2022 Updates

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2021 Updates

Nov 21 – UKIFC join BBC Radio 4 You & Yours show to discuss Islamic Student Finance in the UK

Nov 21 – UKIFC launch PRB Guidance Report for Islamic banks

Nov 21 – UKIFC host Islamic Social Finance Dialogue and Faith in the SDGs Summit at COP26

Nov 21 – Zawya cover launch of High-Level Working Group on Green Sukuk

Nov 21 – High-Level Working Group on Green Sukuk launches at COP26, with HM Treasury and the London Stock Exchange

Nov 21 – Islamic Finance & the SDGs taskforce meet in person at COP26

Oct 21 – UKIFC launch Summary Report of Islamic Finance & the UN SDGs report series

Sep 21 – UKIFC host Islamic Finance & the SDGs Virtual Global Summit, alongside the UN General Assembly

Sep 21 – UKIFC launch report on Green Sukuk with UNDP Indonesia

Sep 21 – UKIFC launch report on Shariah & the SDGs with ISRA

Jul 21 – UKIFC appear on BBC MoneyBox to speak about Muslim students’ access to finance

Jul 21 – UKIFC consulted for Salaam Gateway article on Islamic student loans in the UK

Jun 21 – ‘Islamic Finance and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking’ report receives media covergea from Salaam Gateway, as well as Malaysian outlets including Bernama, Business Today and Astro Awani

Jun 21 – UKIFC launch new ‘Islamic Finance and the UN Principles for Responsible Banking’ report at Ethical Finance 2021

Apr 21 – UKIFC experts quoted in Salaam Gateway article on Islamic finance input into the planned ASEAN sustainable finance taxonomy

Apr 21 – UKIFC launch the second Pioneers of Islamic Finance interview, featuring Sultan Choudhury

Apr 21 – UKIFC experts quoted in Chartered Banker Magazine special report on the banking sector in Pakistan, featuring an in-depth look at the Pakistan Working Group of the Global Islamic Finance & the SDGs Taskforce

Mar 21 – UKIFC announce support for Ethical Finance 2021, which will feature an initiative spotlight on the Glboal Islamic Finance & the SDGs Taskforce

Mar 21 – UKIFC launch major report into Islamic Finance and the Principles for Responsible Investment as part of wider Islamic Finance & the SDGs Taskforce

Mar 21 – UKIFC’s Omar Shaikh and Richard de Belder appear at Deloitte & CISI Sixth Annual Forum on Islamic Finance

Mar 21 – UKIFC launch Pioneers of Islamic Finance series with Stella Cox (DDCAP) interview on International Women’s Day

Mar 21 – UKIFC appear on MetroTVNews Indonesia

Feb 21 – UKIFC announce partnership with Path to COP26

Jan 21 – UKIFC experts quoted in Arabian Business article on Islamic fintech

Jan 21 – UKIFC appear on BBC video on Islamic student finance

2020 Updates

Dec 20 – UKIFC’s Omar Shaikh and Richard de Belder appear at Deloitte & CISI Sixth Annual Forum on Islamic Finance

Dec 20 – UKIFC delivers virtual lecture on the Ethical Economy and Green Recovery after COVID-19: Awqaf and Islamic Finance for the World Muslim Communities Council

Nov 20 – second Islamic Finance and the SDGs taskforce meeting takes place virtually, hosted in partnership with the Central bank of Pakistan

Oct 20 – Ethical Finance 2020 takes place, supported by UKIFC, with UKIFC advisory board member Graham Burnside delivering an update on the Edinburgh Finance Declaration

Sep 20 – UKIFC announce support of the #FaithInSDGs stream of the Path to COP26 campaign from the Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Sep 20 – UKIFC’ appears at a University of Glasgow event entitled ‘The Covid-19 landscape: towards a sustainable economic blueprint’

Aug 20 – UKIFC’s Omar Shaikh and Chris Tait author article in Islamic Finance News on Islamic Finance and the SDGs

Jul 20 – inaugural Islamic Finance and the SDGs taskforce meeting takes place virtually, hosted in partnership with the UK Government

May 20 – UKIFC and ISRA launch report on Islamic Finance and the SDGs

Apr 20 – Umer Suleman of UKIFC appears on BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief

Mar 20 – UKIFC launches brochure to promote Shariah-compliant FDI in Scotland

Jan 20 – UKIFC experts consulted for Salaam Gateway article on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s Islamic Finance industry

2019 Updates

Dec 19 – UKIFC’s Chris Tait visits financial institutions in Malaysia to learn and share knowledge on Islamic finance

Dec 19 – UKIFC participates in World Islamic Banking Congress

Nov 19 – Announcement of UKIFC-led international taskforce to be created with the support of the UK Government to engage the Islamic finance industry with the UN SDGs

Oct 19 – UKIFC and the Church of Scotland co-host the Faith in Finance round table in Edinburgh at Ethical Finance 2019

Oct 19 – UKIFC and ISRA host The London Islamic Finance Summit 2019 with Clifford Chance, exploring the role Islamic finance could and should play in relation to delivering social impact

Oct 19 – As Secretariat a UKIFC team presented an annual update and plans for 2020 to Lord Alderdice, Earl of Lindsay, Naz Shah MP, Lord Sheikh and Baroness Uddin at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance AGM in Westminster.

July 19 – UKIFC announces the formal supporting of the Ethical Finance 2019 as the co-hosts, together with the Church of Scotland, of the faith in finance round table, Edinburgh

July 19 – UKIFC represent the Muslim community in a roundtable discussion with Charles Randell, the Chairman of the FCA on ‘faith, culture and financial services’, London

Jun 19 – Sheikh Ruzwan and UKIFC join Lord Alderdice and St Benet’s Institute to present the journey of the Edinburgh Finance Declaration and it’s future plans, London

Apr 19 – UKIFC invited to the Islamic Development Bank Group 44th annual meeting, to present on the IHRC Wash Sukuk, Marrakech

Apr 19 – UKIFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman joins senior industry scholars to run a series of workshops across major UK cities deconstructing mortgages from a conventional and Islamic Finance perspective

Apr 19 – Omar Shaikh joins UK Govt (DIT) to present at Mansion House Qatar Day event on the opportunities for Islamic finance to engage with mainstream ethical investing, London

Mar 19 – UKIFC Board Member Omar Shaikh presents at SC-OXCIS roundtable on ethical finance trends in the debt capital markets, Oxford

Mar 19 – UKIFC join the Sustainable Capitalism in South East Asia, Developments in sustainable finance and investing event organized by Capital Markets Malaysia, London

Mar 19 – Umer Suleman participates in the 1st Islamic Fintech Summit as part of a panel discussing the Global Payments industry and the opportunities for Islamic Finance, London

Mar 19 – Vatican invite UKIFC to showcase the Edinburgh Finance Declaration at the Religions and SDG Global Summit, Rome

Mar 19 – UKIFC team organises APPGIF stakeholder meeting at which UK Export Finance and the Department of International Trade join Baroness Uddin, Lord Alderdice and Lord Sheikh and others to share insights on Islamic finance, London

Feb 19 – UKIFC join Faith Invest at development committee meeting, London

Feb 19 – Richard de Belder, UKIFC Board Member, presents at SOAS roundtable, London

Feb 19 – UKIFC host Qatar delegation discussing fintech, compliance risk and ethical sukuk, London

Jan 19 – Graham Burnside, UKIFC Advisory Board Chairman, showcases the Edinburgh Finance Declaration at the IFAB Canada event, Toronto

Jan 19 – UKIFC team joins APPGIF office holders Baroness Uddin, Stephen Timms MP and Lord Sheikh at a meeting with Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen, London

2018 Updates

Dec 18 – Graham Burnside, UKIFC Advisory Board member, provides a video summarising the Edinburgh Finance Declaration for Shareholder Association for Research and Education’s annual religious investor workshop in Toronto. The workshop attracts approximately 100 trustees, fund administrators and treasurers from Canada along with international guests.

Nov 18 – UKIFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman participates in a round table and panel discussion hosted by CMS in London which looked at SRI Sukuk and the opportunities to establish purification funds.

Nov 18 – As part of the UKIFC’s partnership with UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development Advisory Board member Richard de Belder participates in the 9th Bosphorous Summit in Istanbul.

Oct 18 – The 17th Edinburgh Ethical Finance Round Table was hosted at the Scottish Parliament by Trade Minister Ivan McKee MSP on Wednesday 24 October 2018. With a finance gap estimated at $2.5 trillion per annum the meeting sought to explore innovative blended finance models that could mobilise development and philanthropic capital alongside private investment resources to help deliver the SDGs. Read event summary HERE.

Oct 18 – Following the official unveiling of the Edinburgh Finance Declaration at Ethical Finance 2018 the Church of Scotland and UKIFC welcomed friends from across the globe to Greyfriars Kirk to celebrate the launch of the Declaration.

Oct 18 – UKIFC (in partnership with Responsible Investor, RBS, Scottish Government, United Nations Development Programme, and HMG host 300+ participants from across the globe at Ethical Finance 2018 which discussed regaining trust and demonstrating sustainability and impact in financial services.

Sep 18 – Omar Shaikh represents UKIFC at the British Embassy and Consulate General’s UK-Italy Dialogue on Ethical Finance in Milan.

July 18 – UKIFC announces that it is working in partnership with Responsible Investor, RBS, Scottish Government and United Nations Development Programme on Ethical Finance 2018 which will take place in Edinburgh on October 22-23rd 2018. The conference forms part of a 4 day programme of ethical finance events in Edinburgh.

July 18 – Omar Shaikh was invited to represent UKIFC at the prestigious Third Vatican Conference on Impact Investing. The event provided an exclusive platform to discuss the role of blended capital and impact investing. It also provided an opportunity to introduce the UKIFC’s interfaith work to global leaders such as Cardinal Turkson.

June 18 – The UKIFC team, in conjunction with the Ethical Finance Hub, hosted a delegation from UNDP (New York) and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (Bath) in Scotland. Guests participated in the Edinburgh Ethical Finance Round Table series as well as attended a number of meetings with Scottish Government.

June 18 – A team from the UKIFC delivered 3 x 1 day masterclasses at Edinburgh Business School under the theme of “Islamic Finance – An Ethical Alternative”. The courses were part of the Ethical Finance Hub’s inaugural executive education programme and received an 80% satisfaction rating from participants.  (Click here to find out more)

June 18 – The 16th Edinburgh Ethical Finance Round Table proved to be another popular and successful event. The meeting looked at government strategies for sustainable finance and included unique insights from Scottish Government and Sustainable Nation Ireland.

May 18 – UKIFC Senior Advisor Modupe Ladipo appears on CNBC Africa to talk about financial inclusion in Nigeria (Click here to watch the interview).

May 18 – Advisory Board members Omar Shaikh and Richard de Belder deliver a training session to the UK Government’s Department for International Development. The session provided an introduction to Islamic finance with a focus on infrastructure projects and regulatory frameworks.

Apr 18 – Omar Shaikh attends a workshop on the UNDP’s Global Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Platform at their Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development.

Apr 18 – UKIFC announces it is to deliver the Islamic finance component of a summer executive education course (25 – 27 June 2018, Edinburgh) being organised by Ethical Finance Hub and Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University)  (Click here for more information)

Apr 18 – Can personal ethical convictions drive success and deliver real value for employees, the wider public and shareholders? This was the topic UKIFC Advisory Board member Omar Shaikh was speaking about at the Better Business for a Better World event that was held on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Mar 18 – A delegation from the UKIFC participate in a workshop on faith-consistent investing organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and hosted by the UN in New York

Mar 18 – A delegation from the UKIFC visit the UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development.

Mar 18 – UKIFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman discusses whether fintech is an opportunity to reboot Islamic finance at the Global Forum on Islamic Finance (GFIF) 2018 conference in Lahore, Pakistan. (see Pakistan Today article)

Mar 18 – Omar Shaikh (UKIFC) and Martin Palmer (Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC)) appeared on BBC Radio Scotland’s Sunday Morning with Ricky Ross to discuss a new and innovative partnership between the organisations which aims to promote a major shift in international ethical finance. (Listen to the interview)

Mar 18 – Millennial perspectives in finance was the theme of the UKIFC’s 15th Edinburgh Ethical Finance Round Table with presentations by Iona Bain (Young Money Blog), Laura Westring (FutureX Innovation) and Dave Gorman (University of Edinburgh). The event was hosted by Baillie Gifford.

Feb 18 – UKIFC team delivers a hugely successful thematic workshop on the topic of ‘How Ethical Is Islamic Finance?’ with the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) in association with K&L Gates in London

Feb 18 – UKIFC delivers executive training session in Dubai on Islamic finance for development for a delegation of bankers and officials from the Niger State, Nigeria

Jan 18 – UKIFC Executive Manager, Nadeem Haq, delivers 2-day Scholar training session on conventional audit and shariah governance in Maldives in conjunction with the Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance (MCIF)

2017 Updates

Nov 17 – UKIFC facilitates the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance

Nov 17 – UKIFC partners with Al Rayan Bank, National Zakat Foundation and Islamic Relief to deliver a two day community education and awareness programme on the purpose of wealth, Glasgow & Edinburgh

Nov 17 – UN SDG’s discussed at the UKIFC Ethical Finance Round Table (EFRT) Presentations were given by One Stone Advisors and new EFRT hosts Baillie Gifford, Edinburgh

Oct 17 – Alliance of Religions and Conservation invite UKIFC to join Faith in Finance Forum in Zug to discuss the role faith has a role to play in impact investing, Switzerland

Oct 17 – Former PM of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz and UKIFC Board Member Omar Shaikh present at the Young Presidents Organisation Dinner hosted at Mansion House, London

Sep 17 – UKIFC Advisory Board Member Omar Shaikh attends a meeting at the Maldives Centre for Islamic Finance, Male

Sep 17 – Hosted by RBS, UKIFC and together with MEGA deliver the 2nd Global Ethical Finance Forum, attended by over 200 delegates from around the world and backed by Scottish Government and HMG, Edinburgh

Sep 17 – Former Chairman of Barclays, Sir David Walker, along with leading industry experts, government minister and religious theologians convene to discuss shared values in ethical finance as part of the UKIFC led joint venture between Islamic finance and the Church of Scotland (see BBC), Edinburgh

Jul 17 – UKIFC Board Member, Ajmal Bhatty presents on takaful at the International Takaful Summit,  London

Jun 17 – UKIFC announces strategic partnership with ME Global Advisors for the Global Ethical Finance Forum on 13-14 September 2017, where the theme is “Ethical Finance: Merging Profit & Purpose”.

Jun 17 – CMS and UKIFC jointly deliver a webinar on “Islamic Finance in Africa: Legal, Regulatory and Enabling Environments” for Making Finance Work For Africa

Jun 17 – “Ethical Finance from a Faith-Based Perspective” fascinating roundtable discussion on challenges in managing investment from a faith perspective with insights shared from the Church of Scotland Investors Trust and the UK’s largest Islamic bank Al Rayan Bank, Edinburgh

May 17 – UKIFC  present at EY Luxembourg’s event entitled “The Middle East investor’s perspective: how can Luxembourg support the growth agenda?”, Luxembourg

May 17 – UKIFC Advisory Board member Graham Burnside participates in the “Financial Inclusion & Responsible Finance” panel at the RFI Summit, Switzerland

May 17 – UKIFC Advisory Board member Omar Shaikh appears on The Islamic Finance Show, Islam Channel alongside Dr Samir Alamad, Head of Shari’ah Compliance and Product Development at Al Rayan Bank

Apr 17 – UKIFC participate in a training session for a delegation of government officials and finance professionals from the Zamfara State (Nigeria) and that included a workshop sharing UK experiences in Westminster with Lord Sheikh, London

Mar 17 – Graham Burnside talks about the Ethical Finance Hub and innovation at the IIB’s Innovation in Sustainable Investment Conference in Edinburgh

Mar 17 – Omar Shaikh shares his thoughts on start-up funding for British Muslims in article in MySalaam

Mar 17 – UKIFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman participates in the 5th Global Forum on Islamic Finance in Lahore, Pakistan

Mar 17 – Omar Shaikh attends a Business and Investment Forum in London to look at strengthening links between the UK and Qatar, London

Mar 17 – UKIFC team present at a private round table, organised by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for the Kyrgystan Government, London

Mar 17 – UKIFC participate at the Securities Commission Malaysia and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies round table, Ditchley Park

Mar 17 – UKIFC contributes to “Developing the Awqaf Industry in the UK” article published in DinarStandard

Feb 17 – Yielders announce details of an innovative fintech based solution providing shariah compliant investment opportunities for the UK retail market assisted by the UKIFC with shariah certification provided by UK scholar Sheikh Abu Eesa, London

Feb 17 – UKIFC and CMS announce details of a partnership to deliver Government Advisory work – please click here for more information

Feb 17 – UKIFC host the 12th Edinburgh Ethical Finance Round Table event in Edinburgh. Standard Life Investments and Inspiring Scotland shared their respective approaches to impact investing and measuring impact, Edinburgh

Feb 17 – UKIFC supports debate on ethical investing organised by Heriot-Watt University’s Centre for Finance and Investment and the Ethical Finance Hub

Feb 17 – UKIFC share views with Nigeria’s Channel Television news programme on Islamic finance

Feb 17 – Advisory Board members Ajmal Bhatty and Omar Shaikh participate in RFi Group’s Islamic Banking Breakfast, Dubai

Jan 17 – UKIFC appointed Secretariat of All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance

2016 Updates

Nov 16 – Omar Shaikh joins President Erdogan at the UN Bosphorous Summit to share insights on Islamic finance and social impact

Nov 16 – UKIFC support the launch of Al Rayan Bank’s co-located Scottish office with media coverage in BBC Good Morning Scotland (1hr 46m 46 sec), Reuters, IFN, The Herald, The Scotsman, Evening Times, Financial Reporter and Scottish Financial News

Nov 16 – UKIFC present at Frontier Exchange Islamic Enterprises Roadshow, London

Oct 16 – Interfaith finance initiative set for Lords discussion, Scotsman coverage

Oct 16 – BBC Radio  5 Live Wake up to Money and BBC Radio Scotland interview UKIFC on ethical finance and unique joint venture initiative with the Chuch

Oct 16 – Archbishop supports IFC and Church of Scotland shared values initiative at the House of Lords, London

Oct 16 – IFC & ISRA host leading international experts at thematic workshop on Shariah governance, London

Oct 16 – IFC Board Members Ajmal Bhatty and Omar share insights on Islamic finance, digital banking and banking in the UK at the Global Digital Banking Conference, Dubai

Oct 16 – UKIFC launch the “External Shari’ah Audit” Report at the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai , see Reuters coverage

Sept 16 – MIT and Ulster University Executive Masters programme visit IFC to discuss governance and ethics, Glasgow

Sept 16 – IFC hold ethical finance roundtable with RBS and SIS exploring funding social enterprises, Edinburgh

Jul 16 – Faith Action invite IFC to share insights at APPG with MP Stephen Timms, Westminster  London

Jul 16 – Graham Burnside shares insights at Faith and Finance Fair at launch of Public Faith and Finance Report, London

Jun 16 – IFC share with BBC how work practices are impacted by Ramadhan

Jun 16 – Omar Shaikh presents at Responsible Investor Summitt faith investing panel, London

May 16 – IFC host a private dinner at the National Museum of Scotland with the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh

May 16 – HRH Emir Sanusi delivers keynote at shared values roundtable with leading theologians and scholars from the Church and Islamic finance, Dalmahoy Edinburgh

May 16 – How sukuk can solve Africa’s infra gap, IFC Board Member Richard deBelder comments to IFLR

Apr 16 – Chris Tait joins the IFC team full-time to lead the build out of the Ethical Finance Hub, Edinburgh

Apr 16 – Management Today review Islamic finance challenges featuring the IFC

Apr 16 – Brummell recognises IFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman as a ‘Rising Star of the City’

Apr 16 – Islam Channel calls on the IFC in launching Islamic finance jargon buster

Mar 16 – IFC appoints its first international Board Member from Dubai, Mr Ajmal Bhatty who joins the team bringing a wealth of takaful experience

Mar 16 – Emir Sanusi, City UK and leading global scholars back Church of Scotland and the UKIFC pioneering joint venture initiative, Edinburgh

Mar 16 – Faith groups in ethical financial services move, BBC Scotland,

Mar 16 – Scottish ‘Kirk’ joins Islamic faith on cash and morals, Financial Times

Mar 16 – Church and Islamic finance joint venture: Herald coverage, Scotsman coverage, Salaam Gateway coverage

Mar 16 – COMSAT host first Pakistan CPD session for scholars on auditing and assurance, Lahore Pakistan

Mar 16 – IFC Executive Manager Nadeem Haq and Board Member Omar Shaikh join global leaders at GFIF conference in Lahore, Pakistan

Mar 16 – UKIFC Board Member Graham Burnside addresses a legal audience in Dublin on Islamic finance, Ireland

Feb 16 – UKIFC share insights on the opportunity for Kenya in Islamic finance, International Financial Law Review

Feb 16 – UKIFC join Islamic Finance and Ethics Society at seminar exploring the way forward for the sector, London

Feb 16 – Wall Street Journal talks to the UKIFC on the Bank of England consultation for shariah compliant deposit facilities

Feb 16 – UKIFC Board Members Richard DeBelder and Omar Shaikh participate in LSE  Harvard workshop exploring Islamic infrastructure finance and UN Sustainable Development Goals, London

Feb 16 – CASE, together with the Polish Economic Association and Ministry of Finance, invite the UKIFC to present at roundtable on Islamic finance in Warsaw, Poland

2015 Updates

Dec 15 – IFC partners with Metskills on Islamic Capital Markets conference in Abuja featuring keynote from HH Sanusi the Emir of Kano, Nigeria

Nov 15 – Al Huda hold 5th Global Islamic Microfinance conference inviting IFC to share insights on the integration of  the Islamic banking and microfinance sectors, Kuala Lumpar

Nov 15 – Managing Risk in Islamic Private Equity, IFC present at INCEIF conference, Kuala Lumpar

Nov 15 – Developing Talent in Islamic finance, IFC present at UEL conference, London

Oct 15 – BBC Radio Scotland discuss ethical finance with IFC Board Member Omar Shaikh, Glasgow

Oct 15 – IFC join experts at Heriot Watt University to announce pioneering Ethical Finance Hub, Edinburgh

Oct 15 – IFC Executive Manager Umer Suleman shares insights at ExpoHalal Spain, Madrid,

Oct 15 – Nobel laureate presents IFC global ethical finance prize, EFICA, for its work on ethical finance, UAE

Oct 15 – IFC join industry leaders at the Global Islamic Economy Summit, Dubai

Sept 15 – Disrupting Finance event explores innovation and discuss Islamic finance with the IFC as part of the Better Banking panel, London

Sept 15 – IFC short-listed from over 2oo applicants for ADIB, Thomson Reuters EFICA Award, Abu Dhabi

Sept 15 – 11th UK Scholar CPD programme held with Dr Akram Laldin covering reinsurance markets and process of ijtihad in contemporary Islamic finance markets, London

Sept 15 – Umer Suleman IFC Executive Manager hosts talk on Islamic finance at HSBC HQ in Canary Wharf with Sheikh Akram Laldin, London

Sept 15 – Scottish Government Cabinet Minister, Humza Yousaf, hosts IFC and GEFF guests at prestigious reception in Edinburgh Castle

Sept 15 – BBC Radio Good Morning show discusses ethical finance with the IFC

Sept 15 – IFC together with ME Global Advisor host inaugural Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) at the Balmoral, Edinburgh

Sept 15 – IFC and MMS host special ethical finance roundtable session at Dalmahoy (Edinburgh) with Governor Zeti, HH Sanusi, Lord Sheikh and international leaders in Islamic and ethical finance

Aug 15 – IFC run community Imam training session for Scottish Imams with leading Dubai Shariah compliance expert Mufti Mubeen, Glasgow

Aug 15 – IFC join regulators and operators for the Non-interest Finance Working Group in Abuja, Nigeria

July 15 – COMSAT and IFC sign MoU for collaboration to promote Islamic finance in Pakistan

June 15 – IFC Board Member Graham Burnside speaks with Public Finance on ‘Tapping into Islamic finance’

June 15 – TSB join 8th IFC Ethical Finance Roundtable presenting on challenges faced by financial institutions in marketing themselves and their products as ‘ethical’ and ‘fair’, Edinburgh

May 15 – Bank of America Merrill Lynch hold Introductory session on Islamic finance with Umer Suleman, IFC Manager, London

May 15 – UCD invite IFC to deliver keynote presentation at Islamic Finance and Law: Innovations and Regulations symposium, Dublin

Apr 15 – IFSB approve IFC membership as Observer Member, Kuala Lumpar

Apr 15 – UK Scholars participate in special IFC Basel 3 session hosted at Dentons, London

Apr 15 – IFC participate at Mecenata Institut roundtable at Villa Vigoni on Lake Como, Italy

Apr 15 – Tazkiya delegation from Indonesia visit IFC offices, Glasgow

Apr 15 – IFC Chair session at the University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School Islamic Finance symposium, Glasgow

Mar 15 – IFC attend AAOIFI conference in Bahrain & discuss external shariah audit plans for the country

Mar 15 – COMSAT successfully host Global Forum on Islamic Finance (GFIF) inviting the IFC and multiple international speakers to Lahore, Pakistan

Mar 15 – Religion and money: Is Islamic banking the way forward for Ethiopians? Guardian

Feb 15 – IFC present on regulatory considerations for Islamic finance in Baku, Azerbaijan

Feb 15 – IFC win 2015 British Muslim Award for services to finance and accounting

Jan 15 – BBC Radio Guernsey discuss the use of offshore trust structures with the IFC

2014 Updates

Dec 14 – CNN Arabic discuss the UK Government’s role in Islamic finance with the IFC, Dubai

Dec 14 – IFC & Megaevents announce unique forum to focus on ethical finance and Islamic banking to be held in 2015

Dec 14 – IFC Chair UK country session featuring Baroness Warsi and HMA Iain Lindsay at the largest annual gathering of Islamic finance leaders at WIBC, Bahrain

Dec 14 – Omar Shaikh presents at SHAPE MENA 2014, an initiative of the World Economic Forum focused on job creation for Arab youth, Doha

Dec 14 – 6th WIRBC focuses on the role of technology and innovation for Islamic retail banking, Dubai

Dec 14 – BBC Radio 4 discuss with the IFC the UK Chancellors Autumn Statement and how under an Islamic economic system how things may have looked, London

Nov 14 – IFC participate at panel session at LSBF & Raphal Institute joint symposium exploring the role of Islamic finance within the Commonwealth, London

Nov 14 – IIFM EU Islamic Finance Summit brings together key industry leaders featuring presentations from various IFC representatives including IFC Patron Lord Sheikh, London

Nov 14 – Queen Mary University invite IFC Senior Manager Umer Suleman to discuss Islamic finance, London

Nov 14 – World Islamic Retail Banking Conference invite IFC to present on regulatory challenges for Islamic finance, Dubai

Nov 14 – Bloomberg discuss centralised Shariah boards with the IFC

Nov 14 – Turkey could be the new global hub for Islamic finance, World Finance

Oct 14 – Leichtenstein invites the IFC to discuss creating enabling regulatory environments for Islamic finance, Vaduz Liechstenstein

Oct 14 – IFC facilitate a tailored capacity building programme for a senior Ethiopian delegation led by MeryCorps and including central bank representatives, London

Oct 14 – IFC hold 7th Ethical Finance Roundtable on ethical finance and debt capital markets covering SIB’s, Green Investment Bonds, Stranded Assets and Sukuk, Edinburgh

Sept 14 – Guardian newspaper Islamic finance supplement showcases IFC work on ethical finance

Sept 14 – EFInA Non-Interest Working Group convenes to develop local market with IFC assistance, Abuja Nigeria

Sept 14 – IFC join Corporate Livewire international panel virtual roundtable debating Islamic Finance 2014

Sept 14 – PwC host 9th UK IFC Scholar CPD session on Basel III, London

Sept 14 – IFC share view on the UK Government’s response to the Student Loan consultation with the Islam Channel

Aug 14 – IFC Senior Associate Mujtaba Khalid writes on takaful M&A challenges in the IFN – IFN Takaful M&A Challenges – 13 August 2014

June 14 – Monetary reform and advanced assurance discussed at IFC Dubai Scholar CPD session, DIFC

June 14 – IFC visit Nairobi to meet Kenya’s Capital Market Authority to assess opportunities for Islamic finance

May 14 – Securities & Exchange Commission Nigeria invite IFC to help develop capital markets plan

May 14 – IFC chair Non-Interest Working Group in Abuja

May 14 – BBC Radio 4 Money Box program discuss Islamic accounts with the IFC

Apr 14 – Islamic wealth management, IFC present at Glasgow University Indonesia Society seminar

Apr 14 – IFC join Durham University roundtable with INCEIF, BNM and ISRA

Mar 14 – Islamic Microfinance study tour conducted by IFC & EFInA visiting Pakistan and Indonesia

Mar 14 – IFC conference presentation on Enhancing Shariah Assurance, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Mar 14 – Islamic Capital Market Masterplan – IFC support workshop with SEC in Lagos

Feb 14 – IFC hold roundtable in Scottish Parliament promoting Ethical Finance, Edinburgh

Feb 14 – Leading Nigerian scholars join IFC, & Sheikh Esam for capacity building, Abuja

Jan 14 – CNBC discuss Sukuk with IFC, Could 2014 be the year for sukuk bonds?

2013 Updates

Dec 13 – IFC present on microfiance & the UK Islamic finance market at WIBC, Bahrain

Nov 13 – IFC thank Saftar Sarwar for his contribution as he steps down from the IFC Executive Board

Nov 13 – IFC facitiliate 9th EFInA Non-interest finance working group in Abuja, Nigeria

Oct 13 – IFC present at WIEF on promoting education in Islamic finance, London (click here to see IFC commentary in the FT, Herald Scotland & BBC Radio)

Oct 13 – IFC Board Member Omar Shaikh presents on Islamic finance at the Adam Smith Business School, Glasgow

Sep 13 – Archbishop of Canterbury delivers keynote address at IFC roundtable, London

Sep 13 – IFC hold 8th UK Scholar CPD programme discussing latest AAOIFI standards and infrastructure projects

Sep 13 – IFC join EFInA Non-Interest Working Group in Abuja discussing consumer education challenges, Nigeria

Aug 13 – BBC discuss funding public projects using Islamic Finance with the IFC

Jun 13 – Tods Murray & IFC hold conference on funding Scottish Infrastructure, Edinburgh

Jun 13 – Scotland urged to enter the Islamic market, Herald Scotland

Jun 13 – Middle East investors seek Scottish projects, The Times

Jun 13 – IFC join Metropolitan Skills for Infrastructure sukuk conference, Abuja

May 13 – IFC faciliate EFInA NIFWG roundtable to discuss developments with regulators and market operators, Nigeria

Apr 13 – The Times in association with the IFC releases Islamic Finance supplement with a detailed analysis of the UK market

Apr 13 – Chartered Banker Institute discusses Islamic finance with the IFC

Mar 13 – UK seeks to maintain status as Western hub of Islamic finance, Weekly Zaman

Mar 13 – IFC present at City of London Livery company, ITC, Ethical and Spiritual Development Panel on Enhancing Trust using Islamic finance

Mar 13 – IFC & James Gibb Stuart Trust present on Ethical finane as part of Islam Awareness Week, Glasgow

Feb 13 – IFC join ResPublica roundtable with Lord Carlile, Birkbeck University, London

Feb 13 – IFC join industry leaders presenting at the 12th Euromoney Islamic Finance conference, London

Feb 13 – IFC hold ethical finance round table in Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Feb 13 – IFN feature article: “The UK: Global hub or great pretender?

Jan 13 – IFC hold Dubai Scholar CPD session covering monetary policy, PE investing and shariah assurance

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