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Date: 22nd November 2017 Venue: Riyadh Marriott Hotel

Saudi Arabia is one of the most active and influential markets in the Islamic finance space today and certainly the biggest in the Gulf. With landmark steps including the opening of Tadawul to foreign investors, the potential for access to the Saudi debt market and booming asset classes including IPOs, real estate and project finance, a growing number of issuers are coming to market and the overall investment scene is growing dramatically.

Our exclusive access to the movers and shakers who matter make IFN Saudi Arabia Forum the essential event for anyone with interest in the Saudi market. IFN returns to Saudi Arabia for the sixth time and IFN Saudi Arabia Forum 2017 is slated to attract global market players eager to gain access to the highly lucrative Saudi Arabian market. With its solid regulatory framework and firm foundation in Islamic banking, the Saudi Arabian market will continue to prosper and innovate.



09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks
09:15 – 09:30 Keynote Address/Interview
09:30 – 10:15 Saudi Arabian Capital Markets: From Domestic to International Recent Saudi Sovereign issuance has been acknowledged as a game changer in the Saudi capital markets and recent corporate Sukuk issuance has provided an important benchmark. However, what needs to be done to further shape the Kingdom as a recognised international financial centre and how will the Sukuk market develop? What will a new generation of products such as Sukuk funds and mortgage-backed securitizations bring, and where can Islamic finance play a role?
Panelists: Anita Yadav – Head of Fixed Income Research, Senior Director – Wholesale Banking, Emirates NBD
Faisal Qadri
  Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets, HSBC Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Damak - Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings 
Robert Hahm – CEO, Mashreq Capital
10:15 – 10:45 Investment Banking and Equity Markets in the Kingdom: Opportunities for Islamic and Conventional Finance
The Saudi Aramco listing is a significant and exciting development for Saudi companies and the country’s equity capital markets as a whole. We examine opportunities for equity issuance and the development of equity-linked products, and the various options offered by conventional and Islamic programmes. We also look at the prospects of M&A across key industries, with the backdrop of the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation, diversification and privatisation programs and Vision 2030.
Moderator: Nabil Issa – Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists: Fahad Aldeweesh – CEO & Head of Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan Saudi Arabia Company
Mohammed Abdullah Abalkhail –
Head of Investment Banking, Albilad Capital
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15– 11:40 Real Estate Investment in Saudi Arabia
We assess latest techniques and trends in real estate investment in Saudi Arabia, including the use and structure of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Moderator: James Stull – Partner, King & Spalding
Panelists: Amro Nahas – Head of Real Estate Investment, MASIC
Ibrahim Al Buloushi – 
National Director & Country Head, JLL
Yasir Al Sasi - Vice President, MENA Real Estate, SEDCO Capital 
11:40– 12:10 Analysis: Sukuk Risk and the Case of the Dana Gas Default.
We ask two leading capital markets professionals to outline their views on the situation.
Panelists: Fakrizzaki GhazaliHead of Fixed Income, SEDCO Capital
Yasser Dahlawi – CEO, Shariyah Review Bureau
Abdul-Rahman Hammad - Regional Director Middle East, IdealRatings 
12:10 – 12:30 Co-Interview: Islamic Liquidity Management Tools in Saudi Arabia and the GCC
What are the latest challenges and opportunities for Commodity Murabahah products and platforms, as well as other liquidity management solutions in the region?
Panelist: Charlie Sleightholme - Head of Islamic Finance, BGC Brokers  
Lawrence Oliver –
 Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DDCAP
12:30 – 13:00 Funding Infrastructure and Social Welfare Requirements in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities for Islamic Structures
We discuss public-private partnerships, financing structures, Shariah and legal issues, risk management as well as opportunities in active sectors such as power, energy, mining, transport and renewables.
Moderator: Shibeer Ahmed – Partner, Winston & Strawn
Panelist: Hidayathullah BaigSenior Director Project Finance, Al Rajhi Bank
13:00 – 13:30 Preparing for the Future: Financial Technology in Saudi Arabia
What does the advancement of technology mean for financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? We analyse opportunities and threats as well as likely industry shifts and developments in product and delivery channels.
Panelists: Ashar Nizam – Managing Director, Finocracy
Muhammad Ashfaq – Ur-Rehman, Independant Consultant and Advisor
Muhannad Ebwini – Chief Executive Officer & Founder, HyperPay
Talal A AjinaCountry Head, PayTabs
13:30 – 14:30 Luncheon and Networking






King & Spalding


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


Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF), IBA
The RFI Foundation


Ableace Raakin
Mashreq Capital
Winston & Strawn 


S & P Global Ratings


Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
IFN Saudi Arabia


Oxford Business Group


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
The Business Year
True Banking Magazine
Voices of Leaders





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