MANAMA — Bahrain, an influential player in the Islamic finance arena, is set to take center stage at a pivotal seminar during the 21st World Islamic Banking Conference. The seminar, which marks a noteworthy collaboration between ISFIN and its Bahraini ally Charles Russell Speechlys, will be held at the esteemed Capital Club in Manama.
The event aims to congregate a veritable who’s who of the Islamic finance sector. The esteemed participants will span the spectrum, including investment and corporate banks, investment funds, central and retail banks, insurance corporations, and other institutions that deal with Islamic finance. The gathering seeks to foster dialogue and share insights on the latest trends and innovations in Islamic finance.
The speaker lineup boasts a mix of industry luminaries and experts. Notably, ISFIN’s CEO, Professor Laurent Marliere, an authority on Islamic finance and banking products, is slated to address the attendees. His insights are particularly anticipated given his extensive expertise in the field. Another notable speaker is Ijlal Ahmed Alvi, the CEO of the International Islamic Financial Market, who brings to the table his rich experience in global Islamic financial markets. Complementing them is Ashley Freeman, who serves as both the head of Islamic finance at Charles Russell Speechlys and an ISFIN board member.
A significant focal point of the seminar is the analysis of burgeoning Islamic financial hubs around the globe. The speakers will deliberate on the potential avenues Bahrain can capitalize on to retain and reinforce its preeminent position in the Islamic finance domain. The discussion is expected to encompass strategies that leverage Bahrain’s established infrastructure and expertise in Islamic finance to compete with emerging centers.
ISFIN, renowned as the global front-runner among professional platforms specializing in Islamic finance, plays a pivotal role in bridging investments from and to the Muslim world and also extends its purview to the halal industry. Its remarkable network sprawls across more than 70 jurisdictions worldwide. Not just limited to financial aspects, ISFIN boasts an eclectic composition, including independent legal entities, audit and accounting firms, and real estate enterprises.
This seminar promises to be an enriching nexus of ideas and strategies that can catalyze Bahrain’s continuing ascendance in the Islamic financial landscape. Moreover, it highlights the Kingdom’s relentless commitment to innovation and excellence in a sector that is increasingly gaining global attention. The insights gleaned here are likely to have reverberating effects not just for Bahrain but for the Islamic finance industry at large.
As the global economy undergoes dynamic shifts, the World Islamic Banking Conference in Manama becomes a confluence of intellect and experience that may well shape the future of Islamic finance.