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Date: 5th September 2018 Venue: Mansion House, London


Main Event | Breakout sessions

Main Event: IFN UK Islamic Finance Week – 5th September 2018

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Remarks: Lord Mayor Charles Bowman
09:40 – 10:20 Mega Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing global Islamic finance and investment including political risk, the performance of the UK and European Islamic banking sector in the coming year, regulatory and supervisory frameworks, green finance and the ascendancy of FinTech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? What is the latest assessment of Brexit and what does the panel expect to be the implications and opportunities for Islamic finance and investment?
Panelists: Bruno Martorano – CEO of ADIB UK
Charles Haresnape – CEO, Gatehouse Bank
Duncan Steele-Bodger CEO, QIB UK 
Marco Lichtfous – Partner, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Tax & Consulting
10:20 – 10:50 Real Estate Finance and Investment in the UK
We discuss the current environment in the UK and Western Europe for real estate investment and explore the continuing role played by Islamic finance. What are the latest trends, structures, themes and opportunities? We also assess the role technology plays and predict where disruption will be seen. Does tokenisation in property and real estate finance offer an opportunity?
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour  – Partner, Ashurst
Panelists: Adam Cavanagh – Chief Investment Officer, Rosette Merchant Bank
Mark Hucker –Managing Director, VG
Nicholas Judd
Founder and Head of Investment, 90 North Real Estate Partners
10:50 – 11:05 Keynote Address
John Glen – Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury
11:05 – 11:30 Coffee and Networking
11:30 – 12:00 Growth and Development of Islamic Capital Markets: Highlights and Opportunities
We discuss significant developments in domestic and overseas capital markets, including home purchase plan-backed securitisation programs in the UK and the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan program. We also discuss the opportunities for listings and important issues such as the Shariah-compliance of tradable debt instruments, ratings, and the development and deepening of domestic Islamic secondary markets.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Panelists: Hitesh Asarpota  Managing Director, Head - Debt Capital Markets, Emirates NBD Capital
Nitish Bhojnagarwala – Vice-President - Senior Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service
12:00 – 12:35 Liquidity Issues and Supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions in Western Europe 
We identify operational issues and challenges faced by Islamic financial institutions in the UK and Western Europe, where limited access to domestic, high quality Shariah compliant assets make adherence to Basel III liquidity rules a challenge. What other supervisory and regulatory issues do Islamic financial institutions face and what are the solutions? What role does the Bank of England Shariah compliant liquidity facility play and what of structures such as Commodity Murabahah? 
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP
Panelists: Amir Firdaus  Treasurer, Al Rayan Bank
Arshadur Rahman  Manager, Shariah Compliant Project, Bank of England
Mohamed Damak – Senior Director and Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Xuan Jin  Associate, White & Case
12:35 – 12:50 Presentation: What is Value-Based Intermediation (VBI) and how does if fit with Islamic Banking and Finance?
David Korslund  Senior Economist, Global Alliance for Banking on Values
12:50 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 14:20 Hard Issues
Through a short, concise interview, we step outside the comfort zone and ask the tough questions the industry wants to hear.
Interviewee: John Sandwick – General Manager, Safa Investment
Interviewer: Tariq Alrifai – CEO, The Quorum Centre
14:20 – 14:45 FinTech and Islamic Finance
We assess the latest developments in FinTech and analyse likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product, distribution and delivery channels. We also discuss the role of FinTech and tokenisation in today's banking and capital raising environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks?
Moderator: Tom Sleigh – UK Country Manager, Deposit Solutions
Panelists: Herve Larren – Co-Founder, Global Crypto Ventures
Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Nasir Zubairi – CEO, LHoFT
Robin Lee
  CEO, HelloGold
14:45 – 14:55 Keynote Address
Abdulla Al Awar – CEO, Dubai Isamic Economy Development Centre
14:55 – 15:30 Stewardship and Responsible Investing: Opportunities for Ethical and Islamic Finance and Investment 
We examine responsible, ethical investment and green finance in the UK and Europe, and identify the prospects for Islamic finance and investment to thrive in this active sector. Do green bonds and Sukuk offer viable long-term investments and how can the industry address the relative scarcity of credible climate related and low carbon investment opportunities?
Panelists: Catherine Howarth – CEO, ShareAction
Kristina Alnes  Senior Advisor, Centre for International Climate Research
Martin Scheck  CEO, International Capital Market Association
Sean Kidney – 
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
15:30 – 15:40 Presentation
15:40 – 16:30 Talking Islamic Asset Management
What is the real proposition for the Islamic asset management industry? Is it a thematic investment strategy or a viable, self-supporting industry? How big is the market and how large can it potentially become? Through an experienced panel we discuss Shariah compliant asset management in the UK, Western Europe and the GCC. What’s next for real estate investment funds, REITs and private equity? Do Waqf-like structures provide an opportunity for the UK asset management industry? What role do products such as ETFs and Sukuk funds play in a diversified portfolio?
Moderator: Tariq Alrifai – CEO, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies
Alain Verbeken – Director-Financial Services,  Mazars Luxembourg
Ali Khokha – Senior Manager, PwC
16:30 End of Forum

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Thursday, 6th September 2018

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks: Abradat KamalpourPartner, Ashurst
09:15 – 09:50 Panel: What’s Happening in The Global Real Estate Market?
We discuss what themes and trends are emerging in 2018 and into 2019 and identify active sectors, markets and buyers.
Panelists: Naomi Heaton – CEO, London Central Portfolio
Philip Churchill –Founder and Managing Partner, 90 North Real Estate Partners 
Richard Payne  Director, Head of Real Estate Finance, Bank of London and the Middle East
09:50 – 10:10 Presentation: Brexit and the Real Estate Market – Possible Scenarios
Neil Blake –
 Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics, EMEA Chief Economist, CBRE
10:10 – 10:30 Presentation: Opportunities in Emerging Markets for Real Estate Investors – Focus on Africa and Asia-Pacific
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 11:30 Panel: Latest structures and Asset Classes for Shariah Compliant Real Estate Investment
What are new and interesting asset classes for the Shariah compliant real estate investor? Does Agri real estate investment present an opportunity, and are there others? What structures are being successfully employed?
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Panelist: Stuart Jarvis – Investment Director, Rosette Merchant Bank
11:30 – 12:00 Co-Presentation: Recent Technological Innovations Driving Property and Real Estate Finance
We discuss the latest ideas in PropTech and ask if Tokenisation is the next big disruptor in the real estate market.
Panelist: Zeeshan Uppal – Co-Founder, Yielders
12:00 – 12:05 Closing Remarks
12:05 – 12:30 Refreshment




Thursday, 6th September 2018

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome Remarks
14:05 – 14:20 Keynote Address
14:20 – 14:30 Islamic Fintech – Where are we now?
A fintech analyst gives an overview of the latest trends in the Islamic fintech space – what’s hot and what’s not
14:30 – 15:10 Finding the Right Formula: Can regulations spur innovation?
Regulators from key Islamic finance markets share their experience and discuss:
  • How can regulators keep pace and support fintech?
  • Is there a right formula? If so, what is it?
  • What makes a conducive fintech ecosystem?
  • Will open APIs play a critical role in Islamic finance?
Moderator: Abdul Haseeb Basit – Co-Founder and Principal, Elipses
Panelist: Abdul Rahman – Managing Director, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation
15:10 – 15:35 Fireside Chat: Finding the Islamic unicorn
Venture capitalists and Muslim-focused investors answer:
  • Could an Islamic fintech unicorn be a reality?
  • What do you look out for in fintech companies?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities for Islamic fintech?
  • What are some of the struggles Islamic fintech start-ups may face when it comes to raising funding?
15:35 – 16:10 Pitch Playground Round 1
Five promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas
16:10 – 16:50 Blockchain: Separating hype from reality 
Islamic finance institutions and blockchain specialists share real use case studies and discusses the opportunities as well as potential challenges for blockchain in Islamic finance
Panelists: Alan Laubsch – Director, Natural Capital Markets, Lykke
Dr Husam Yaghi – President, Ateon
Omar Rana – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Finalytix
16:50 – 17:25 Pitch Playground Round 2
Five promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas
17:25 – 17:30 Closing remarks
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