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Date: 5th October 2018 Venue: SGX Centre, Singapore


Boasting one of the world’s most sophisticated financial markets rooted in transparency and a sound legal framework, and bolstered by a pro-business, stable and open economy, Singapore has all the hallmarks of a potentially successful global Islamic financial market.

Although neighboring Malaysia may be the Shariah finance stronghold of the region, but the Lion City has the advantage as an international financial center, acting as the gateway to China and the wider east. Captivated by its world-class financial infrastructure, over 200 international banks have made Singaporetheir home and springboard into the region, and an increasing number of these banks are recognizing the growing demand for dollar Shariah compliant services leading them to set up Islamic finance desks as a strategic move to capture international Shariah dollars from clients across Asia and the Middle East looking to access the global markets.

Singapore is acknowledged by its global peers as a premier wealth management hub offering investors direct access to a gamut of investment opportunities across Asia and the world, and is well-positioned to leverage both its robust wealth management expertise as well as the burgeoning wealth of Asia, to develop a strong Islamic asset management industry. Not to mention, the city-state is a hive of vibrant fintech activities including some of the earliest Shariah compliant fintech developments which could further facilitate the country’s Islamic finance ambitions.

IFN Singapore Forum will gather influential Islamic finance thought leaders to find out how the Asian Tiger can fully utilize its competitive advantages to shape itself as a regional and international center of Shariah finance excellence.



09:00 – 09:05 Welcome Remarks
09:05 – 9:15 Welcome Address
09:15 – 10:00 Islamic Finance and Singapore: Domestic and Global Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We assess the latest opportunities for Islamic finance and investment in Singapore: what can the country offer and what are its competitive advantages? What roles can Singapore’s liquid capital markets and highly developed regulatory frameworks play and what can the Republic’s established buy-side and investment management community offer?
Moderator: Emmanuel Hadjidakis — Principal, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow
Panelists: Majid Dawood — CEO, Yasaar
Sazali Baharom — Country Manager, CIMB
Shamzani HussainManaging Director and Head of Global Islamic Banking, FAB Siraj
10:00 – 10:35 Financing, Fund and Capital-Raising in Singapore: Islamic Options
We assess the diversification of funding for corporates and the potential for Islamic financing. What industry sectors offer opportunities and what more can be done to make Islamic finance more appealing? We also address the potential for Sukuk in the Republic and identify what steps should be taken to deepen domestic and regional secondary markets and increase the tradability of such instruments. Lastly, we take a look at infrastructure financing and ask what role Islamic finance can play in Singapore and the region.
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver — Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP
Panelists: Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman — CEO, CMC Engineering
Maaqil Bhoyroo — Head of EMEA Partnership, FTSE Russell
Mohamad Safri Shahul Hamid — Senior Managing Director and Deputy CEO, CIMB Islamic Bank
Todd Schubert — Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Research, Bank of Singapore
10:35 – 11:05 Coffee
11:05 – 11:35 Fintech and Islamic Finance in Singapore
We assess the latest developments in Shariah compliant fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product, distribution and delivery channels. We also discuss the role of tokenization and robo-advisory in Singapore’s capital-raising and investment management environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks?
Panelists: Abdul Rahman — Managing Director, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation
Dima Djani — Co-Founder and CEO, ALAMI
Maritz Mansor — COO, Ethis Group
Muhammad Assad — Co-Founder and CEO, Tamasia
11:35 – 11:55 Gold – All that Glitters
Gold has come to prominence of late, either as an underlying asset or an asset class in itself. We take a closer look at recent financial products structured on or around gold and ask if the upward trend is set to continue.
Moderator: Albert Cheng — CEO, Singapore Bullion Market Association
Panelists: Andrew Naylor — Director, Central Banks and Public Policy, World Gold Council
Robin Lee — CEO, HelloGold
Robin Tsui Gold ETF Strategist, APAC, State Street Global Advisors
11:55 – 12:40 Ethical and Responsible Finance in Singapore: Opportunities for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine responsible, ethical investment and green finance in Singapore and Southeast Asia 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?
Moderator: Armin Choksey — Partner, PwC
Panelists: Ariff Sultan — Regional Director, IdealRatings
Patsian Low — Director, Asia Policy Forum, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network 
Petra Daroczi — ESG Ambassador and Asset Management Specialist, Thomson Reuters
Ralph Dixon — Director of Environmental Investments, YTL Corp
Sani Hamid — Head, Islamic Wealth Advisory, Financial Alliance
12:40 Close of Forum






Singapore Exchange


The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
The Islamic Corporation for The Insurance Of Investment And Export Credit (ICIEC)
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH) 


Abdul Rahman Law Corporation (ARLC)
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
CIMB Islamic
First Abu Dhabi Bank (Asia)
The Perth Mint
State Street Global Advisors
World Gold Council


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate
UK Islamic Finance


Dunia Fintech.com
CMO Asia
Focus Economics
ICO Holder





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