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.

 

Agenda

08:30 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Remarks
09:40 – 10:40 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, capital markets and investment in Kuwait. What opportunities could arise for the industry in the coming year?
Moderator: Qasim Aslam  – Partner, Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East, Dentons
Panelists: Bashar Al-Natoor – Global Head of Islamic Finance, FitchRatings
Faisal Hasan – Chief Business Development Officer, Head of Investment Research,KAMCO Investment Company
Hossam Abdullah – Managing Partner, Al Hossam Legal 
Tariq Alrifai – CEO, Quorum Center for Strategic Studies, the UK
Thuwaini Al ThuwainiDeputy Chief Investment Banking Officer, Investment Banking Group, Warba Bank
10:40 – 11:10 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?
Moderator: Sanjeev Gupta – Retail Banking Consultant and Advisor
Panelists: Cassim Docrat  Director, DDCAP (DIFC)
Mohamed Ghandour
– Group Deputy General Manager - Products, Kuwait Finance House
Robert Hahm – CEO, Mashreq Capital 
11:10 – 11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 – 12:20 Opportunities for Infrastructure and Social Welfare Project Financing in Kuwait and the Region
With the launch of the New Kuwait plan and mega projects in the pipeline, we ask deal-makers to examine the role financial service providers - Islamic and conventional - can play to make these plans a reality.
Moderator: Rajwah Al Kuhaymi – Associate, Winston & Strawn
Panelists: Faisal Hijazi – Vice-President, Relationship Management, Middle East and Islamic Finance, Moody's Investors Service
Qasim Aslam – Partner, Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East, Dentons
Yusuf Chorghay – Senior Manager, Structured and Syndicated Finance Department, Investment Banking Group, Warba Bank
12:20 – 13:00 A Closer Look at Kuwait’s Investment Flows and Investment Trends
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.
Moderator: David Testa  Executive Director, DDCap Group
Panelists: Faisal Hasan – Chief Business Development Officer, Head of Investment Research,KAMCO Investment Company
Raghu MandagolathurHead of Research, Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz)
Umera Ali Partner, Michelman & Robinson
13:00 – 15:00 Refreshments

 

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MULTILATERAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

STRATEGIC PARTNER

The RFI Foundation

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

Al-Hossam Legal
Dentons
DDCAP Group
Fitch Ratings
Gatehouse Capital
IdealRatings
Mashreq Capital

HOST MEDIA PARTNERS

Islamic Finance news
IFNFintech
IFN Corporate
IFN Saudi Arabia

RESEARCH PARTNER

Oxford Business Group

MEDIA PARTNERS

Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)
Business Islamica
Capital Business
China Go Abroad
Executive Women
Global Business Magazine & News
iSfin
Morocco World News
The Business Year
Voices of Leaders