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Date: 10th September 2018 Venue: Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul


Main Event | Side Events

Main Event: IFN Turkey Forum

09.15 – 09.20 Welcome Remarks
09.20 – 09.30 Welcome Address: Murat Cetinkaya — CEO and Board Member, Borsa Istanbul
09.30 – 10.30 Mega Trends: Domestic and Global Influencers for Turkey
We discuss key issues relevant to the 2023 Vision, the economic development of the Republic of Turkey and the growth of participation banking. We examine the Turkish financial markets, with a particular focus on geopolitical and financial risks and financial regulation. We also discuss the growth and evolution of the participation banking sector in the Republic and analyze competition and consolidation within the industry as well as the role of foreign investors.
Moderator: Shibeer Ahmed — Partner, Winston & Strawn
Panelists: Ashraf Mohammed Deputy Director-General, Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department, Asian Development Bank
Dr Bello Danbatta Secretary-General, IFSB 
Harun Celik Regional Head, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
Ijlal Alvi — CEO, International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)
Prof Dr Obiyathulla Ismath Bacha — International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00 Capital Markets Innovation, Sukuk Issuance and Infrastructure Finance in Turkey
We look at innovation in the Turkish capital markets and identify where Shariah compliant products can add value and what role they can play. We discuss recent regulatory developments for Sukuk and assess the latest situation regarding corporate Sukuk and Tier 1 financial institution issuance. We also examine the role of infrastructure finance in Turkey and ask what models could feasibly be imported from other countries and what lessons could be learned? Do Public-Private Partnerships offer a viable model?
Moderator: Mufit ArapogluPartner, Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership
Panelists: Atila Yanpar — Head of Corporate Finance Department, Capital Markets Board of Turkey
Bashar Al-Natoor — Global Head of Islamic Finance, Fitch Ratings
Fatih Kazan — Acting Supervisor/Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
Dr Menevse Ozdemir DiliduzgunVice-President, Debt Capital Markets Advisory, Halk Invest
Sera Somay — Partner, Paksoy
12.00 – 12.25 Co-Interview: Islamic Asset Management in Turkey
We ask what is next for the Turkish asset management industry and take a look at recent product innovations. We also examine the latest developments in the Turkish pension industry and consider the growth of demand and supply of Shariah compliant retirement options for savers.
Interviewer: Derin Altan — Partner, Head of Capital Markets, GKC Partners
Interviewees: Avsar SungurluAssistant General Manager, Albaraka Asset Management
Tayfun OzkanGeneral Manager, KT Portfoy
12.25 – 13.00 Fintech Huddle
We discuss the role of fintech, digital platforms and tokenization in today's financial industry in Turkey. What do the development of smart contracts and blockchains mean for Islamic banking in the region? We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product and delivery channels.
Moderator: Vineeta Tan — Editor, Islamic Finance news
Panelists: Dr Cigdem Ayozger Ongun — Founder – Managing Director, SRP Legal
Leilya Shamel — Associate Director, Business Development, DDCAP
Rachid Ouaich — Co-Founder, ConexCap
Robin Lee CEO, HelloGold

Side Events 9th – 12th September 2018

Date: 9th September 2018
Time: 1900-2030
Venue: Camlica Suite, Hotel Mercure Istanbul Altunizade
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Islamic Social Finance, The Institutional Respond and Vision for Turkey

Date: 10th September 2018
Time: 1400-1730
Venue: Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel


14.00 – 17.30 Welcome
Mustafa Enes Savas, CEO, Istanbul Islamic Finance Consultancy
Ashley Freeman, CEO, Gateway Islamic Advisory
The Future of Islamic Finance

Daud Vicary Abdullah, Managing Director, DVA Consulting
  Session A
Islamic Finance: A Tool in Combatting Humanitarian Challenges

Moderator :Daud Vicary Abdullah, Managing Director, DVA Consulting
Dr Sam Agbo, Senior Health Specialist, UNICEF
Dr Abass Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross
Ali Dogan, CEO, Doctors Worldwide Turkey
Dr Muna Al Mannai, Head of Waqf, Gateway Islamic Advisory
  Keynote Microfinance in Turkey: Challenges and Opportunities
Prof Dr Aziz Akgul, Founder, Turkiye Grameen Mikrofinans Programi
  Session B
Islamic Finance: A Catalyst for Financial Inclusion

Moderator : Rahma Hersi, Head of Africa, Gateway
Diyad Hujale, Programme Coodinator, Mercy Corps Kenya
Prof Dr Aziz Akgul, Founder, Turkiye Grameen Mikrofinans Programi
Saeeda Ahmed, Director, Education Partnership UK
Mukhtar Shekomar Ahmed, Chairman, RAYS Microfinance Institution Ethiopia
  Keynote : A New Paradigm in Finance
Prof Dr Vedat Akgiray, Former Chairman, Capital Markets Board
  Session C
The institutional response and a Vision for Turkey

Moderator : Ashley Freeman, CEO, Gateway
Dr Metin Ercan, Former Special Advisor, Prime Minister’s Office
Prof Dr Vedat Akgiray, Former Chairman, Capital Markets Board
Hammad Hundal, Country Manager, Islamic Development Bank
Prof. Dr Murat Yulek, Partner, Pglobal
  Special Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks
17.30 – 18.30 Networking Reception
* *Events agenda may be varied based on speaker availability and delegate participation

Organized By

Foundation Certificate in Islamic Finance Practice

Date: 11th – 12 th September 2018
Time: 0900-1700
Venue: Hotel Mercure Istanbul Altunizade
For further information please visit: www.iifconsultancy.com or email [email protected]

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Borsa Istanbul


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) 


Istanbul Islamic Finance Consultancy (IIFC)


Al Baraka Portfoy
Halk Yatirim
Multu Law Firm
The Perth Mint
Wafra Capital
Winston & Strawn


Islamic Finance news
IFN Corporate


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