Date: 27th November 2017 Venue: Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi

Kenya, one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, is now a leading contender in the bid to become Africa’s Islamic finance hub. Efforts by Kenya’s financial regulators have paid off and paved the way forward for the country’s Islamic finance industry. With its much anticipated sovereign issuance, recently proposed CMA legislation promoting the use of Islamic financial products and the government’s commitment to position Kenya as a center of excellence for Shariah finance, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector and REDmoney Events are pleased to announce that our inaugural IFN Kenya Forum will take place in Nairobi on 27th November.

With all eyes on Kenya’s progress in Islamic finance, the IFN Kenya Forum will host some of the most influential Islamic finance dealmakers from Europe, the Middle East and key African economies.


Keynote speakers:

Dr Kamau Thugge, CBS – Principal secretary, The National Treasury

Luke Ombara – Director, Regulatory Policy and Strategy, Capital Markets Authority

Geoffrey Odundo – CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange

Nzomo Mutuku – Acting CEO, Retirement Benefits Authority




09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome Address: Salah Babale – Division Head, Line of Finance Division – FIDD, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
09:30 – 09:45 Keynote Address: Dr Kamau Thugge, CBS – Principal secretary, The National Treasury
09:45 – 10:45 How will East Africa Find its Niche in the Global Islamic Finance Landscape?
Moderator: Imran Mufti – Partner, Hogan Lovells
Panelists: Abdirahman Mohamed A Hashi – Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Federal Republic of Somalia
Dan Omoro –
CEO, DIB Kenya
Hassan Yusuf
– CEO, International Bank of Somalia
Salah Babale – Division Head, Line of Finance Division – FIDD, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
10.45 – 11.15 Coffee & Networking
11:15 – 11:55 Growing Islamic Finance in Kenya and East Africa: Learning from Developments outside the East African Community Area
Moderator: Claire Matheson Kirton – Partner, White & Case 
Panelists: Hussein Khalif Jama – Former Advisor to CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC)
Mamadou Barro – CEO, Tamweel Africa Holding
Mohammad Farrukh Raza – Managing Director, IFAAS 
Samira MensahSenior Credit Analyst, S&P Global
11.55 – 12.45 Corporate Financing Activity in East Africa: Players, Markets and Sectors
From syndicated financing to corporate Sukuk, what are the key markets and sectors, what activity can we expect to see and how do Islamic and conventional financial solutions compare?
Moderator: Saad Rahman – Group Managing Partner, Amani Partners
Panelists: Hussein Hassan – Global Head of Islamic Finance, JP Morgan
Momar Gueye – Senior Investment Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
Mona K Doshi – Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna | ALN
Rahail Ali – Global Head of Islamic Finance, Hogan Lovells
Shaikh Badru Jaffar Head of Shariah, DIB Kenya
12.45 – 13.15 Keynote Interview: Role of Exchanges and Regulators in Facilitating Islamic Capital-Raising
Interviewer: Jaafar Abdulkadir – Managing Director, Aqeel Consulting
Interviewee: Geoffrey Odundo – CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange
13.15 – 14.30 Networking Luncheon
14.30 – 15.00 Responsible Investing: The Shift toward Sustainable, Responsible and Ethical Fund and Financing in East Africa
Moderator: Rahma Hersi  Managing Partner, Awal Consulting Limited
Panelists: Luke Ombara  Director, Regulatory Policy and Strategy, Capital Markets Authority
Olivier Deiters – Investment Officer, Africa & Middle East, Triple Jump Kenya
Victor Nkiiri – Capital Markets Development Specialist, FSD Africa
15.00 – 15.30 Funding Infrastructure and Social Welfare Requirements in East Africa
We discuss public-private partnerships, financing structures as well as opportunities in active sectors.
Moderator: Martin BotikConsultant Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright Tanzania
Panelists: Frank Kamthunzi – Head, Project and Infrastructure Finance, The Trade and Development Bank
Jean-Pierre Labuschagne – Partner, Africa Lead Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Deloitte
15.30 – 16.00 Examining Growth Drivers for Islamic Investments, Pension Funds, Insurance and Takaful in East Africa
Moderator: Anne Eriksson – Regional Senior Partner, East, PwC
Panelists: Bilal Laving – Shariah Coordinator, re-TakafulKenya Reinsurance Corporation
Hassan Bashir – CEO, Takaful Africa Group
Mohamed AbdiShariah Manager, Islamic Banking, Barclays Kenya
Nzomo Mutuku – Acting CEO, Retirement Benefits Authority
16.00 – 16.15 REDTalk: Islamic Finance as an African Game-Changer
16.15 – 16.30 REDTalk: How will Fintech Alter Africa’s Banking Landscape
Panelist: Ivan MbowaCo-Founder and CEO, Umati Capital
16.30 – 17.00 Financing Solutions for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in East Africa
What funding options and commercial/corporate banking products are available to SMEs, and how do Islamic solutions compare to conventional equivalents?
Moderator: Mohammad Farrukh Raza – Managing Director, IFAAS 
Panelists: Jaafar Abdulkadir – Managing Director, Aqeel Consulting Limited
Keneth Bichang'a – 
Research and Policy Analyst, Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority
Mubarak Elegbede
 – Manager, Trade Finance Department, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
Onyango Obiero – Head of Business Banking, DIB Bank (Kenya)
17.00 – 17.45 Coffee & Networking
17.45 End of Forum







Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services


Tamweel Africa Holding S.A
Banque Islamique de Guinee
Banque Islamique de Mauritanie
Banque Islamique du Niger
Banque Islamique du Senegal


International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH)


The RFI Foundation


Hogan Lovells
White & Case


S & P Global Ratings


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
IFN Saudi Arabia


AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)
Business Islamica
Capital Business
China Go Abroad
Executive Women
Global Business Magazine & News
Nairobi Business Monthly
The Business Year
True Banking Magazine
Voices of Leaders





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