Manager, Bank of England
Date: 1st September 2020
Venue: Mansion House, London
ABOUT THE FORUM
With six licensed Islamic banks and over 20 international banks offering Shariah compliant financial products, the UK’s Islamic finance industry is a favorite destination for investors, particularly for its flourishing real estate sector. Apart from the banking industry, the London Stock Exchange is also one of the most active Sukuk-listing destinations, with 67 listed Sukuk and three Islamic exchange-traded funds to date. On top of this, implications from Brexit has also led the Kingdom to boost its international trade and financial relationships with existing non-EU trade partners, especially with key Islamic finance markets from the regions of the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Last year’s UK Islamic Finance Week saw many breakthrough sessions in a week-long event, including the official launch of iE5, an Islamic economy accelerator, during IFN Fintech Huddle UK.
CEO, Gatehouse Bank
Islamic Finance Lead, HM Treasury
Deputy CEO, DDCAP Group
Senior Vice-President – Head of ESG Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Moody’s Investors Services Assessments
Islamic finance Consultant
Partner, King & Spalding
Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Associate, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Managing Partner, Samak Ethical Finance
Chief Executive, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies
Director – Islamic Finance and Funds Group, VG
Senior Advisor International Strategy, TheCityUK
Last Visit to London
Date: 4th September 2019
Venue: Mansion House, London
Speakers: 70 Speakers
With six licensed Islamic banks and over 20 international banks offering Shariah compliant financial products, the UK’s Islamic finance industry is a favorite destination for investors, particularly for its flourishing real estate sector. Apart from the banking industry, the London Stock Exchange is also one of the most active Sukuk-listing destinations, with 67 listed Sukuk and three Islamic exchange-traded funds to date. On top of this, implications from Brexit has also led the Kingdom to boost its international trade and financial relationships with existing non-EU trade partners, especially with key Islamic finance markets from the regions of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Last year’s UK Islamic Finance Week saw many breakthrough sessions in a week-long event, including the official launch of iE5, an Islamic economy accelerator, during IFN Fintech Huddle UK. Following on from the success of 2018, IFN returns to London for the third time for various hard-hitting sessions and discussions in conjunction with leading European regulators, global standard-setters, world leaders and UK and European Islamic finance practitioners.
The IFN Europe Forum 2015 was a fantastic event for networking and keeping up to date with the latest developments in our industry. It has built upon the success of previous years and is now an established date in the Islamic finance calendar. Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe, provided the perfect setting for the forum.
The IFN Europe Forum was a great occasion to gain a global overview of the dynamics developed in Islamic finance in Europe and beyond, be it on markets, on products or on investors’ behavior. The interaction with participants from the various home markets of Islamic finance is extremely enriching and helps us better focus our support to the industry.
I would like to thank you for inviting us to speak at the IFN Europe Forum held in Luxembourg. It was indeed a great pleasure to attend and speak at this well-organized – with a very good quality audience – event.
The IFN Europe Forum was an exceptional opportunity for gathering the most brilliant players in the European Islamic finance space. This was my third participation at the forum, which I think has been one of the best events in recent years for discussing the development of the industry across Europe. I enjoyed very much debating where Islamic finance is heading to in the region and globally with my fellow panelists and the questions from the floor as well and found the level of attendees impressive.
First, I would like to thank REDmoney for its continuous efforts to promote and to support the Islamic finance industry all over the world. I was honored to participate in the annual IFN Europe Forum which took place in Luxembourg for the third consecutive year. As always, there were good quality speakers from different countries and regions with different business backgrounds, flying in to Luxembourg to share with the attendees their knowledge, experiences and best practices.
The IFN Forum provides a great platform to foster proximity between Islamic finance and more traditional financial sectors in Europe. The wide diversity of national and international attendees proves the growing interest for the wider sphere of ethical and responsible investments and its growth potential. The truly disciplined criteria of Shariah funds have a lot of similarities with the ESG criteria applicable to the LuxFLAG label, hence it was a great pleasure for me to participate as a panelist. For Luxembourg, as the European center of expertise in Islamic finance, it was an honor to host the conference for the third time.
It’s been refreshing to see the diversity of developments in Islamic finance products and markets in Europe as well as globally. IFN managed again to gather experts with very diverse backgrounds with the aim of confronting views and opinions in an open and constructive dialogue.
I thought the IFN Europe FinTech event provided an excellent platform to raise the profile and awareness of one of the fastest-growing areas of the fintech sector. As the sector continues to develop, this could become a key date in the Islamic fintech calendar.
It was a great event with rich topics and a good crowd. I enjoyed being part of it.
Great event in London on the 11th September 2017 organized by IFN. IFN does a great job of keeping the Islamic finance community together and ensuring the sector maintains high profile. Congratulations to IFN on the success of the event. I will definitely be back in 2018.
REDmoney assembled a highly relevant panel to debate current issues in the commercial real estate investment market. We had a good discussion and had active engagement from the audience.
I found the IFN conference both informative and thought-provoking. As an investment professional trained to focus on risk-adjusted returns, the conference provided a sensible argument and evidence to support ethical screening in the selection of investments, not just from an alpha/outperformance perspective but also from a responsible fiduciary perspective.
Congratulations on a very successful event. I am pleased to have been able to speak.
IFN Europe 2017 was a well-organized event with good speakers complementing an interesting and topical agenda. The debates were relevant with the numbers attending high. The audience and other participants were of good quality. The organizers are to be applauded for the arrangements and TheCityUK was pleased to have supported the event.
It was a delight to once again have supported the REDMoney Europe event in 2017 well-organized, well-visited and a very interesting setup in London, returning there after having taken place in Luxembourg for some years. I only can recommend to participate also in 2018 regardless of whether venue will be in London or Luxembourg as the community and project volume of Islamic finance in Europe continue to grow.
I thought the event was well-attended, with a good deal of energy and useful insights into the key sectors of the current Islamic finance marketplace.
Very professionally organized event with an excellent turnout. I hope to contribute again next year.
First things first, I really need to thank you for your continuous support and for doing the utmost to make our participation at your event both seen and enlightened. Thank you so much! On ourside, we’re hoping to be continuous supporters of your venture that does so much to spread the word about Islamic finance
It was a pleasure to take part and good to see the turnout and quality of attendance and discussions.
The IFN Dialogue was a very worthwhile session allowing regulators, government and practitioners to exchange views and opinions on the current state and future opportunities within the Islamic finance sector. Given the wide range of relevant discussions, I would support any proposal that this should be established as a regular meeting group.
The IFN Europe Forum provided a useful platform for the ongoing dialogue between government, regulators and industry participants on how the Islamic finance industry may be encouraged to reach its full potential. The robustness of the discussions was testament to the key role the UK and its firms can and have to play in shaping the future direction of the industry both in the UK and elsewhere.
I would like to confirm that the event was definitely a real success. I really appreciated the quality of the discussions and the importance of the topics selected for the different sessions.
Very much enjoyed the event. Looking forward to next year’s.
I enjoyed the event in London and I thought it was very well organized, with good speakers and a discussion that covered all the important subjects related to the global/UK development of the Islamic finance industry.
As always it was a great event and very helpful for the whole industry. I enjoyed my participation a lot and am looking forward to supporting and participating in any future events.
I really enjoyed the event and found it interesting and valuable. From a VG perspective, I was very pleased with the profile it gave us and the opportunity to catch up with clients and contacts.
Indeed, I can’t agree more, I think IFN UK Islamic Finance Week 2018 was well organized and attended, offering an interesting mix of topics and discussions with many experts in different sectors of the Islamic finance industry. You may quote me on this if you want.
I enjoyed the sessions and meeting other panelists during the event.