Islamic banking, the largest vertical under the Islamic finance industry, contributes to 71%, or US$ 1.72 trillion, of the industry’s assets. Global Islamic finance industry grew year-on-year by of 11% to US$ 2.4 trillion in assets in 2017 or by CAGR growth of 6% from 2012. While digitalization has transpired as a major progression across different sectors of the Islamic finance industry, similar to it rattling the global financial system, the potential for the industry to grow projects to US$ 3.8 trillion in assets by 2023 is tremendous.

The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has been contributing to the development and expansion of scope of the Islamic finance industry for over the past 25 years. Now in its 26th year, WIBC will address the growth of global Islamic finance industry through strong investments in the Halal Sectors, Infrastructure, and support from Sukuk market, especially by virtue of technological modes in all products and services.

This year’s agenda provides key insights into what it takes to unlock the full potential of Islamic Finance through Regulatory Reforms, Standardization, unlocking new avenues of growth & enhancing security transactions by adopting FinTech and finally, benefitting regulatory and Shari’ah compliance from RegTech industry.

The 26th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2019) will also focus on progressive developments for the Islamic Economy, which is on the rise with estimated spend by the 1.8 billion Muslim population reaching US$ 2.1 Trillion across food, beverage, fashion, media, recreation and travel, in 2017. Forecasts estimate the spending to reach US$ 3 Trillion by 2023. Islamic Economy is at par with latest developments in technology and investments. Citing the advancements, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IOT), virtual reality (VR) and cryptocurrencies are attracting more investments. WIBC 2019, the largest gathering of Islamic banking & finance professionals globally, is strategically positioned to deliver a comprehensive view of the Islamic Economy, its future potential to facilitate investments and boost industry growth. Islamic economy companies play an important role in addressing Muslim consumer needs and play a critical role in driving economic growth and activity.

With 1,300+ senior level executives from 50+ countries, which include international Islamic financial institutions, ministers, policy makers, political leaders, senior government officials, ethical finance leaders, banking & financial tech sector innovators, senior economists, export finance/export promotion houses and FinTech providers, WIBC 2019 remains a compelling forum with exceptional content, master-class sessions, panel discussions, thought-leadership and interviews. Further, through its extensive networking opportunities, the three-day summit promises to be the most innovative and the forward-thinking Islamic finance and banking event in the world.

Guru Speakers at Past Events

MEGA’s vision is to make its forums a breeding ground for world-class insights, and it has since its inception, attracted a host of global powerhouses to deliver groundbreaking insights and share ideas. This has culminated in the formation of many high-profile Summits & Master Class Seminars with many global thinkers, economists & strategists like Tom Peters, Gary Hamel, Mark Mobius, Michael Porter, Robert Kaplan, Nicholas Negroponte, Nicholas Nassim Taleb and Shaukat Aziz, amongst others, showcasing their expertise for the first time in the MENA region.

In association with key government ministries, multinational corporations and regulatory authorities throughout MENA & Asia, these masterclasses and summits have established MEGA as a key contributor in facilitating the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASA Region.

Tom Peters

Tom Peters

Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel

Mark Mobius

Mark Mobius

Sir Howard Davies

Sir Howard Davies

Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Nicholas Nassim Taleb

Nicholas Negroponte

Nicholas Negroponte

Shaukat Aziz

Shaukat Aziz

Michael Porter

Michael Porter

Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim

Past Speakers

 RASHEED MOHAMMED AL MARAJ
GOVERNOR
CENTRAL BANK OF BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN

 SHAIKH MOHAMED BIN KHALIFA
BIN AHMED AL-KHALIFA

MINISTER OF OIL
CENTRAL BANK OF BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN

DR. SAMI AL-SUWAILEM
HEAD OF FINANCIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, ISLAMIC RESEARCH
& TRAINING INSTITUTE
ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK
SAUDI ARABIA

DR. WIMBOH SANTOSO
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
FINANCIAL SERVICES
AUTHORITY OF INDONESIA

INDONESIA

ABDULLAH BIN SULAIMAN

Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al Rajhi
Chairman
AL Rajhi Bank
Saudi Arabia

GHURAIR

Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al Ghurair
Chief Executive Officer
Mashreq Bank
Dubai

ADNAN AHMED YOUSIF
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE
AL BARAKA BANKING GROUP
BAHRAIN

INSAF GALIEV
FIRST DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TATARSTAN INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
REPUBLIC OF TATARSTAN

KHALID AL RUMAIHI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
BAHRAIN

DR. BELLO DANBATA
SECRETARY-GENERAL
ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD
MALAYSIA

ISSAM ABOUSLEIMAN
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, GCC COUNTRIES
WORLD BANK GROUP
SAUDI ARABIA

ABDULHAKEEM ALKHAYYAT
MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO
KUWAIT FINANCE HOUSE – BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN

WIBC Heritage

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1994

The launch of what was to become the world’s largest and the most significant annual gathering of Islamic banking & finance industry leaders anywhere in the world. 120 pioneering delegates attend the 1st WIBC.

 

2000

Fast track to 2000 and the Islamic banking and finance industry enters the new millennium growing rapidly as the 7th Annual WIBC highlights a new wave of growth in the international Islamic banking and finance industry.

 

2001

The events of 9/11 cast an unwanted spotlight on the international industry, however leaders of major institutions used the WIBC platform to put the record straight and get key messages across to one of the largest ever contingents of international media at the conference.

 

2003

The 10th Anniversary of WIBC was celebrated in style. The event which was officially inaugurated by Abdulla Hassan Saif, Bahrain’s Minister of Finance & National Economy and moderated by Peter Hobday, saw the announcement of the launch of a new $1.5 billion International Islamic bank.

 

2004

The inaugural edition of the World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report – an industry first initiative – was launched at WIBC 2004. The WIBC Competitiveness Report over the last 9 years has evolved into an indispensable reference resource for the key decision-makers in the global Islamic banking & finance industry. The pre-conference workshops, which are now a regular feature at WIBC, was also introduced in 2004. Tim Sebastian of BBC HardTalk was the moderator for WIBC 2004.

 

2005

WIBC 2005 saw the introduction of a high-powered Leaders & Winning Strategies session featuring Abdul-Aziz Al-Ghurair & Abdullah Sulaiman Al Rajhi. Prof. Robert S. Kaplan was the Keynote Speaker at WIBC 2005.

 

2006

Two World Renowned Gurus: Tom Peters & Gary Hamel wowed the WIBC Audience in 2006 and the delegate numbers broke through the 1,000 mark for the first time!

 

2007

WIBC 2007 saw the launch of the World Comes to WIBC Initiative and the country-focus sessions, which explored the increasing interest and opportunities for Islamic finance in new jurisdictions. For the first time, the UK Trade and Investment hosted the UK Pavilion which featured a high powered delegation of decision-makers representing major banks & institutions in the UK attending the World Islamic Banking Conference. The UK Pavilion is now a regular feature of WIBC.

 

2008

WIBC celebrated its 15 years of market leadership in 2008. The World Comes to WIBC initiative further expanded to feature a high powered delegation from Singapore which was led by H.E Heng Swee Keat, Governor of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

 

2009

The Global Economic Crisis continues to cast a shadow across the conventional banking industry. The global market leaders gathered in full force at WIBC 2009 to strengthen the resilience and shape the future of the global Islamic finance industry. Prof. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author of the New York Times Best Seller – The Black Swan, was the keynote speaker.

 

2010

WIBC 2010 featured for the first time an official representation from Luxembourg to showcase Islamic finance. Also for the first time, a Malaysia focus representing the county’s leading Islamic financial players. Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor of CNN was the moderator and Dr. Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group was the Guru Speaker.

 

2011

For the first time ever, an official representation from France led by Invest in France Agency attended WIBC in 2011 and hosted a roundtable on the opportunities for Islamic finance in France. Also for the first time, WIBC 2011 featured Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as the Guru Speaker.

 

2012

WIBC 2012 featured for the first time, a US Country Interface led by the US Chamber of Commerce. This was the first time that the US was ever showcasing their interest in Islamic finance and inviting Islamic finance institutions to the US. WIBC 2012 also featured a special keynote address by H.E. Jaloul Ayed, Former Minister of Finance, The Republic of Tunisia who discussed the Potential for Islamic Finance in Maghreb Countries in the aftermath of the Arab spring.

 

2013

The 20th Anniversary Special Edition of WIBC was a true celebration as the world’s largest gathering of Islamic finance leaders took stock of the past, present and future of the industry. It was graced by the presence of Islamic finance pioneer and industry titan Sheikh Saleh Kamel, Founder and Chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group (DBG), who shared his invaluable insights into the Development of the Islamic Finance Industry: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future. The Keynote address was by Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman, Financial Services Authority; and Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England, who spoke on the Future of Banking Regulation & Implications for Islamic Finance Institutions.

 

2014

Celebrating 21 Years of Growth, Excellence and Innovation in the Global Islamic Finance Industry, keynote speakers featured Nurlan Kussainov, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Kazakhstan; and Jaseem Ahmed, Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), who addressed key issues related to the strength, stability and enhancing international linkages between Islamic finance jurisdictions. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of the House of Lords, who has been a key driving force in the progress made by the UK in Islamic finance, said in her special keynote address that London is fast emerging as a key centre of Islamic finance offering billions in earnings as well as funding for major infrastructure projects.

 

2015

WIBC celebrated 40 years of the Global Islamic Finance Industry in its 22nd edition, enabling it to evolve into a globally renowned brand standing for excellence, innovation & growth. In 2015, WIBC introduced various new topics including a focus on Fintech, Digital Banking and a large interest on Ethical Banking. WIBC’s tremendous success was portrayed in its representation of over 1300 delegates from over 50 countries, with 94 partners and over 70 high profile and globally renowned speakers.

 

2016

In its 23rd edition, WIBC spearheaded a series of discussions centred around the theme of “Economic Uncertainties: Vigilance & Growth” and witnessed the launch of no less than 5 intelligence reports by Thomson Reuters, EY and Simply Sharia. A dedicated fintech stream in the form of Enterprise Excellerate was launched on the sidelines of WIBC with the aim of highlighting the fintech proposition of the Middle East. WIBC 2016 registered participation from a staggering 1300 delegates, 98 partners, 135 high profile speakers from across 50 countries, further boosting the powerful WIBC brand and its legacy.

 

2017

In its 24th edition, WIBC spearheaded a series of discussions centred around the theme of “Drivers of Economic Growth & Risks: Policymakers & Regulators” and witnessed the launch of 2 intelligence reports by Thomson Reuters and 3 exclusive product launches, notably the launch of ALGO Bahrain – the world’s first Fintech Consortium of Islamic Banks. WIBC 2017 registered participation from a staggering 1200 delegates, 87 partners, 90 high profile speakers from across 50 countries, positioning itself as the indisputable compass of the global Islamic banking industry.

 

2018

In its 25th edition, WIBC spearheaded a series of discussions centred around the theme of “Islamic Finance & Sustainable Economic Growth in the Age of Disruption” and witnessed the launch of 2 financial intelligence reports by Refinitiv & Islamic Development Bank and notably the launch of Emerico’s R35 Self-Service Robot. WIBC 2018 registered participation from a staggering 1000 delegates from across 50 countries, positioning itself as the indisputable compass of the global Islamic banking and finance industry.

 

Why Attend?

Largest, longest running and most prestigious gathering of Islamic banking and finance leadership in the world

Learn emerging opportunities and innovative solutions in the Islamic banking industry and get hands-on practical information and insights

Find 360-degree solutions to industry challenges from industry gurus through thought-provoking, highly topical sessions

Create valuable new connections and get inspired by brilliant minds brimming with fresh ideas & enthusiasm

Who Should Attend?

International business leaders offering Islamic financial products

Ministers, policymakers, political leaders, senior government officials from countries with Islamic financial institutions or links to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries

Technology company C-level executives, business development managers

Innovators in the financial technology sector

Ethical finance leaders with current or potential operations in OIC countries

Business specialists and professionals, mid-level management, business development managers, analysts, risk professionals in the Islamic finance sector

Senior representatives of multilateral bodies, policy making, stakeholder, infrastructure and export finance/export promotion institutions

Shariah scholars, advisors, lawyers and legal experts

Partners 2019

[STRATEGIC PARTNER]

[INTELLIGENCE PARTNER]

Ithmar Bank

[GOLD PARTNER]

KHCB

[SILVER PARTNER]

BiSB

[REGIONAL BANKING PARTNER]

albaraka

[ASSOCIATE PARTNERS]

moodys investors service
DDCAP

[BADGE PARTNER]

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[DELEGATE BAG PARTNER]

[SUPPORTING PARTNER]

Bahrain Association of Banks

[OFFICIAL PR PARTNER]

TRACCS

[MIDDLE EAST MEDIA PARTNER]

CPI-Financial

[RESEARCH MEDIA PARTNER]

Oxford-Business-Group

[MEDIA PARTNERS]

Argaam
Biz-Bahrain
Wealth-Monitor
Savvy-Investor
Eye-of-Riyadh
Middle-East-Business-Magazine
Edbiz-Consulting
ACQ5
Family-Office-Elite
Al-Bayan
Maeeshat-Media
Businesslife
Private-Banking
Capital-Markets-Africa
International-Investment
International-Investor

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