World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 - "Expanding the Footprint of Islamic Finance: Innovation, Fintech & Regulation"

Start Date : 19th March 2018
End Date : 20th March 2018
Venue : Pakistan
Year : 2018
Institution : Institute of Business Adminitration - Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (IBA | CEIF)

World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 - "Expanding the Footprint of Islamic Finance: Innovation, Fintech & Regulation"

World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 themed 'Expanding Islamic Finance Footprint: Innovation, Fintech and Regulation' is being organized in collaboration with Lahore University Management Sciences (LUMS) and INCEIF (Malaysia).

After experiencing stunning double digit growth figures for more than two decades, Islamic finance industry has witnessed a slowdown in growth since 2015. According to S&P Islamic Finance Outlook 2017, Islamic banks' asset growth fell to around 7% in 2015 compared with 12% in 2014. The slowdown is forecast to persist in 2016 and 2017 with growth stabilizing at around 5%. Is it possible to put the industry back on fast growth track and continued globalization? What will define future direction of the Islamic finance industry?

WIFF 2018 aims to deliberate on the future outlook for the global Islamic finance industry in light of rapidly changing market dynamics, driven by technological developments and growing need for innovative products to cater to upcoming sectors. Against this backdrop, the role envisaged for various stakeholders, especially the regulator, to expand the outreach will be discussed by Islamic finance visionaries at the conference. The international conference will bring together Shari'ah scholars, renowned academicians, leading Islamic bankers, regulators as well as prominent personalities from global Islamic financial and infrastructure institutions to deliberate on game changers for the industry.

One of the key objectives of WIFF is knowledge enhancement through intellectual input from the academia. Thrust of CEIF is on bridging the gap between academia and industry through facilitating focused research that can be put to practice. Furthermore, CEIF aims at promoting development of case studies to impart Islamic finance knowledge through real life examples. In this pursuit, CEIF invites research papers and case studies on the following themes:

  • Standardization of Islamic Products
  • Issues Pertaining to Transparency, Shari'ah Compliance and Accounting Disclosures
  • Impact of Fintech and Regtech on the Future of Islamic Finance Industry
  • Innovative Sukuk Structures
  • Derivatives and Islamic Finance
  • Introducing Islamic Finance in Unchartered Territories
  • Islamic Finance in the Era of Islamophobia
  • Achieving UN's Sustainable Development Goals through Islamic Finance
  • Working Capital Solutions Based on Islamic Finance
  • Islamic Finance for Infrastructure Development
  • Shari'ah Compliant Agricultural Finance
  • Promoting SME Growth through Islamic Finance
  • Islamic Microfinance Issues and Challenges
  • Implementation of Basel III in IFIs
  • Liquidity Management Solutions for IFIs
  • Islamic Capital Markets
  • Contemporary Issues in Takaful
  • Risk Management in Islamic Financial Institutions
  • Any other topic that focuses on a need, problem or unexplored issue in the area of Islamic finance


Who should attend?

  • Academicians
  • Postgraduate and research students
  • Islamic Bankers/Bankers
  • Insurance/Takaful Professionals
  • Financial Planners/Wealth Advisers
  • Financial Consultants
  • Shariah Scholars
  • Legal Advisers
  • Regulators
  • Entrepreneurs (businessmen/importers/exporters etc.)
  • Other professionals



Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Chairman Board of Trustees
Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)


Dr. Zamir Iqbal

Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Islamic Development Bank Group


Dato' Dr. Azmi Omar

President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Irfan Siddiqui

Chief Executive Officer
Meezan Bank


Mr. Hasan A. Bilgrami

President and Chief Executive Officer
BankIslami Pakistan Limited


Mr. Ariful Islam

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Meezan bank


Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin

Executive Director
International Shari'ah Research Academy (ISRA)


Mr. Tariq Bajwa

State Bank of Pakistan


Mr. Najmul Hasan

Director, Financial Institutions Development Department
Islamic Corporation for the Development, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group


Dr. Syed Salman Ali

Senior Researcher
The Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)


Dr. Ahmed Musa Wang Yongbao

Director of Institute of Islamic Law, Economics and Finance
Northwest University of Politics and Law


Dr. Muhammad Imran Ashraf Usmani

Group Head PDSC and Resident Shari'ah Board Member
Meezan bank


Mr. Yahia Abdul Rahman

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
LARIBA Bank of Whittier


Mr. Amer Bukvic

Chief Executive Officer
Bosna Bank International (BBI)


Mr. Jameel Ahmed

Deputy Governor
State Bank of Pakistan


Dr. Aishath Muneeza

Associate Professor


Dr. Humayun Dar

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Edbiz Consulting


Mr. Ashar Nazim

Managing Director


Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed

Higher Education Commission, Pakistan


Prof. Dr. Necdet Sensoy

Member of the Board
Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey


Dr. Hatim El Tahir

Director Islamic Finance Group
Deloitte & Touche, Middle East


Mr. Farhan ul Haq Usmani

Head of Shari'ah Audit & Advisory
Meezan Bank


Mr. Farrukh Raza

Founder & Managing Director
Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services (IFAAS) – UK


Mr. Muhammad Nasir Ali Syed

Chief Executive Officer
Pak-Qatar Family Takaful


Mr. Saeed Ahmed

President & Chief Executive Officer
National Bank of Pakistan


Sheikh Esam Mohammad Ishaq

Member of Shari'ah Board
Al-Baraka Bank Islamic Bank B.S.C


Mufti Muhammad Hassan Kaleem

Head of Shari'ah Compliance & Product Development
Dubai Islamic Bank


Mufti Irshad Ahmed Aijaz

Chairman, Shari'ah Supervisory Board
BankIslami Pakistan


Mr. Zafar Abdullah

Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan


Mr. Omar Mustafa Ansari

Assistant Secretary General
AAOIFI, Bahrain


Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed

Acting Rector & Dean


Mr. Ahmed Ali Siddiqui

Director, CEIF – IBA


Dr. Ishrat Husain

Chairman, CEIF – IBA





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