Global Islamic Finance and the UN SDGs Series 2022

A virtual global series on Islamic finance and the SDGs in September 2022

The Global Islamic Finance and the SDGs Series 2022 is a virtual summit bringing Islamic finance to the UN General Assembly, with focused 60-minute sessions.
Tuesday 20 September
09:00-10:00 BST / 12:00-13:00 GST / 16:00-17:00 MYT
Wednesday 21 September
09:00-10:00 BST / 12:00-13:00 GST / 16:00-17:00 MYT
11:30-12:30 BST / 14:30-15:30 GST / 18:30-19:30 MYT

UKIFC, in partnership with United Nations, GEFI, Refinitiv and IsDB is organising a virtual global series on Islamic finance and the SDGs, to coincide with the UN General Assembly 2022.

The series will:

  • Examine some of the operational, regulatory and commercial opportunities and challenges for the Islamic finance sector in engaging with the global ESG/sustainability movement;
  • Showcase the practical progress made by Islamic financial institutions on the SDGs, including multilateral organisations, governments, and commercial banks and asset managers;
  • Discuss the commercial opportunities and implementation challenges associated with green and sustainable sukuk; and
  • Showcase the role for Islamic social finance in achieving the SDGs.

By focusing on the natural alignment between the Islamic faith and the SDGs, we will seek to drive engagement with and acceptance of the Global Goals among communities who might otherwise not engage with them.

The series will feature a mixture of high-level discussion panels, keynotes and practical showcases of SDGs in action in Islamic finance.

The Global Islamic Finance and SDGs Taskforce, initiated by the UKIFC, was launched by the UK Government together with IsDB in 2020 to promote awareness and adoption of the SDGs amongst commercial Islamic financial institutions. This series is informed by, and builds on, the work of the Taskforce and the UKIFC’s and GEFI’s broader activities in promoting the SDGs at COP26 and the G20 Indonesia and the Global Ethical Finance Summit.


Tuesday 20th September

09:00-10:00 BST / 12:00-13:00 GST / 16:00-17:00 MYT

Green Sukuk State of the Market

  • Mustafa Adil, London Stock Exchange Group

Shariah Compliant & Green/Sustainable Islamic Products – outperformance or double trouble?

  • Richard de Belder, UKIFC
  • Raja Amir Shah Raja Azwa, HSBC Amanah Malaysia
  • Hitesh Asarpota, Emirates NBD
  • Sam Dodd, London Stock Exchange Group

Wednesday 21st September

09:00-10:00 BST / 12:00-13:00 GST / 16:00-17:00 MYT

“Going Green” – commercial opportunity or operational headache?

  • Rafe Haneef, CIMB & CIMB Foundation
  • Christian Gueckel, SEDCO Capital
  • Charles Haresnape, Gatehouse Bank
  • Sultan Choudhury, National Zakat Foundation
11:30-12:30 BST / 14:30-15:30 GST / 18:30-19:30 MYT

Islamic Social Finance

  • Dr. Ahmed Al-Meraikhi, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General

Islamic microfinance

  • Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, Akhuwat Foundation

Our reports

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The UKIFC is a leading not-for-profit body committed to the promotion and enhancement of the global Islamic and ethical finance industries. A pioneer in advocating the role of Islamic finance in delivering positive social outcomes, the UKIFC has published thought leadership content on the SDGs and Tayyib as well as led the Edinburgh Finance Declaration – an interfaith shared values collaboration on ethical finance.

The Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) organises and coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change and are partnering with UKIFC on the SDG taskforce.