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Date: 19th November 2017 Venue: JW Marriott, Kuwait City

Kuwait is an interesting and developing Islamic finance market and 2017 will see IFN returning to Kuwait City for the fourth time, building on the success of previous years and with the support of both local regulators and international participants to explore and encourage Shariah compliant investment opportunities into the country.

With a long-standing Islamic banking and finance history, recent market advancements suggest that Kuwait’s Islamic finance story would continue to grow, and the highly anticipated IFN Kuwait Forum 2017 will bring together the industry’s leading personalities as they discuss the outlook and possibilities for innovative Shariah compliant investment options in the Gulf country. Kuwaiti investors have long been recognized for their active momentum not only in the GCC, but also in the US and Europe, and IFN Kuwait Forum 2017 will certainly be the appropriate platform for them to exchange views on the country’s Islamic finance industry.



08:30 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Remarks
09:40 – 10:00 Keynote Interview
10:00– 10:50 New Kuwait and Islamic Finance
While considering Kuwait’s external borrowing, structural reforms and prospects for privatization in the era of global market volatility and low oil prices, key industry players discuss the future of Islamic finance in Kuwait. What opportunities, or lack thereof, could arise from these changes for the industry as a whole?
Moderator: Qasim Aslam  Partner, Head of Islamic Finance – Middle East, Dentons
Panelists: Bashar Al-Natoor – Global Head of Islamic Finance, FitchRatings
Tariq AlrifaiChief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies, the UK
Thuwaini Al ThuwainiDeputy Chief Investment Banking Officer, Investment Banking Group, Warba Bank
10:50 – 11:25 Islamic Banking Roundtable: Hastening Growth through Banking Technology and Innovation
As the global banking system embraces technological innovation to overcome disruptions set by fintech companies, how are Islamic banks in Kuwait doing in terms of digitization of their services?
11:25 – 11:55 Coffee Break
11:55– 12:25 In Discussion: Kuwaiti Success Financing Stories
We invite major deal-makers to share key trends, features and success factors of their landmark deals. What influenced the company’s choice of Islamic facilities? What were the success factors that made the deals stand out in the marketplace? What challenges were encountered from legal and Shariah standpoint?
Panelists: Issam Al TawariFounder and Managing Partner, Newbury Economic Consulting
12:25 – 13:15 Opportunities on the Horizon for Shariah-compliant Financing?
With the launch of the New Kuwait plan and mega projects in the pipeline, we ask the deal-makers to shed light on the role Shariah-compliant financial service providers can play to make these plans a reality.
Panelists: Fahed BoodaiChairman, Gatehouse Bank
13:15 – 14:00 A Closer Look at Kuwait’s Investment Flows
While attracting inward investments is climbing up the regulatory agenda, Kuwaitis invest billions into overseas markets every year. This panel looks at local, regional and international investment flows and opportunities for the year ahead.
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch






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