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Date: 7th March 2017 Venue: Grand Millennium Muscat
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IFN returns to Oman in 2017 with the IFN Oman Forum. The Islamic finance sector in Oman has gone through a commendable growth rate, highlighting the growing prominence that Shariah compliant finance plays in its economy. Having hosted the IFN Seminar and Dialogue in 2016, the event for 2017 will evolve into a forum with an expected larger number of participants, against the backdrop of further inroads that Oman has made in the industry thus far. 

Although Oman was one of the last GCC states to join the Islamic finance table, it is clearly pushing forward in its attempt to grow the industry. Listen to market regulators and leading industry experts discuss the opportunities within this sector at the IFN Oman Forum 2017.

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY:

H.E Abdullah Salim Al-Salmi
Executive President
Capital Market Authority
H.E Hamood bin Sangour bin Hashim Al Zadjali
Executive President
Central Bank of Oman

 

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Agenda

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Addresses
H.E. Abdullah Salim Al-Salmi — Executive President, Capital Market Authority
09:15 – 09:30 Keynote Addresses
H.E Hamood bin Sangour bin Hashim Al Zadjali — Executive President, Central Bank of Oman 
09:30 – 10:15 Driving Oman’s Economic Development and Diversification Plans through Islamic Finance
How will the full spectrum of Islamic finance offerings – from banking to capital market products - advance Oman’s Vision 2020 and economic development plans, including Tanfeedh’s economic diversification programme?
Moderator: Qasim Aslam — Partner, Head of Islamic Finance – Middle East, Dentons
Panelists: Dr. Ashraf bin Nabhan Al-Nabhani — General Manager, Corporate Support, Bank Nizwa, Chairman, Muscat Securities Market
Azzan Al-Busaidi — Director General, Planning & Studies, The Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development
Mohamed Al Abri — Director General, Directorate of Issues & Disclosures, Capital Market Authority
Sohail Niazi — Chief Islamic Banking Officer, Maisairah Islamic Banking Services, Bank Dhofar
Sulaiman Hamad Al Harthi — Deputy CEO - Islamic Banking, Islamic Banking Group, Bank Muscat
10:15 – 10:45 An Audience With Omani Financial Regulators
A look at how the legal and regulatory framework has evolved and what further changes are anticipated to encourage growth of Islamic finance activities
Moderator: Jonathan Fried — Partner and Head of Middle East Capital Markets, Linklaters
Panelists: Ahmed Al Mamari — Director General, Directorate of Insurance Supervision, Capital Market Authority
Kemal Rizadi Arbi
— Expert/Advisor, Capital Market Authority

Saud Al Busaidy — Head of Islamic Banking Department, Central Bank of Oman
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee & Networking
11:15 – 12:00 Deepening Oman’s Islamic Capital Market and Creating an Efficient Market
Going beyond sovereign and corporate Sukuk issuances, how will market players develop a sustainable and efficient Islamic capital market in Oman?
Moderator: Salman Ahmed — Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East and Africa, Trowers & Hamlins
Panelists: Ahsan Ali — Managing Director, Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank, the UAE
Anita Yadav
— Senior Director, Global Markets & Treasury, Head of Fixed Income Research, Emirates NBD Bank
Mansoor Jamal Malik — Managing Partner, AMJ
Musaveer Ahmed — Treasurer, MB Holding Company
Mustafa M. AL-Lawati — Head – Investment Banking, Project Finance and Syndications, Alizz Islamic Bank
12:00 – 12:20 How Will REITs Spur Further Capital Market Activity and Economic Development?
Sylvain Vieujot - Deputy Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Emirates REIT
12:20 – 13:20 IFN Debate: Will standardization and regulation stifle innovation in a new market?
With legal infrastructure largely in place the burden is now on industry players to create new products and an efficient Islamic financial market. Is further regulation needed to propel the industry or should market players be left to steer market activities going forward? Will adherence to global standards only stifle growth?
Moderator: Khalid Howladar — Managing Director, Acreditus
Panelist: Dr Caroline Bolle — Head of Investment Banking, Bank Muscat
Gautam Datta — Chief Executive Officer, National Takaful Company SC & Advisor on the Board of Al Madina Insurance
Khalid Al Kayed — CEO, Bank Nizwa
Muhamad Shukri Abdullah — Associate Director, Strategic Corporate Relations, FAA
Lo’ai Bataineh — Chief Executive Officer, U Capital
Trevor Norman — Director, Islamic Finance and Funds Group, Volaw Group, the UK
13:20 Closing Remarks & End of Forum
14:00 – 16:00 Islamic Finance Workshop for Students
 
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome remarks
 
14:05 – 14:30 The Islamic Banking & Finance Industry – An Overview
Presenter: Mohamad Noranuar Sajari — Head of Shariah Structuring, Bank Nizwa
 
14:30 – 14:55 The Islamic Retail Banking Market
Presenter: Jamsheed Hamza — Executive Manager — Maisarah Retail, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, Bank Dhofar
 
14:55 – 15:20 Understanding the Islamic Capital Markets
Presenters: Dalia Nammari — Capital Markets Managing Associate, Linklaters
Reem Alsayegh — Banking and Finance Managing Associate, Linklaters
 
15:20 – 15:45 Legal and Regulatory Issues in Islamic Finance
Presenter: Asad Qayyum – Senior Associate, AMJ
 
15:45 – 16:05 Fundamentals & Essence of Takaful
Presenter: Tabrez Farooquee — Head of Bancatakaful & Marketing, Takaful Oman Insurance
 
16:05 – 15:50 Closing remarks
 
15:50 End of Workshop
 
14:00 — 17:00 The Oman Dialogue

Now in its second year the highly acclaimed IFN Oman Dialogue will once again bring together a select group of Oman’s leading Islamic finance industry’s practitioners and regulators, to openly discuss the benefits and concerns facing the Shariah compliant financing and investment market today.

Chaired by IFN’s Managing Editor (or Lead Sponsor) this thought-provoking exclusive closed –door session brings together the industry’s elite with extensive knowledge of that particular market and industry regulators.

The Oman Dialogue will consist of local regulators and industry practitioners and international key players with a solid understanding of the local market but with an outsider point of view.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar — Managing Director, Acreditus
Panelists: Ahmed Al Mamari — Director General, Directorate of Insurance Supervision, Capital Market Authority
Ahsan Ali — Managing Director, Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Bank, the UAE
Marcus Pery
– Partner, AMJ
Gautam Datta — Chief Executive Officer, National Takaful Company SC & Advisor on the Board of Al Madina Insurance
Ghalib Al Busaidi — Deputy General Manager - Group Head Wholesale Banking, Alizz Islamic Bank
Kemal Rizadi Arbi — Expert/Advisor, Capital Market Authority
Khalid Al Kayed — CEO, Bank Nizwa
Lo’ai Bataineh — Chief Executive Officer, U Capital
Mohsin Shaik bin Sehu Mohammed — Senior Executive Manager – Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Maisarah Islamic Banking Services
Mohamed Al Abri — Director General, Directorate of Issues & Disclosures, Capital Market Authority
Mustafa M. AL-Lawati — Head – Investment Banking, Project Finance and Syndications, Alizz Islamic Bank
Neil Miller — Global Head of Islamic Finance, Linklaters
Sadaf Buchanan — Partner, Dentons
Salman Ahmed — Head of Islamic Finance - Middle East and Africa, Trowers & Hamlins
Sulaiman Hamad Al Harthi — Deputy CEO — Islamic Banking, Islamic Banking Group, Bank Muscat

 

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LEAD PARTNER

Bank Nizwa

MULTILATERAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS

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

STRATEGIC PARTNER

The RFI Foundation

ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co (AMJ)

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

Alizz Islamic Bank
Dentons
Finance Accreditation Agency
Linklaters
Maisarah
Trowers &  Hamlins

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Islamic Finance news

INFORMATION PARTNER

College of Banking and Financial Studies

RESEARCH PARTNER

Oxford Business Group

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Al Roya
Business Islamica
Capital Business
Executive Women
Lexis Middle East Law
Morocco World News
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