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Islamic Finance news Roadshow in United Kingdom
Expanding the Realms of Islamic Finance

On Friday the 12th November 2010 the Islamic Finance news Roadshow, now in its 3rd year, will visit London, United Kingdom. The Roadshow series is set to offer participants a comprehensive industry insight through a series of events in key developing Islamic financial markets.

The IFN 2010 Roadshow will visit 17 cities across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Europe.

The Roadshow is designed as a comprehensive one-day event, consisting of plenary sessions, presentations and keynote addresses.

London has for a long time been considered by many global institutions as a major financial center, and it is only natural for Islamic finance to finds its place within, both the retail and wholesale sides.

The UK is fairly developed in most aspects of Islamic finance, whether you talk of mortgage or securities, and is oftentimes referred to as the Islamic finance gateway to Europe.

The last five years have seen significant development as more Islamic finance products and service providers have entered the UK market. With a growing Muslim population, of 2.5 million Muslims, 50% of whom reside in the city of London, Islamic financial products are not wont for a ready market.

There are currently 17 leading banks including Barclays, The Royal Bank of Scotland Lloyds and HSBC which have set up special branches or subsidiary firms for the Islamic space. In addition, there are 55 colleges and professional institutions offering education in Islamic finance in the UK, a figure higher than anywhere else in the world.

It is significant that UK Shariah compliant banks are not only driven by the Muslim population in the UK, but from all walks of life from the GCC countries, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey to name but a few.

Key focus areas include:
Session One: CEO Session: Islamic Finance: Where are We Now?
Session Two: UK and the Islamic Financial Markets
Presentation: Raja Teh Maimunah - Global Head Islamic Markets, Bursa Malaysia
Session Three: Islamic Products: What Can and Can’t be Done?
Presentation: An Update on the London Stock Exchange's Markets for Islamic Finance Gillian Walmsley - Head of Fixed Income Products, London Stock Exchange
Session Four: Issuing and Investing in the Islamic Financial Markets
Session Five: Closing Round-table Examining market trends, challenges, and further opportunities for Islamic financial markets

Confirmed speakers include:
Neil D. Miller - Head of Banking & Islamic Finance, Norton Rose LLP
Nazmi Camalxaman - Manager, Product Strategy & Distribution, CIMB Islamic
Raja Teh Maimunah - Global Head Islamic Markets, Bursa Malaysia
Michael Clark - Chief Executive Officer, QIB (UK)
Stella Cox - Managing Director, DDCap
Haliza Abd Rahim - Head Project Management, BMB Islamic
Imam Qazi - Head of Islamic Finance, Burges Salmon
Farmida Bi - Partner, Norton Rose LLP
Dr Natalie Schoon - Head of Product Research, Bank of London and The Middle East
Mohammad Khan - Director, UK Islamic Finance Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jawad Ali - Partner, King & Spalding
Tariq al-Rifai - Director Islamic Indexes, Dow Jones Indexes
Lee Sims - Head of Treasury and Capital Markets, Gatehouse Bank
Muhammad Abdullah Al- Harith Sinclair- Partner and Head of Islamic Finance, Pinsent Masons
Gillian Walmsley - Head of Fixed Income Products, London Stock Exchange
Anouar Adham - Head of Asset Management, QIB (UK
David Testa - Consultant, Standard Bank
Simon Kiero - Watson - Chief Executive Officer, Sharia UMEX
Amjid Ali - Senior Manager & UK Head, HSBC Amanah
Jal Othman - Partner, Shook Lin & Bok
Marc Theisen - Managing Partner, Theisen Law
Dr Hardeep Tamana - CEO, Fyshe Crestar
Prof. Mahmood Faruqui - Senior Advisor, Bank of London and The Middle East

The event has been set up to facilitate discussion and debate on how to further advance Islamic finance, and how you could participate in the industry’s overall wealth and prosperity, given its projected average global growth of 25%-40%. This free-of-charge to attend event is aimed at senior industry practitioners interested in understanding more about the possibilities the Islamic finance industry has to offer.

For more information, contact Rowan Garland at +603 2162 7800 or email at [email protected]
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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.