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Date: 14th September 2017 Venue: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Oryapark

Sponsors & Partners


Borsa Istanbul

Website: www.borsaistanbul.com

Borsa Istanbul, with historical roots going back to 1873, is a diversified regional exchange in Turkey, providing trading, settlement, custody and registry services for equities, derivatives, fixed income and repo, precious metals and Islamic finance products.           

The company operates under a single umbrella, following its de-mutualization and incorporation in 2012 and the successful completion of horizontal integration (via the acquisition of the derivatives and gold exchanges) and vertical integration (via control of the two domestic post-trade firms), shortly thereafter.

Through its markets, Borsa Istanbul offers corporates, investors and traders in the region a broad range of financial products suited to their needs, and efficient access to extensive capital markets. Post-trade and depository services are offered by its majority-owned subsidiaries of Takasbank (Istanbul Settlement and Custody Bank) and MKK (Central Securities Depository). Borsa Istanbul calculates 360 indices that measure and benchmark equity and fixed income markets in Turkey.

Borsa Istanbul is a shareholder in the Sarajevo, Baku, Kyrgyz and Montenegro Stock Exchanges, as well as LCH. Clearnet. 

For further information, please visit Borsa Istanbul at www.borsaistanbul.com, and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter.


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.


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

Fax: (966-12) 644 4427

Email: icd@isdb.org

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: ITFC@itfc-idb.org
Website: http://www.itfc-idb.org/en


Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF), IBA

Website: www.iba.edu.pk/

The Center for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF) was established at IBA with the objective of providing a platform for discovery, enhancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of Islamic finance. It aims to be a world-class center which carries on the IBA's legacy of thought leadership in the Islamic finance industry through education and research.

Since its inception, the center has conducted over 40 executive learning programs, a number of product development and Shariah compliance forums and distinguished leadership dialogues, trained a little over 1,400 individuals and conducted the World Islamic Finance Forum 2016, an industry cum academic conference which saw participation from six different countries with over 500 attendees. The CEIF also actively conducts research and produces publications such as the Islamic finance country report, jointly published with Thomson Reuters and IRTI. Additionally, the center launched its YouTube channel for the promotion of Islamic finance knowledge via discourses by subject matter experts within the Islamic finance landscape. The center also launched a two-year Master of Science program in Islamic banking and finance in 2017.

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.


Al Baraka

Website: www.albarakaturk.com.tr/

Al Baraka is today at the forefront of Islamic banking and emphasizes a commitment to becoming the natural global leader in Islamic banking. Al Baraka is a strong symbol of not only uniting all subsidiaries under a single banner, but stands for building trust and adding value to the lives of our customers. The Unified Corporate Entity of Al Baraka links the philosophical dimension of participation and partnership and the equitable sharing of risk and reward – upon which Islamic banking is based.

Al Baraka Banking Group has a wide geographical presence in the form of subsidiary banking units and representative offices in 15 countries, which in turn provide their services through over 600 branches. Al Baraka currently has a strong presence in Jordan, Tunisia, Sudan, Turkey, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, including two representative offices in Indonesia and Libya.


Clifford Chance

Website: www.cliffordchance.com

Clifford Chance is one of the world’s preeminent law firms with significant depth and a range of resources across five continents.

The firm has a market-leading Islamic finance practice, with experience across the asset classes including general corporate finance, Sukuk, asset finance, project finance, derivatives and funds. Members of the Islamic finance team, located in London, Dubai, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, Istanbul and elsewhere in our international network of offices, have extensive expertise and experience in both Islamic finance and conventional finance and are at the forefront of innovation as Islamic financing techniques and products evolve.

After more than 30 years of advising domestic and international clients on Turkey-related matters, Clifford Chance has been operating on the ground in Istanbul, Turkey since 2011, focusing on a wide range of infrastructure, energy, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and finance work, including Islamic finance where Clifford Chance already enjoys a strong reputation.

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership

Website: www.yeginciftci.av.tr

Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership focuses on infrastructure, energy, PPPs, corporate/M&A, privatisations, finance and capital markets. The firm has one of the leading banking, finance and capital markets practice in the Turkish market that covers the whole spectrum of banking and finance, along with debt and equity products, including Islamic Finance with award winning transactions.

With Yegin Ciftci's unrivalled Turkish law expertise, the firm successfully remains as the go-to law firm for banking and finance, project finance, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions and has a strong track record of landmark transactions in Turkey, regularly involved with introducing new financial products into the Turkish market for the first time, including Islamic Finance.

The members of Yegin Ciftci Attorney Partnership have extensive experience in all types of structured and complex financings and Mete Yegin, the managing partner leading the Banking Finance practice of the firm is a prominent figure in the market, very well known for complex transactions.


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 provides asset facilitation services to over 300 financial sector clients worldwide.

DDCAP is majority-owned and controlled by IPGL, a private holding company with an interest in a number of financial services companies. IPGL is also a significant shareholder in NEX Group (previously ICAP), a leading markets operator and provider of post-trade risk mitigation and information services.

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.

DDCAP has its own Shariah supervisory board comprising esteemed Shariah scholars from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait.

DDCAP recently announced the launch of its multi-award-winning Shariah compliant ETHOS Asset Facilitation PlatformTM, 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.


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.



Norton Rose Fulbright

Website: www.nortonrose.com

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm and provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. Norton Rose Fulbright has more than 3,500 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Islamic finance practice has delivered pioneering advice on Islamic finance transactions for Islamic financial institutions, conventional banks and corporates for over 30 years. The team has a wealth of experience in structuring the most innovative and complex transactions including market-leading experience in Sukuk transactions, Murabahah, Istisnah, Ijarah and Musharakah financings and Takaful deals. In addition to our transactional experience, we regularly advise clients on Shariah governance matters, including the establishment of Shariah supervisory boards, and provide advice to governments worldwide on legislation concerning Islamic finance products.

Winston & Strawn

Website: www.winston.com

For more than 160 years, Winston & Strawn has served as a trusted advisor to general counsel across virtually every industry. Winston’s integrated practice has tremendous breadth and global reach, with more than 875 attorneys in 17 geographic locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America, organized as a single law firm. This is founded on our lawyers’ creativity, flexibility, depth of experience and commitment.

Our Islamic finance practice advises on complex banking and finance transactions in the Middle East and internationally. We work on a wide array of Shariah compliant transactions, including the full range of corporate, acquisition and structured Islamic bank financings; corporate and sovereign Islamic bond issuances; and complex multi-sourced (Islamic and conventional) project financings across a range of sectors, including real estate, infrastructure, water, energy, petrochemicals and oil and gas. Members of our team have advised on infrastructure (PPP) and power projects and Islamic bank financings in Turkey.




Website: www.baseak.com/

Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK) is an Istanbul-based full service law firm led by experienced professionals with a legal team of 75-plus lawyers and economists, 12 of whom are partners. Drawing on broad experience gained at Turkish and global law firms and international organizations, each lawyer is well equipped to provide creative and diligent transactions. BASEAK represents and advises Turkish and multinational clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in the real estate, energy, automotive, banking and finance, communication, construction, hospitality and leisure, life sciences, luxury goods, manufacturing, media, retail, technology and transportation sectors.


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.


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 subs@IslamicFinancenews.com


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 Education

Website: https://www.ifneducation.com/

IFN Education – a unique product focusing on human capital development for Islamic finance

As the world’s leading Islamic finance media brand with unrivaled access to market players, we have long heard industry professionals lamenting the state of the industry talent pool while also hearing the other side of the fence: the students themselves who are struggling to find their footing in the corporate world post-graduation.

The issue of human capital and talent development has long been a conundrum to the global Islamic finance industry and IFN intends to change that, in the manner we know best, and are best at: bridging the awareness and knowledge gap through editorial excellence.

We are excited to introduce you to IFN Education, a bespoke monthly e-publication focusing on cultivating talent for Islamic finance through incisive editorial pieces – both in-house and from market practitioners – to facilitate and educate Islamic finance professional aspirants on how to build a career in the burgeoning Shariah finance industry.


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.


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.


Website: www.eurekahedge.com

Launched in 2001, Eurekahedge is the world’s largest independent data provider and alternative research firm specialising in hedge fund databases covering North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Headquartered in Singapore with offices in New York and Cebu, the global expertise of our research team constantly adapts to industry changes and needs, allowing Eurekahedge to develop and offer a wide array of products and services. In addition to market-leading hedge fund databases and analysis, Eurekahedge’s other business functions include hedge fund publications, due diligence services, investor services, and an analytical platform service.

For more information, please visit http://www.eurekahedge.com.

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.


Website: fintechtime.com/tr/anasayfa/

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.


Website: www.worldcsrday.com

The WORLD CSR DAY is guided by Leaders.... Leaders who believe in the value of Sustainable CSR; that which is built in the fabric of business - making it a reality. Leaders produce Leaders will be a common thread uniting nations and people who take CSR more responsibly. They also believe that CSR is a tool to the Development of the Future. Leaders, Professionals, CSR Practitioners, CEOs, Sustainability Experts and Media honchos in different parts of the world will help in spreading the message of World CSR Day. Let’s Unite the World with the Spirit & Energy for conscious CSR. (www.worldcsrday.com)