November 12, 2015

Islamic Finance Half Day Seminar

A half day event to highlight the latest opportunities in Dubai for British investors in the fast growing core areas and to explore new regional and related business opportunities in Dubai for British Companies.

Confirmed speakers

  • His Excellency Abdul Rahman Ganem Al Mutaiwee CVO - UAE Ambassador
  • His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Al Maktoum - First Secretary and Head of Economic Department, UAE Embassy
  • Arif Amiri - CEO of DIFC Dubai
  • Fayha Sultan - Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce
  • Sally, Sfeir-Tait - Clyde and Co Middle East
  • Peter Hodgins - Clyde and Co Middle East
  • Michael Thomas - CEO Pathfinder Middle East
  • Nicholas Wade - Menas Associates
  • Oliver Cornock - Managing Editor, Oxford Business Group
  • Ali Hasan - DIFC Representative Europe and North America
  • Nick Tolchard - Managing Director Invesco
  • David Schraa - Regulatory Council, Institute of International Finance
  • Zak Hydari - CEO European Islamic Investment Bank
  • Brian Salmanpour - Chairman, Kay International
  • Mark Beer - Registrar DIFC Courts
  • Jim Johnston - EMEA Regional President Wells Fargo International Group


09.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 09.40 Welcome Fayha Sultan Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce and Clyde & Co
09.40 – 10.10 Plenary Session

  • Keynote HE Abdul Ghanem Al Mutawee UAE Ambassador
  • Keynote Mr Arif Amiri CEO Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Keynote Oliver Cornock Managing Editor Oxford Business Group – A Macro Overview of Dubai’s financial services sector and future developments

10 .10 – 11.10 Panel Session 1 It’s all about Risk Chair Nicholas Wade, Menas Associates
How risky is the Dubai market? How effective is the recently established Credit Bureau, Systemic factors – role of Gre’s and real estate sector, protecting your business DIFC v’s onshore, the regulatory role of DIFC and role of Dubai Courts

  • Sally Sfeir-Tait, Clyde and Co Senior Partner Middle East,
  • Ali Hasan DIFC,
  • David Schraa Regulatory Council IIF
  • Mark Beer DIFC Courts

11.10 – 11.35 Coffee Break

11.35 – 12.30 Panel Session 2 Dubai Markets Chair Ali Hassan DIFC Europe and N America
An Exploration of Dubai’s Capital and Commodity Market Developments – looking ahead for opportunities

  • Nick Tolchard MD Invesco Asset Management
  • Zak Hydari CEO EIIB
  • Brian Kay, Kay International
  • Jim Johnston Regional President Wells Fargo

12.30 – 13.15 Panel session 3 Outlook and Opportunities, Chair Michael Thomas Pathfinder Middle East
A concluding look at the future potential of the region for Dubai based Companies and identifying priorities for growth and future markets what about Africa, Asia and Iran
Keynote: His Highness Shaikh Mohamed Al Maktoum

  • Ali Hasan DIFC
  • Mark Beer DIFC Courts
  • Fayha Sultan Dubai Dept of T&C
  • Nicholas Wade Menas