Driving Sustainable Growth through Malaysia's Islamic Capital Markets and Banking System
Date: 7th May 2018 Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Sponsors & Partners


CIMB Islamic

Website: www.cimbislamic.com

CIMB Islamic Bank, licensed under Malaysia’s Islamic Financial Services Act 2013, is the main operating entity of the CIMB Group’s global Islamic banking and finance franchise. It operates in parallel with the group’s universal banking platform where it offers Shariah compliant products and services to the group’s wholesale banking, consumer banking, commercial banking and asset management businesses.

CIMB Islamic’s products and operations are managed in strict compliance with Shariah principles under the guidance of the CIMB Islamic Board Shariah Committee, which comprises some of the world’s leading Shariah experts or scholars. CIMB Islamic provides comprehensive and innovative Shariah compliant financial products and services to meet the needs of individuals, small and medium-scale enterprises as well as large institutional customers.

CIMB Group’s Islamic banking and finance business is supported by the group’s network of over 39,000 staff in 16 countries comprising an experienced senior management team and a global team of Islamic banking and financial services professionals in all core components of the Islamic banking and financial services market. CIMB Group also has the most extensive retail branch network in ASEAN, with more than 900 branches as at the 31st December 2016. Outside of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic operates a universal offering in Indonesia and Singapore with a focus in wholesale banking in the other 14 countries.


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

The Islamic Corporation for The Insurance Of Investment And Export Credit (ICIEC)

Website: www.iciec.com/

The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) is a multilateral export credit and political risk insurer rated ‘Aa3’ with a stable outlook by Moody’s Investors Service. The ICIEC was established in 1994 by the IDB and member countries of the OIC, with an objective to encourage exports from and between member countries as well as to facilitate the flow of foreign direct investment into them by providing and encouraging the use of Shariah compliant export credit and investment insurance/reinsurance solutions.

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

The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD)

Website: https://isfd.isdb.org

The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) is the poverty alleviation arm of the IDB Group and was established as a special fund within the IDB to reduce poverty in its member countries by promoting pro-poor growth, emphasizing human development, especially improvements in healthcare and education, and providing financial support to enhance the productive capacity and sustainable means of income for the poor. 

Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the fund was officially launched during the 32nd Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors held on the 29th-30th May 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. The fund was established in the form of a Waqf (ie trust), with a principal target capital of US$10 billion. 

All IDB member countries are expected to announce their financial contributions to the fund and extend technical and moral support to its operations. Two overarching themes, in line with the IDB Vision 1440H, define the focus of the ISFD: Improving and enhancing the income of the poor, and promoting the development of human capital.

IDB Group Business Forum (THIQAH)

Website: www.idbgbf.org

The IDB Group Business Forum – THIQAH – is the main window which acts as enabler and play facilitation and catalyst roles to connect private sector institutions in IDB Group member countries. The main objective of THIQAH is to establish a unique and innovative platform for dialogue, cooperation and inclusive partnership for business leaders committed to partnering in promising investment opportunities. THIQAH’s vision is to position itself as the leading business platform of the IDB Group serving the private sector in member countries and maximizing the achievements of successful investment projects. The primary focus is on maximizing cross-border investments among IDB Group member countries, with the support of IDB Group’s financial products and services (www.idbgbf.org). 



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.



Tun Razak Exchange

Website: trx.my/


Website: https://www1.uob.com.my/default/index.page

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) (UOB Malaysia) is a subsidiary of Singapore-based United Overseas Bank (UOB) and has had a presence in Malaysia since 1951. UOB Malaysia offers an extensive range of commercial and personal financial services through its branches, subsidiaries and associate companies: commercial lending, investment banking, treasury services, trade services, cash management, home loans, credit cards, wealth management, bancassurance and Islamic banking products.

UOB is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: ‘Aa1’ by Moody’s Investors Service and ‘AA-’ by S&P and Fitch Ratings. In Malaysia, UOB Malaysia has ‘AAA/Stable/P1’ financial institution ratings from RAM Ratings.

For over more than eight decades, generations of UOB employees have carried through the entrepreneurial spirit and the focus on long-term value creation with an unwavering commitment to do what is right for our customers and our colleagues.

We believe in being a responsible financial services provider and we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our stakeholders and in the communities in which we operate. Just as we are dedicated to helping our customers manage their finances wisely and grow their businesses, UOB is steadfast in our support of social development, particularly in the areas of art, children and education.

For further information, please visit www.uob.com.my.


Ableace Raakin

Website: www.ableaceraakin.com

AbleAce Raakin has been servicing the commodity Murabahah market for almost a decade. Throughout the period, trust has been built and earned among its clients worldwide. Trust is a major part of our strength. We conduct trading for commodity Murabahah transactions needed for Islamic finance products. Using agricultural-based commodities as the underlying assets, Shariah compliance is prioritized encompassing all areas of our business.

Commodities offered are delivery-ready for purchase, upholding Shariah’s demand for availability of tangible products in real time.

We receive guidance from a Shariah advisory board regularly to ensure compliance to Shariah principles, in efforts to provide certainty and comfort regarding all products, services, documents and processes. We are open to the client’s appraisal processes to ensure complete compliancy and transparency with their respective corporate governance.


Website: www.acreditus.com/

Acreditus is a boutique advisory created to provide trusted, independent and high-quality rating, risk and Sukuk advisory services to corporates, sovereigns, banks, regulators, asset managers and institutional investors.

In this challenging and dynamic market environment, our clients can apply our unique and unmatched credit experience to maintain or improve their credit risk profile with the markets, credit rating agencies and institutional investors. These same skills can support asset managers, central banks and regulatory bodies to better evaluate and potentially supervise the risks associated with such entities and markets, as well as in the formulation of new policies and regulations.

For the stakeholders in the new and fast-growing Sukuk capital markets, Acreditus can apply our global expertise to help support their strategic aspirations by highlighting potential challenges and opportunities in this immature and developing sector. Regulatory advisory is available to help policymakers promote the sector’s growth and penetration while still ensuring that the particular risks of the sector are captured appropriately to ensure investor confidence and financial system stability.

Abdul Rahman Law Corporation (ARLC)

Website: arlcgroup.com/

The ARLC Group is a synergy of different constituent entities which are as follows: ARLC Amanah, ARLC FinTech, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation and ARLC Solutions. Together, they form a stronghold that caters to different client and industry needs, from trustee and safekeeping services, a complete boutique legal practice (including property and real estate transactions) to seminars and corporate training services. As a group, ARLC also provides expert advice to companies and individuals venturing into crowdfunding and fintech markets, which relates to its ability to cater to the trust aspects of collective investments. While maintaining a harmonious balance between the need for Shariah compliance and the state laws in Singapore, the ARLC Group strives to be the solutions provider for all things legal-related, both in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.

ARLC Amanah is an offshore trust company that seeks to offer trust and safekeeping services for both collective investment schemes and crowdfunding specializing in the Shariah law while simultaneously abiding by the local legal system. In addition, ARLC Amanah aims to provide wealth growth and management for individuals, and serve as a reliable trustee for private family trust funds.

ARLC FinTech aims to act as a bridge for any foreign companies choosing to enter into the crowdfunding or fintech industries by providing the technical know-how and expertise in establishing the legal and corporate frameworks. Moreover, with vast experience in localized practices, ARLC FinTech endeavors to provide expertise and due diligence capabilities for fintech start-ups looking to set their footprint in Southeast Asia, mainly in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Abdul Rahman Law Corporation (ARLC) offers a comprehensive range of legal services, from estate planning to probate and conveyancing, and even legal advice on Shariah-related matters. Whether the client is an individual or a corporate entity, ARLC promises to uphold an uncompromising standard of legal practice, to not just best serve its clients’ interests and welfare, but the community as well.

As a related entity of ARLC, ARLC Solutions offers expertise in areas such as mediation, drafting of legal documents, corporate compliance, as well as training and seminars in Islamic finance and other legal topics. In addition, ARLC Solutions also provides residency programs for individuals who are interested in setting up a business or home in Grenada, Cyprus and Slovakia.


Website: www.cagamas.com.my

Cagamas, the National Mortgage Corporation of Malaysia, was established in 1986 to promote the broader spread of homeownership and growth of the secondary mortgage market in Malaysia. It issues corporate bonds and Sukuk to finance the purchase of housing loans and receivables from financial institutions, selected corporations and the public sector. The provision of liquidity at a reasonable cost to the primary lenders of housing loans encourages further financing of houses at an affordable cost.

The Cagamas model is well regarded by the World Bank as the most successful secondary mortgage liquidity facility. Cagamas is the largest issuer of debt instruments in the Malaysian capital market. Since incorporation in 1986, Cagamas has cumulatively issued RM302 billion (US$77.96 billion) (as at the 31st  December 2017) of bonds and Sukuk, including issuances by its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Cagamas Global and Cagamas Global Sukuk which are also guaranteed by Cagamas.

Cagamas’s corporate bonds and Sukuk continue to be assigned the highest ratings of ‘AAA’ and ‘P1’ by RAM Rating Services and ‘AAA/AAAIS’ and ‘MARC-1/MARC-1IS’ by Malaysian Rating Corporation, denoting its strong credit quality. Cagamas is also well regarded internationally and has been assigned local and foreign currency long-term issuer ratings of ‘A3’ by Moody’s Investors Service that are in line with Malaysia’s sovereign ratings.


Website: https://www.danajamin.com/

Danajamin Nasional is Malaysia’s first and only financial guarantee insurer. We were established in May 2009 to be a financial guarantor and a catalyst to stimulate and further develop the Malaysian bond/Sukuk market. We provide financial guarantee insurance for bonds and Sukuk issuances to viable Malaysian companies to enable access to the corporate bond market.

Jointly owned by Minister of Finance Incorporated (50%) and Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia (50%), Danajamin is rated ‘AAA’ by both RAM Rating Services and Malaysian Rating Corporation. Credit Guarantee Corporation is a financial institution majority-owned by Bank Negara Malaysia.

Danajamin is regulated and supervised by Bank Negara Malaysia under the Financial Services Act 2013.


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.


Website: https://www.eigertrading.com

Eiger Trading Advisors (Eiger) is a UK-based asset-trading and technology company founded in 2008, which specializes as an intermediary in Islamic financial products.

As a leading intermediary and technology provider within the commodity Murabahah space, Eiger has the unique capabilities to deliver Shariah compliant commodity trading solutions through the Eiger Trading Platform (ETP), a web-based trading system, that we tailor to our bank clients’ exact operational requirements.

The ETP automates the structuring and execution of Islamic banking products for wholesale and retail commodity-backed transactions, including two new enhanced modules:

  • ETP Retail - A 24/7 STP platform designed to automate the end-to-end commodity Murabahah transactions underpinning retail banking products such as deposits, loans, CASA, credit cards
  • ETP Client Reach – A bespoke middle and back office module designed to streamline Islamic treasury and derivative transactions, including execution and documentation with our clients’ clients.

Eiger is authorized and regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, and is both a member of the London Metal Exchange and an associate of the London Platinum and Palladium Market.

First Abu Dhabi Bank (Asia)

Website: www.bankfab.com/

FAB is the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest and safest financial institutions (rated ‘AA-’ by Fitch and S&P) and offers an extensive range of products and services. Through its strategic offerings, it looks to meet the banking needs of customers via its market-leading corporate and investment banking and personal banking franchises.

FAB Siraj is the Islamic banking division of FAB which offers a full range of Shariah compliant corporate and investment banking products and services.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the bank’s international network spans over 19 countries providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses at home and abroad.

FAB Asia connects our customers to trade, capital and people flows across MENA, Asia and Europe and also intra-Asia with branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, India and further representative offices in Shanghai and Seoul.

Our Singapore branch serves as the regional office with a focus on corporate and financial institution coverage, and trade finance. A full-service branch, FAB Hong Kong is well located as the gateway to the northeast Asian region and serves as our Asian global markets hub, while our representative offices in China and Korea allow us to better service customers in those two countries.

HSBC Amanah

Website: www.hsbcamanah.com.my/1/2/amanah/

HSBC Amanah Malaysia, a fully-fledged Islamic bank wholly owned by HSBC Bank Malaysia and a member of the HSBC Group, was incorporated in February 2008 and commenced operations in August 2008.

The HSBC Group serves customers through four global businesses: retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, global banking and markets and global private banking. The group serves customers worldwide from around 3,900 offices in 67 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa region. With assets of US$2.52 trillion as at the 31st December 2017, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

HSBC Amanah Malaysia complements HSBC Bank Malaysia's comprehensive banking and financing solutions, available to all its customers, by providing a full suite of innovative Islamic products and services to retail and corporate customers.


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.



Moody's Investors Service

Website: https://www.moodys.com

Moody’s Corporation:

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. Both organizations are supported by Moody's Shared Services.


Moody’s Investors Service

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets, and the firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering approximately 120 sovereign nations, 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 72,000 structured finance obligations.


MUFG Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Website: https://s.bk.mufg.jp/global/malaysia/index.html

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)’s banking subsidiary, MUFG Bank (Malaysia), or formerly known as Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia), has been providing services to Malaysian and Japanese corporations since 1957.

Over the past 60 years, we have strengthened our presence in Malaysia with an increased number of new customers as well as long-term relationships with a large number of Japanese investors. MUFG Bank (Malaysia) enjoys the strong support of MUFG Bank. MUFG has a 125-year tradition in international and domestic banking. Our customers enjoy access to MUFG’s global network and services of 2,000 offices spanning more than 50 countries.

In recognition of the growing significance of Islamic finance in the global market, MUFG established an Islamic banking arm in Malaysia in 2008, making it the first Japanese bank to offer Islamic banking products and services.

In 2014, MUFG launched a US$500 million multicurrency Sukuk program and set a landmark by issuing the world’s first yen-denominated Sukuk. In 2015, MUFG established Islamic banking capabilities at its branch in the Dubai International Financial Centre to better serve customers in the EMEA region.

With the twin hubs in Malaysia and Dubai, MUFG is committed to supporting clients by offering a comprehensive suite of Shariah compliant banking products and services, including financing, deposits, derivatives, securitization as well as advisory services.

Trowers & Hamlins

Website: www.trowers.com/

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm, headquartered in the city of London, providing full-service integrated offerings. Today, the firm has over 150 partners and over 800 personnel working across the UK, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

With specialist lawyers in the UK, the Middle East and ASEAN, Trowers & Hamlins has been a market leader in the field of Islamic finance for over 20 years. Ranked among the top 10 UK law firms for Islamic finance, our clients include Islamic finance institutions as well as public and private sector organizations.

The ASEAN region is an area of continuing growth for the firm and in response to our expanding client base, we opened a representative regional office in Kuala Lumpur in July 2012 and were granted a branch license in 2015. We are the first international law firm operating in Malaysia.

Our defining characteristics are that we are a friendly and accessible firm which has a commitment to excellence, and which provides a supportive working environment to a wide diversity of individuals.


Adnan, Sundra & Low

Website: www.asl.com.my

ADNAN SUNDRA & LOW was established in August 1975 and has operated under its present name since 1982. We celebrated our 40 th anniversary in 2015 and have been consistently ranked as a premier law firm in Malaysia with capabilities spanning multiple practice areas, including banking and finance, Islamic and conventional capital markets, civil aviation, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, Islamic finance and real estate.

We have a traditionally strong track record in advising on finance and corporate matters and are experienced in negotiating, structuring and documenting complex and innovative financial and corporate structures, both Islamic and conventional. We have advised on many market-leading capital markets transactions, such as the first stapled securities issuance in Malaysia and the world’s first perpetual Sukuk and are privileged to have received the following awards in recognition of our practice :-

Malaysian Law Firm Of The Year
ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2016

Islamic Finance Law Firm Of The Year
ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2016

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016

Ijarah, Wakalah, Real Estate, Perpetual Sukuk , Equity & IPO,
Project & Infrastructure and Turkey Deals Of The Year
IFN Deals Of The Year 2015


Malaysian Financial Planning Council

Website: https://mfpc.org.my/

Profile: MFPC is an independent body set up with the noble objective of promoting nationwide development and enhancement of the financial planning profession. MFPC provides an evolving set of Best Practice Standards and Code of Ethics that must be adhered to by Registered Financial Planner (RFP) and Shariah RFP designees. This requirement is aimed at ensuring that the public will be served with the highest quality of ­financial planning services. MFPC was registered on 10 March 2004 under the Societies Act 1996. MFPC is proud to have received numerous awards. In 2014, MFPC received Honourable Commendation in the UNESCO Wen Hui Award for Educational Innovation in recognition of its Financial Planning awareness programmes. In addition, in September 2015, MFPC was awarded the Best Islamic Finance Education Provider by the prestigious Global Islamic Financial Awards (GIFA). Subsequently, in June 2016, the World Education Congress Global Awards awarded MFPC the Best Educational Institute in Banking and Insurance. Further, our Shariah Registered Financial Planner was recognized as the Best Islamic Finance Quali­cation 2016 by the GIFA Awards Committee.

Malaysian Takaful Association

Website: www.malaysiantakaful.com.my/

The Takaful industry in Malaysia started to gain momentum when, in October 1982, the Malaysian government formed a special task force to explore the viability of setting up an Islamic insurance company. Out of that study and based on its recommendations, the Takaful Act 1984 was gazetted and came into force thereafter. At first glance, there does not appear to be much difference between conventional insurance and Takaful. Indeed, in terms of concept, there is none as both subscribes to the long established principle the “pool of the many to help the unfortunate few”. MTA is dedicated in promoting the interest of its members and to supervise the exercise of self-regulation within the Takaful industry. The MTA Road Map introduced in 2006 set the direction and focus of the association. A four-pronged strategy was laid out with the objective of achieving a 20% share in the overall insurance industry by 2010. The focus, among others, is on branding, awareness and communication, shared services through leveraging of technology, investment opportunities and relations with regulators. These strategies are deemed achievable and close co-operation among members to make it work was the key to its success.


Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd

Website: https://www.kliaekspres.com/

Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) is the operator of KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit train services that connect Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA & KLIA2) and the city.


ERL was awarded the concession on 25th August 1997 by the Malaysian Government to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, and other ancillary activities related to railway services for 30 years. The company shareholders are YTL Corporation Berhad, Lembaga Tabung Haji, SIPP Rail Sdn Bhd and Trisilco Equity Sdn Bhd with each partner holding 45%, 36%, 10% and 9% stake respectively.


The KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit train services between KL Sentral Station in the city and KLIA were launched in 2002. The services were extended to KLIA2 when the new airport terminal for low-cost carriers opened on 2nd May 2014. Cruising at a top speed of 160 km/h, KLIA Ekspres is South East Asia’s fastest train with a 99.7% on-time service performance.




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.

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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.


AlHuda Centre of Islamic Banking and Economics

Website: www.alhudacibe.com

AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Islamic Economics (CIBE) is a recognized name in Islamic banking and finance Market for trainings, research and advisory over the last six years. The prime goal has always been to remain stick to the commitments and provide state-of-the-art Advisory Consultancy and Education through various well recognized modes viz. Campus programs, Distance learning programs, Trainings Workshops, Awareness Programs and Islamic Microfinance Products Development all side by side through our distinguished and generally acceptable and known Publications in Islamic Banking and Finance.

We are dedicated to serve the community as a unique institution providing trainings, education and consultancy in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance not only in Pakistan but all over the world. We have so far organized more than 300 trainings, 32 successful campus programs and training courses with numerous national and international students. 

Asia First

Website: www.asia-first.com/

Asia First provides a complete solution for financial professionals and organizations to source, purchase and manage financial news and intelligence products that they need for their business. It is a front-end website featuring extensive free daily and weekly finance news and other resources for professionals, complemented by a corporate back-end procurement platform and marketplace for buying and managing financial publications, data, research and events.

We organize specialized events and provide branding and exposure via our extensive readership and database. A one-stop shop with the following:

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CMO Asia

Website: www.cmoasia.org/

In 2010, CMO Asia was launched to plug a vacuum in the Marketing community. This is a peer networking body and this effort helps connect all marketers across sectors on a common platform. The vision of this platform is to share the latest stories that have worked across branding & marketing space & provide learning opportunities from the experiences of every marketing professional. This is the need of the hour to be able to thrive for the future. Do visit www.cmoasia.org

Focus Economics

Website: https://www.focus-economics.com/

FocusEconomics is a leading provider of economic analysis and forecasts for 127 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as price forecasts for 33 key commodities. The company is supported by an extensive global network of analysts- Since its launch in 1999, FocusEconomics has established a solid reputation as a reliable source for timely and accurate business intelligence among Clients from a variety of industries, including the world's major financial institutions, multinational companies and government agencies.

Link: https://www.focus-economics.com/download-sample-report


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


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.

OIC Today

Website: www.oictoday.biz/

OIC TODAY is a business and investment magazine that has been providing informative description of the structure and components of the Islamic economy and how companies could benefit from its great potential and the opportunities it has to offer. The mandate of the magazine was envisioned by the late Dato’ Dr Raja Mohamad Abdullah ,who was determined to make Malaysia a global hub for Halal and other facets of the Islamic economy, and this is one of the objectives of OIC TODAY.

The magazine is published monthly including topics covering activities from all OIC member countries. Complimentary copies are sent to top government officials, CEOs of large corporations, ambassadors of the OIC member countries in Malaysia, university vice chancellors, etc. Besides, the magazine is placed in the major bookstores in Malaysia and other countries. Annually, OIC TODAY honours the Jewels of the Muslim World and The Muslim World Rania Awards.

Smart Investor

Website: www.smartinvestor.com.my/

Smart Investor is the country’s leading monthly investment magazine. It focuses on enhancing value for both retail and institutional investors via its extensive corporate and financial commentaries and features. Smart Investor contains a balanced mix of articles that cover a wide spectrum of topics; ranging from macro and micro market scenarios, economics, and wealth management to property, gadgets and lifestyle. Smart Investor has a pool of authoritative expert contributors and takes pride in attracting professional experts in their respective fields to contribute their knowledge and experience. It also has a talented in-house team that provides a level of insight and depth that is not usually found in other publications of this nature.

SME Magazine

Website: smemagazine.asia/

SME & Entrepreneurship Magazine is Southeast Asia’s best selling business magazine. Dedicated to business owners and entrepreneurs, SME Magazine, features current news and in-depth analysis, and practical articles and features in everyday language.

A rapidly expanding sector, SME companies form the bulk of businesses throughout Asia and is often referred to as the thrust of the new economy. SME Magazine speaks to the owners and entrepreneurs, people at the driving seats of their respective business.

With a trendy cover coupled with a creative and refreshing layout, SME is exciting, inspiring and motivating. Driven by an excellent pool of correspondents and contributors, SME Magazine high quality articles are diversified, detailed and written in a way that gives our readers a global perspective while maintaining unique local insight.

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.

Warga Biz

Website: https://www.wargabiz.com.my/

WargaBiz is a media company that is synonymous to a reliable business partner and has lay claims to be one of the nation’s first exclusive online platform that solely focuses on start-ups and SMEs helmed by the Usahawan.

Often overlooked despite the rapidly growing numbers, our major interest is to highlight and help establish a stronger presence of the Usahawan community by providing comprehensive coverage on inspiring business milestones, entrepreneurial culture, quality business guides along with innovative trends and movements, top-class corporate events, relevant marketing and financing updates, as well as prestigious lifestyle highlights — all via our official site and social medias.

The name WargaBiz is a combination between two different words from two languages which are concurrently used in Malaysia — Warga is taken from the Malay language to refer to the members of the community whereas Biz is an informal term of the English word ‘Business’. Consciously, we are also inspired by the contemporary way of speaking the national language and the creative adaption of the people to communicate with one another.

Notably, unlike any other online media business, we also stage sector-related events that offer dynamic business networks opportunities to allow direct exchanges between the participants in a specific market as well as delivering wide-ranging services.

To provide responsible information for both the relevant professionals and the general public in this fast-pacing and ever-changing era, we are constantly training our elite team to perform an all-round task to effectively identify and share achievements of exemplary usahawan who are from various industrial sectors. As a reputable agency, our core aim is to serve as a one-stop portal to promote upcoming entrepreneurs and recognise local business owners while inspiring others to take up entrepreneurship.