3 & 4 October 2018, Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur

About GIFF2018
Value Based Intermediation – Beyond Profit

The Association of Islamic Banking and Financial Institutions Malaysia, or known as AIBIM, with support of the Central Bank of Malaysia is organising the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2018 (GIFF2018) from 3rd to 4th October. This year's GIFF2018's theme is Value Based Intermediation – Beyond Profit. The central feature of this topic is understanding values in banking, introducing them into the DNA of banks and encouraging thinking and action that goes beyond profits.

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Who should attend the event?

GIFF is a global Islamic finance conference that offers unique networking opportunity for regulators, industry practitioners, business leaders, Shariah scholars and those who are interested in unlocking and enhancing the potential of Islamic finance in the international market place

The GIFF2018 will be beneficial for:

Prof Dr Olaf Sleijpen
Division Director, Supervision Policy
De Nederlandsche Bank N.V.

Prof. Dr. Olaf C.H.M. Sleijpen (1970) is Director of the Supervision Policy Division of De Nederlandsche Bank N.V. (DNB), the Dutch central bank. Since 2007, he has also been part-time professor holding an endowed chair in European Economic Policy at Maastricht University.

Olaf is a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). He is also a member of the Management Board and Board of Supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and a member of the Board of Supervisors of the European Banking Authority (EBA).

He was Director of DNB's ... Read More

Dr Simon Lord
Chief Sustainability Officer
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Reporting to the Executive Deputy Chairman & Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, Dr Simon Lord, Chief Sustainability Officer, helmed the position in April of 2015 with the shared vision for Sime Darby Plantation Berhad to become a leading multinational corporation in delivering sustainable value to its stakeholders. Lord overseas the sustainability agenda in five core businesses and guides teams to create value throughout its operations. Under his leadership, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad has grown to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change through the integration and balance of economic, social and environmental considerations.

With over 30 ... Read More

Anna Batenkova
Sustainable Finance Engagement Manager
World Wildlife Funds (WWF)

Anna Batenkova is Sustainable Finance Engagement Manager in WWF and joined the organization in 2016. Anna works in partnership with banks, regulators and banking associations throughout ASEAN to develop policies and guidelines that are aligned with environmental, social and governance best practices with the target to support regional banks in linking the cost-of and conditions-to-access capital with sustainable outcomes that are aligned to the SDGs. Anna implements capacity building programs for regional banks as well as works with a number of science-based organizations to develop tools for financial institutions. She was a contributing author to “Sustainable Banking in ASEAN: Addressing ... Read More

Dr Ioannis Ioannou
Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
London Business School

Dr Ioannou is an Associate Professor at the London Business School, and a leading strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Through his work, Ioannou seeks to understand the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. A key contribution of his work is to theorize and provide rigorous empirical evidence for the emergence of the responsible and sustainable organization. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School. Ioannou regularly publishes ... Read More

Omar Selim
Chief Executive Officer
Arabesque Asset Management Ltd

Omar Selim is the founder and CEO of Arabesque, a global ESG Quant fund manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of listed companies. Its investment technology processes over 100 billion data points to select an investment universe of equities, integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information with quantitative strategies.

Mr. Selim has 20 years’ experience in international investment banking, having held senior positions at UBS, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. He joined Barclays in 2004, where he was responsible for a multi-billion dollar revenue budget and over a thousand staff. ... Read More

Dr Mohamed Ashraf Iqbal
Board Member of HSBC Amanah
Founder MindSpring Sdn Bhd

Dr Mohamed Ashraf Iqbal is currently a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of HSBC Amanah. He is also an Independent Non-Executive Chairman for HSBC Amanah and Independent Non-Executive Director for Fairview International Schools, the largest network of fully accredited International Baccalaureate Schools in Malaysia.

Dr Ashraf is currently a Director of MindSpring Sdn Bhd, a consulting firm that he founded in 2005 where he specialises in strategy and performance.

He has worked across a spectrum of roles, organisations and geographies. In his role as an executive, he held various positions in Human Resources, Distribution and Business Re-engineering with Shell in ... Read More

Dr Surina Ismail
Group Head of Sustainability
IOI Corporation Bhd

Dr Surina Ismail currently holds the position of Group Head of Sustainability, IOI Corporation Bhd. In this capacity, she is responsible for corporate sustainability which includes aligning sustainability policies and implementation for the IOI Group.

Prior to this, she was the Global Director for Intellectual Property (IP) Management at Emery Oleochemicals. Her main responsibilities include matters related to Emery's IP Strategy, Valuation and Portfolio Management. At the same time, she was also a Business Development and Operations Director with Emery Advance Material, a subsidiary company of Emery which specialises in the dispersion of Nanocarbon in Materials where she was ... Read More

Ashish Shastry
Partner and Head Southeast Asia
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)

Ashish Shastry joined KKR in 2016 as a Member and Head of Southeast Asia. Mr. Shastry started his Asian private equity career with TPG Capital in 1998. By the time he left TPG in 2011, he was a Partner and the Head of Southeast Asia. Mr. Shastry then served for five years as a Managing Partner of Northstar Group, managing over US$2 billion in private equity and venture capital funds with a focus on Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. He began his career at Lehman Brothers in New York and graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. degree in economics (with ... Read More

Lauren Liang
Head of Strategic Partnerships
LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s Innovation Centre

Lauren joined MetLife in 2015. She is currently Head of Strategic Partnerships at LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s Innovation Centre, and is responsible for developing partnerships and venture building for MetLife’s Next 2 Billion customers.

After graduating from General Electric’s leadership development programs, Lauren joined NBC Universal in New York City in the areas of commercial finance and business development for television and digital.

Lauren relocated to Singapore in 2007 to lead NBC Universal’s corporate venture capital fund in Asia. In 2010, Lauren joined Nielsen as the Head of Commercial Finance and Corporate Development covering Asia Pacific, Middle East, and ... Read More

Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus
Bank Negara Malaysia

Ms. Nor Shamsiah is the 9th Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia, assuming office on 1 July 2018. She chairs Bank Negara Malaysia’s Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Stability Committee and the Financial Stability Executive Committee.

Prior to her appointment as Governor, she served as Assistant Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Division of the International Monetary Fund.

Ms. Nor Shamsiah joined Bank Negara Malaysia in 1987 and has served in various areas including prudential regulations, legislation, policies and guidelines for the financial sector and supervision. She was involved in the financial sector resolution initiatives during the Asian ... Read More

Adnan Chilwan
Group Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Islamic Bank

A leading authority in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance, Dr. Adnan Chilwan is widely seen as a driver of change and innovation and a key figure in the progression of this segment which is quickly evolving into a global phenomenon. With an extensive banking career spanning over two decades with both reputed conventional and Islamic banks in the region, he currently serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s first Sharia compliant player and the largest Islamic Bank in UAE. With Group assets of over USD 55bln, a market capitalization of nearly USD ... Read More

Chris Skinner
Chief Executive Officer
The Finanser Ltd

Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank and its new sequel ValueWeb. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS. He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including B-Hive, Bankex, iambank, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund, and has been voted one of the most influential people in ... Read More

Ryan Giannetta
Senior Facilitator
Disney Institute

In his role as a senior facilitator, Ryan is responsible for drawing on his leadership experience, business knowledge, and Disney Institute insights to understand client objectives and better align learning solutions. He facilitates delivery of business programs individually and on a team.

Prior to coming back to his role as a senior facilitator, Ryan was the operations and logistics manager for Disney Institute in the West Coast and international regions. In this role, he oversaw the day-to-day logistics operations for Disney Institute programs at the Disneyland® Resort, and ensured programs were seamlessly executed internationally as well.

Additionally at ... Read More

Sheikh Dr Nizam Yaquby
Chairman of Supervisory Board
Capital Management House B.S.C. (C)

Sheikh Dr Nizam Mohammed Saleh Yaquby, is a Member of ISRA Council of Scholars and the Chairman of Supervisory Board and Member of Supervisory Board at Capital Management House B.S.C. (c). Dr Yaquby serves as a Member of Shari’ah Supervisory Board at Navis Capital Partners. He serves as a Member of Shari’ah Board at Mashreqbank psc.

Dr Nizam Yaquby is a Member of the Shari’ah board for AAOIFI. He is a Board Member of 50+ Islamic financial institutions as a Shari’ah expert including: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole CIB, Dow Jones Islamic ... Read More

Dato’ Mohd Redza Shah Abd Wahid
Chief Executive Officer
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad

Dato’ Haji Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bank Muamalat and has served the Bank for 9 years. He holds a Bsc in Economics in Industry and Trade from LSE, University of London and an Msc Economics in International Banking and Finance from University of Wales, Cardiff.

In December 1992 he joined Arab Malaysian Corporation Berhad as an Internal Audit Manager. He then joined Khazanah Nasional Berhad in July 1994 as a Senior Finance Manager and later moved to subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad as Chief Financial Officer. In September 2002, he joined ... Read More

Datuk Chung Chee Leong
President/Chief Executive Officer
Cagamas Berhad

Datuk Chung Chee Leong is the President/Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director of Cagamas Berhad.

He spearheaded Cagamas’ entrance into the international bond market. Starting with the A3 Sovereign Equivalent International Rating by Moody’s Investors Services, Datuk Chung was instrumental in establishing the company’s USD5 billion Multicurrency EMTN Programme under which Cagamas’ inaugural and South East Asia largest Offshore Renminbi bond was issued. Under his leadership, Cagamas also concluded the country’s largest Sukuk issuance in 2013.

Prior to his appointment, Datuk Chung has 29 years of experience in central banking focusing mainly on financial system stability and ... Read More

Mushtak Parker
Islamic Banker Magazine

Mushtak Parker is an economist, financial writer, analyst and research consultant with over 40 years of experience.

He is Editor of Islamic Banker, the market reference for the global Islamic finance sector; an OpEd Columnist for New Straits Times (Malaysia) and Daily Sabah (Turkey); Senior Contributor to African Banker, African Business and New African. He also contributes regularly to the international media on an ad hoc basis.

He has covered the Islamic finance and economy sector and the Middle East, South East Asia and Southern, East and West Africa and global economic and financial issues for ... Read More

Ibrahim Sani
Lead Business Editor and Executive Producer

Ibrahim Sani is the Lead Business Editor and Executive Producer of Malaysia’s largest news organization, Astro AWANI. Prior to this, he was a Presenter & Producer of BFM Radio’s Morning Run Show. Ibrahim started his career as an investment banker, spending close to ten years with CIMB Investment Bank.

Ibrahim has a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) and a post-graduate degree from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He is pursuing a chartered status with CIMA currently.

Ibrahim is an all-rounder in the Malaysian broadcast scene. He has broadcast-proficiency in ... Read More

Professor Dato’ Dr. Azmi Omar
President & Chief Executive Director

Prof Dato’ Dr Azmi Omar serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF - The Global University of Islamic Finance since October 2017. Prior to this he was the Director General of Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he held the position for almost six years and a senior professor and university administrator at the International Islamic University Malaysia for almost 30 years. At IRTI, Azmi pioneered and introduced many innovative policy researches which culminated into flagship reports such as IRTI Islamic Social Finance Report and IDB-World ... Read More

Datuk Shaik Abdul Rasheed bin Abdul Ghaffour
Deputy Governor
Bank Negara Malaysia

Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour is the Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia and is responsible for the overall development of the Malaysian financial sector, which includes the banking, insurance and payments development functions, as well as Islamic banking and takaful development. He is also responsible for the Bank’s Monetary and Economics Sector, which also include the international relations and statistical services.

He is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, the Management Committee, Financial Stability Executive Committee, the Reserve Management Committee and the Risk Management Committee of the Bank.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Governor, he was the Assistant ... Read More

Dr Sofiza Azmi
Chief Executive Officer
Edbiz Group of Companies

Dr. Sofiza Azmi joins Edbiz Corporation as the Group CEO after serving as Director, Strategy, Policy & Research at the Asian Institute of Finance (AIF). Prior to that she was the Head of the Director General’s Office at Labuan Financial Services Authority, and a Research Fellow at INCEIF. She is a prolific writer and has written numerous articles in Islamic finance. She is the co-author of the book entitled “Islamic Finance and Banking System: Philosophies, Principles & Practices”, which is translated into the Russian and Mandarin languages. She is a recipient of Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) in 2012 and ... Read More

Dr. Liza Mydin
Head of Research & Reporting Strategy Department
Maybank Islamic Berhad

Liza Mydin is currently the Head of Strategic Research and Reporting in Maybank Islamic. She previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a part of their Global Islamic Finance Advisory team. In 2010 she joined Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia as the Vice President of Compliance. In 2016, Liza undertook a Visiting Scholar position at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. and conducted post-doctoral research for the Islamicity Index Project. Liza co-authored two books in 2017 with Abbas Mirakhor and Hossein Askari titled Reformation and Development in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and Resource Rich Muslim Countries and Islamic Institutional Reforms ... Read More

Manpreet Singh
Head of Customer Experience Management

A seasoned professional with more than a decades experience in the discipline of Customer Experience. Her forte lies in leading Customer Strategies and driving transformation through Customer Journey thinking, Innovation and Process re-engineering using Lean Six Sigma.

She has extensive experience in developing human-centric CX Design and Delivery models, with a focus on delivering sustainable value for both customers and businesses.

She has held leadership roles in for both Local and International Banks and has a deep understanding of Customers loyalty drivers across South East Asia. She is currently leading the Customer Experience Management function across all ... Read More


What is exciting during the two-day event?

8:00 - 9:00 AM
Registration and Networking
9:00 - 9:05 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Dato' Adissadikin Ali
President, Association of Islamic Banking and Financial Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM)
9:05 - 9:15 AM
Remarks by Deputy Finance Minister
YB Dato' IR Haji Amiruddin Hamzah
9:15 - 9:30 AM
Keynote Address
Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus
Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia
9:30 - 10:25 AM
Panel Dialogue 1
Topic: Integrating Sustainability and Responsible Financing into the Financial Sector
Mushtak Parker
Editor, Islamic Banker Magazine
Prof Dr Olaf Sleijpen
Division Director, Supervision Policy, De Nederlandsche Bank N.V.
Dr Simon Lord
Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
Ashish Shastry
Partner and Head Southeast Asia, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Datuk Chung Chee Leong
President/Chief Executive Officer, Cagamas Berhad
10:25 - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break / Booth Rounds by VIPs
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Panel Dialogue 2
Topic: Value-Based Intermediation - The Islamic Perspective
Dr Imran Lum
Director, Islamic Finance, Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank Limited
Adnan Chilwan
Group Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Islamic Bank
Sheikh Dr Nizam Yaquby
Chairman of Supervisory Board, Capital Management House B.S.C. (C)
Dato’ Mohd Redza Shah Abd Wahid
Chief Executive Officer, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad
12:30 - 2:00 PM
2:00 - 2:45 PM
Fireside Chat
Topic: Pushing the Sustainable Agenda to the Board
Jonathan Drew
Managing Director, Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Global Banking and Markets, HSBC
Dr Surina Ismail
Group Head of Sustainability, IOI Corporation Bhd
2:45 - 3:30 PM
Panel Dialogue 3
Topic: Roadmap to Sustainability
Ibrahim Sani
Lead Business Editor and Executive Producer, Astro AWANI
Anna Batenkova
Sustainable Finance Engagement Manager, World Wildlife Funds (WWF)
Professor Dato’ Dr. Azmi Omar
President & Chief Executive Director, INCEIF
Dr Sofiza Azmi
Chief Executive Officer, Edbiz Group of Companies
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Tea Break
4:00 - 4:45 PM
Top Mind 1
Topic: Reporting on Sustainability
Dr Ioannis Ioannou
Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
4:45 - 5:30 PM
Top Mind 2
Topic: Technological Disruption Impacting Sustainable Finance
Omar Selim
Chief Executive Officer, Arabesque Asset Management Ltd
8:00 - 9:00 AM
Registration and Networking
9:00 - 9:45 AM
Top Mind 3
Topic: Advancing and Driving System Change
Chris Skinner
Chief Executive Officer, The Finanser Ltd
9:45 - 10:30 AM
Panel Dialogue 4
Topic: Valuing and Fulfilling Customers' Need
Dr Mohamed Ashraf Iqbal
Board Member of HSBC Amanah, Founder MindSpring Sdn Bhd
Lauren Liang
Head of Strategic Partnerships, LumenLab, MetLife Asia’s Innovation Centre
Dr. Liza Mydin
Head of Research & Reporting Strategy Department, Maybank Islamic Berhad
Manpreet Singh
Head of Customer Experience Management, CIMB
10:30 - 11:20 AM
The Royal Award for Islamic Finance (The Royal Award) Lecture by 2018 Award Winner
11:20 - 11:40 AM
Tea Break
11:40 - 12:25 PM
Top Mind 4
Topic: Delivering Superior Customer Service Experience
Ryan Giannetta
Senior Facilitator, Disney Institute
12:25 - 1:10 PM
Wrap Up and GIFF2018 Statement of Commitment
Datuk Shaik Abdul Rasheed bin Abdul Ghaffour
Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia
Rafe Haneef
Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Islamic, Chairman Organising Committee GIFF2018
Arsalaan Ahmed
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah
Eqhwan Mokhzanee
Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Islamic
Mohd Muazzam Mohamed
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad
1:10 - 2:00 PM
1:45 - 5:30 PM
Off-site visit

3rd October

Time Activities
11:30 - 11:45 AM
IBFIM League of Excellence (I LEAD)
11:30 - 12:00 PM
The Launch of Sadaqa House Book: From Idea to Realisation
2:30 - 3:00 PM
The Launch of Islamic Finance Talent Pool Web Portal & The Premier Islamic Finance Recruitment Specialist
by Masryef Management House Sdn Bhd

4th October

Time Activities
11.00 - 11.30 am
myWakaf Initiatives
by myWakaf Committee
10.30 - 11.00 am
Signing Ceremony between INCEIF & WWF-Malaysia
Organised By
A Community Member

AIBIM Members

Venue Info

The Amazing Venue for the Event

Sasana Kijang, Kuala Lumpur

Sasana Kijang, a centre of knowledge and learning excellence established by Bank Negara Malaysia in 2011, embodies the bank's commitment for the development of thought leadership and for regional and international collaboration in central banking and financial service.

    Hospitality Services,
    Bank Negara Malaysia
    2, Jalan Dato Onn,
    Kuala Lumpur,
    50480 Kuala Lumpur,
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    +603 9179 2888 ext. 2919, 2914, 2851
    +603 9179 2157

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