Press Release - Islamic Fintech Dialogue (IFD2017)

09 October, 2017      680





Islamic Fintech Dialogue 2017 -

Fintech & Entrepreneurship


10 Oct 2017, Kuala Lumpur - The International Sharīʻah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) today organised its inaugural Islamic Fintech Dialogue 2017 (IFD 2017) themed, ‘Fintech and Entrepreneurship’. The Dialogue was held on 10 Oct 2017 at Lanai Kijang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The Islamic Fintech Dialogue is organised to provide a platform for Sharīʻah scholars and Islamic finance practitioners to engage with the growing financial technology (fintech) ecosystem. The new wave of fintech has raised various concerns and misconceptions. Hence, the dialogue is meant to be an avenue where all parties will share their views and ways to collaborate to support the development of the Islamic finance industry. An estimated 200 international and local delegates are expected to attend this event.


The Islamic Fintech Dialogue is organized in such a format to allow speakers, who are experts in their area, to share openly the opportunities and challenges they foresee in the industry. The panellist will discuss areas such as Blockchain, Shariah Governance, Shariah-Compliance, Crowdfunding, Robo-Advisory, Smart Contracts, Crypto-currency, Microfinancing, Islamic finance, etc.


En. Marzunisham Omar, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will deliver the opening remarks while Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin, Executive Director, ISRA will, in turn, deliver the welcoming remarks. He is of the oppinion that "FINTECH is an exciting development in Islamic finance, and Shari’ah scholars must ensure they are up to date on it. This rapidly developing innovation will need timely Shari’ah solutions to enable Islamic finance to keep pace with technology."


The event also includes a session on entrepreneurship, an exciting by-product of the modern-day fintech boom. The industry has witnessed a number of start-ups and entrepreneurs who have been inspired by the various roles in the development of the Islamic economy, from social entrepreneurs to community-based start-ups.


The panel of experts includes Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohamed Azmi Omar (INCEIF), YM Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz (AmInvestment Bank), Dr. Rosnah Binti Omar (AFFINIslamic), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aznan Hasan (ASAS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Said Bouheraoua (ISRA), Asst. Prof. Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed (INCEIF), Mr. Abdul Fattah Mohamed Yatim (National Industry Standards Malaysia), Mr. Yashesh Kampani (IBM ASEAN), Ms. Azleena Idris (KFH), Ms. Ruslena Ramli (RAM Rating Services Berhad), Dr. Sofiza Azmi (Edbiz Consulting), Dr. Farrukh Habib (ISRA), Mr. Amarjit Singh (Blockchain Academy PLT), Ms. Joann Enriquez (Ethis Ventures), Mr. Kyri Andreou (Ata Plus Sdn Bhd), Mr. Kashminder Singh (Pitch Platforms Sdn Bhd), Mr. Ashraf Ali Gomma (CIMB Islamic), Mr. Hissam Kamal (ISRA Research Fellow), En. Mohd Bahroddin Badri (ISRA Consultancy Sdn Bhd), Ms. Natasha Ishak (HAYS), En. Mohd Zukri (Amanie Advisory Sdn Bhi), Ust. Ahmad Mu'az Mohd Nawawi (Malaysia Young Shariah Scholars Association), Mr. Hassan Alsagoff (Mountain Partners Malaysia) and Ms. Mazlita Mat Hassan (Recite Lab Sdn Bhd). For further details on this event, go to



We would like to express our deepest appreciation to our sponsors, IBFIM and HAYS, advisor partner, ISRA Consultancy Sdn Bdn, strategic partners, Amanie Academy, our partners, MIFC, Standard Malaysia, IBM, ASAS, INCEIF, and Media partner, Malaysian Business.




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About the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)

The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), was established by Bank Negara Malaysia on 26 March 2008 as an initiative to promote applied research in the area of Shari'ah and Islamic finance. ISRA also acts as a repository of knowledge for Shari’ah views (fatwas) in the Islamic finance industry. ISRA also contributes to the strengthening of human capital development in Shari’ah expertise relevant to Islamic finance and provides a platform for greater engagement amongst practitioners, scholars, regulators and academicians via research and dialogue, in both the domestic and international arenas. Through pioneering research and rigorous intellectual dialogue, ISRA aims to promote innovation and dynamism and thus extend the boundaries of Islamic finance. For more information, go to


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