IFN Europe Forum

Date: 11 Sep 2017
Location: Mansion House, London

Growing from strength to strength, the IFN Europe Forum will return in 2017 to familiar terrain as we once again host the event in London. Europe is growing in stature for Islamic investors who are taking a keen interest in its notable developments in the sector.

European markets have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to Islamic finance with an emphasis on growing the Islamic investment industry. In addition to real estate investment funds, Europe is also a vibrant market for alternative investment funds, private equity, retail, hedge funds and SRI investing. The IFN Europe Forum is expected to gather participants from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and will encompass everything related to the continent’s growing Islamic finance industry, attracting a truly global audience with a focus on central issues and latest developments.

Keynote speakers:

Ian Johnston – CEO, Dubai Financial Services Authority

Nikhil Rathi – CEO, London Stock Exchange


Main Event: IFN Europe Forum – 11th September 2017

9:00 – 09:15

Welcome Remarks

09:15 – 09:30

Keynote Address

09:30 – 10:15

Flourish or Flounder: How will Brexit Impact Islamic Finance Activity in Europe?

10.15 – 10.45

Coffee & Networking

10.45 – 11.30

Islamic Corporate Financing Activity in Europe: Players, Markets and Sectors

From syndicated financing to corporate Sukuk, what are the key markets and sectors, where will activity center itself and who are the prospective corporate Sukuk buyers?


11.30 –12.00

Positioning Europe’s Key Financial Markets in the Islamic Funds and Investment Landscape (Luxembourg, Ireland, the UK)

12.00 –12.30

Keynote Interview: Role of European Stock Exchanges in Facilitating Islamic Capital Raising

Nikhil Rathi – CEO, London Stock Exchange

12.30 – 13.00

Global Real Estate Investment Roundtable

13.00– 14.00

Networking Luncheon


14.00 –14.30

Who’s investing in Fintech – and Why?

14.30 –14.45

Keynote Interview

Ian Johnston - CEO, Dubai Financial Services Authority


Artificial Intelligence in the Islamic Investing Space

09:30 – 10:15

Responsible Investing: The Shift towards Green Finance, ESG & Ethical Funds

Panelists:     Hasan AlJabri – CEO, SEDCO Capital, Saudi Arabia

Sean Kidney – CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

16.00 – 16.30

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Solving the Industry’s Human Capital Conundrum

16.30 –17.15

IFN Debate: This House Believes a Post Brexit Europe Will Create More Opportunities for its Emerging Islamic Finance Markets

17.15– 17.45

Coffee & Networking


End of Forum

Side Events – 12th September 2017

9.00am – 12.00 noon

IFN Dialogues offer an independent and impartial platform for the identification and resolution of specific issues,challenges and opportunities facing the industry through a high-level discussion designed to determine the potential development of a particular country, sector or asset class. On the sidelines of the IFN Europe Forum REDmoney will host our first IFN UK Dialogue with UK-based financial regulators and market players on the 12th of September. The UK Dialogue is a high level, invite-only roundtable event comprising senior regulators and market leaders representing the Islamic finance industry in the UK. This closed door meeting will focus exclusively on London’s bid to become a world class Islamic investment destination. To facilitate open and honest discussion no media will be invited to cover the event. A summary of discussions will, however, be transcribed and distributed only to participants and submitted to the relevant regulators in the UK for their review.

Islamic Fintech

9.00am – 12.00 noon

With growing influence on global investments and altering how business is being conducted, the importance and relevance of technology-based financial companies can no longer be ignored. Driven by innovative start-ups, the booming fintech industry is capturing traditional market share with its approach and there have been calls for traditional financial services companies to tie up with fintech companies to leverage on their penetration levels, rather than compete head-on. This 3-hour breakout session will explore how the convergence of fintech and Shariah compliant financing will advance the Islamic finance industry and most importantly, the possible synergies that exist between new platforms and traditional banking systems.

Key discussion points:

  • Fintech entrepreneurs, startups and accelerators in the Islamic finance space
  • Regulation vs. innovation
  • Blockchain for financial services
  • Digital wealth management and robo advisors
  • Equity & P2P fundraising
  • Insuretech
  • Social impact of fintech

IFN Leadership & Education Roundtable

2.00pm – 5.00 noon

The growth of Islamic banks, and Islamic finance, continues to outpace the development of talent the industry crucially needs.A dearth in human capital, and leadership in particular, is now one of the biggest challenges the industry faces. Developing a new generation of Islamic bankers and intermediaries must therefore be embraced by academics, industry leaders and financial regulators in key Islamic finance markets globally. The IFN Leadership and Education Roundtable will focus on what it will take to meet the human capital needs of an industry  developing rapidly both in terms of size and sophistication. This multi-stakeholder discussion is specically designed for Islamic finance academia, government bodies regulating Islamic finance education and human capital practitioners from leading Islamic banks providing an avenue to come together, exchange views and gather feedback on issues surrounding education and talent development in Islamic finance.

Key discussion points:

  • How will we, as an industry, overcome the current dearth in strong leadership?
  • How can collaboration across institutions on an international scale be achieved to solve the talent dilemma?
  • What role should the various stakeholders play in the pursuit of providing a holistic education and post-graduate training
  • What is needed to nurture and grow mid-level managers to become industry leaders?

Global Real Estate Investment

2.00pm – 5.00 noon

Real estate finance and Islamic finance have for a long time been closely associated. Real estate and property satisfy the requirement of Shariah for tangible, physical assets and, as such, the two have thrived in a highly synergetic manner. Real estate investments offer significant benefits and opportunities for the Shariah compliant investor, whether it be through direct/private equity-style investment, or indirectly through an investment fund. This 3 hour session will focus on where the opportunities lie for real estate investors globally, with a specific view on European and US real estate investments.

Key discussion points:

  • The global real estate market and investors – who is investing, in what and where?
  • The regulatory environment and opportunities in key European markets
  • Opportunities in the US for real estate investors
  • The UK real estate market and the impact of Brexit
  • Risk exposures for investors: Liquidity, redemption, foreign exchange, Shariah
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