Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the 26th anniversary edition of The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC), the largest and most prestigious gathering of Islamic banking and finance leaders in the world, successfully conducted in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Convened by Middle East Global Advisors – a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASEA markets and in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain, the forum had a series of discussions focusing on “Mega Trends in Banking & Finance”, a theme that resonated with the conference’s steady vision to serve as a definitive check point for the global Islamic finance and banking industry.
The first day of the conference witnessed the Top Guru CEOs from the World’s largest Islamic Banking Assets Banks at the CEO’s Power Table – Steve Bertamini, Chief Executive Officer, Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia, Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Islamic Bank, U.A.E., Mazin Al-Nahedh, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Finance House, Kuwait Mazin Manna, Group Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, U.A.E.
Another key highlight of the WIBC was the Regulator’s Power Table focusing on New Markets & Harmonization of Global Islamic Finance Standards with Panelists – Khalid Hamad Abdul – Rahman Hamad, Executive Director of Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), Bahrain, Suhaeidi, Executive Director, Department of Islamic Economic and Finance, Bank Indonesia, Indonesia, Farah Jaafar-Crossby, Chief Executive Officer, Labuan IBFC, Malaysia, Dr. Qais Al Yahyaei, Executive Vice President, Central Bank of Oman, Oman, Taliya Minullina, Chief Executive Officer, Tatarstan Investment Development Agency, Republic of Tatarstan.
Partners at The 26th WIBC included Ithmaar Bank, Khaleeji Commercial Bank (KHCB), Kuwait Finance House, Bank ABC Islamic, Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB), First Energy Bank, Al Baraka Banking Group, AAOIFI, GFH Financial Group, The Perth Mint, Moody’s Investors Service, Eiger Trading, DDCAP Group, Mazars & Directorate of International Programmes, ANO, Keypoint, FitchRatings, Tejoury, GPS, Sadad and TRACCS. Supporting Partners: Bahrain Association of Banks & Arab Bankers Association.