IFN Investors Forum

Date: 14 Nov 2018

Launched in April 2015, IFN Investor Forum has been widely embraced by the industry to great success as the platform to discuss and debate all things related to Islamic investments. Welcoming a broad range of investors from all corners of the world, IFN Investor Forum will stage a comeback in 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, one of the most advanced Shariah finance capitals of the world.

Covering all aspects of Shariah investments across a variety of sectors, asset classes and markets, IFN Investor Forum 2018 will focus on the biggest opportunities, latest developments and trends as well as potential issues that may arise as far as Islamic investments are concerned. The wide-ranging program will include multiple and varied formats and sessions including issuer case studies to maximize engagement and outcome from the high-level event.


09:15 – 09:30 Welcome Address

09:30 – 10:30 The Islamic Asset Management Industry: Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward

What is the real proposition for the Islamic asset management industry? Is it a thematic investment strategy or a viable, self-supporting industry? How large potentially can the market become? Does Shariah investing require a rebrand? Does the industry need to become more aligned to ESG/SRI? Through an engaging panel we seek answers. We also take a look at key challenges facing the industry today, from reversing redemptions and outflows, to building investor confidence and trust, to alleviating fee pressure and improving distribution channels through technology.

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & Networking

11:00 – 12:00 Environmental, Socially Responsible Investing and Islamic Investment: Opportunities for Development and Growth

We examine responsible, environmental and green finance in Asia and ask how ethical and Islamic finance can potentially become closer interlinked. We also discuss how Southeast Asia can grow its existing ESG niche among asset managers and owners and what role Islamic asset management can carve for itself in this. Do green bonds and Sukuk offer viable long-term investments and how can the industry address the relative scarcity of credible climate related and low carbon investment opportunities? When will Asia see the launch of a socially conscious ETF?

12:00 – 12:20 Fireside Chat: The Reality of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing in Southeast Asia - Trials and Tribulations of Investing for Good

12:20 – 13:00 Product, Strategies and Styles for Islamic Asset Management Through an expert panel we assess the market, viability and performance of the ever-expanding universe of exchange-traded funds, as well as other passive products. We also examine the active management sector and how value for end investors is created across both styles. Finally, why do we see so few Islamic ETFs and what can be done to address this paucity? What role do exchanges play in this process?

13:00 – 14:15 Luncheon

14:15 – 15:15 Technology Roundtable: The Rise of the Machines What does financial technology mean for the asset management industry? Where will technology offer the most significant disruption: managing money or optimising distribution channels, or both? We also discuss the role of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and tokenisation in the asset management industry.

15:15 – 15:30 Presentation: The Islamic Retail Investor

15:30 – 16:10 Alternative Investment Management We take a look at the flourishing private equity sector, as well as other alternative investment strategies and ask what they can offer the Islamic and ethically-conscious investor.

16:10 – 16:15 Forum Close and Refreshment

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