09:00:00 – 09:10:00
Welcome Remarks

09:10:00 – 09:20:00
Keynote Address

09:20:00 – 10:20:00
The World in 2019: Global Events and Islamic Finance and Investment

We discuss key ideas, issues and themes influencing Islamic finance and investment. From the growth of the Halal economy, to commodity prices, to product innovation and regulation, to global trade and protectionism, to the ascendancy of technology – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? Finally, we ask what role Islamic finance will play in the development of social inclusion and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the coming year.

10:20:00 – 11:00:00
Building Regulatory Frameworks in Islamic Finance and FinTech

We ask a panel of senior representatives of regulators, standard-setting bodies and exchanges for their views on the evolution of regulatory frameworks for Islamic finance and discuss successful approaches to regulating financial technology.

11:00:00 – 11:30:00
Coffee & Networking

11:30:00 – 12:30:00
Liquidity, Fixed Income and Sukuk in Global Capital Markets

We ask leading markets professionals to discuss the prospects for regional and global capital and Sukuk markets in the coming months. What structures and asset classes will find favour with issuers and investors in a more volatile investment environment?  We also examine distribution, ratings and credit enhancement measures, and identify other factors facing issuers in the Sukuk market. 

12:30:00 – 13:15:00
Building FinTech Hubs: What a Successful FinTech Ecosystem Looks Like

We offer an update on how Islamic financial centres and FinTech start-ups engage with each other on what makes a conducive FinTech ecosystem, what measures are necessary to attract start-ups and spur and support innovation.

13:15:00 – 14:15:00
Lunch and Networking

14:15:00 – 15:00:00
Technology Roundtable: The Rise of the Machines

What does financial technology mean for the Islamic banking, capital markets and asset management? Where will technology offer the most significant disruption: managing money or optimising distribution channels, or both? We also discuss the role of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and tokenisation in banking, capital markets and asset management.

15:00:00 – 16:00:00
The Global Islamic Asset Management Industry: Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward

What is the real proposition for the Islamic asset management industry? Is it a thematic investment strategy or a viable, self-supporting industry? How large potentially is the market and should it become more aligned to ESG/SRI? Do passive products – largely ETFs – offer superior performance over active management, and if so, why? We also discuss key challenges facing the industry today, from reversing redemptions and outflows, to building investor confidence and trust, to alleviating fee pressure and improving distribution channels through technology. Through an engaging panel we seek answers.

16:00:00 – 16:45:00
Environmental, Socially Responsible and Governance Investing and Islamic Investment: Opportunities for Growth

We examine what is driving the demand for responsible, environmental and green finance and ask how ethical and Islamic finance can potentially become closer interlinked. We also discuss shifts and trends in the growth of ESG among asset managers and owners and ask what role Islamic asset management can carve for itself in this. 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? Will we see the launch of more socially conscious ETFs?

16:45:00 – 16:45:00
Forum Close