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Agenda

Registration & Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00

Welcome
09:00 – 09:05
Opening Address
09:05 – 09:15
  Tai Boon Leong, Executive Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Introduction
09:15 – 09:30
  Introduction to the Islamic Capital Markets
Session One
09:30 – 10:30
  What is Islamic finance?
(Panel discussion)
  • Why is it necessary and why should we be interested
  • Key differences between conventional and Islamic products
  • What is Shariah and its role in Islamic finance
  • Riba (Interest), Gharar (Uncertainty) – the facts
  • Shariah objectives of financial contracts
  • Role of Shariah boards and Shariah advisory
  • The size of the industry today and the potential growth
  • Who are the main players and markets
  • The differences between GCC and SE Asian markets

Moderator


Panelist

 

Mohammad Faiz Azmi, Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Dr Humayon Dar, Chief Executive Officer, BMB Islamic
Isaac Fokuo, Principal, BOTHO Advisory Group LLC

Session Two
10:30 – 11:15
 

Singapore and the Islamic Capital Markets
(Panel discussion)

  • Where is Singapore now with regards to Islamic finance?
  • Regulatory requirements and tax issues
  • Recent Developments in Islamic finance at home and abroad
  • Singapore’s future role and prospects in Islamic finance
  • Singapore in Asia / GCC / Rest of the world

Moderator


Panelist

 

Mohammad Faiz Azmi, Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Hooman Sabeti, Consultant, Allen & Overy
Jennifer Chang, Senior Executive Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Takahiro Sekido, Resident Economist & Deputy Director, Bank of Japan
Chew Sutat, Executive Vice President Head, Development, Singapore Exchange Limited
Masaru Arai, Chief Investment Officer, Daiwa Asset Management

Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:45

Presentation
11:45 – 12:00

  Malaysia – The world’s largest Islamic capital market
(Regulator – to be confirmed)
Hear how Malaysia has built a formidable world renowned Islamic banking arena and how Singapore can benefit.

Malaysia's Islamic banking and finance industry is the most established in the world complete with the Islamic banking sector, Takaful industry, Islamic debt capital market, Islamic equity capital market, Islamic money market, Islamic derivatives market, non-banking financial institutions  and many other peripheral Islamic financial activities. It's regulatory, legal and Shariah framework is the most comprehensive and effective in the world.

Dato' Dr. Nik Ramlah Mahmood, Managing Director & Executive Director - Enforcement, Securities Commission Malaysia
Session Three 
12:00 – 12:45
  Islamic Products: what can and can’t be done?
(Panel discussion)
  • Key principles of structuring Islamic financial products
  • Sale versus Lease versus Partnership based products
  • Demystifying Islamic terminology
  • Where are we heading with innovation of Islamic financial products?
Moderator   Dr Humayon Dar, Chief Executive Officer, BMB Islamic

Panelist

 

Amirali B Nasir, Partner, Nasirs
Shabnam Mokhtar, Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Economics & Management, University Putra Malaysia

Morning Session Ends

Presentation
12:45 13:00
The Regional Financial Centre of Almaty City: Principals of Activity and Development Outlook
Adil Nurgozhin, Director of Marketing and Advertisement Department, Regional Financial Centre of Almaty City JSC
Lunch
13:00 – 14:15

Afternoon Session Begins

Session Four
14:30 – 15:15   
  Issuing & Investing in Sukuk
(Panel discussion)
  • Sukuk, Islamic Bonds & Securitization: The Way Forward
  • Islamic Syndication financing
  • Definition and mechanics of Sukuk
  • Various types of Sukuk including sovereign
  • Issues / challenges in structuring Sukuk issues
  • Overview of Islamic securitization (ABS)
  • Comparisons on pricing, rating, distribution with conventional counterparts

Moderator


Panelist

 

Saeed Azhar, Financial Service Correspondent, Reuters - Singapore Bureau

Kenneth Aboud, Partner, Allen & Overy Shook Lin & Bok
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Shabnam Mokhtar, Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Economics & Management, University Putra Malaysia
Annis Sheikh Mohamed, Director & Head Corporate & Investment Banking, Kuwait Finance House

Session Five
15:15 – 15:55
  Investing in Islamic products
(Panel discussion)
  • Where is the market?
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management
  • Wealth management in the Islamic financing sector
  • What are the demands of new high net worth individuals?
  • The growth of Islamic funds: Mutual, Real Estate, Hedge, Private Equity, Fund of Funds and Takaful Funds
  • What are investors looking for?
  • Can we hedge under Islamic finance?
  • Secondary markets and brokerage
Moderator   Saeed Azhar, Financial Service Correspondent, Reuters - Singapore Bureau

Panelist

 

James F Quirk III, Managing Director, Willis
Dr Humayon Dar, Chief Executive Officer, BMB Islamic

Mohd Ridzal Sheriff, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Trustees

Presentation
15:55 – 16:00
Kazakhstan capital market: current situation and development outlook
Baigabyl Mamlin, Deputy Head of Mission, First Secretary, Head of Consular Section
Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30
Session Six 
16:30 – 17:30    
  Issuers & Investors Round-Table
(Panel discussion)
  • The future: Overcoming challenges to ensure the success of Islamic finance in our market
  • The importance of Islamic ratings

Moderator

 

Panelist

 

Shabnam Mokhtar, Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Economics & Management, University Putra Malaysia.

Jaap Kalkman, Director, Asset-Based Investment, Arcapita
Christina Maynes, Representative Director, Moody's Singapore

Amirali B Nasir, Partner, Nasirs
Mohd Ridzal Sheriff, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Trustees

Afternoon Session Ends
Refreshments
18:00 – 19:30
 

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Exhibition

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Sponsorship

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