Innovation & the Future Direction of Islamic Finance in Asia


Date: 26th & 27th May 2014 Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Press Release

26th MAY 2014


Islamic Finance news Asia Forum 2014

One of the biggest and most prestigious events on the Islamic finance calendar, the flagship IFN Asia Forum 2014 will once again gather the industry’s finest practitioners from across the globe to bring you an invaluable discussion on Islamic finance. Held in the flourishing financial hub of Kuala Lumpur on the 26th-27th May, the forum offers an all-encompassing insight into the major and current developments in Islamic finance; and an invaluable platform for networking and discussion with the best and brightest across the industry.

The Asia region remains a pivotal driver of the global Islamic finance industry, and has succeeded in making significant strides over the past decade. Spearheaded by Malaysia (which commands approximately 80% of the global Sukuk market), the growth rate of the Islamic finance industry has far superseded its conventional counterpart in many key markets.

While Malaysia and Indonesia continue to dominate the landscape, major economies such as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore have all embraced Islamic finance and enabled a level playing tax and regulatory field for Sukuk issuances; while newer players such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines have also made positive progress. As the world moves towards accepting Sukuk and other Islamic products as a viable alternative to conventional finance, Asia offers a vast array of opportunities.

With Professor Datuk Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim, CEO of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation, to start the ball rolling: our forum this year will feature an in-depth outlook of the Islamic finance landscape in the upcoming year, an analysis of the regulatory challenges involved, as well as a look at the impetus for industry innovation from both an issuer and investor perspective.

Through a series of comprehensive presentations; an exclusive round-table discussion comprising of the industry’s most successful issuers; and unparalleled networking opportunities, the IFN Asia Forum is not only the largest annual Islamic finance event but a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all issuers, investors, regulators and financial intermediaries involved in the Islamic financial markets who seek to gain invaluable knowledge of the industry.

Speakers confirmed for this event are:

Professor Datuk Dr Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim - Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation
Khaled Mohammed Al-Aboodi - Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, IDB Group
Abdulkader Thomas - Chief Executive Officer, SHAPE Financial
Ahmad Nazim Abdul Rahman - Group Chief Executive Officer, Pelaburan Mara, Malaysia
Ahsan Ali - Managing Director & Head of Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered, United Arab Emirates
Albert Wiseman Paterson - President Director, Sun Life Financial Indonesia
Alhami Mohd Abdan - Head, International Finance & Capital Market, OCBC Al-Amin Bank, Malaysia
Alka Banerjee - Managing Director of Global Equity & Strategy, S&P Dow Jones Indices, USA
Dr Amat Taap Manshor - Chief Executive Officer, Finance Accreditation Agency, Malaysia
Andri Aidham Badri - Partner, Kadir Andri & Partners, Malaysia
Azim Mithani - Chief Executive Officer, Prudential BSN Takaful
Badlisyah Abdul Ghani - Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic
Basheer Ahmad - Senior Manager, Markets, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), United Arab Emirates
Bishr Shiblaq - Head, Dubai Representative Office, Arendt & Medernach, United Arab Emirates
Cassim Docrat - Director, DDCAP(DIFC), United Arab Emirates
Daryl Ho - Head of Market Development Division, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Eric Salomons - Director, Head of Markets, Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)
Idham Sabki - Head of Global Islamic Markets, Hong Leong Islamic Bank, Malaysia
Issam Al Tawari - Chairman & Managing Director, Rasameel Structured Finance Company, Kuwait
Jamaluddin Nor Mohamad - Director of Islamic and Alternative Markets, Bursa Malaysia
Jawad Ali - Managing Partner, Middle East Offices, King & Spalding, United Arab Emirates
Khalid Howladar - Global Head, Islamic Finance, Moody’s Investor Service, United Arab Emirates
Madzlan Hussain - Partner and Head, Islamic Financial Services Practice, Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia
Mahdzir Othman - Chief Executive Officer, i-VCap Management, Malaysia
Marjan Naseri - Senior Islamic Banking Expert, Innovation & Development Corp
Maznah Mahbob - Chief Executive Officer, AmInvest, Malaysia
Mohammad Faiz Azmi - Executive Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malaysia
Mohammad Kamran Wajid - Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Financial Services & Emirates NBD Capital, United Arab Emirates
Mohd Effendi Abdullah - Director/Head, Islamic Markets, AmInvestment Bank, Malaysia
Mohd Izani Ghani - Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia
Mohd Nazri Chik - General Manager & Head of Shariah, Bank Islam Malaysia
Monem Salam - President, Saturna Malaysia
Mushthaq Ahmad Ibrahim - Chief Executive Officer, KFH Asset Management, Malaysia
Nicholas Edmondes - Partner, Trowers & Hamlins, United Kingdom
Nicholas Kaiser - Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Saturna Capital, USA
Nik Norzrul Thani - Chairman, Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia
Nor Rejina Rahim - Country Head — Malaysia, Nomura Asset Management
Noripah Kamso - Former Advisor, CIMB Islamic, Malaysia
Omid Torabi - Managing Director, Innovation & Development Corp
Rafe Haneef - Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah, Malaysia
Rafiza Ghazali - Chief Financial Officer, Cagamas, Malaysia
Richard Thomas - Chief Representative-Malaysia, Gatehouse Bank
Ritjana Ceveli - Managing Director of Asset Management & Advisory, Ridge Capital, United Arab Emirates
Sabir Ahmed - Regional Head of Islamic Origination, South East Asia, Standard Chartered Bank
Sandeep Singh - Country Head - Malaysia & Chief Executive Officer, Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management
Sohail Jaffer - Deputy CEO, FWU Global Takaful Solutions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tom Guest - Associate Director, Eiger Trading Advisors, United Kingdom
Uzma Ashraf - Deputy Commissioner, Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan & Fellow, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, Hong Kong
Wasim Akhtar Saifi - Global Head of Islamic Banking, Consumer Banking & Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia
Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin - Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market, Securities Commission Malaysia
Zainudin Ishak - Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Takaful

For more information, please contact Florence Loo: +603 2162 7800 ext. 43 or email [email protected]. You can also visit

We look forward to welcoming you to IFN Asia Forum 2014!

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