Following the success of the October 2016 event on Shari’a Governance, the Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC) and the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) in association with K&L Gates are delighted to provide details of our next Thematic Workshop on 21st February 2018, which will focus on the topic of the relationship between Islamic finance and ethical finance. The workshop will convene at 09:30am at K&L Gates One New Change London EC4M 9AF.
The trend of positioning Islamic finance within the broader umbrella of ethical finance has gained momentum in recent years. Following Shari’a principles, it is argued Islamic finance is seen to be intrinsically interwoven with ethical finance values and strategies.
However, this view is not shared across the whole of the financial services industry. Critics of Islamic finance would challenge the notion of Islamic finance being ethical by questioning the creation of synthetic products to overcome textual restrictions with the result that the economic outcome and risk sharing profile is identical or very similar to that of conventional banks.
This conference will review and reflect on a number of key areas to explore the question of “How Ethical is Islamic Finance?”
- Lord Sheikh, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance
- Dr Akram Laldin, Executive Director, ISRA
- Alastair King, Chairman, Naisbitt King Asset Management and Alderman of Queenhithe Ward, City of London
- Dr. Ashraf bin Md. Hashim, Senior Researcher / CEO, ISRA Consultancy
- Professor Dr. Engku Rabiah Adawiah, International Islamic University Malaysia Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance
- Graham Burnside, Advisory Board, UKIFC
- Jonathan Lawrence, Islamic Finance Partner, K&L Gates
- Justin Sykes, Managing Director, Innovest Advisory
- En. Kamarul Ariffin Bin Mohd Jamil, Group CEO, Affin Bank Malaysia
- Martina Macpherson, Partner, Sustineri
- Professor Mehmet Asutay, Director, Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance
- Professor Mohamed Iqbal Asaria CBE, Visiting Lecturer, Cass Business School
- Natalie Boyd, Islamic Finance Partner, K&L Gates
- Nyra Mahmood, Managing Director, Simply Sharia Human Capital
- Omar Shaikh, Advisory Board Member, UK Islamic Finance Council
- Peter Lovell MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Financing Sharia Enterprise
- Dr. Said Bouheraoua, Director of Research, ISRA
- Shaykh Essam Ishaq, Teacher
- Dr Shaykh Haitham Al Haddad, Advisor, The Islamic Council of Europe
- Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed, Teacher, iSyllabus
- Simon Walker, Head of Retail Sales, Al Rayan Bank
- Stella Cox, Managing Director, DDCAP
- Stuart Hutton, Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical
- Tarek El Diwany, Director, Kreatoc Zest
The event will cover several key themes including:
- The Shari’a Scholar Debate – Is Islamic finance following the spirit of the law or just the letter?
- Is Islamic Finance an ethical alternative – what social impact has it made in the past 20 years?
- With $40trn in SRI funds under management, is the Islamic Finance sector branded optimally?
- By focusing on the banking model, has Islamic Finance restricted its ability to provide more ethical and socially responsible solutions?
- Malaysia and UK innovation case studies – value-based intermediation and interfaith shared values framework
To view detailed agenda of the themes for the day click here.
Click here to view highlights from our 2016 event “Is the Current Model of Shari’ah Governance Fit for Purpose?”