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Driving Sustainable Growth through Malaysia's Islamic Capital Markets and Banking System
Date: 7th May 2018 Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Acknowledged by the global industry as the premier Shariah finance gathering in the region, IFN Asia Forum will be back in Kuala Lumpur in May 2018. Adopting a new one-day format, the biggest Shariah finance event in Asia will deliver greater impact through a mix of panel sessions, onstage interviews and interactive sessions running concurrently with multiple streams dedicated to the most pertinent and talked-about segments of the industry.

Anchoring some of the most important Islamic financial markets globally, Asia continues to be a region of prime significance to the global Islamic finance community: the sophisticated infrastructure of Malaysia is a hallmark of excellence globally, the immense potential of Indonesia’s population remains captivating to many, the phenomenal Islamic finance expansion rates in Pakistan and Bangladesh are envied widely while relative newcomers the Maldives and Sri Lanka are pushing full steam ahead to make their own mark on the Shariah finance map and Brunei is preparing to make a big splash in international waters.

The rollout of new regulations by the likes of Malaysia and Indonesia underscores the solid commitment governments in the region have for Shariah finance; the unabating regulatory support plus the rising affluence of the region’s favorable demographics are the core of Asia’s Islamic finance success story, which includes being the most frequent and largest Sukuk issuer – sovereign and corporate, domestic and international; the biggest Family Takaful market; a vibrant Islamic asset management sector and a growing Shariah banking market. The story has now become even more fascinating as the region is being swept by a strong fintech undercurrent. 

With fintech investment in the Asia Pacific region surging, even surpassing that of the US, Asia is one to watch for new innovations; more significantly, Asia is scaling up to be the home of Islamic fintech revolution. Giving their Middle Eastern counterparts a run for their money, Malaysia and Indonesia are racing to become the fintech destination for Islamic finance, creating an environment conducive and attractive to Islamic fintech start-ups from around the world with new regulations and a focused approach. 

Brimming in exciting activities and promising progress, IFN Asia Forum 2018 will provide a platform for international players to engage with local industry stalwarts in lively and constructive discussion about the opportunities and challenges that lie within the Asian Islamic finance market.



09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Remarks
09:05 – 09:20 Keynote Address
Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin –
 Deputy Chief Executive, Securities Commission Malaysia
09:20 – 10:00 Super Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing Islamic finance and investment in Asia, as well as significant other markets such as the Gulf and Africa. From regulation, to political risk, to the ascendancy of FinTech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt?
Panelists: Ashraf Mohammed – Assistant General Counsel, Asian Development Bank
Emma Sri Martini – President Director, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur ( Persero)
Mohammad Ali Allawala – Acting CEO and Global Head of Islamic Banking – Retail Clients, Standard Chartered Saadiq
Rafe Haneef — CEO and Executive Director, CIMB Islamic Bank
10:00 – 10:40 Fixed Income, Lending and Sukuk in Malaysian Capital Markets
What does the return of global volatility mean for Malaysian capital markets and what is an accurate evaluation of current investment and capital flows into and out of Malaysia? What are the prospects for local bond and Sukuk markets in a rising interest rate environment? What structures and asset classes will find favour with investors in a more volatile investment environment? We ask a leading panel for their views.
Moderator: Nicholas Edmondes – Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Panelists: Charanjeev Singh – Managing Director, NewParadigm Capital Markets
Masumi Hamahira – 
Advisor, MUFG Bank (Malaysia)
Shamzani Hussain –
Managing Director and Head of Islamic Banking – Corporate and Investment Banking, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Yeoh Teik Leng  Head, Structured Finance and Loan Markets, Capital Markets Group, AmInvestment Bank
10:40 – 11:00 Role of Regional Exchanges in Capital-Raising
Panelist: Irwan Abdalloh – Head of Islamic Capital Market, Indonesia Stock Exchange
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and Networking
11:30 – 12:00 Managing Risk and Rating Implications
Leading capital markets and investment management professionals discuss the lessons learnt so far from the Dana Gas event and ask if Malaysia is immune to such an occurrence. We also examine the effectiveness of credit enhancement measures in the local fixed income market and discuss the associated rating implications.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Panelists: Azlin Ahmad – Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
Mohamed Damak – Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Mohsin Shaik Sehu Mohammed – Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, Bank Dhofar
Simon Chen – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service 
12:00 – 12:45 Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Asia
What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Malaysia and the Asian region? What role will cryptocurrencies play in the global Islamic finance industry and will asset-linked coins feature in the corporate fundraising process? We assess the latest developments in FinTech and analyse likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels
Moderator: Johnny Mayo – Business Consultant, SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator
Panelists: Abdul Rahman – Managing Partner, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation
Bembi Juniar –
Co-Founder and CEO, ALAMI
Gopal Kiran – Fintech Advisory Lead – Malaysia, EY
Robin Lee – CEO, HelloGold
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch & Networking
14:00 – 14:50 Today’s Funding and Capital-Raising Options for Issuers
What represents an effective capital-raising strategy for local issuers today, across all available product areas and markets? What more needs to be done to bring issuers to market, particularly for corporate issuance?
Panelists: Chung Chee Leong  – CEO, Cagamas
Faridah Bakar Ali – Director and CFO, Khazanah Nasional
Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman – CEO, CMC Engineering
Lee Choo Boo – Executive Director, Quantum Solar Park Malaysia
Mohamed Nazri Omar  Managing Director/CEO, Danajamin Nasional
Yap Tse-Juie  Head of Finance, Alpha REIT Managers
14:50 – 15:20 Developing Value-Based Banking in Malaysia
We ask industry players to assess the development of Islamic finance and banking in Malaysia, including the adoption of benevolent, risk sharing and Musharakah-based products and the implementation of initiatives such as sustainability and value-based intermediation. What is VBI, what does it mean for the industry and what needs to be done?
Moderator: Azleena Idris – Head, Legal, Kuwait Finance House (Malaysia)
Panelists: Ahmad Ramzani Ramli – Vice-President, Equity Research, Kenanga Investment Bank
Ashraf Gomma Ali  Director/Regional Head, Shariah and Governance, CIMB Islamic
Norazua Mohd Marzuki – Head, Islamic Finance, MUFG Bank (Malaysia)
15:20 – 16:05 Responsible, Sustainable and Green Finance Initiatives
What is driving the demand for sustainable, responsible and green financial products, and how can issuers tap this burgeoning market? Regulatory frameworks, innovation, pricing and placement: what are the factors for success and what are investors looking for? Where and how does Green Sukuk play a role? How will governance driven investment make its mark in Malaysia?
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Deputy CEO, DDCAP Group
Panelists: Daud Vicary Abdullah – Managing Director, DVA Consulting
Rozani Osman –
Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Sharifah Bakar Ali –
General Manager, Group Business Development, UEM Group
Simon Lord – Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation
Stuart Hutton  Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical
16:05 – 16:20 The CV of the Future Financier
What future finance will look like, and what skills will be essential for financiers to compete?
16:20 – 18:00
IFN Fintech Huddle
A special value-add format gathering fintech experts in their own fields to take the stage in a 75-minute interactive open dialogue. The Fintech Huddle is designed to allow these thought leaders to dive deep, debate and dissect and take questions from the audience on the thorniest and most pressing issues the industry faces in the wake of the fintech revolution and identify where opportunities lie and how they can be best capitalized.

Main themes to be covered:

Investing in Fintech
  • What do investors look for when investing in Islamic fintech start-ups?
  • What risks should be taken into consideration?
  • Which verticals are most interesting?
  • How is blockchain changing the game for Islamic finance?
  • What are the latest blockchain-driven Islamic finance innovations?
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • How have big data and AI changed the way Islamic financial institutions deliver services, engage clients and design products?
  • Is the Islamic finance industry ready to fully embrace big data and AI and the changes that come with them
  • What needs to be in place for Islamic financial institutions to reap the full benefits of big data and AI?
  • Is there a role for regtech in Islamic finance?
  • How will it benefit the industry?
18:00 – 18:30 Coffee & Networking
18.30 End of Forum






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The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH)


The RFI Foundation 


Ableace Raakin
First Abu Dhabi Bank (Asia)
Moody's Investors Service
MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
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Malaysian Financial Planning Council


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AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Asia First
CMO Asia
Focus Economics
Oxford Business Group
OIC Today
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