Date: 26th November 2018 Venue: Wyndham Grand Manama, Bahrain


Global Islamic Fintech Huddle | Islamic Finance Innovation Day
| World Islamic Fintech Awards

Global Islamic Fintech Huddle

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Address
David Parker – 
Executive Director, Financial Services, Economic Development Board
09:15 – 09:50 CEO Corner: What do Islamic fintech start-ups need to thrive?
What makes an Islamic fintech start-up successful? What support do they need? What makes a conducive Islamic fintech ecosystem? Listen first hand from leading Islamic financial enablers and Islamic fintech start-ups.
Moderator: Wajeeha Hussain – Section Head of Digital Banking and FinTech, Al Baraka Banking Group
Panelists: Kamran Akhtar – Chief Commercial Officer, Waqfe
Khalid Saad – CEO, Bahrain Fintech Bay
Maritz Mansor – Chief Operating Officer, Ethis Group
09:50 – 10:10 Fireside Chat: Finding the Islamic Fintech Unicorn
Islamic fintech market practitioners share their experience and discuss:
  • What do investors look for when it comes to investing in fintech for Islamic finance?
  • What are the biggest opportunities for Islamic fintech?
  • What are the struggles Islamic fintech start-ups face when it comes to raising funding?
Interviewer: Vineeta Tan – Editor, Islamic Finance news and IFN Fintech
Interviewee: Raheel Iqbal – Managing Director, Technology Investments, Finocracy
10:10 – 10:40 Power Pitch
Promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas
Panelists: Raza Ullah – Founder, Primary Finance
Khalid HowladarChief Strategy Officer, Blossom Finance
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee & Networking
11:10 – 11:40 Making the case for Islamic Fintech
From crowdfunding, AI, data analytics to payment solutions and digital banking – what can these offer Islamic finance and what challenges do new players face?
Moderator: Umera Ali – Global Head Islamic Finance and Head of Banking and Finance Middle East, DWF (Middle East)
Panelists: Dr Husam Yaghi – Group Chief Technology Officer, Alhamrani Universal
Muhammad Shaheed – Advisor, Fintech Galaxy
Salman Mujtaba – Investor Relations, Wahed Invest
11:40 – 12:00 TechTalk
Hear from an entrepreneur leveraging on technology and Islamic financial instruments to create real positive impact on society
Speaker: Rama Jalal Turkistani – Co-Founder, CBX Unit
12:00 – 12:30 Power Pitch
Promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas.
Panelists: Ita Jalaluddin – Product Lead, HelloGold
Hassan WaqarFounder, MoneeMint

Islamic Finance Innovation Day

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14:05 Welcome Remarks: David ParkerExecutive Director, Financial Services, Economic Development Board
14:20 Panel 1: Accelerating Fintech Adoption
Get a glimpse into the views of young Islamic banking, finance, regulatory and fintech professionals on the current state of industry innovation and the adoption of fintech. The session will hear the unique perspective that young professionals have to offer on the pace of current developments, if digital innovation is moving fast enough, major challenges and obstacles and the changes required in the cultures, attitudes and behaviours of institutions to effectively innovate. It will also examine the role that the next generation of finnovators can play in the development and implementation of fintech agendas and the fast tracking of industry advancement.
Moderator: Ashley Freeman – Founding Member, UK Islamic FinTech Panel
Panelists: Maritz MansorCOO, Ethis Group of Companies
Salam SlimDirector- Global Solution Lead/ Islamic Banking, Oracle Financial Services
Wajeeha HussainSection Head of Digital Banking and FinTech, Al Baraka Banking Group
Yasmeen Al SaffarSenior Executive - Financial Services, Bahrain Economic Development Board
Yasmeen Al SharafHead of Fintech and Innovation Unit, Central Bank of Bahrain
15:05 Panel 2: Educating, Empowering and Leveraging the Power of Young Professionals
This session will look at how institutions and the industry can harness the power of young finnovators through investment in education and greater empowerment to lead change. It will bring together HR professionals along with representatives and students of strategic, high-calibre programmes currently providing degrees, certification or on-the-job training. Participants will discuss the merits and value of existing initiatives, short comings as well as the need for further investment and expansion of training and skills development among young professionals so that the industry can keep pace with the expected growth in demand for digital Islamic financial products and services.
Moderator: Dawood Al Ashhab – Head of Human Resources, Bahrain Islamic Bank
Panelists: Ahmed Al Balooshi – Senior Vice President, Head of IT, Al Baraka Banking Group
Mujtaba Khaled  Head of the Centre for Islamic Finance, Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance
Raheel Iqbal  Managing Director, Finocracy
Redha Al Ansari  Research Team Leader, Thomson Reuters
Rose Murad  Research Analyst, Bahrain FinTech Bay
Ziyaad Mahomed  Associate Dean - E-Learning/Online Programs and Director of Executive Education, The Global University of Islamic Finance (INCEIF)
15:50 Islamic Innovation Labs: Views from the Inside
Innovation rarely happens in isolation and that’s why a significant and growing number of global financial institutions and banks are developing dedicated innovation labs and accelerators. This panel will highlight the growing emphasis that Islamic banks are placing on internal collaboration and knowledge sharing as a means for driving fintech innovation and the important role these labs are playing in accelerating fintech development, adoption and digital transformation.
Moderator: Ashar Nazim – CEO, Waqfe
Panelists: Ahmed Al Balooshi – Senior Vice President, Head of IT, Al Baraka Banking Group
Ali Al Achkar  Head of Strategy and Innovation Management Office, Gulf International Bank
Khaled Saad  CEO, Bahrain FinTech Bay
Mohammed Roushdy  Founder, Fintech Bazaar
Mourad Fathallah  Head of strategy and international partnerships, Casablanca Finance City
16:35 Closing Remarks followed by Networking and Refreshments

World Islamic Fintech Awards

WIFA's Winners

Best Alternative Finance Provider Winner: StrideUp, the UK
Best Data and Analytics Platform for Islamic Finance Winner: Arabesque, the UK
Most Innovative Use of Blockchain in Islamic Finance Winner: Blossom Finance, Indonesia
Best Islamic Crowdfunding Platform Winner: Yielders, the UK
Best Islamic Peer-to-Peer Finance Platform Winner: EthisCrowd, Singapore
Best Islamic Digital Bank Winner: Insha, Germany
Best Islamic Fintech Enabler Winner: Albaraka Garaj, Turkey
Best Islamic Wealth Management Fintech Company Winner: HelloGold, Malaysia
Best Islamic Financial Software Provider Winner: Codebase Technologies, the UAE
Best Islamic Robo-Advisory Platform Winner: Wahed Invest, the US
Best Shariah Compliant Payment, Remittance and FX Platform Winner: Moneyar, Iran
Best Social Impact Islamic Fintech Firm Winner: Global Sadaqah, Malaysia
WIFA People’s Choice Award Winner: OneGram, the UAE
Most Promising Islamic Fintech Start-up of the Year Winner: Primary Finance, the UK
Islamic Fintech Company of the Year Winner: Insha, Germany


7.00pm Arrival of Guests
7.30pm Welcome Address
7.40pm Keynote Address By Chief Executive Office, FinTech Bay
7.50pm Awards Presentation
8.45pm Networking
9.30pm End