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


09:10 – 09:25 Welcome Address
Mahdzir OthmanDirector of Securities Market, Bursa Malaysia
09:25 – 10:20 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: Dr Hurriyah El IslamyExecutive Board Member, Badan Pengelola Keuangan Haji (BPKH)
Panelists: Angelia Chin SharpeCEO and Country Head, Malaysia and Brunei, BNP Paribas Asset Management
Gerald AmbroseCEO, Aberdeen Islamic Asset Management
Louisa PohChief Representative, Malaysia Representative Office, 90 North Real Estate Partners
Shahariah ShaharudinPresident, Saturna
10:20 – 10:35 The Malaysian Federal Budget and Implications for Investment
Laurence ToddDirector, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs
10:35 – 10:45 Value Based Intermediation (VBI): The Next Phase of Islamic Banking
Eqhwan Mokhzanee Muhammad – CEO, AmBank Islamic
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee & Networking
11:15 – 11:55 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: Ariff SultanRegional Director, IdealRatings
Dr 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
11:55 – 12:20 Fireside Chat: The Reality of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing in Southeast Asia – Trials and Tribulations of Investing for Good
Interviewee: Shireen Muhiudeen – Founder, Managing Director and Principal Fund Manager, Corston-Smith Asset Management
Interviewer: Michael OrzanoSenior Director, Global Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
12:20 – 13:05 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 (ETFs), 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?
Moderator: Hasham Esmail PiperdyCEO, Mercer
Panelists: Ahmad Fuad AlhabshiInvestment Manager, Opus Asset Management
Hakan OzyonSenior Portfolio Manager, Global Ethical Fund
Lim Say CheongExecutive Director, Head of Islamic Business Development, Nomura Islamic Asset Management
Michael OrzanoSenior Director, Global Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Valentin LaisecaHead of ASEAN Index Sales, MSCI
13:05 – 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 optimizing distribution channels, or both? We also discuss the role of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and tokenization in the asset management industry.
Moderator: Yousuf Sultan – Chief Technology Officer, Ethis Ventures
Panelists: Martin YoungCEO and Chief Analyst, Farringdon Asset Management Singapore
Omar RanaCo-Founder and Managing Director, Finalytix
Robin LeeCEO, HelloGold
Wong Wai Ken – Country Manager – Malaysia, StashAway
15:15 – 16:05 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.
Moderator: Dr Aida Othman – Director, ZICO Shariah
Panelists: Farrukh HabibResearcher, International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance
Mazlan AhmadExecutive Chairman, Finterra
Maznah MahbobPartner, Finance and Investments, Strategic Swiss Partners
Shamsiah Abdul KarimSenior Vice-President, Shariah and Product Development Division, Bank Muamalat Malaysia
16:05 – 16:10 Forum Close and Refreshment





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