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08:00 – 09:00   Registration & Breakfast
09:00 – 09:05   Welcome
09:05 – 09:15   Opening Address
Ken Waller - Director, MAFC & Australian APEC Centre, RMIT
09:15 – 10:00   Session One: What is Islamic finance and where are we now?
    Examining key industry developments in Australia and how local practices measure up against the standards of other regional centers
  Regulatory updates on Islamic finance
  Challenges and opportunities faced in the local Islamic financial markets and banking
  Recent growth in the market - who are the new players?
  Characteristics peculiar to Australia's market
  Will there be issuance of new licenses to increase foreign participation?
Alex Regan - Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques
    Panelist: Hilton Wood - Vice President Financial Institutions Group, Commonwealth Bank
Gary Johnston
- National Manager Financial Services, Australian Trade Commission
Steve Keen
- Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney
Ariff Sultan
- Business Development Director, Dow Jones AER Company
10:00 – 10:45   Session Two: Australia and the Islamic financial markets
    Discussing local and regional developments in Islamic markets, including taxation, regulatory, risk management and ratings issues
  Role of governmental bodies and regulators in ensuring compliance in the industry
  Addressing taxation issues and recent developments
  Encouraging cross-boundary collaborations for growth and standardization
  Growth of private equity and sovereign wealth funds in Islamic finance
  Where does regulation go from here?
John Masters - Director, ING Bank & Chairman, Sirca, former senior partner, PwC
    Panelist: Dr Ishaq Bhatti - Director Islamic Banking and Finance Program, Faculty of La and Management, La Trobe University
David Wood
- Tax Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Steve Lambert
- Global Head of Debt Markets, National Australia Bank
Madzlan Hussain
- Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co
10:45 – 11:15   Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:30  

Australian tax law's implications on Islamic finance
David Wood - Tax Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

11:30 – 12:15   Session Three: Islamic products: what can and can’t be done?
    Assessing the development of Islamic financial products in Australia and the regional markets
  Developments and updates in existing products including;
    - Fund & wealth management
    - REITs
  The potential for further innovation
  Standardization of products to increase cross-border acceptability
Bernardo Vizcaino - Managing Director, Amsar Partners
    Panelist: John Masters - Director, ING Bank & Chairman, Sirca, former senior partner, PwC
Emmanuel Alfieris
- Head of Financial Instituitions and Trade, Westpac
Dr. Rafiqul Islam
- Secretary, Islamic Co-Operative Finance Australia
Sulaiman Alireza
- Associate Director Financing Solution Group, HSBC
12:15 – 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:00   Session Four: Case study: Property and Infrastructure Islamic Financings
    Insights to what goes on behind an Islamic finance deal

Alex Regan - Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

14:00 – 14:15   Presentation
Agricultural Funds and Islamic finance
Anthony Abrahams - CEO, Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management and Executive Director, Macquarie Group Limited
14:15 – 14:30   Presentation
Islamic Finance in Melbourne
Hugh Moor - Director, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Department, State Government of Victoria
14:30 – 15:15   Session Five: Round-table: Issuing & investing in the Islamic financial markets
    The development and future opportunties of Islamic issuance, investments and market trends in Australia and the region
  Structuring and financing Islamic investment products to meet Australia's needs
  Exploring the potential for specialized financing solutions and services
  Encouraging cross boundaries collaborations for growth and standardization
  Future listings in Islamic products
  Identifying growth areas, market opportunities, potential investors and issuers
Ariff Sultan - Business Development Director, Dow Jones AER Company

Bernardo Vizcaino - Managing Director, Amsar Partners
Almir Colan
- Research Assistant, La Trobe University
Glenn Woolley
- Managing Director, Intrinsic Investment Management

Madzlan Hussain - Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co

15:15 – 17:00   Refreshments and Networking

Venue: Mallesons Stephen Jaques
              Level 61, Governor Philip Tower
              1 Farrer Place
              Sydney NSW 2000






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Speaker Profile

Osman Akyüz, who obtained his degree from the faculty of political sciences at Ankara University, began his career as a certified public accountant at the finance ministry in 1978. He worked with the Sezai Türkes - Fevzi Akkaya Group from 1983 till 1985, after which he was appointed the manager of financial and administrative affairs at Albaraka Türk.

He has also worked as a fund allocations manager (1991-94), assistant general manager (1994-95) and general manager (1996 – 2002). Osman has been an executive board member of Albaraka Türk since April 2002. He is also the secretary general of the Union of Turkish Participation Banks.