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Date: 14th November 2018 Venue: Le Meridien, Kuala Lumpur

Launched in April 2015, IFN Investors Forum has been widely embraced by the industry to great success as the platform to discuss and debate all things related to Islamic investments. Welcoming a broad range of investors from all corners of the world, IFN Investors Forum will stage a comeback in 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, one of the most advanced Shariah finance capitals of the world.

Covering all aspects of Shariah investments across a variety of sectors, asset classes and markets, IFN Investors Forum 2018 will focus on the biggest opportunities, latest developments and trends as well as potential issues that may arise as far as Islamic investments are concerned. The wide-ranging program will include multiple and varied formats and sessions including issuer case studies to maximize engagement and outcome from the high-level event.



09:15 – 09:30 Welcome Address
Mahdzir OthmanDirector of Securities Market, Bursa Malaysia
09:30 – 10:30 The 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 can the market become? Does Shariah investing require a rebrand? Does the industry need to become more aligned to ESG/SRI? Through an engaging panel we seek answers. We also take a look at 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.
Moderator: Emilio Escartin – Professor of Masters in Islamic Finance, IE Business School
Panelists: Angelia Chin SharpeCEO and Country Head, Malaysia and Brunei, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Louisa PohChief Representative, Malaysia Representative Office, 90 North Real Estate Partners
Shahariah ShaharudinPresident, Saturna
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking
11:00 – 12:00 Environmental, Socially Responsible Investing and Islamic Investment: Opportunities for Development and Growth
We examine responsible, environmental and green finance in Asia and ask how ethical and Islamic finance can potentially become closer interlinked. We also discuss how Southeast Asia can grow its existing ESG niche among asset managers and owners and 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? When will Asia see the launch of a socially conscious ETF?
Moderator: Elias Moubarak – Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Panelists: Hurriyah El IslamyExecutive Board Member, Badan Pengelola Keuangan Haji (BPKH)
Masumi HamahiraAdvisor – Islamic Banking Window, MUFG Bank
Najmuddin Mohd LutfiCEO and Executive Director, BIMB Investment Management
Thiagarajan NadesonHead of Market Transformation Initiates and Education for Sustainable Development, WWF-Malaysia
12:00 – 12:20 Fireside Chat: The Reality of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing in Southeast Asia - Trials and Tribulations of Investing for Good
12:20 – 13:00 Products, Strategies and Styles for Islamic Asset Management
Through an expert panel we assess the market, viability and performance of the ever-expanding universe of exchange-traded funds, as well as other passive products. We also examine the active management sector and how value for end investors is created across both styles. Finally, why do we see so few Islamic ETFs and what can be done to address this paucity? What role do exchanges play in this process?
Panelists: Hakan OzyonSenior Portfolio Manager, Hejaz Financial Services
Lim Say CheongExecutive Director, Head of Islamic Business Development, Nomura Islamic Asset Management
Michael OrzanoSenior Director, Global Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
13:00 – 14:15 Luncheon
14:15 – 15:15 Technology Roundtable: The Rise of the Machines
What does financial technology mean for the asset management industry? 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 the asset management industry.
Moderator: Johnny Mayo – General Manager, SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator
Panelists: Omar RanaCo-Founder and Managing Director, Finalytix
Robin LeeCEO, HelloGold
15:15 – 15:30 Presentation: The Islamic Retail Investor
15:30 – 16:10 Innovation in Islamic Investment Management: Waqf
We discuss the growing importance of revitalizing Waqf through the development and use of innovative capital market instruments. We examine how, through innovative products and services, we can further develop Waqf assets in order to facilitate growth in the Islamic investment and asset management industry, thereby promoting financial inclusion and social development.
Panelists: Hamid RashidCEO, Finterra
Sami Al-SalahatFounder, International Institute of Islamic WAQF
16:10 – 16:15 Forum Close and Refreshment






The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
The Islamic Corporation for The Insurance Of Investment And Export Credit (ICIEC)
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH) 


Abdul Rahman Law Corporation (ARLC)
MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad
The Perth Mint
Trowers & Hamlins


S&P Dow Jones Indices


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate


AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics
Alpha Journal
CMO Asia
Dunia Fintech.com
Focus Economics
ICO Holder
Middle East Business Magazine & News
OIC Today
Smart Investor
The SME Times
The Business Year





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