IFN UK Forum 2022

Date: 05 Sept 2022
Location: Mansion House, London

Capitalizing on Opportunities in Islamic Sustainable Finance and Technology in the UK

Latest Updates

We're delighted to announce some recent updates to the IFN UK Forum 2022.

Firstly, we welcome our new keynote speaker Naz Shah, Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention.

The Forum

The 14ᵗʰ IFN UK Forum, the Islamic finance industry’s longest running and leading European event, will again be held in London, at Mansion House under the patronage of the Lord Mayor of London and fully supported by Her Majesty’s Government, TheCityUK and The City of London.

Quite simply, the annual IFN UK Forum is the most significant day for Islamic finance in Europe, attracting regulators and the industry elite from around the world in possibly the most historic and stunning venue available.

The IFN UK Forum will continue to uphold itself as a pillar of exchange of information, strategy, and growth in the Islamic finance sector for the UK, Europe and beyond through unparalleled expert panel discussions, private networking and exclusive dialogue sessions.

See below for the full program, speakers, partners, and registration to confirm your place.




Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Abdulkader Thomas, Director, SHAPE™ Knowledge Services


Welcome Address

Peter Estlin, Representative of The Lord Mayor of the City of London


Keynote Address

Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation and Acting CEO, General Manager, The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


Leaders’ Question Time: New Challenges - Islamic Finance’s Response


Stella Cox, Managing Director, DDCAP


Michael Rainey, Partner, King & Spalding

Dr Mohamed Damak, Senior Director, Global Head of Islamic Finance, S&P Global Ratings

Mohammed Paracha, Head of Middle East, Norton Rose Fulbright

Richard Thomas, Managing Director, Sustainable Economy

Dr Usman Chaudry, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director of the Board, Gatehouse Bank


Keynote Address

Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Chief Executive, Securities Commission Malaysia


Keynote Address

Naz Shah, Member of Parliament


Coffee & Networking


Technology and Marketplace Financing Roundtable: Digitalization and the Evolution of UK Islamic Financial Services


Vineeta Tan, Managing Editor, Islamic Finance news


Areeb Siddiqui, Founder and CEO, Kestrl

Hassan Daher, Founder and CEO, Qardus

Omar Shaikh, Founder and CEO, COCOA Invest

Youness Abidou, Founder and CEO, Nester


Building Momentum: Successfully Positioning Islamic ESG and Sustainable Finance and Investment in the UK


Hari Bhambra, Global Head of Compliance Solutions, Apex Group


Craig Reeves, Director and Founder, Prestige Funds

Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation and Acting CEO, General Manager, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Michael Rainey, Partner, King & Spalding

Sohail Ali, Partner, DLA Piper

Zalina Shamsudin, Head of International Programmes, Climate Bonds Initiative




Islamic Capital Markets: Fit for Purpose


Dr Natalie Schoon, CEO, Redmoney Consulting


Ahsan Ali, Managing Director and Head, Islamic Origination, Standard Chartered Saadiq

Nitish Bhojnagarwala, Vice-President – Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service

Safdar Alam, CEO, Maydan Capital

Shrey Kohli, Head of Debt Capital Markets and Product Origination, London Stock Exchange


The Deployment of Shariah Compliant Capital in the UK: Trends and Opportunities


Mike Tirman, Partner, Ice Miller


Amir Firdaus, Partner, CFO, OFFA

Andy Thomson, Head of Real Estate, Bank of London & The Middle East

Dr Hurriyah El Islamy, Executive Board Member, Badan Pengelola Keuangan Haji (BPKH)

Moad Giebaly, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Dr Scott Levy, Founder, Al Waseelah


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