Partner, Alexander and Partner
Date: 9th - 11th November 2020
ABOUT THE FORUM
IFN returns to Saudi Arabia for the seventh time to host one of the biggest events in its annual calendar. IFN Saudi Arabia Forum 2020 Will be held Online to explore the opportunities in one of the most active and influential markets in the Islamic financial world, bringing the Kingdom onto the global stage and opening up the market for local, domestic and international players interested in entering this most vibrant of industries.
The world has changed. How our industry - Islamic banking, finance and investment - chooses to respond to these changes may be a generation-defining moment. How can Islamic finance mobilize in Saudi Arabia to address the imminent challenges of the real economy and provide not just liquidity support, but solvency support to the Saudi SME and corporate sector? Can Islamic finance in the Kingdom use this opportunity to become truly responsible, inclusive and ethical, while at the same time contributing to the country’s growth and development? How can we as an industry ensure this is substance over form on a permanent basis? How can the core values of Islamic finance be further applied to sustainable and socially responsible finance and investment strategies and how can the UN Sustainable Development Goals be applied to the Kingdom’s Islamic finance activities? How can Islamic finance continue to play a role in the progress and development in Saudi Arabia’s important housing, mortgage finance and privatization programs? We ask a respected panel for a new roadmap to success for Islamic banking, finance and capital markets in Saudi Arabia.
Are Sukuk still a viable option for Saudi banks seeking to enhance liquidity and capital management, while diversifying funding sources? Where is the Saudi Arabian asset management industry heading and how has the progress been for recent product innovations, particularly Real Estate Investment Trusts and Sukuk Funds? What can technology, particularly tools such as Blockchain, offer capital market and asset management innovation in Saudi Arabia? What is the potential of Waqf for capital markets in Saudi Arabia? How is Waqf typically structured and what are the main variations? How can sustainable and responsible investment make progress in Saudi Arabia and are social bonds an opportunity for Kingdom? Lastly, we examine the Kingdom’s infrastructure requirements in the coming years and ask what can be funded through Islamic facilities, how can risk be effectively managed and do public/private partnerships offer a viable opportunity?
What are the major challenges and opportunities facing Saudi banks in their digitization programs and strategies for the adoption of financial technology? How is digitization within local banks driving effective segmentation and the development of ever more efficient product delivery channels? What opportunities do data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and distributed ledger technology offer Islamic financial institutions in Saudi Arabia? Where do crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending potentially fit in the Saudi financial system and what can be done to develop and nurture these important components? Where and how can FinTech play a meaningful role in key Islamic social financial activities such as Takaful, Zakat and Waqf?
Founder and Director, Carrera Learning
Last Visit to Riyadh
Date: 28th April 2019
Venue: Mövenpick Hotel Riyadh
Speakers: 30 Speakers
Issuers & Investors Forum will feature prominent players from all over the globe, market experts and regulators to share their knowledge and expertise with the Saudi Arabia market. It will explore the opportunities within the country for Islamic issuers, investors, corporates and financial institutions.
This one day event on the 28th April 2019 will feature an Issuers and Investors and will address key issues pertinent to Saudi Arabia’s current economic climate and follow up on the latest developments within the region’s Islamic financial market.