Industry innovation from MIT Global

MIT Global has launched a collaborative initiative aimed at bringing together leading practitioners in the financial sector.

Called the ‘360° Visionary Leaders Alliance’, the initiative was launched in Dubai recently. More than 55 C-suite executives from the region’s leading banks and financial institutions gathered for a unique knowledge exchange to discuss some of the most pressing issues on the Islamic finance agenda, as well as laying the foundation for future collaboration and partnerships among attendees.

Dr. Adnan Chilwan, group CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank, delivered a keynote address on ‘The New Digital World’, while Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek gave a special address on ‘The Physical World’ and the need to transform the industry into a digital, augmented virtual reality. Maya Marissa Malek, managing director of Amanie Advisors gave a special address on ‘Women leadership in Islamic Finance – a 360° Perspective’.

Following the speeches and interactive discussion sessions, the event also hosted the inaugural 360° Visionary Leader Awards, which recognised the contributions of pre-eminent personalities and institutions working in the Islamic finance field today.

The initiative is the brainchild of MIT Global’s founder and managing director, Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek, a visionary of the industry himself. Speaking at the launch, he said, “The idea has been with me for a long time. I wanted to bring people together in an inclusive manner to discuss and deliberate on some of the most important issues that everyone is facing.”

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