About The Forum
The Middle East is a global Islamic finance bastion. IFN has been serving the region extensively since 2004 through industry-leading events and we are pleased to return to Dubai in 2023 to kick off a brand-new series — the IFN Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Dialogues.
Dubai’s international Islamic finance leadership and the UAE’s strong ambitions to turn itself into a sustainable finance center makes the emirate the ideal location to launch the IFN Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Dialogues, which is built upon the success of IFN’s highly acclaimed Dialogues series. The UAE is also the host of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, which will take place in the UAE mid-November, again underscoring the emirate’s vital role in driving the global sustainability agenda.
Valued for its quality in-depth discussions, the high-level Dialogue will gather the region’s leading minds in Islamic and sustainable finance to engage in an intellectual exercise toward finding pragmatic solutions to advance the Islamic sustainable agenda in the region. Market leaders, numbering 12–15, will identify the most pressing issues impeding the sector, determine the industry’s competitive advantages and propose recommendations to narrow the gap and capture the multitrillion-dollar Islamic sustainable investment opportunity.
The Dialogue will adopt the Chatham House Rule to encourage openness and honesty of discussion. A few select market practitioners are invited to observe the proceedings.
An Introduction to 2023
We were delighted to be back in the conference rooms in 2022 following a near two-year hiatus, and it seems you were too.
We saw capacity audiences for the UK, Asia and Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Forums, and strong numbers everywhere else. We believe 2023 will surpass pre-pandemic numbers in all our core markets.
We have also learned much this past year and will implement the following:
- The Forum format is essential in certain markets, and will remain in London, Muscat and Kuala Lumpur in 2023.
- Our exclusive Dialogues have been warmly welcomed by all those participating and attending, and we will increase this offering in 2023, with events in Dubai, Riyadh, Doha, Jakarta, and Manama.
- Live streaming has not taken off as many expected. However, watching recorded content has skyrocketed — certainly for us anyway. So, all Forums will be recorded and posted online for our global audience within a week of each event.
- But, as our audiences enjoy recorded content, we will be organizing various country and sector ‘OnAir’ events and posting online for all to view.
- Islamic sustainable is big. Our ISFI Forum in Kuala Lumpur in 2022 was outstanding and will remain for 2023. And, with COP28 in the UAE in 2023, we are introducing the ISFI Dialogues, which will be held in Dubai.
We are excited for the new year and look forward to welcoming you to our events and assisting in the continued global growth of the Islamic financial markets.
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The Previous Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Forum
Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Forum 2022
The 4th Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Forum (previously the IFN Green and Sustainable Finance Forum) will again be held in Kuala Lumpur, the international center for Shariah sustainable and green finance. Supported by local regulators and multilateral stakeholders, the Forum will convene the industry’s most influential actors including practitioners, investors, and regulators in a meaningful engagement to further drive the sector forward.
The recent introduction of regulatory frameworks and initiatives promoting the development of sustainable finance across Southeast Asia has highlighted the significance and relevance of this important and fast-growing sector. With more corporates, financial institutions, government bodies and regulators becoming aware of Sustainable Development Goals, countries offering environments conducive for the growth of sustainable finance and investment will see tangible and long-term benefits.
The United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimated that to adequately fund the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries, US$5 trillion to US$7 trillion will be required in annual investments by 2030. Fulfilling this ambitious financial requirement presents not only challenges, but also significant opportunities.
About REDmoney Events
REDmoney events designs, organizes and hosts industry-leading conferences, forums, roadshows, seminars and dialogues focusing on the Islamic financial markets across a global, regional and national level. Leveraging an exceptional network of the industry’s elite and supported by the expertise of the REDmoney publishing and seminars divisions, REDmoney Events are able to provide access to a unique array of influential speakers, panelists and participants from a cross-section of the global industry to debate the most significant issues affecting the Shariah compliant financial markets.
REDmoney events are differentiated by their complimentary yet qualified attendance structure, ensuring the highest quality of both delegates and contributors. Comprehensive and cutting-edge, attendance ensures exclusive access to the leaders in their field across all sectors and markets.
TThe annual IFN Asia and IFN UK Forums are categorically recognized as their continent’s leading industry events since their inception in 2006 and 2007 respectively. The Dialogues series has also become an integral element of the REDmoney events series and have cemented their position as leading, must-attend, events. In 2022, we introduced the Islamic Sustainable Finance & Investment Forum, which was an enormous success, and will become a mainstay.