MENA Islamic Banking & Finance Summit


Islamic Banking & Product Development Challenges

Islamic Banking & Finance Growth Trends

Impact of Regulations & Legislations

Investment Funds and the Future of Islamic financing

Ethical Finance Perspectives

Emergence of Takaful Industry

Islamic FinTech

Women in Islamic Finance


  • In 2020, Islamic banks accounted for about 18 percent of total banking sector assets in the country, according to the Central Bank of the UAE
  • In January 2021, the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) established a regulatory sandbox, which allows financial institutions and fintechs to test and launch their products and services in an innovative and safe environment.
  • Islamic banks' capital grew from $200 billion to close to $2 trillion and are projected to grow to $3.5 trillion by 2021
  • The volume of Islamic deposits in June 2021 amounted to about EGP 321.7bn, representing 7% of the Egyptian banking market, an increase of EGP 31.1bn (10.7%) from June 2020.
  • Dubai has the largest contribution to GDP in terms of Islamic banking, the sector reached up to 8.5% in total GDP of UAE.
  • UAE, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia ranked as the top five developed countries globally in Islamic Finance
  • Corporate Sukuk issuance has also picked up after a cautious halt in the first quarter of 2020
  • The first country to have an Islamic bank was Egypt in 1963
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Event Overview

Islamic finance and banking capital grew from $200 billion to close to $2 trillion and are projected to grow to $3.5 trillion by 2021. The Global Islamic Fintech Report (GIFR) 2021 estimated that last year’s volume of Islamic fintech transactions within Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries was at $49 billion. While the Islamic banking and finance sector surpassed 100 million customers worldwide, the future holds great demand, given the growing number of Muslims worldwide. Middle East has slowly emerged as the leader in Islamic finance and banking domain due to its emphasis on propagating a much more integrated form of Islamic financing which covers better customer service, better technology and better product range. The premier MENA Dubai Islamic Banking & Finance summit, has been designed to offer an exclusive opportunity to gain insights about the current trends in Islamic banking and finance. The benchmarks and solutions that are being implemented in the region. The way forward for FinTech and digitization in relevance with Islamic finance and banking. The summit will bring together industry experts, who will talk about the growth of Islamic finance and its potential to grow to the next level.

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Farah Jaafar

Chief Executive Officer

Labuan IBFC Incorporated

Steven Wong Weng Leong

Chief Digital & Global Banking Strategist

China Construction Bank

Arif Amiri


Dubai International Financial Centre

Muhammed Raza Jessani

SVP. Head of Strategic Planning & Business Analytics

Dubai Islamic Bank

Deepak Khullar

Group Chief Financial Officer

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Faisal M Sibai



Ali Allawala

Global Head, Islamic Retail Banking

Standard Chartered Bank

Fazal Rahim Abdul Rahim

Vice President - Head of Sharia Control & ISSC Secretary

Ajman Bank PJSC

Syed Mohammad Ali Naqvi

Head of Artificial Intelligence Data & Analytics

Al Hilal Bank

Mohamed Abdel Bary

Group Chief Financial Officer

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Gopal Kiran

Director - Financial Services | South East Asia

Deloitte Malaysia

Ali Al Abedin

Senior Vice President - Head of Strategic Relations

Dubai Islamic Bank

Hariprasad Chede


National Bank of Fujairah

Dr Marwan AlZarouni


Dubai Blockchain Centre

Amit Malhotra

General Manager

Personal Banking Group Commercial Bank of Dubai

Event Agenda

Session 1: Future of Islamic Finance in the MENA Region
09:00 – 09:20 Opening Keynote: Impacts of Islamic banking system on economic growth of MENA region
09:20 – 09:40 Expert presentation: Current Challenges of Internal Sharia Compliance in the IFI's
09:40 – 10:00 Keynote: Global Islamic finance market – Ushering the future of real economy
10:00 – 10:20 Industry presentation: Powering SME finance and financial inclusion though Islamic finance
10:20 - 10:50 Fireside chat: Implementing Relationship Banking Strategies with banks and financial service providers
  • Determining the tactics and the implementation of actions that shape and direct the bank towards the future
  • Identifying challenges within government delivery mechanisms and addressing them by the use of technology and/or reworking of policies
10:50 – 11:10 Thought Leadership Discourse: Global perspective on Islamic finance regulations and framework
11:10 - 11:50 Thought Leadership Discourse: Global perspective on Islamic finance regulations and framework
  • Impact of Islamic finance on driving FDI in the region
  • Islamic finance a vital innovative financing modality to fill the SDGs funding gap
11:50 – 12:20 Networking and Coffee Break
  Session 2 - Islamic banking 2021 and beyond
12:20 – 12:40 Keynote: The role of Islamic FinTech in promoting innovation in the Islamic Financial system
12:40 – 13:00 Case Study: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) - Virtual banking sales platform
13:00 – 13:40 CIO Panel: Redefining client journeys and developing more customer oriented value propositions.
13:40 – 14:00 Tech Presentation: Blockchain - opening up a single digital market for Islamic financial products and services.
14:00 – 14:30 Fireside Chat: Leveraging AI and Data analytics in Islamic finance
14:30 – 14:50 Expert Presentation: FinTech and its influence on the concepts of Islamic endowments
14:50 – 15:20 Fireside Chat - Tech Talk: Impact of Islamic Banking Digitization on customer experience.
Session 3: Islamic FinTech
09:00 – 09:20 Keynote: Middle East Islamic banking outlook – 2021 & Beyond
09:20 – 09:40 Hot Seat: Conversation with the CEO of leading Islamic Bank
09:40 – 10:00 Expert Presentation: Transformation of security paradigm of Islamic banks & its digitization
10:00 – 10:20 Thought Leader Talk: Leveraging innovations in monitoring and managing Islamic bank risks
10:20 – 10:50 Panel Discussion: Promoting Islamic retail banking and influencing consumer behavior
  • Addressing the challenges associated with lack of Sharīʿah-compliant liquidity instruments and inter-bank deposits, lack of knowledge and understanding of Sharīʿah-compliant products and the enforcement of Islamic contracts in court
  • Prospects enabling legal, fiscal and regulatory framework, the financing of small- and medium-sized enterprises and the issuance of sukūk
10:50 – 11:10 Industry Thought Leader’s Keynote: Islamic Banking – Breaking into the mainstream
11:10 – 11:45 CISO: Modern problems require modern solutions
  • Dealing with the threats associated with remote working
  • Upgrading the security infrastructure to deal with increasing threats
11:45 – 12:15 Coffee and Networking Break
Session 4: Women in Islamic Finance 2021
12:15 – 12:35 Keynote: Islamic Finance and Empowerment of Women
12:35 – 12:55 Fireside Chat: Celebrating women in Islamic Finance
12:55 – 13:15 Women in Islamic Finance Panel: Women in Islamic Finance & Islamic Economy: Unlocking Talent
13:15 – 13:35 Keynote: Empowering women in banking and finance across the region
13:35 – 13:55 Women Leader’s Panel: Women in Finance – Empowering Women in Conventional or Islamic Finance
13:55 – 15:00 Networking and Lunch Break


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