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09:00 – 10:00   Registration & Refreshment
10:00 – 10:05   Welcome
David Arnold - President, The American University in Cairo
10:05 – 10:15
  Opening Address
10:15 – 10:30
10:30 – 11:15   Session One: Islamic Finance Regulatory and Infrastructure Developments in Egypt
  Discussing key industry and regulatory developments in Egypt and cashing in on opportunities
  Where does Islamic finance stand in Egypt now?
  Discussing local and regional developments in Islamic markets, including taxation, regulatory, and ratings issues
  Playing catch-up with Islamic finance leaders
  Role of governmental bodies, regulators and private bodies in encouraging Islamic finance in Egypt
Dr Walid Hegazy - Managing Partner, Hegazy & Associates
  Panelist: Dr Amr Abou-Zeid - Lecturer of Islamic Finance Strategies in association with Crowell & Moring
Dr Reinhard Klarmann - Partner, Sarwat A. Shahid Law Firm
Ashraf Mohamed Talaat
- Manager - Islamic Banking Unit – Treasury, National Bank of Egypt
Sohail Jaffer
- Partner, FWU Group
11:15 – 12:00   Session Two: Examining market trends, challenges and further opportunities for Islamic finance markets in Egypt
    Recognizing Islamic finance trends in Egypt, and capitalizing from opportunities
  Characteristics peculiar to the Egypt market
  Encouraging cross-boundary collaborations for growth and standardization
  Exploring opportunities under the Sukuk business
  Developing Sukuk for the corporate market
  Tapping on growing Islamic finance potential
Dr. Yasser Hassan - Managing Director, Al Watany Bank of Egypt
    Panelist: Mohamed Emad - Corporate Credit Manager, Arab African International Bank
Amro M. Adel
- Chief Risk Officer, Industrial Development & Workers Bank of Egypt
Motaz El Tabaa
- Executive Director, Alexandria Business Association
Yasser Dahlawi
- Chief Executive Officer, Shariah Review Bureau
12:00 – 12:45   Session Three: Islamic Products: what can and can’t be done?
  Assessing the development of Islamic financial products in Egypt and the regional markets, including;
  Shariah compliant versus Shariah based
  Developments and updates in existing products including;
  Takaful, re-Takaful & Bancatakaful
  Private equity
  Structured products
  Fund & wealth management
  The potential for further innovation
  Re-engineering retail products for local Islamic financial markets
  Standardization of products to increase cross-border acceptability
Sohail Jaffer - Partner, FWU Group
  Panelist: Adel Fatoury - General Manager, Reinsurance & Research, Egyptian Saudi Insurance House
Akif M Shaikh
- Vice President and Head of Product Development, Al Hilal Bank
Dr Shehab Marzban
- Director, Product Development, IdealRatings
Khaled Bucheeri
- Chairman and Managing Director, Itqan Financial Services
12:45 – 14:00   Lunch  

14:00 – 14:15

  Keynote Luncheon Presentation
Osama Saleh - Chairman, Egyptian General Authority for Investment
14:15 – 15:00   Session Four: Issuing & Investing in the Islamic financial markets
  The development of Islamic issuance and investments in Egypt and the Middle East, and its potential in a new business environment
  Challenges of private issuers
  Identifying growth areas, market opportunities, potential investors and issuers
  Discovering and adapting to changes in the issuing and investing market place
  Increasing foreign participation in Egypt’s Islamic financial market
  Legal aspects of Sukuk issuance in Egypt
Hamed Hassouna - Chief Regional Director, Union De Banques Arabes Et Francaises U.B.A.F
  Panelist: Motaz El Tabaa - Executive Director, Alexandria Business Association
Karim Sarhan - Partner, Sharkawy and Sarhan Law Firm
Dr Shehab Marzban
- Director, Product Development, IdealRatings
Mohamed Hashem Rashwan
- Assistant Professor, British University in Egypt
15:00 – 15:45   Session Five: Increasing Islamic Finance Growth Pace in Egypt
    Identifying challenges prohibiting Islamic finance growth in Egypt, and how to overcome these
  Macro issues concerning Islamic finance in Egypt
  Discussing the local prudential and capital markets regulatory environment
  Financing policies and procedures in Egypt’s Islamic finance and how they are evolving
  Addressing imbalances between rapid growth and bank capability – are Egypt’s financial institutions prepared for further growth of Islamic finance?
  Capitalizing from the financial crisis to increase Islamic finance growth rate in Egypt
Dr Amr Abou-Zeid - Lecturer of Islamic Finance Strategies
    Panelist: Walid Hassouna - Head Project & Structured Finance, Banque Misr
Ashraf Mohamed Talaat - Manager - Islamic Banking Unit –Treasury, National Bank of Egypt
Karim Sarhan - Partner, Sharkawy and Sarhan Law Firm
Khaled Al-Gazawi
- Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance
15:45 – 16:00   Closing Remarks
Dr Sherif Kamel - Dean of the School of Business, The American University in Cairo
16:00 – 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.