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Date: 5th September 2018 Venue: Mansion House, London


Main Event | Breakout sessions

Main Event: IFN UK Islamic Finance Week – 5th September 2018

In the face of increasing sophistication, resources and skills in the hands of criminals, the concern about cyber threats is now very high among directors and regulators. Often ORM units feel they should make a contribution to this important field but haven't identified how they can best do so. This course shows the way by defining the special role they can play and the techniques to use.

The constantly growing types of cyber attack damage a firm in different ways. Each type of attack requires very different types of response. Although cyber defence technology is a specialist IT area, there is essential and important work for the Operational Risk Manager to do. This is especially with helping non-IT departments to play their part in risk control, and to enable directors and their corporate, business, financial and administrative units to know how best to respond to each of the different types of attack in order to minimise the financial and reputational damage to the firm.

Operational Risk Management also must provide risk assessments for inclusion in the Capital Adequacy assessment for the Directors’ needs as well as regulatory requirements in connection with Capital Adequacy and Pillar 2.

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Remarks: Lord Mayor Charles Bowman
09:40 – 10:20 Mega Trends: Global and Regional Influencers for Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine and discuss key issues and themes influencing global Islamic finance and investment including political risk, the performance of the UK and European Islamic banking sector in the coming year, regulatory and supervisory frameworks, green finance and the ascendancy of fintech – what will offer opportunity and what will disrupt? What is the latest assessment of Brexit and what does the panel expect to be the implications and opportunities for Islamic finance and investment?
Moderator: Stella Cox CBE – Managing Director, DDCAP Group and Chair of TheCityUK Islamic Finance Markets Advisory Group
Panelists: Bruno Martorano – CEO of ADIB UK
Charles Haresnape – CEO, Gatehouse Bank
Lord Mayor Charles Bowman
Duncan Steele-Bodger – CEO, QIB UK 
Marco Lichtfous – Partner, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Tax & Consulting
Nikhil Rathi – CEO, London Stock Exchange
10:20 – 10:50 Real Estate Finance and Investment in the UK
We discuss the current environment in the UK and Western Europe for real estate investment and explore the continuing role played by Islamic finance. What are the latest trends, structures, themes and opportunities? We also assess the role technology plays and predict where disruption will be seen. Does tokenization in property and real estate finance offer an opportunity?
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour  – Partner, Ashurst
Panelists: Adam Cavanagh – Chief Investment Officer, Rosette Merchant Bank
Mark Hucker – Managing Director, VG
Nicholas Judd
Founder and Head of Investment, 90 North Real Estate Partners
Pankaj Gupta  Co-Founder and CEO for the UAE, Gulf Islamic Investments
Sarah Gooden  Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
10:50 – 11:05 Keynote Address
John Glen – Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury
11:05 – 11:30 Coffee and Networking
11:30 – 12:00 Growth and Development of Islamic Capital Markets: Highlights and Opportunities
We discuss significant developments in domestic and overseas capital markets, including home purchase plan-backed securitization programs in the UK and the Saudi Arabian syndicated loan program. We also discuss the opportunities for listings and important issues such as the Shariah compliance of tradable debt instruments, ratings and the development and deepening of domestic Islamic secondary markets.
Moderator: Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Panelists: Ahmed Choudhry Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
Muhammad Gunawan Yasni Member of National Shariah Board – Indonesian Council of Ulemas
Najib Al Aswad – Director, IFAAS
Nitish Bhojnagarwala
Vice-President - Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service
Sultan ChoudhuryCEO, AL Rayan Bank
12:00 – 12:35 Liquidity Issues and Supervision of Islamic Financial Institutions in Western Europe 
We identify operational issues and challenges faced by Islamic financial institutions in the UK and Western Europe, where limited access to domestic, high-quality Shariah compliant assets make adherence to Basel III liquidity rules a challenge. What other supervisory and regulatory issues do Islamic financial institutions face and what are the solutions? What role does the Bank of England Shariah compliant liquidity facility play and what of structures such as commodity Murabahah?
Moderator: Lawrence Oliver – Director and Deputy CEO, DDCAP
Panelists: Amir Firdaus  Treasurer, Al Rayan Bank
Arshadur Rahman  Manager, Shariah Compliant Project, Bank of England
Mohamed Damak – Senior Director and Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings
Mohammad Faiz Azmi – Executive Chairman, PwC, Malaysia
12:35 – 12:50 Presentation: What is Value-Based Intermediation (VBI) and how does it fit with Islamic Banking and Finance?
David Korslund  Senior Economist, Global Alliance for Banking on Values
12:50 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 14:20 Hard Issues: The Islamic Asset Management Industry 
Through a short, concise interview, we step outside the comfort zone and ask the tough questions the industry wants to hear.
Interviewee: John Sandwick – General Manager, Safa Investment
Interviewer: Tariq Alrifai – CEO, The Quorum Centre
14:20 – 14:40 Gold – All that Glitters
Gold has come to prominence of late, either as an underlying asset or an asset class in itself. We take a closer look at recent financial products structured on or around gold and ask if the upward trend is set to continue.
Moderator: Natalie Dempster – Managing Director, World Gold Council
Panelists: John Durham – Manager – Depository, Gold Corporation, The Perth Mint
Philip JudgeCEO, Physical Gold Fund
Robin Lee CEO, HelloGold
14:40 – 14:50 IFN Fintech Platform Launch
14:50 – 15:20 Fintech and Islamic Finance
We assess the latest developments in fintech and analyze likely industry shifts, regulation and developments in product, distribution and delivery channels. We also discuss the role of fintech and tokenization in today's banking and capital-raising environments. What are the latest approaches to incorporating coin offerings and cryptocurrencies into developed regulatory frameworks?
Moderator: Tom Sleigh – UK Country Manager, Deposit Solutions
Panelists: Herve Larren – Co-Founder, Global Crypto Ventures
Khalid Howladar – Managing Director and Founder, Acreditus
Nasir Zubairi – CEO, LHoFT
Zeeshan Uppal – Co-Founder, Yielders
15:20 – 15:30 Keynote Address
Abdulla Al Awar – CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre
15:30 – 16:05 Stewardship and Responsible Investing: Opportunities for Ethical and Islamic Finance and Investment
We examine responsible, ethical investment and green finance in the UK and Europe, and identify the prospects for Islamic finance and investment to thrive in this active sector. Do green bonds and Sukuk offer viable long-term investments and how can the industry address the relative scarcity of credible climate-related and low-carbon investment opportunities?
Moderator: Stuart Hutton – Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical
Panelists: Catherine Howarth – CEO, ShareAction
Kristina Alnes  Senior Advisor, Centre for International Climate Research
Martin Scheck  CEO, International Capital Market Association
Sean Kidney – 
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad – CEO, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan
16:05 – 16:50 Talking Islamic Asset Management
What is the real proposition for the Islamic asset management industry? Is it a thematic investment strategy or a viable, self-supporting industry? How big is the market and how large can it potentially become? Through an experienced panel, we discuss Shariah compliant asset management in the UK, Western Europe and the GCC. What’s next for real estate investment funds, REITs and private equity? Do Waqf-like structures provide an opportunity for the UK asset management industry? What role do products such as ETFs and Sukuk funds play in a diversified portfolio?
Moderator: Tariq Alrifai – CEO, Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies
Alain Verbeken – Director-Financial Services,  Mazars Luxembourg
Ali Khokha – Senior Manager, PwC
Martina MacphersonPresident, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
Michael Rainey  Partner, King & Spalding
Mohammed Al-Hassan  Co-founder, CEO-GCC and Executive Director, Gulf Islamic Investments
Rachid OuaichRegional Managing Director, Wafra Capital Partners
16:50 End of Forum

Breakout Sessions 5th – 6th September 2018




Wednesday, 5th September 2018

A closed door, exclusive dialogue discussing key issues in investment and asset management. For details on how to be involved, please contact Andrew.Tebbutt@REDmoneygroup.com




Thursday, 6th September 2018

Ashurst LLP Level 6, Broadwalk House

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Remarks: Abradat KamalpourPartner, Ashurst
09:15 – 10:00 Panel: What’s Happening in The Global Real Estate Market?
We discuss what themes and trends are emerging in 2018 and into 2019 and identify active sectors, markets and buyers.
Moderator: Jamie ChapmanPartner, Ashurst
Panelists: Naomi Heaton – CEO, London Central Portfolio
Philip Churchill –Founder and Managing Partner, 90 North Real Estate Partners 
Richard Payne  Director, Head of Real Estate Finance, Bank of London and the Middle East
Sharifah Bakar Ali  – General Manager, Group Business Development, UEM Group
10:00 – 10:30 Presentation: Brexit and the Real Estate Market – Possible Scenarios
Neil Blake – 
Global Head of Forecasting and Analytics, EMEA Chief Economist, CBRE
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
11:00 – 11:30 Panel: Latest structures and Asset Classes for Shariah Compliant Real Estate Investment
What are new and interesting asset classes for the Shariah compliant real estate investor? Does agri real estate investment present an opportunity, and are there others? What structures are being successfully employed?
Moderator: Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
Panelists: Asim Khan – CEO, Khalij Islamic
Mohamed IsartiHead of Asset Management Europe, Wafra Capital Partners
Najib Al Aswad – Director, IFAAS
Omar Mirza – CEO, GII Islamic REIT
Stuart Jarvis – Investment Director, Rosette Merchant Bank
11:30 – 12:00 Recent Technological Innovations Driving Property and Real Estate Finance
We discuss the latest ideas in PropTech and ask what is the next big disruptor in the real estate market. 
Moderator: Sakeeb Zaman – CEO and Co-founder, StrideUp
Panelists: Anouar Adham – CEO, MercyCrowd
Ziad SobhInvestor Relations Manager – Europe and Middle East, Yielders
12:00 – 12:05 Closing Remarks
12:05 – 12:30 Refreshment






Thursday, 6th September 2018

Ashurst LLP Level 6, Broadwalk House

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome Remarks
Abradat Kamalpour – Partner, Ashurst
14:05 – 14:20 Keynote Address: Tayyaba N Ahsan – Head of Strategic Alliances, Finocracy
14:20 – 14:50 Finding the Right Formula: What makes a conducive Islamic fintech ecosystem? 
Islamic fintech market practitioners share their experience and discuss: 
  • How can regulators keep pace and support fintech?
  • Is there a right formula? If so, what is it?
  • What makes a conducive fintech ecosystem?
  • Will open APIs play a critical role in Islamic finance?
Moderator: Vineeta TanEditor, IFN Fintech
Panelist: Abdul Rahman – Managing Director, Abdul Rahman Law Corporation
Najib Al Aswad – Director, IFAAS
Tayyaba N Ahsan – Head of Strategic Alliances, Finocracy
Tom Woolf – Founder and CEO, EdAid
Zeeshan UppalCo-Founder, Yielders
14:50 – 15:05 Special Launch
15:05 – 15:20 Fireside Chat
  • Where are the biggest opportunities for Islamic fintech?
  • What are some of the struggles Islamic fintech start-ups may face when it comes to raising funding?

Rachid Ouaich – Co-Founder, Investors and Partnerships, ConexCap

15:20 – 15:40 IFN Fintech Platform Launch 
15:40 – 16:10 Pitch Playground Round 1
Promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas 
Speakers: Abdulkadir Ali Founder, Niyah
Khalid Howladar – Chief Strategy Officer, BlossomFinance
Niclas Nillson CEO, Capnovum
Zeeshan UppalCo-Founder, Yielders
16:10 – 16:40 Blockchain: Separating hype from reality
Islamic finance institutions and blockchain specialists share real use case studies and discusses the opportunities as well as potential challenges for blockchain in Islamic finance 
Moderator: Herve Larren – Co-Founder, Global Crypto Ventures
Panelists: Alan Laubsch – Director, Natural Capital Markets, Lykke
Dr Husam Yaghi – President, Ateon
Rachid OuaichCo-Founder, Investors and Partnerships, ConexCap
Tara WatersPartner, Ashurst
16:40 – 17:01 Pitch Playground Round 2
Five promising Islamic fintech start-ups pitch their ideas.
Speakers: Alan LaubschCEO, GenBlue
Dr Husam Yaghi – President, Ateon
Raza UllahFounder, Primary Finance
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