investment Wakalah Agreement

  • End of Workshop and Lunch

+ Enterprise Excellerate
  • Keynote Address

  • What is powering the FinTech revolution?

  • FinTech: Challenges and regulation

  • Fostering a culture of innovation: Key lessons from global hubs

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency

  • Thomson Reuters Report Launch

  • Panel Discussion: The Bahrain Islamic Venture Capital Report

  • The era of AI: Rise of the robo-advisors

  • Enhancing the digital customer experience: how best to engage customers?

  • Bridging the gap between investors and startups: Is crowdfunding a game-changer?

  • Cyber Security an imperative in the digital banking era

  • Conference Luncheon and End of E-Squared

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05 Reading from the Holy Quran

  • 09:05 - 09:10 Moderator's Opening Remarks

    Moderator:

    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

  • 09.10 - 10.00 Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

    Keynote Speakers

    His Excellency Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj
    Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain

    His Excellency Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov
    Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

    His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey
    Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Islamic Banking & Finance- Keeping pace with changes in the global macro-economic trends

    Launch of the Islamic Finance Development Report

    Presenter & Discussion Leader
    Mustafa Adil, Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters

    Panelists

    Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
    Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Boubyan Bank

    Professor Datuk Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim
    Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM)

  • 10:30 - 11:10 Session 2: Islamic finance in the Digital Age

    Launch of the Ernst & Young Digital Banking Report

    Presenter and Discussion Leader
    Ashar Nazim
    Partner, Head of Global Islamic Banking Centre – EY

    Panelists

    Mohammed Kateeb
    Group Chairman & CEO, Path Solutions

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain
    Founder, Finocracy

    Mohamed Roushdy
    CIO Advisor, Bank al Bilad

    Rajashekara V. Maiya
    Associate Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Infosys Finacle

  • 11:10 - 11:25 Cyber Security Challenges Facing the Banking Industry in the Middle East

    Harshul Joshi
    Senior Vice President – Cyber Governance, Risk & Compliance, DarkMatter

  • 11:25 - 11:50 The 23rd Annual World Islamic Banking Exhibition: Official Opening and Networking Break hosted by Islamic International Arab Bank (IIAB)

Stream A: Banking and Finance Leadership

  • 11:50 - 12:30 Session 3A: Islamic Banking: Of maturing markets and navigating towards new horizons

    Discussion Leader
    Tariq S. J. Alrifai
    Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies

    Panelists
    Fadi Al Faqih
    CEO, Bank of Khartoum

    Usman Ahmed
    Chief Executive Officer, Citi Islamic Investment Bank E.C. – Citi Bahrain

    Ahsan Ali
    Global Managing Director, Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank

    Musa Shehadeh
    General Manager & Chief Executive, Jordan Islamic Bank

    Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman
    Chairman and CEO, LARIBA – LARIBA Bank of Whittier

    Khairul Nizam
    Chief Operating Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Session 4A: Ethical Banking & ESG investing - A Silver Lining for Islamic finance

    Discussion Leader

    Ashar Nazim
    Partner, Head of Global Islamic Banking Centre – EY

    Panelists
    Monem Salam
    President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd.

    Stuart Hutton
    Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

    Mosbah Kahaleh,
    AVP – Private Equity – Asset Management, SEDCO Capital

    Abdulla Al Shahi
    Head of International Expansion, ADIB

    Atiq Nakrawala
    Senior Associate, Asset Management, ICD

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Session 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

    Discussion Leader
    Dr Hatim El-Tahir
    Director, Islamic Finance Group
    Leader, Deloitte ME Islamic Finance Knowledge Centre (IFKC), Deloitte & Touche – Bahrain

    Panelists
    Farmida Bi
    Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Sabeen Saleem
    Chief Executive Officer, Islamic International Rating Agency

    Dr. Mohamed Damak
    Director – Global Head of Islamic Finance, Financial
    Services Research, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

    Dr. Ghassan Chammas
    Director, Islamic Finance and Banking, Capital Intelligence Ratings

Stream B: Asset Allocation

  • 11:50 - 12:30 Session 3B: Growing Supply/ Demand Gap but Shrinking Issuances - How to Capitalize on the Opportunities to Revitalize Sukuk Growth?

    Launch of Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions & Forecast 2017

    Presenter and discussion leader
    Redha Al Ansari
    Research Team Leader,
    Capital Markets and Market Intelligence Islamic Finance,
    Thomson Reuters

    Panelists
    Bashar Al Natoor
    Global Head, Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings

    Abdul Halim Salleh
    Senior Vice President- Treasury & Capital Markets, Cagamas Berhad

    Lilian Le Falher
    Executive Manager, Head of Treasury, Financial
    Institutions and Capital Markets, Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

    Metin Tekeci
    Head, Türkiye Finans, Bahrain Branch

    Hani Ibrahim
    Head of Debt Capital Markets, QInvest

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Session 4B: Asset Allocation Outlook – Regions and countries for new growth

    Discussion Leader
    Abdulla R. Shafeea
    Head of Asset Management, The Investor for Securities Company

    Panelists
    Fadi Al Qutub
    Chief Investment Officer, Al Istithmar Capital

    Mark J. Smyth
    Chief Investment Officer, Tawreeq Holdings

    Kurt Lieberman
    Chief Executive Officer, Magni Global Asset Management LLC

    Ataf Ahmed
    Head of Asset management, QInvest

    Hammad Younas
    Head of Investment Management, GFH

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Session 5B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Best Asset Classes

    Discussion leader
    Kurt Lieberman
    Chief Executive Officer, Magni Global Asset Management LLC

    Panelists
    Onur Takmak
    Managing Partner, Rhea Capital Partners LLP

    Fadi Al Said
    Director, Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Lazard Gulf Ltd. (Dubai)

    Kamran Butt
    Head of Client Advisory & International Distribution, SEDCO Capital

  • 13:30 - 14:30 Conference Luncheon hosted by the Central Bank of Bahrain

  • 14:30 to 15:00 Session 6: The New Global Paradox: Massive Uncertainties and Massive Growth Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani
    Dean
    Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
    Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
    National University of Singapore

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Session 7: One-on-One with an Industry leader

    Interviewer:
    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

    Interviewee:
    Iqbal Khan
    CEO, Fajr Capital

  • 15:30 - 15:45 Session 8: Digitization of Islamic Financial Institutions

    Salam Slim
    Director – Global Solution Lead/ Islamic Banking, Oracle Financial Services

  • 15:45 - 16:30 Session 9: The AAOIFI Shari’ah Standard on Gold developed in collaboration with the World Gold Council

    Panelists
    Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar
    Executive Chairman, Amanie Advisors

    Natalie Dempster
    Managing Director, Central Banks and Public Policy, World Gold Council

  • 19:30 - 21:30 WIBC Performance Awards and Gala Dinner hosted by Bank of Khartoum International (BOKI)

  • 16:30 End of the conference

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning Refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05 Moderator's Opening Remarks

    Moderator:
    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

  • 09:05 - 09:30 Opening Remarks

    Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar
    CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

    Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad
    Executive Director – Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain

  • 09:30 - 10:15 Session 10: CEO Power Debate – The Way forward for Islamic Finance

    Discussion Leader

    Robin Amlôt
    Chief Executive Officer, CPI Financial

    Panelists
    Abdulaziz Al Onaizan
    CEO, Bank Albilad

    Abdul Hakeem Alkhayyat
    Managing Director & CEO, KFH Bahrain

    Hassan Amin Jarrar
    CEO, Bahrain Islamic Bank

    Monem Salam
    President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd.

  • 10:15 - 11:00 Session 11: Corporate Social Responsibility – Realizing Islamic finance’s true ideals

    Discussion Leader
    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Panelists
    Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
    Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah

    Ayman Sejiny
    Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Iyad Asali
    General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank

    Mohammad Shaheed Khan
    VP Shariah Compliant Banking, Gulf International Bank

    Adnan FASIH
    Group Head – HBZ SIRAT

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Networking and Refreshment Break

    Discussion Leader
    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Panelists
    Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
    Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah

    Ayman Sejiny
    Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Iyad Asali
    General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank

    Mohammad Shaheed Khan
    VP Shariah Compliant Banking, Gulf International Bank

    Adnan FASIH
    Group Head – HBZ SIRAT

Stream A: Disruptive Leadership & Innovation

  • 11:30 - 12:10 Session 12A: Women leadership: the largest untapped resource for the Finance Industry

    Launch of Simply Sharia – Women in Islamic Finance Report
    Presenter & Discussion Leader
    Nyra Mahmood
    Director, Simply Sharia Human Capital (SSHC)

    Panelists
    Shabnam Mohammad
    Head of Structuring MENA & Group Head of Islamic Finance at Tell Group

    Nida Raza
    Director Advisory & Asset Management, The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

    Dr Aishath Muneeza
    Associate Professor, INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance

    Farmida Bi
    Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Abdul Haseeb Basit
    CFO, Innovate Finance

  • 12:10 - 12:50 Session 13A: Crypto-currencies, Robo-Advisors, Peer-to-peer payments and lending – How can Islamic finance adapt to the Fintech revolution?

    Panelists
    Hamza Abu-Musa
    Founder, SharedEq

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain
    Founder, Finocracy

    Omar Rana
    Co-Founder & Director, Finalytix

  • 12:50 - 13:30 Session 14A: Enhancing Banking Growth through Fintegration

    Discussion leader:
    Stuart Hutton
    Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

    Panelist
    Sevag Papazian
    Principal, Strategy&

    Suhail Yaqub
    Senior Director, Sab International

    Fin O’Leary
    Interim CIO and IT Transformation Partner – ‎BlueRidge Consultants

    Othman Abdullah
    Managing Director, Islamic Banking, Silverlake & Director at GI Solutions Gateway

Stream B: Global Economic trends

  • 11:30 - 12:10 Session 12B: Growth of Islamic finance in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

    Discussion Leader
    Samer Hijazi
    Partner, Grant Thornton

    Panelists
    Cassim Docrat
    Regional Director , DDCAP Group

    Marco Lichtfous
    Partner, Deloitte Tax & Consulting

    Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Haq
    Chief Executive Officer, Oakstone Merchant Bank Limited

    Jochen  Robert Elsen
    Deputy head, the section for technical co-operation
    German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, BaFin

  • 12:10 - 12:50 Session 13B: Basel III and the need for High Quality Liquid Assets

    Discussion Leader
    Lilian Le Falher
    Executive Manager, Head of Treasury, Financial
    Institutions and Capital Markets, Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

    Panelists

    Ijlal Alvi
    CEO, The International Islamic Financial Market

    Nitish Bhojnagarwala
    Assistant Vice President, Financial Institutions Group
    Moody’s Investors Service Middle East Limited

    Hussein Abdulhaq
    Head of Treasury & Financial Markets, Al Salam Bank, Bahrain

    Dr. Ghassan Chammas
    Director, Islamic Finance and Banking, Capital Intelligence Ratings

  • 12:50 - 13:30 Session 14B: Fluctuations in Energy market and Interest Rates

    Discussion Leader
    Tariq S. J. Alrifai
    Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies

    Panelists

    Dr Haitham Al-Salama
    Chief Economic Advisor, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority

    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine
    Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board

    Ikbal Daredia
    Managing Director – Head of Investment Banking, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Mohamed Donia
    CEO, Ideal Ratings

  • 14:45 - 15:00 Session 15: Research Based insights- Supporting the development of Islamic Finance Industry

    Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
    Vice President, E-Marefa

  • 15:00 to 15:10 Session 16: Launch of AAOIFI-BIBF e-Learning Platform

    Mujtaba Khalid
    Head of the Centre for Islamic Finance, BIBF

  • 15:10 End of the conference

+ 6th December
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05 Reading from the Holy Quran

  • 09:05 - 09:10 Moderator's Opening Remarks

    Moderator:

    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

  • 09.10 - 10.00 Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

    Keynote Speakers

    His Excellency Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj
    Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain

    His Excellency Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov
    Governor, Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

    His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey
    Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Islamic Banking & Finance- Keeping pace with changes in the global macro-economic trends

    Launch of the Islamic Finance Development Report

    Presenter & Discussion Leader
    Mustafa Adil, Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters

    Panelists

    Adel Abdul Wahab Al-Majed
    Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Boubyan Bank

    Professor Datuk Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim
    Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM)

  • 10:30 - 11:10 Session 2: Islamic finance in the Digital Age

    Launch of the Ernst & Young Digital Banking Report

    Presenter and Discussion Leader
    Ashar Nazim
    Partner, Head of Global Islamic Banking Centre – EY

    Panelists

    Mohammed Kateeb
    Group Chairman & CEO, Path Solutions

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain
    Founder, Finocracy

    Mohamed Roushdy
    CIO Advisor, Bank al Bilad

    Rajashekara V. Maiya
    Associate Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Infosys Finacle

  • 11:10 - 11:25 Cyber Security Challenges Facing the Banking Industry in the Middle East

    Harshul Joshi
    Senior Vice President – Cyber Governance, Risk & Compliance, DarkMatter

  • 11:25 - 11:50 The 23rd Annual World Islamic Banking Exhibition: Official Opening and Networking Break hosted by Islamic International Arab Bank (IIAB)

Stream A: Banking and Finance Leadership

  • 11:50 - 12:30 Session 3A: Islamic Banking: Of maturing markets and navigating towards new horizons

    Discussion Leader
    Tariq S. J. Alrifai
    Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies

    Panelists
    Fadi Al Faqih
    CEO, Bank of Khartoum

    Usman Ahmed
    Chief Executive Officer, Citi Islamic Investment Bank E.C. – Citi Bahrain

    Ahsan Ali
    Global Managing Director, Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank

    Musa Shehadeh
    General Manager & Chief Executive, Jordan Islamic Bank

    Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman
    Chairman and CEO, LARIBA – LARIBA Bank of Whittier

    Khairul Nizam
    Chief Operating Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency (FAA)

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Session 4A: Ethical Banking & ESG investing - A Silver Lining for Islamic finance

    Discussion Leader

    Ashar Nazim
    Partner, Head of Global Islamic Banking Centre – EY

    Panelists
    Monem Salam
    President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd.

    Stuart Hutton
    Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

    Mosbah Kahaleh,
    AVP – Private Equity – Asset Management, SEDCO Capital

    Abdulla Al Shahi
    Head of International Expansion, ADIB

    Atiq Nakrawala
    Senior Associate, Asset Management, ICD

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Session 5A: Regulatory Reforms and Beyond

    Discussion Leader
    Dr Hatim El-Tahir
    Director, Islamic Finance Group
    Leader, Deloitte ME Islamic Finance Knowledge Centre (IFKC), Deloitte & Touche – Bahrain

    Panelists
    Farmida Bi
    Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Sabeen Saleem
    Chief Executive Officer, Islamic International Rating Agency

    Dr. Mohamed Damak
    Director – Global Head of Islamic Finance, Financial
    Services Research, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

    Dr. Ghassan Chammas
    Director, Islamic Finance and Banking, Capital Intelligence Ratings

Stream B: Asset Allocation

  • 11:50 - 12:30 Session 3B: Growing Supply/ Demand Gap but Shrinking Issuances - How to Capitalize on the Opportunities to Revitalize Sukuk Growth?

    Launch of Thomson Reuters Sukuk Perceptions & Forecast 2017

    Presenter and discussion leader
    Redha Al Ansari
    Research Team Leader,
    Capital Markets and Market Intelligence Islamic Finance,
    Thomson Reuters

    Panelists
    Bashar Al Natoor
    Global Head, Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings

    Abdul Halim Salleh
    Senior Vice President- Treasury & Capital Markets, Cagamas Berhad

    Lilian Le Falher
    Executive Manager, Head of Treasury, Financial
    Institutions and Capital Markets, Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

    Metin Tekeci
    Head, Türkiye Finans, Bahrain Branch

    Hani Ibrahim
    Head of Debt Capital Markets, QInvest

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Session 4B: Asset Allocation Outlook – Regions and countries for new growth

    Discussion Leader
    Abdulla R. Shafeea
    Head of Asset Management, The Investor for Securities Company

    Panelists
    Fadi Al Qutub
    Chief Investment Officer, Al Istithmar Capital

    Mark J. Smyth
    Chief Investment Officer, Tawreeq Holdings

    Kurt Lieberman
    Chief Executive Officer, Magni Global Asset Management LLC

    Ataf Ahmed
    Head of Asset management, QInvest

    Hammad Younas
    Head of Investment Management, GFH

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Session 5B: Asset Allocation Outlook Session – Best Asset Classes

    Discussion leader
    Kurt Lieberman
    Chief Executive Officer, Magni Global Asset Management LLC

    Panelists
    Onur Takmak
    Managing Partner, Rhea Capital Partners LLP

    Fadi Al Said
    Director, Portfolio Manager/Analyst, Lazard Gulf Ltd. (Dubai)

    Kamran Butt
    Head of Client Advisory & International Distribution, SEDCO Capital

  • 13:30 - 14:30 Conference Luncheon hosted by the Central Bank of Bahrain

  • 14:30 to 15:00 Session 6: The New Global Paradox: Massive Uncertainties and Massive Growth Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani
    Dean
    Professor in the Practice of Public Policy
    Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
    National University of Singapore

  • 15:00 - 15:30 Session 7: One-on-One with an Industry leader

    Interviewer:
    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

    Interviewee:
    Iqbal Khan
    CEO, Fajr Capital

  • 15:30 - 15:45 Session 8: Digitization of Islamic Financial Institutions

    Salam Slim
    Director – Global Solution Lead/ Islamic Banking, Oracle Financial Services

  • 15:45 - 16:30 Session 9: The AAOIFI Shari’ah Standard on Gold developed in collaboration with the World Gold Council

    Panelists
    Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar
    Executive Chairman, Amanie Advisors

    Natalie Dempster
    Managing Director, Central Banks and Public Policy, World Gold Council

  • 19:30 - 21:30 WIBC Performance Awards and Gala Dinner hosted by Bank of Khartoum International (BOKI)

  • 16:30 End of the conference

+ 7th December
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Morning Refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05 Moderator's Opening Remarks

    Moderator:
    Nadine Hani
    Senior Business News Presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel

  • 09:05 - 09:30 Opening Remarks

    Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar
    CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

    Khalid Hamad Abdul-Rahman Hamad
    Executive Director – Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain

  • 09:30 - 10:15 Session 10: CEO Power Debate – The Way forward for Islamic Finance

    Discussion Leader

    Robin Amlôt
    Chief Executive Officer, CPI Financial

    Panelists
    Abdulaziz Al Onaizan
    CEO, Bank Albilad

    Abdul Hakeem Alkhayyat
    Managing Director & CEO, KFH Bahrain

    Hassan Amin Jarrar
    CEO, Bahrain Islamic Bank

    Monem Salam
    President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd.

  • 10:15 - 11:00 Session 11: Corporate Social Responsibility – Realizing Islamic finance’s true ideals

    Discussion Leader
    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Panelists
    Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
    Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah

    Ayman Sejiny
    Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Iyad Asali
    General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank

    Mohammad Shaheed Khan
    VP Shariah Compliant Banking, Gulf International Bank

    Adnan FASIH
    Group Head – HBZ SIRAT

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Networking and Refreshment Break

    Discussion Leader
    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Panelists
    Dr. Ashraf Gamal El Din
    Chief Executive Officer, Hawkamah

    Ayman Sejiny
    Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Iyad Asali
    General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank

    Mohammad Shaheed Khan
    VP Shariah Compliant Banking, Gulf International Bank

    Adnan FASIH
    Group Head – HBZ SIRAT

Stream A: Disruptive Leadership & Innovation

  • 11:30 - 12:10 Session 12A: Women leadership: the largest untapped resource for the Finance Industry

    Launch of Simply Sharia – Women in Islamic Finance Report
    Presenter & Discussion Leader
    Nyra Mahmood
    Director, Simply Sharia Human Capital (SSHC)

    Panelists
    Shabnam Mohammad
    Head of Structuring MENA & Group Head of Islamic Finance at Tell Group

    Nida Raza
    Director Advisory & Asset Management, The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

    Dr Aishath Muneeza
    Associate Professor, INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance

    Farmida Bi
    Head of Islamic Finance – Europe, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Abdul Haseeb Basit
    CFO, Innovate Finance

  • 12:10 - 12:50 Session 13A: Crypto-currencies, Robo-Advisors, Peer-to-peer payments and lending – How can Islamic finance adapt to the Fintech revolution?

    Panelists
    Hamza Abu-Musa
    Founder, SharedEq

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain
    Founder, Finocracy

    Omar Rana
    Co-Founder & Director, Finalytix

  • 12:50 - 13:30 Session 14A: Enhancing Banking Growth through Fintegration

    Discussion leader:
    Stuart Hutton
    Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical

    Panelist
    Sevag Papazian
    Principal, Strategy&

    Suhail Yaqub
    Senior Director, Sab International

    Fin O’Leary
    Interim CIO and IT Transformation Partner – ‎BlueRidge Consultants

    Othman Abdullah
    Managing Director, Islamic Banking, Silverlake & Director at GI Solutions Gateway

Stream B: Global Economic trends

  • 11:30 - 12:10 Session 12B: Growth of Islamic finance in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

    Discussion Leader
    Samer Hijazi
    Partner, Grant Thornton

    Panelists
    Cassim Docrat
    Regional Director , DDCAP Group

    Marco Lichtfous
    Partner, Deloitte Tax & Consulting

    Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Haq
    Chief Executive Officer, Oakstone Merchant Bank Limited

    Jochen  Robert Elsen
    Deputy head, the section for technical co-operation
    German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, BaFin

  • 12:10 - 12:50 Session 13B: Basel III and the need for High Quality Liquid Assets

    Discussion Leader
    Lilian Le Falher
    Executive Manager, Head of Treasury, Financial
    Institutions and Capital Markets, Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

    Panelists

    Ijlal Alvi
    CEO, The International Islamic Financial Market

    Nitish Bhojnagarwala
    Assistant Vice President, Financial Institutions Group
    Moody’s Investors Service Middle East Limited

    Hussein Abdulhaq
    Head of Treasury & Financial Markets, Al Salam Bank, Bahrain

    Dr. Ghassan Chammas
    Director, Islamic Finance and Banking, Capital Intelligence Ratings

  • 12:50 - 13:30 Session 14B: Fluctuations in Energy market and Interest Rates

    Discussion Leader
    Tariq S. J. Alrifai
    Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies

    Panelists

    Dr Haitham Al-Salama
    Chief Economic Advisor, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority

    Professor Humayon Dar
    Chairman & President, Edbiz Corporation

    Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine
    Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board

    Ikbal Daredia
    Managing Director – Head of Investment Banking, Bank Alkhair BSC (c)

    Mohamed Donia
    CEO, Ideal Ratings

  • 14:45 - 15:00 Session 15: Research Based insights- Supporting the development of Islamic Finance Industry

    Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
    Vice President, E-Marefa

  • 15:00 to 15:10 Session 16: Launch of AAOIFI-BIBF e-Learning Platform

    Mujtaba Khalid
    Head of the Centre for Islamic Finance, BIBF

  • 15:10 End of the conference

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