Date: 19th November 2017 Venue: JW Marriott, Kuwait City

Sponsors & Partners

MULTILATERAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

Website: www.icd-ps.org

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) is a multilateral development financial institution and is part of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group.

The ICD was established in November 1999 to support the economic development of its member countries through the provision of finance for private sector projects, promoting competition and entrepreneurship, providing advisory services to governments and private companies and encouraging cross-border investments.

The ICD has an authorized capital of US$4 billion. Currently, the shareholders of the ICD are the IDB (50%), 53 Islamic countries (30%) and five public financial institutions (20%).

ICD mandate and objectives

The ICD fosters sustainable economic growth in its 53 member countries by:

  • Financing private sector investment
  • Mobilizing capital in the international financial markets, and
  • Providing advisory services to business and governments. 

The ICD selects the financing projects based on their contribution to economic development considering factors such as job creation, Islamic finance development, contribution to exports, etc. The ICD also provides advisory services to governments and private sector groups on policies designed to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises, the development of capital markets, best management practices and to enhance the role of the market economy. The ICD operates to complement the activities of the IDB in member countries.

The ICD is rated ‘AA/FQ’ by Fitch Ratings, ‘Aa3/P-1’ by Moody’s Investors Service and ‘A+’ by Standard & Poor’s.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Tel: (966-12) 6361400; (966-12) 6441644

Fax: (966-12) 644 4427

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.icd-ps.org

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

Website: www.itfc-idb.org

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) is a member of the IDB Group. It was established with the purpose of advancing trade among OIC member countries, which would ultimately contribute to the overarching goal of improving the socioeconomic conditions of the people across the world. The ITFC commenced operations in January 2008 and has since consolidated all trade finance businesses that used to be handled by various windows within the IDB Group. Earning an ‘A1’ rating from Moody’s Investors Service reflects the ITFC’s efficiency in service delivery by responding swiftly to customer needs in a market-driven business environment.

Since 2008, the ITFC has provided more than US$40.2 billion of trade financing to OIC member countries, making it the leading provider of trade solutions for the needs of OIC member countries. With a mission of being a catalyst for trade development among OIC member countries and beyond, the ITFC helps entities in member countries gain better access to trade finance and provides them with the necessary trade-related capacity-building tools, which would enable them to successfully compete in the global market.

 

Contact us at: 

Twitter: @ITFCCORP
Facebook: @ITFCCORP
Linkedin: International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)


Tel: +966 12 646 8337
Fax: +966 12 637 1064
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.itfc-idb.org/en

STRATEGIC PARTNER

The RFI Foundation

Website: www.rfi-foundation.org

The RFI Foundation - the industry body for the responsible finance sector

The RFI Foundation has been established with the aim of bringing together various forms of responsible finance practices, encouraging consensus as the basis for convergence between standards, practices and regulations. To do so in an effective manner, financial services must find and share a guiding principle for financial services which is most beneficial when the best ideas are incorporated from various forms of responsible finance, including Islamic finance.

After the financial crisis, it was apparent that the link between risk and reward had been broken and needed to be rebuilt with ethics and morals at its heart. The financial crisis illustrated in stark fashion that ethics and business are not adversaries and that ultimately they need each other.

It is within this context that responsible finance practices can play a powerful role in shaping the future of the global economy. There are various definitions and practices encapsulating the responsible finance sector. These include sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance and Islamic finance, which is a form of financial intermediation in which funds are raised and applied using asset-based methods or partnerships in accordance with Islamic law instead of lending and borrowing.

The guiding principle that is shared among all forms of responsible finance is an appreciation that financial services can be a force, and indeed are necessary for sustainable development.

A major opportunity for the RFI is to expand responsible finance by incorporating the positive screening strengths of the SRI industry with the governance and regulatory advances of Islamic finance, and thereby engage asset owners and institutional investors who drive financial services development in a more coherent and unified approach.

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

Al-Hossam Legal

Website: www.hossamlegal.com

Al-Hossam Legal - Legal Consultants & Attorneys is a full multilingual tier one Kuwaiti law firm with more than 39 years of comprehensive legal experience focusing on corporate, commercial, banking and finance.

With competitive edge quality and ethical legal services, attention to detail, creative legal structures within boundaries of traditional laws and strong ties with major business cities worldwide, the firm is the fastest-growing Kuwaiti law firm attracting major local and multinational companies, sovereign entities and high-net-worth individuals.

Attorneys of Al-Hossam Legal have in-depth knowledge and experience in Shariah (it was named among the 30 ‘Best of the Best World’s Leading Lawyers in Islamic Finance’ by IFLR), and led hundreds of complex transactions in Kuwait, the GCC, Asia, Europe and the US.

Al-Hossam Legal’s major areas of experiences include: conventional and Islamic finance; banking; corporate and commercial; restructuring; mergers and acquisitions; CMA; public-private projects; IPOs; investment funds; bankruptcy; private equity; taxation; arbitration and litigation.

Dentons

Website: www.dentons.com/

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons's polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

DDCAP Group

Website: www.ddcap.co.uk/

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in London, with an office in Dubai and a presence in both Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, DDCAP is a leading provider of asset facilitation services and financial technology and system solutions across a diverse range of Shariah compliant products, asset classes and instruments in both the primary and secondary markets. DDCAP’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include DD&Co and DDGI. DDCAP has an extensive track record within the Islamic finance industry, employing over 35 professionals with broad and complementary skill sets drawn from diverse financial industry backgrounds, focused principally on providing service to Islamic financial market participants around the world. DDCAP has its own Shariah supervisory board comprising esteemed Shariah scholars from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait. DDCAP’s multi-award-winning Shariah compliant ETHOS Asset Facilitation Platform is a bespoke, real-time trade and post-trade services platform providing 24-hour coverage, enabling clients worldwide to purchase from a diverse asset inventory, including commodities, via a secure, web-based portal.

Fitch Ratings

Website: www.fitchratings.com

Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.

At Fitch, we have been providing independent and objective credit ratings to the Islamic finance market for over a decade. With a strong track record in Islamic finance, we rate more Islamic banks than any other global credit rating agency. We currently rate over 90 outstanding Islamic finance instruments worldwide and 30 Islamic finance-based issuers.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services and is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, Fitch Solutions, Fitch Learning and BMI Research. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is majority-owned by Hearst.

For additional information, please visit www.fitchratings.com and fitchratings.com/islamicfinance.

Gatehouse Capital

Website: gc.com.kw

Gatehouse Capital is a Kuwait-based investment advisory firm and part of the Gatehouse Financial Group (Gatehouse). Founded in 1998, Gatehouse Capital has focused on global real estate investments as well as wealth management services. Gatehouse advises on transactions with assets based in the US and the UK. For more information, please visit www.gc.com.kw

IdealRatings

Website: www.idealratings.com/

IdealRatings was incorporated in 2006 in San Francisco with a corporate objective to provide SRI/ESG and Shariah compliant solutions to ethical investors and enable them to identify such instruments across different asset classes in the global market. IdealRatings serves clients in over 30 countries with a range of capital market solutions including:

  • Equities – A web-based platform covering over 40,000 stocks, where fund managers can screen equities using different, custom-built ESG/SRI/Responsible Investments and Shariah rulebooks or guidelines. This solution caters to different purification calculation methodologies with a comprehensive set of reports for fund managers to manage their portfolio. 
  • REITs – Global coverage of all listed REITs that could be screened in accordance with different standard Shariah rulebooks or guidelines. 
  • Indexes – Co-branded and jointly marketed by FTSE-Russell Indexes and a separate series with Thomson Reuters for the global markets, designed for fund management and investment benchmarking. In addition, IdealRatings is able to provide custom-built indexes for the fund management industry. 
  • Sukuk – A unique solution which includes the global Sukuk and a pioneering Sukuk-screening solution that enables fund managers to customize their Sukuk selection in accordance to their Shariah rulebook, guidelines or investment preference, and 
  • Brokerage – The solution provides broking houses the ability to screen global equity markets, a technical analysis of the markets and equities, buy/sell/hold recommendations and purification amounts.

 

 

Mashreq Capital

Website: www.mashreqassetmanagement.com/

Since its inception in 2006, Mashreq Capital has grown to become one the region’s most seasoned asset managers with equity and fixed income funds that consistently rank as top performers among their peers.

HOST MEDIA PARTNERS

Islamic Finance news

Website: www.islamicfinancenews.com

Islamic Finance news is the industry's leading, capital markets focused, e-newsletter bringing you unrivalled editorial coverage every week on the global Islamic financial market.

This weekly newsletter provides insightful and intelligent editorial coverage from around the world helping you keep ahead. In addition to a comprehensive weekly review of all the stories from around the globe, interviews, forums, market statistics and data, key industry practitioners contribute via non-biased, educational and up-to-date country and sector reports, giving you a firsthand knowledge and understanding of the Islamic finance markets and instruments from an experts' point of view.

For a trial subscription, please contact +603 2162 7800 or email [email protected]

IFNFintech

Website: https://www.ifnfintech.com/

Fintech is one of the most exciting new sectors of the global financial industry, breaking boundaries and challenging preconceptions in one of the shake-ups of the century. A new class of financial players is disrupting the status quo – and financial institutions must embrace this change or face being left behind as the financial landscape transforms beyond recognition.

But although fintech as a whole has been well-served by the media, the Islamic segment has so far made limited penetration on public consciousness – despite the enormous potential it represents for the industry. There is a clear chasm between the multitude of pioneering entrepreneurs, start-ups and fintech firms making waves in the Islamic space; and the interested investors, institutions and stakeholders keen to explore these opportunities.
Recognizing this information gap, IFN is delighted to introduce to you a bespoke multi-channel platform – IFN FinTech.

Comprised of four tranches, IFN FinTech is a one-stop-shop for industry knowledge, networking and communication – supported by our unrivaled global network, our strong social media platform and our trusted multimedia Islamic finance offering.

IFN Corporate

Website: www.ifncorporate.com/

IFN CORPORATE: Your door to new opportunities

Leveraging the market-leading expertise of Islamic Finance news and the unrivalled global network of REDmoney Group, IFN CORPORATE is a brand-new monthly publication aiming to revolutionize the commercial application of Islamic financial services through education, information and communication.

Designed specifically for the global corporate market, IFN CORPORATE is a simple, sensible and straight-talking summary of Islamic financial instruments, concepts, structures, products and trends that offers an easy-to-understand avenue into the compelling opportunities of Shariah compliant alternatives. Clear, concise and comprehensive, it offers invaluable insight into the Islamic industry and creates an essential platform through which the corporate world and compliant market can communicate.

IFN Saudi Arabia

Website: https://www.ifnsaudiarabia.com/

IFN Saudi Arabia: A New Monthly e-Newsletter on Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Financial Industry

Due to the high demand for knowledge on the Saudi Arabian financial market, IFN is pleased to announce the launch of IFN Saudi Arabia: a complimentary digital newsletter, published monthly and distributed free of charge to those with an interest in Saudi Arabia.

IFN Saudi Arabia will cover all areas of the Islamic finance industry, providing a wealth of unique and exclusive insight that any business interested in Saudi Arabia needs to read. IFN Saudi Arabia will act as a media tool to assist businesses outside the Kingdom build their presence within a closed market and develop the Saudi Arabian Islamic financial market.

IFN Saudi Arabia is free to registered subscribers and will be available in both English and Arabic.

RESEARCH PARTNER

Oxford Business Group

Website: www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

OBG offers a comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

The group’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while its online economic briefings provide an up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

MEDIA PARTNERS

Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)

Website: amanahiife.com

Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE) is an international organization based in the heart of Europe, with headquarter in Germany and office in Pakistan. Amanah IIFE is committed to fulfil the needs and requirements of the Islamic banking & finance, Islamic microfinance, ethical banking & finance and takaful (Islamic insurance) industries. Amanah IIFE provides a diverse range of unrivalled services to financial institutions, businesses, educational institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals. Our services include advisory and consultancy, market research and development, education and capacity building, strategy design and implementation, publications, conferences and events. For further information, please visit: www.amanahiife.com.

Business Islamica

Website: businessislamica.com/

Launched in November 2006, Business Islamica is the first monthly magazine of its kind in the UAE, specifically covering all aspects of Islamic business and finance, both regionally and internationally.

The magazine’s objective is to spearhead awareness initiatives, heighten knowledge of its core principles and practices, as well as to feature the latest developments in this industry.

Our editorial covers interviews with key industry leaders, case studies, and includes features on a wide range of topics such as; Islamic Banking, Wealth Management, Takaful (Islamic Insurance), Islamic Retail Finance, Marketing and Branding of Shari’ah-Compliant products, Regulatory Issues, Islamic Business Challenges and Risk Management.

Capital Business

Website: www.capitalbusiness.me

Capital Business Magazine is a B2B English monthly publication focusing on business best practices and is a publication accredited by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It enjoys a sizable footprint in the Middle East on the strength of feature articles contributed by certified financial and business experts, as well as coverage of a broad spectrum of topics including banking, IT, oil & gas, real estate and construction, human capital, risk management, corporate finance and cash management, corporate governance, investments, IPOs, tools of trade and more.

China Go Abroad

Website: www.chinagoabroad.com/en

ChinaGoAbroad (CGA) is a membership-based website and matchmaking service for cross-border investment activities relating to China. It was co-founded by the China Overseas Development Association, which reports to the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC). CGA has an online information platform featuring a deal database, and an offline consultancy service with a portfolio of private investment opportunities. CGA offers information and advisory services to corporations, government agencies and high-net worth individuals. We encourage our members to interact, exchange expertise and share their experiences.

Executive Women

Website: www.executive-women.com

Executive Women magazine is a memoir portraying inspiring and flourishing women entrepreneurs who are changing the face of business and giving an added value to their social life, as well as daring to pursue their educational dreams and reach new career horizons. Moreover, Executive Women offers managerial ‘coaching’ articles, inspirational experiences, leadership drill, as well as a palette of culture and luxury.

Global Business Magazine & News

Website: global-businessmagazine.com

Global Business Magazine & News (GBMN) is committed to delivering the most relevant news, opinion, reviews, interviews, analysis and success stories. GBMN is also a rewarding marketing tool for broad range of business sectors including Finance, Business, Banking, Islamic Finance, Technology, Global Halal Industry, Trade & Commerce and Financial Markets.

iSfin

Website: www.isfin.net/

Created in 2011, ISFIN (Emerging markets advisors) became in less than 6 years, the world’s leading emerging markets advisory (included Islamic Finance and Halal industry). ISFIN offers a wide range of services to companies wishing to enter these emerging markets, and deal with specific products for Muslims consumers and companies worldwide.

We collaborate closely with other firms /consultants specialized in a specific field. We also propose legal and tax advices (throughout our partners in 75 countries) and marketing packages to companies willing to develop Halal/Islamic finance products on their existing and new markets. Working collaboratively and internationally with the best consultants and financial institutions is our strength!

Each member of our team is specialized in a field:

  • Conventional/Islamic Marketing
  • International trade, export
  • Finance, audit, sharia audit
  • Islamic Finance
  • Halal industry
  • Business intelligence

 

Morocco World News

Website: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com

Morocco World News is dedicated to bringing the news of Morocco and the MENA region to a wide audience without bias or a political agenda.  MWN’s vision is to be a champion of free speech and a protagonist for thoughtful dialogue on diverse subjects to do with the Middle East and Morocco. Speaking the truth, disseminating the truth, and raising questions about the truth are the main principles guiding the work of Morocco World News.

In seeking to fulfill its mission, MWN strives to maintain the highest standards of journalistic ethics and journalistic excellence. MWN strives to ensure that MWN’s content is independent, free from bias, and executed with the utmost integrity in accordance with the following Core Values.

The Business Year

Website: www.thebusinessyear.com/

The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

Voices of Leaders

Website: voicesofleaders.com

Voices of Leaders (VL) is a global business network for top executives and companies to Meet, Share and Grow locally, regionally and internationally.

The data-driven business profiles allow you to Meet top executives across a wide variety of industries, sectors and countries. Share your business needs among members looking for specific business opportunities and Grow your business network at a local and international level, while increasing the possibility of creating synergies, and finding partners and investors.

VL is committed to giving leaders from around the world a voice and in response to the demands of the digital age, VL produces interactive ebooks on the countries visited and the networking events it covers.

 

 

 


MULTILATERAL STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation

STRATEGIC PARTNER

The RFI Foundation

EXECUTIVE PARTNERS

Al-Hossam Legal
Dentons
DDCAP Group
Fitch Ratings
Gatehouse Capital
IdealRatings
Mashreq Capital

HOST MEDIA PARTNERS

Islamic Finance news
IFNFintech
IFN Corporate
IFN Saudi Arabia

RESEARCH PARTNER

Oxford Business Group

MEDIA PARTNERS

Amanah Institute of Islamic Finance and Economics (Amanah IIFE)
Business Islamica
Capital Business
China Go Abroad
Executive Women
Global Business Magazine & News
iSfin
Morocco World News
The Business Year
Voices of Leaders