08:00 – 09:00   Registration & Breakfast
09:00 – 09:05   Welcome
09:05 – 09:15   Opening Address
09:15 – 09:30   Introduction
09:30 – 10:15   Session One: What is Islamic finance and where are we now?
Examining key industry developments in the specified country and how local practices measure up against the standards of other regional centers
  • Regulatory updates on Islamic finance
  • Challenges faced in the local Islamic financial markets and banking
  • Recent growth in the market - who are the new players?
10:15 – 11:00   Session Two: The country and the Islamic capital 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 theindustry
  • Identifying growth areas, market opportunities, potential investors and issuers
  • Issuance of new licenses to increase foreign participation
  • Sukuk defaults - how to prevent it?
  • Dispute resolutions in Islamic finance
11:00 – 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 – 11:45  

From an international regulator from Key Islamic finance market

11:45 – 12:30   Session Three: Islamic Products: what can and can’t be done?
Assessing the development of Islamic financial products in specified country and regional market, including;
  • Shariah compliant versus Shariah based
  • Developments and updates in existing products including;
  • Takaful, re-Takaful & Bancatakaful
  • Private equity
  • Structured products
  • Fund & wealth management
  • REITs
  • The potential for further innovation
  • Standardization of products to increase cross-border acceptability
12:30 – 13:45   Lunch
12:45 – 12:50   Luncheon Presentation
14:00 – 14:15  

Islamic finance: Facts & Figures

14:15 – 15:00   Session Four: Issuing & Investing in the Islamic financial markets
The development of Islamic issuance and investments in the specified country and region, and it's potential.
  • Challenges of private issuers
  • Standardizing local regulations to better stability
  • Gaining foreign investors' interest and trust
  • Growth of private equity and sovereign wealth funds in Islamic finance
15:00 – 15:45   Session Five: Closing round-table
Examining market trends, challenges, and further opportunities for Islamic financial markets
  • Characteristics peculiar to the specified country’s market
  • Exploring the potential for specialized financing solutions and services
  • Future listings in Islamic products
  • Encouraging cross boundaries collaborations for growth and standardization
15:45 – 17:00   Refreshments and Networking

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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.