Two major Islamic finance showcases coming up

The coming week are set to see two major Islamic finance conferences showcase the pedigree of the world’s Islamic finance capitals.

First cab off the rank is the eighth Annual World Islamic Retail Banking Conference that will be held over November 28 and November with the theme ‘Reigniting Innovation’. The organiser, Fleming Gulf, state that the, “8th Annual World Islamic Retail Banking Conference will be a platform to brainstorm, explore and analyse innovative retail banking strategies with Islamic banking experts.”

The conference will be held in the splendid Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where the keynote address will be delivered by industry stalwart Abdelilah Belatik, secretary general of CIBAFI.

One of the core feature of the conference will be the CEO Power Table that hosts such industry luminaries as Irfan Siddiqui, president and CEO of Meezan Bank, Aladdin Al Deesi, CEO of Mashreq Al Islami, Musa Shihadeh, CEO and general manager of Jordan Islamic Bank and the influential Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek, CEO of QAF Investments of Kuwait.

The first day of the event draws to a close with the Islamic Retail Banking Awards 2016 Awards Dinner that will recognise some of the truly great figures in the industry.


The second major event in the Islamic finance calendar is the 23rd World Islamic Banking Conference in Bahrain. As before, this event is held with the influential Central Bank of Bahrain as the main strategic partner.

The conference takes places over December 5-7 in the ART Rotana Hotel, Amwaj Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain. Organised by MEGA Events under the guidance of Ehsan Abbas the theme of this year’s event is Economic Uncertainties: Vigilance and Growth.

Main feature of the event will include speeches by Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain and Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.

Other participants to look out for include Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, Ismail Dadabhoy, advisor to the IIFM and Ijlal Ahmed Alvi, chief executive officer of IIFM, Moinuddin Malim, managing partner of Dubai’s Alternative International Management Services and Cassim Docrat, director of DDCAP.

Other features for WIBC 2016 include a governors’ power table and specialised streams focused on banking leadership opportunities and asset management best practices and panel sessions focused on SMEs and entrepreneurship, the impact of innovation in financial technology and more.

The team from The Islamic Globe looks forward to seeing as many of its readers as it can at both events.


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