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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 and Investment 
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 and investment in Kuwait. What opportunities, or lack thereof, could arise from these changes for the industry as a whole?
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 Technology and Innovation in the GCC
As the global banking system embraces significant innovation, how are Islamic banks in Kuwait and the region embracing digitization and how does this influence the development and placement of banking products? 
Panelist: Robert Hahm – CEO, Mashreq Capital 
11:25 – 11:55 Coffee Break
11:55– 12:25 In Discussion: Kuwaiti Success Financing Stories
We invite a select panel to share key trends, features and success factors of landmark deals and financings. What influenced the structure and what were the success factors that made the deals and financings successful? Does choosing the Islamic finance route bring any specific challenges, and what role does conventional finance play?
Panelist: Issam Al TawariFounder and Managing Partner, Newbury Economic Consulting
12:25 – 13:00 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
Faisal HijaziVice President, Relationship Management, Middle East and Islamic Finance, Moody's Investors Service
Shibeer Ahmed – Partner, Winston & Strawn
13:00 – 13:40 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. We also examine the opportunities presented by the inclusion of Kuwait in a leading Emerging Markets Index.
Panelist: Anita Yadav – Head of Fixed Income Research, Emirates NBD
David Testa  Executive Director, DDCap Group
Raghu Mandagolathur – Head of Research, Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz)
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch






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