The World Islamic Banking Conference
08:00 to 08:55    Registration and Refreshments

08:55 to 09:00   Moderator’s Opening Remarks – Carina Kamel, European
                        Correspondent, CNBC Arabia

09:00 to 10:00    Opening Keynote Session – Progress and Challenges for Islamic Finance in Europe

Inaugural Address

Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa
Chief Executive Officer
Bahrain Economic Development Board

The UK as a Global Gateway to Islamic Finance
Kitty Ussher MP
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
HM Treasury

HE Rasheed M. Al Maraj
Central Bank of Bahrain

The UK – Your Gateway to Europe
Andrew Cahn
Chief Executive Officer
UK Trade and Investment

10:00 to 10:55    Session 2: The Landscape of Opportunity: Defining the Driving Forces of Growth for Islamic Finance in Europe

Session Introducer
Sameer Abdi
Partner- Head of Islamic Financial Services Group
Ernst & Young – Bahrain


Abdulhakeem Y. Alkhayyat
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain B.S.C

Stella Cox
Managing Director of DDCAP Limited and  Member of the Board of Directors of Gatehouse Bank plc

Raquel Hughes
Head of Product Management, Listed and Regulated Markets
London Stock Exchange

Audience Q&A

Key Discussion Points:
•    Assessing the scope and attractiveness of the European markets for Islamic finance
•    Which markets? Which segments? Which products?
•    Islamic finance and Europe – Leveraging the UK’s emerging role
•    Developing the UK as a centre for Islamic finance
•    Global perspectives on Islamic finance – What other European countries offer high growth potential?

10:55 to 11:25    Opening of the Euro WIBC Exhibition & Refreshment Break

11:25 to 11:55    Session 3: Sukuk in Europe: Poised for MEGA Deals?

Structuring European and US Sukuk Offerings: Key Legal Considerations
Ayman H. A. Khaleq
Vinson & Elkins LLP

Sukuk Development Across the Globe and the Potential in Europe
Nazmi Camalxaman
Manager, Global Markets, CIMB Islamic
CIMB Bank Berhad
Panel Discussion

Key Discussion Points:
•    Outlook for sovereign Sukuk: Overcoming the challenges for a UK government issue
•    Potential for corporate Sukuk: Which sectors have the potential?
•    Managing the complexities of multi-jurisdictional issues

11:55 to 12:25    Session 4: Country Spotlight: Exploring Specific Opportunities in Key European Financial Markets

Discussion Leader

Baron Junaid Abbas Bhatti
Ballencrieff House


Waheed Qaiser
Managing Director
Qatar Consulting Company WLL

Abdi Shayesteh
Associate Attorney

King & Spalding LLP

Xavier Jopart
Independent consultant specializing in Financial Services and Islamic Finance

Mohamed Boulif
Independent Consultant in Islamic Finance
Al Maalya

Key Discussion Points:
•    Which European markets offer growth potential for Islamic banking & finance?
•    Beyond the UK: What is the opportunity landscape in France, Germany, Belgium?
•    Lessons from other emerging international centres for Islamic finance

12:25 to 12:55    Session 5: Shari’ah and Business Open Forum: Towards Consistent Shari’ah Interpretations in the Context of European Financial Markets


Shaikh Nizam Yaquby
Shariah Scholar 

Mufti Barkatulla
Shariah Judge
Islamic Sharia Council, London   

Abradat Kamalpour
Dechert LLP

Haitham al-Haddad
Director of Muslim Research and Development Foundation & Member of Islamic Sharia Council-UK

Dr. Humayon Dar
Chief Executive Officer
BMB Islamic UK Limited

Key Discussion Points:
•    Internationalisation of the industry and its impact on Shari’ah
•    Managing increasingly complex products and deals within a consistent Shari’ah framework
•    Developing a base of European Shari’ah scholars
For the rest of the conference information and program, please go to this link

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