Role of Islamic Banks in Serving Local Communities and Promoting Inclusion - Interview with Ahmad Shahriman Shariff (CIMB Islamic CEO)

Banks serve as one of the building blocks of a thriving society. In recent times, a paradigm shift has emerged and highlighted the positive change that banks must spearhead in ensuring the sustainability of the people, planet and profit in both boom and bust times. Of great interest is how banks, in a time of Covid-19, would go a mile further in helping their clients and local communities to overcome financial challenges. Join us in this session to find out how Islamic banks have extended their hand to local communities during the COVID-19 crisis and how they have used social finance to promote financial inclusion. Discussion Points: - What role should Islamic banks play during such challenging times?- What is the role of Islamic banks in implementing social finance to serve local communities?- SMEs are the backbone of economies, namely in Malaysia and Indonesia. How did Islamic banks contribute in soothing the crisis impact on this category of clients? Discussion Leader: Ahmad Shahriman Bin Mohd ShariffCEO, Group Islamic BankingCIMB Group Time: 8:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

23 Sep 2020

Climate Governance Malaysia Showcase at Climate Week New York

Malaysia’s tropical forest ecosystems are a vital carbon reserve, removing some 250 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and supporting incredible biodiversity – but 3.9 million hectares have been cleared for oil palm plantations since 1990. Although this has helped to meet global demand for products from lipstick to pizza dough and brought greater prosperity to the country, de-forestation has also depleted Malaysia’s forests as carbon sinks and havens for wildlife. With the right investment and approach to conservation, though, Malaysian forests can make an important contribution towards the Paris Agreement target of limiting the increase in global temperature to 2c above pre-industrial times. Keynote Speakers:- YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Economic Affairs- Fraziali Ismail, Assistant Governor, Central Bank of Malaysia- Karina Litvack, Non-Executive Director, Oil & Gas major Eni S.p.A- Datin Sunita Rajakumar, Malaysian Chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance InitiativeNon-Governmental Organisations Speakers:- Dr Kalanithi Nesaretnam, Non-Executive Director, FGV Holdings- Luanne Sieh, Head of Group Sustainability, CIMB- Dr Glen Reynolds, Director, South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP)- Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli, Executive Director, Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre- Norizan Mohd Mazlan, Head of Conservation Peninsular Malaysia, WWF-MalaysiaVoices from Business:- Arsalaan Ahmed (Oz), Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia- Michael E. Long, Asia Regional Head of Sustainability, Lendlease- Cheng Jew Ken, Head, Sunway Group's Sustainability Task Force, Sunway Group- Rashyid Redza, Head, Group Sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation BerhadTime:8:30   New York13:30 London20:30 Kuala Lumpur

17 Sep 2020

Banking 4.0: Lessons for Islamic Banks - Interview with Brett King

Technology has completely redesigned the way we live and do business but more so in the last two decades. As the pace of technological advancement keeps ramping up, key economic sectors such as banking and financial services are undergoing major disruptions and fierce competition from fintech companies. In this session, we invite Brett King, futurist, author of Banking 4.0 and leading expert on banking in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He will share his insights on the future of banking, what it means for Islamic banks, what is driving the wave of change and how Islamic financial institutions can pivot to remain at the top of their game. Discussion Points: - What are the key drivers of the changes that are rapidly taking place in the banking and financial services sector?- Which new technologies are most likely to disrupt the Islamic banking and financial services industry?- How can Islamic banks pivot in a time where consumer behaviour has changed drastically due to the global pandemic?- Will fintech firms emerge as the new face of the banking and financial services industry? Discussion Leader Brett KingInternational Bestselling Author, Media Personality, Executive Chairman Moven Time 09:00 London12:00 Dubai16:00 Kuala Lumpur

15 Sep 2020

Catalysing The Growth Of Halal Industry With Islamic Finance - Interview with Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican (Maybank Islamic CEO)

Although Islamic finance and the halal industry are both part of the fast-growing Islamic economy, they are not integrated as they should be. On the one hand, aligning the two will ensure an end-to-end Shari’ah compliance, starting from the point of capital raising and all the way to the final product or service. On the other hand, strengthening the ecosystem and building a stand-alone economy will not only meet the needs of Muslims for Shari’ah-compliant products and services but also offer compelling ethical and sustainable alternatives to the rest of the world. Join us in what will be a thought-provoking session to learn how Islamic finance can be better aligned with the halal industry; what strategies should be implemented; how to measure the impact of the initiatives taken, and support inclusiveness. Discussion Points:- How did the convergence between halal industry and Islamic finance progress in the last decade? What's impeding the alignment between the two?- What can IFIs do to move closer to the halal industry? What tools or initiatives should be implemented?- How should IFIs measure the outcome and impact of aligning halal industry and Islamic finance?- How will the current pandemic affect the synergy between halal and Islamic finance? Discussion Leader: Dato' Mohamed Rafique Merican bin Mohd Wahiduddin MericanGroup CEO, Islamic BankingMaybank Time:8:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

1 Sep 2020

Building Effective Institutions for Sustainable Economic Development in OIC Countries

This decade has witnessed major events in OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) countries where people took to the streets to voice out their anger against ineffective institutions. While some countries invested early in reforming their institutions, others are facing the pressure to introduce considerable changes to earn back the trust of both their people and foreign investors. In this session, we host two founding members of the “Islamicity Foundation”, a non-profit foundation with the mission of supporting peaceful and positive change in Muslim countries, to shed light on how OIC countries can build effective institutions to ensure a sustainable economic development. Discussion points: - What are the main challenges and obstacles impeding OIC countries' sustainable development?- What is the rationale of the Islamicity index? And how is it supporting OIC countries' reforms?- How did OIC countries fare in the index ranking since its inception? And what are the learnings to build effective institutions?- How can countries use the current pandemic to foster institutional reforms? Discussion Speakers: - Daud Vicary, Chairman of Advisory Board, (Moderator)- Dr Hossein Askari,  Founder and President, Islamicity Foundation- Dr Liza Mydin, Malaysia Country Partner, Islamicity Foundation Time9:00 New York14:00 London21:00 Kuala Lumpur

26 Aug 2020

Digital Islamic Banks: From Strategy to Implementation

Digital banks have been on the rise in the last few years. With an end-to-end digital experience and no physical branches, millions of customers around the world switched to virtual banking for their banking activities: from mobile payments and multiple currencies' accounts to overseas remittances and wealth management solutions, all at very competitive fees.In conjunction with the #mydigitalworkforce Week by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), we gather experts in banking and fintech to share their opinion on creating digital Islamic banks, the legal and operational challenges, market acceptance and what will be the value-added to the Islamic banking industry. Discussion points: - What are the key ingredients of digital banking that explain its increasing growth?- How sustainable is the digital banking model? And what are the main challenges for digital banking global adoption?- What are the best strategies in creating a successful digital banking model for Islamic banks? What can impede this success?- Are the nascent digital Islamic banks a threat to the industry's incumbents? Discussion Speakers - Harris Irfan, Partner, Gateway Global (Moderator)- Yakup Sezer, Managing Director, Insha- Areeb Siddiqui, CEO, Kestrl- Sheeza Shah, CEO, UpEffect Time 8:00 London10:00 Istanbul15:00 Kuala Lumpur

19 Aug 2020

Moving towards Sustainability and Adopting Purposeful Technologies: How Can Businesses Adapt to the New Landscape?

In times of crisis, survival becomes the main, if not the only, goal of businesses. Implementing new strategies and investing in new technologies are regarded as a cost rather than an opportunity. However, it is in these moments where investing in sustainable strategies and adopting purposeful technologies can ensure not only short term survival but also long term resilience. In this session, we invite Stella Cox, ranked as the Most Influential Woman in Islamic Finance in 2017 and 2018 by Cambridge International Financial Advisory, to share her journey in building successful and resilient SMEs and provide her insights on how can businesses adapt to the new setup in the midst of COVID-19 challenges. Discussion Points: - In these unprecedented times, what should be the focus of businesses? - How can businesses survive and build up their resilience in such turbulent times?- Should businesses invest in sustainability in their struggle to stay afloat?- Why is it important for businesses to carefully select which digital technology to adopt? Discussion Leader: Stella CoxManaging DirectorDDCAP Group Time: 09:00 London12:00 Dubai16:00 Kuala Lumpur

12 Aug 2020

Islamic Economy 2.0: Blockchain as an Enabler for Impact Finance

Blockchain technology is an innovative way to structure data and ensure unparalleled transparency, traceability, immutability and privacy. It has been recently applied to the field of impact finance to track data and information on financed projects, enhance governance and reduce costs of capital. In this session, we gather experts in blockchain, fintech and ethical investing to share use cases on blockchain applications for impact finance and their insights on how this technology is transforming the Islamic finance industry and creating considerable social impact. Discussion Points: - What is the value that blockchain integration brings to impact finance's existing infrastructure? - How can tokenisation help in democratising impact finance?- What are the challenges of adopting blockchain in impact finance? How can we address these challenges? - Does cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum etc) have a role in impact finance?- What is the role of regulators in facilitating the application of blockchain and tokenisation in impact finance? Discussion Speakers: - Stuart Hutton, Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical (Moderator)- Khalid Howladar, Head of Credit & Sukuk Advisory, R.J. Fleming & Co. and Chief Strategy & Risk Officer, Blossom Finance- Dr Nida Khan, Chief Technology Officer, OneAgrix Time 8:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

6 Aug 2020

Financial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age

The current crisis has shed the light again on the digital transformation for financial institutions. However, this time digitalisation is not a choice and institutions need to ride on the digital wave to sustain their business and adapt to the new reality. In this session, we gather experts in finance and technology to discuss fintech in the context of financial institutions and understand how they capitalize on innovation to survive the current challenges Discussion points: - How digitalisation readiness made a difference in responding to COVID-19 disruption?- How important is open banking in driving Islamic banks' digital transformation? And what lessons can be learned from the early adopters?- What are the key strategies to enable and support digitalisation to drive new ways of doing business?- What are the risks and threats emerging from a rapid digital transformation? Discussion Leaders: - Abdul Haseeb Basit, Co-Founder and Principal, Elipses (Moderator)- Omar Mahmood, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Middle East & South Asia, KPMG Qatar- Azleena Idris, Director, Corporate Services Division, Payments Network Malaysia Time9:00 London11:00 Doha16:00 Kuala Lumpur

29 Jul 2020

Role of Islamic Finance in Fulfilling SDGs and Serving Communities: Strategy and Innovation. An Interview with Mubashar Khokhar (CEO, BIBD)

As Islamic finance industry evolves, the focus is moving beyond compliance to creating impact and serving communities. Crafting the right strategy is key to lead the way towards a sustainable future for all especially in these extraordinary times. Join us in what will be a thought-provoking session on how Islamic finance industry should strategise better to provide a positive impact. Learn from one of the industry's prominent CEOs on how innovation and technology can unlock greater socio-economic impact and how to address the key challenges in implementing innovative solutions in Islamic finance. Discussion Points: - How important is Islamic finance in contributing towards achieving SDGs?- Is the industry equipped with the necessary processes and intellectual capacity to drive innovation and sustainable growth?- Where do Islamic banks need innovative solutions to address the current market challenges? And what strategies would work best in these circumstances?- Can digital banks be more effective in creating social impact? An interview with: Mubashar H. KhokharChief Executive Officer & Managing Director Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Time:8:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

22 Jul 2020

Bridging Impact and Islamic Financial Markets: A US Perspective

Impact investing, as Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) defines it, is investment made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. As various global crises unfold, we are witness to the impact of business and finance on markets, communities and our natural environment, and the urgency of impact investing has become more widely recognized. While Islamic finance has largely focused on structure and mechanism, and impact investing has largely focused on outcomes, there is significant parallel between the two and a great deal both can learn from one another. In this session, we convene thought leaders and experts to learn more about recent impact investing innovations and challenges, resonance with impact investing and Islamic principles, and build an important bridge between these markets and communities.Discussion Points:- How can we bridge impact and Islamic finance to achieve greater results?- What parallels do we find between Islamic finance and impact investing?- What are the latest impact investing innovations and challenges?- What important lessons can each of these communities learn from one another? Discussion Leaders: Umar F. Moghul (Moderator)PartnerGateway Global Lauren GrattanCo-founderMission Driven Finance Don ShafferCo-founderJubilee Time 12:30 New York17:30 London20:30 Dubai

16 Jul 2020

Sustainable Financing & Shari'ah Integration. An Interview with Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin (Executive Director, ISRA)

Sustainability has become part of the world's agenda since the roll-out of the Social Development Goals by the United Nations in 2015. The world has committed to ensure a better and sustainable future for societies and deploy the necessary funding to meet these goals. In this session, we invite Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin to learn more about the importance of sustainable financing from a Maqasid perspective and the role of Shari'ah in leading towards a sustainable future. Discussion Points: Where do Maqasid al Shari'ah and SDGs meet? How do IFIs perceive SDGs? And what initiatives have we seen so far? What is hindering the Islamic finance industry from leading the sustainability path How should the industry promote the synergy between Islamic finance and responsible finance? Discussion Leader Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin Executive DirectorInternational Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) Time 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

15 Jul 2020

Can Islamic Banks Lead in Building a Sustainable Financial System? - Interview with Arsalaan Oz Ahmed

The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be more than a mere health crisis. It has severely impacted the global economy and endangered peoples lives all over the world. This has shed light on the importance of sustainability and reducing inequalities to preserve the economic well-being of societies. In this session, we interview Arsalaan Ahmed (Oz), the CEO of HSBC Amanah (Malaysia), to learn more about the critical role Islamic banks should be playing in driving sustainability and channeling financing to businesses and households to soothe the pain of recession. The live session will be part of IslamicMarkets Leadership Series, which convenes key experts, prominent scholars and thought-leaders in the global Islamic economy to share expertise and foster discussions to address challenges and opportunities. Discussion Points: Why should Islamic banks lead by example in driving sustainability?  How far has Malaysia's Value-Based Intermediation (VBI) empowered Islamic banks in driving sustainability and creating social impact? What should be the core focus sectors of Islamic banks' sustainability-financing strategies? What is the role of senior management in instilling a sustainability culture within Islamic banks' value chain? Discussion Leader Arsalaan Ahmed (Oz)Chief Executive Officer at HSBC Amanah/Malaysia Time 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur

24 Jun 2020

Islamic Finance Past, Present and Future - Interview with Iqbal Khan

As Islamic finance institutions grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, we interview one of the early pioneers of the industry, Iqbal Khan (CEO, Fajr Capital), to learn where the industry stands today and whether it is resilient enough to head into the future and present a more sustainable alternative to conventional banking. The live session will be part of IslamicMarkets Leadership Series, which convenes key experts, prominent scholars and thought-leaders in the global Islamic economy to share expertise and foster discussions to address challenges and opportunities. Discussion Points: - What were the salient challenges of Islamic finance development and what were the key success factors?- What is needed to achieve the overall objectives of Islamic financial system and make the industry Maqasid-driven and sustainability-focused?- How will the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 shape the future of the Islamic finance industry globally? Time: 09:00 London12:00 Dubai16:00 Kuala Lumpur Discussion Leader: Iqbal KhanFounding Board Member and CEOFajr Capital

10 Jun 2020

SME Toolkit: Surviving COVID-19

SMEs are facing a multitude of challenges, as COVID-19 disrupts regional and global supply chains and business operations. In this session, we will learn the tools and strategies available for SMEs to sustain their activities during this pandemic. Discussion points: - What are the financial and operational constraints that SMEs are facing?- What are the financial remedies available to SMEs in alleviating the impacts from COVID-19 on their business?- What are the tools and strategies that SMEs can use to survive COVID-19?- How to fully utilise the fiscal and monetary reliefs offered by the government? Time: 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur Discussion Leaders: Elain Lockman (Moderator)Co-Founder & DirectorATA PLUS Sdn Bhd Hussam SultanRegional Head, Commercial Banking CIMB Islamic Dr Marco TiemanChief Executive OfficerLBB Teams (M) Sdn Bhd  

9 Jun 2020

How to Invest During a Pandemic: The Future of Responsible Investing

Investors have seen trillions of dollars wiped out since COVID-19 crisis spread initially in Asia, and then in Europe and the US. In this session, we will learn how to invest during a pandemic and what is the future of responsible investing. Discussion points: - How to invest prudently and preserve value amidst COVID-19 economic crisis and low oil prices?- What growth asset types stand the best chance of future performance and what safe havens are there for Islamic institutional investors?- How important is it to maintain ESG considerations in investing during a pandemic?- What is the responsibility of investors, as long-term stewards of capital, towards the economic well-being of the society? Time: 08:00 London12:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur Discussion leaders: Stuart Hutton (Guest Host)Chief Investment OfficerSimply Ethical Monem SalamExecutive Vice PresidentSaturna Capital 

3 Jun 2020

Integrating Sustainability into Decision-Making in Times of Distress

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, leaving governments and businesses racing to avoid a total economic meltdown. In this session, we will discover why sustainability and social impact matters in times of distress. Discussion Points: Why is it important to prioritise other stakeholders' interests over financial returns during economic crises? How to integrate sustainability into decision-making and measure its social and economic impacts? How transparency, values and good governance can evolve in response to a pandemic? Time 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur Discussion Leaders Blake Goud (Moderator)CEORFI Foundation  Jessica Amy RobinsonAssociate Director - International AffairsAbu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad MahomedAssociate Dean and Head of Social FinanceInternational Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)

19 May 2020

Digital Transformation During a Pandemic

Digital transformation has never been more urgent for businesses, as they face uncertain times in the age of COVID-19. In this session, discover the value of IT and digital transformation and why organisations should use this time to accelerate the transition. Discussion Points: - Why is digital transformation important now more than ever? - What are the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation during a pandemic?- How digitisation and fintech innovation can strengthen Islamic economy businesses and help them recover? Date & Time 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala Lumpur Discussion Leaders: Abdul Haseeb Basit (Moderator)Co-Founder and PrincipalElipses Yasmin MahmoodChairmanPos Malaysia Dr Sayd FarookVice Chairman, Board of TrusteesRFI Foundation

13 May 2020

Developing Shari'ah Compliance Culture in Islamic Banks

A sound Shari'ah governance plays a vital role in instilling public confidence in the integrity, management and business operations of Islamic financial institutions. It is a key ingredient to ensure Islamic financial system's robustness and stability. In this session, we will learn how to promote end-to-end Shari'ah compliance culture, enhance Shari'ah governance in Islamic Banks and why it should be institutionalised. Discussion points: How important is Shari'ah governance to Islamic Banking? And how to institutionalise it? How to measure and manage Shari'ah non-compliance risks? What are the challenges in ensuring end-to-end Shari'ah compliance? How to promote a culture of Shari'ah compliance across departments? Where to start? Time 08:00 London11:00 Dubai15:00 Kuala LumpurAn Interview With Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud BakarFounder, Amanie Group & Global Shari'ah Advisor

12 May 2020

Leadership in Times of COVID-19: Does the Global Economy Need a Reset?

COVID-19 has disrupted the world as we know it and is pushing governments, businesses and policymakers to take exceptional measures to fight it. In this session, we will learn what strategies leaders can adopt and whether the global economy needs a reset. Discussion Points: If not now, then when? Resetting the economy through a holistic approach to the Islamic economic model. Government and policymakers: should they tweak at the edges or reform root and branch? Practical areas to address: SDGs/ESG, riba-free certification, bailouts: the 1% or the 99%? Has the Islamic finance industry done enough? Repositioning for a bold new future: is it time to support a new champion? Time 10:00 London13:00 Dubai17:00 Kuala LumpurDiscussion Leaders Harris Irfan (Moderator)PartnerGateway Global LLP Tan Sri Dr Jemilah MahmoodSpecial Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public HealthGovernment of Malaysia Dr. Sami Al SuwailemDirector GeneralIslamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)

6 May 2020

What COVID-19 Means for the Global Islamic Economy: Threats & Opportunities

Global economy has been sent crashing by the impact of COVID-19 and the Islamic economy is no exception. While its far-reaching effects are unprecedented, Islamic economy stakeholders need to adopt new strategies to navigate through this pandemic. Discussion Points: What are the major threats facing the global Islamic economy and which regions are most at risk? Which Islamic economy verticals will be affected the most by the pandemic and how stimulus packages will help alleviate the shock? How does COVID-19 provide the opportunity to innovate and grow the global Islamic economy? Discussion LeadersDaud Vicary (Moderator)Noripah KamsoKhalid HowladarTime09:00 London12:00 Dubai16:00 Kuala Lumpur

29 Apr 2020