Events, conventions and workshops, if properly organized and attended, play a key role in progressing the agenda of the Islamic finance proposition. They provide an excellent opportunity for the presentation and discussion of the underlying themes and topics. From 1986 on, ASSAIF has invested important human and financial resources in organizing, participating in, and chairing hundreds of events around the globe. They not only helped promoting a better comprehension of the various sectors of the Islamic finance industry but also highlighted some controversial issues and charted a reasonable course of action.
Some of these events are listed hereby, and the presentations attached are an ever-updating resource in the different fields that make Islamic finance such an enticing proposition.
Themed 'Islamic Financial Market in Russia and Real Economy' it was part of the Moscow Halal Expo 2015
Workshop sul contributo della finanza islamica nel ruolo geopolitico dell’Italia con i paesi del Golfo.
13-15 March 2015 - Ditchley Park: The 6th SC-OCIS Roundtable 2015 'Seeking Sustainability: Role of Islamic Finance in the Transformational Change'
Roundtable discussion among a select group of policy makers, senior industry practitioners, scholars and academicians on topical issues and challenges in Islamic finance within the overall global financial system.
A pioneering initiative to facilitate cross-border investment transactions by bringing together investors and investment opportunities from across OIC markets.
Under the patronage of the Municupality of Turin, TIEF 2014 was the 1st of a series of initiatives centered on this industrial turning-to-service-provider city.
Alberto Brugnoni chaired for the 2nd year this summit convened under the theme 'Capturing the Africa Opportunity: Enabling Islamic Finance to Deliver on its Potential in Africa'
The event provided opportunities for collaboration with donor agencies, IT integration, and a platform for innovative tools such as crowd funding, micro-takaful and youth development programmes.
24 October 2014 - Malta: "MIM Mediterranean Economic Forum 2014 Recent Trends & Developments in Islamic Finance"
Malta has made the strategic decision to become a hub for Islamic finance in the West Mediterranean Sea and bridge its Northern and Southern shores
Chaired by Alberto G. Brugnoni, this 2014 edition of the METF focused on fresh thinking to boost the efficiency, profitability & scale of Islamic cooperative insurance players
The event brought together the governments and corporates that facilitate the continued development of the market as well as the investors who are driving the demand for sukuk
25 and 28 January 2014 - Milan: "Islamic Economy and Finance - A Blue Ocean Strategy for Italian Companies?"
The development of Islamic finance is awakening the interest of Italian companies in different sectors of the Islamic economy. Tourism, fashion, food and design are only few of the fields involved: understanding the potential of the Middle eastern markets and the right communication and marketing tools is the key to success.
Embarking upon a mission to bridge the research gap in South Asia, the SAICON 2013 organizing committee aims to provide a smooth flow to academia, researchers, entrepreneurs, and professionals in venturing dynamics of business, economics, information and engineering technologies, and social sciences
This forum on Islamic finance sectors and the halal industries (including food, travel and lifestyle) tackled the most important challenges and charted paths for the future of the Islamic economy. Awards were handed out to key players
The Forum convened to debate the prospects of Foreign Direct Investments in North Africa and the role that the island of Malta can play by leveraging on her geographical position while building on a rich history that ties her with the Northern shore of the Mediterranean Sea
Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive destination for investments that are Shari’ah compliant. However, the Islamic finance industry is still in its infancy on the continent. Of the total 600+ Islamic financial institutions worldwide, only about 40-50 are operating on the African continent, which is home to a massive Muslim demographic that represents over 50% of the total population
5 November 2013 - Rome: 5th Euro-Arab Banking Dialogue On Investment and Islamic Banking “Integration for Better Economy”
The Forum represented the international platform for ministers, governors of central banks, leading bankers, decision-makers and representatives of public and private sectors from various continents to meet, dialogue and discuss issues with the international banking community
The one day forum held in Ningxia, one of the Chinese provinces with the highest Muslim concentration, aimed to promote interactions between China and the Arab states and attracted participants from financial and academic institutions, media and the government alike.
Understanding Islamic Securitization, Sukuk Structures and Documentation, Restructuring of Sukuk and Post Default Scenario
Moscow International Halal Exhibition provides a dedicated professional platform to the young and promising Russian halal industry. It allows the producers of various industries to present their products to the Russian and international markets
This year's event was themed "Building the Islamic Economy: Strengthening Islamic Finance’s Links to the Real Economy"
This year’s theme - “New Strategic Imperatives for the Takaful Industry: Sustaining Growth and Boosting Profitability” - focused on the very heart of this dilemma faced by leading Takaful and ReTakaful operators across the world and picked up on these challenges and opportunities facing the industry
The 'European Challenge' forum is organized by the IFSB and gathers annually to meet the increasing interest shown by European countries in Islamic financial services. It is tailored to suit European regulators and market players and this 4th edition is hosted by Banca d'Italia
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Lahore, hosted the Global Forum on Islamic Finance themed “Islamic Finance: New Realities New Challenges” to provide an opportunity to share the latest developments among scholars from around the globe
As the New Silk Road vision becomes a reality, Islamic financial services have a great opportunity to emerge as one of the vital catalysts in this process. The event featured two dedicated panel discussions with key industry experts highlighting and exploring the positives in the region
18-19 February 2013 - Cairo: 'The International Takaful Summit 2013 - Capitalising on the Potential of the Global Takaful Industry'
The 'ITS 2013 New Frontiers' gathered for the first time outside the EU. The Cairo event aimed to leverage on the fantastic opportunities for increasing market penetration in North-Africa, Africa and some non-Muslim countries with significant Muslim populations
The rise of Islamic finance in modern financial markets offers an alternative vision for economic affairs, premised on the ethics and value system of classical Islamic law. And the current financial crisis has increased attention towards it in all Western countries
The first World Bank venture into the Takaful world recognized as a milestone for the development of the industry around the globe. Presentation of a book sponsored by the Bank and authored by key industry players with the chapter on microtakaful by A. Brugnoni
Nel passato premoderno, i soggetti religiosi svolgevano un ruolo di primo piano nell’organizzazione della vita economica e nel suo orientamento umanistico e spirituale. E' possibile che tornino a svolgerlo? Quali le spinte e quali le resistenze?
Hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia this event that gathers every second year was themed "Internationalisation of Islamic Finance: Bridging Economies" in recognition of the tremendous international prospect surrounding the thriving Islamic Finance industry
Held at a time when the banking industry in the West is beset with allegations of moral failures in banking standards and practices driven by unbridled greed for profits at any cost this workshop focused on how Islamic finance and banking has benefited from a layer of guiding moral principles
'ITS 2012 Takaful and Re-Takaful - Planning to Overcome the Emerging Challenges to Growth' seek to identify the potential issues that will affect the Takaful and Re-Takaful industry and develop the solutions that will drive the industry forward. Chaired by Alberto Brugnoni
This Forum supported by Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow, Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Islamic Center for Development of Trade, and the Islamic Training and Research Institute is a key annual event in the Russian Federation
The Kazan Summit is the premier international economic summit of the Russian Federation and member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Alberto Brugnoni moderated the Round Table on "The Role of Zakat, Wakf and Islamic Finance in Effective Charity work"
High-level government and business leaders, leading philanthropists, donors, social investors and experts from across the world gathered at the Global Donors Forum, the 5th annual meeting of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. Alberto Brugnoni convened the initiative named "Silver Lining Connecting Awqaf, Zakat, Islamic Finance"
The event convened under the theme "Room to Grow: New Directions in the Next Growth Phase for Islamic Banking in the Middle East" aimed to chart the future of the regional Islamic banking, finance and investments Industry
The theme of the 7th annual edition “Improving Competitive Performance: Shifting to Sound Underwriting Profitabilty” highlighted that competing for commercial business requires further capacity, underwriting expertise and better broker relationships
This one-off event aimed to promote synergies between the Government’s poverty alleviation policies and the existing microfinance industry and help enhance access to financial services in Iraq to a population who currently have little or no access to microfinance
This one-day event was jointly organized by Islamic Relief-Italia and ASSAIF and saw the attendance of key players of both Islamic finance and ethical finance. It was meant to introduce Islamic finance as a key component of the Italian third-sector.
This traditional annual event gathered more than 100 Islamic investment and retail bankers, corporate borrowers, takaful and retakaful providers, asset managers and institutional investors, and representatives from the legal profession. Some of the world’s most respected Shariah scholars discussed the latest Fatwas issued
Le séminaire s’est tenu sous le thème «Les expériences réussies de la Finance Islamique dans le monde: quelles perspectives pour un vrai démarrage en France?». Y ont participé un large nombre d’intervenants dont des professeurs, des savants, des experts dans le secteur financier en général, et le secteur de la finance islamique en particulier.
The Forum met to identify scalable business models and explore the possible frameworks, attract commercial funding and diversify product development. It was preceded by a workshop
The conference convened under the theme «Future of the Arab World in Light of Recent Transitions» and aimed to examine the practical strategy and proper plans to overcome the crises in the Arab world
This global event for professional management accountants brought together 400 international delegates who listened to some of the leading business leaders and thinkers of our time. A speakers' platform of world-class business leaders offered exclusive insight into their top-line thinking on the future of finance
The WIEF Roundtable brought together experts, intellectuals, development partners and entrepreneurs to discuss emerging opportunities, challenges and prospects for a sustainable economy in Africa. It also addressed the challenges and opportunities in Islamic trade finance and the innovations required to move the industry forward
A sizeable percentage of EU Muslims feel financially excluded due to the absence of banking products that would meet their needs and would also comply with their own cultural/religious requirements. This session examined the role that Islamic finance may play to foster the integration of Muslims into the European social fabric
The fifth gathering of what has become the annual key appointment in Europe and its most important event for the Takāful industry. Chaired from its inception by Alberto Brugnoni
With an audience of 650 during the two-day event, IFN Europe 2011 instantly became the largest annual event on European shores. The Issuers & Investors concept saw the first day focusing on and targetimg the issuer community, whilst the second day was for the investors. A break-out session on Russia was organized by ASSAIF
The one -day training programme on Islamic trade finance offered expert advice and training to those interested in Islamic finance with a major focus on conventional institutions offering Islamic financial products
This two full-time days of face-to-face teaching offered a comprehensive investigation of Islamic economics and law related to the financial sector, with peculiar attention to the emergence of an economic and legal pluralism in Europe. The programme saw the contribution of the IRTI, ASSAIF, ERM Academy and Norton Rose
IABS 2011 - hosted by the Union of Arab Banks and Associazione Bancaria Italiana - gathered to showcase the impact of the Arab spring on the EU-MENA partnerships and cross-border business relations
More than 300 million Muslims live as minority communities and Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined. This translates to immense opportunities for halal products and shariah compliant products such as Islamic finance in these markets. Islamic finance is also gaining acceptance where it is seen as an ethical alternative to the conventional system bridging the gap between socialism and capitalism
This round table brough together top level representatives from financial and economic ministries, central banks and other regulating bodies of Russia, CIS countries, the Gulf, Southeast Asia and Europe
L'Associazione Italiana fra le Imprese Assicuratrici ha organizzato un incontro seminariale per i rappresentanti delle imprese socie per illustrare le caratteristiche salienti dell'istituto del Takaful e le sue peculiarità
Annual event studying the relations between the world of banks and the communities of migrants with a particular focus on intercultural management, welcome marketing, intercultural marketing, cross generation marketing, and senior marketing
Second annual conference on this Mediterranean island that historically has been at a crossroads between Christendom and Muslim world, East and West, North and South
This fourth edition of the Forum on Internationalization, jointly organized by Associazione Bancaria Italiana and ASSAIF aimed to ease economic and financial integration between Italy and the the Gulf countries
This edition built on the three previous events held in 2007, 2008 and 2009. It enabled market participants from all over the world to gauge the potential for Shariah-compliant Insurance in the UK, Europe, and worldwide. Chaired by Alberto Brugnoni
12 July 2010 - London: "Regulation and Taxation of Islamic Finance - Recent and forthcoming developments"
Monthly event organized by the 'Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance'
This ground-breaking event identified strategic development prospects for economic relations between Russia and the Muslim countries
The Moscow Forum has gathered for the second year in a row a host of Russian practitioners and academicians alongside with a roster of top-notched international experts. They have addressed the latest international developments and explored domestic opportunities for Islamic finance
The Forum is a platform where world leaders in government and business converge to discuss trade and economic issues affecting the globe with a special focus on a niche market of the emerging economies of the Muslim world
The conference focused on opportunities within the Islamic and ethical finance arenas considering Islamic finance as a sub-sector of ethical finance
This yearly event has probed how the Islamic insurance industry can catalyse the next phase of growth
30-31 March 2010 - Toronto: 'UFANA North America 2010 Conference - The growth and potential of Islamic Finance'
Conference organized by the Usury Free Association of North America (UFANA), a non-profit organization that represents institutions, businesses and individuals in North America who operate in a usury-free environment
Ninth edition of this Forum hosted by the Harvard Law School’s Islamic Finance Project that has become the leading event in North America
Seminar held at the Mediterranean Research Meeting organised by the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence
This Congress, widely recognized as the premier worldwide forum on Muslim Philanthropy, has brought together for the third year in a row, philanthropists, government and business leaders, and visionaries from across the world
The event hosted by the 'Institut d'Etudes Avancées (IEA)' in Nantes continued the work begun at the 'First Mediterranean Critical Studies in Accounting and Finance Conference' held in Hammamet in July 2009
Annual event organized by Euromoney that brought together the key players in the global Islamic finance
Event organized by the '1st Ethical Charitable Trust' to empower British Muslims with the knowledge required to conduct their legal and financial affairs in a shariah compliant manner
First event of the IIFF in the United Kingdom with great professional added value
Annual event that brings together key players in the global Islamic finance
23-24 November 2009 - Kuala Lumpur: "Bank Negara Malaysia High Level Conference on Financial Stability"
Annual meeting of the Malaysian central bank
18-19 November 2009 - Milan: "Moral Values and Financial Markets: Assessing The Resilience of Islamic Finance Against Financial Crisis"
A two-day event that gathered researchers from many international universities
Annual event on finance and microfinance in favor of SMEs in South-East Asia
The event brought together representatives of central banks, supervisory authorities, foreign and finance ministries, international organizations, financial community and academicians
Annual event for the presentation of 'The Banker Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions'
The summit explored investment opportunities for Islamic finance in the field of real estate with particular reference to Great Britain
Event jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Observatory of the Mediterranean Sea
Seminar on cutting-edge marketing campaigns and distribution channels for Takaful
Presentation on the need for Islamic finance to focus not only on contract structures but on development policies
Results of the Global survey with independent views from two Islamic finance participants
Seminar on the opportunities that Malta offers for Islamic finance in the Mediterranean region
The conference brought together the major Russian banks and some Muscovites 'Family Offices' . Banks from the Baltic region and CIS Republics also attended
Summer school of the Swedish bank that for the last forty years has offered interest-free credit to its members
The conference was organized by the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance
This third edition of the ITS themed "Pathways to Capitalize on the Market Opportunity" was once again attended by key representatives of the Shariah-compliant insurance industry. Alberto Brugnoni chaired for the third year in a row the event
The conference has brought together researchers and scholars of conventional and interest rate-free microfinance that have debated on how to make this form of financing more effective and social inclusive
The 6th edition of TERRAFUTURA, a key Italian annual event, focused on the ways and means to guarantee a future to our planet. Its cornerstones are the good practices that make social, economic and environmental relations sustainable both in the private and the public domains
The conference organized by the 'Islamic Banking and Finance Institute Malaysia' (IBFIM) and the 'Malaysia Venture Capital Association' (MVCA) was attended by the key players of the Pacific Rim region
12-13 May 2009 - Milan: "European Forum of Islamic Finance. Prerequisite strategy for a better harmonisation"
The Forum has gathered for the first time in Italy some of the most important international experts who have debated on the ways and means to set the scene for the harmonious development of Islamic finance in Europe
The participation of nearly 400 senior executives, professionals and stakeholders coupled with the quality of debate and of the presentations, made the WTC 2009 edition one of the largest gatherings of the Takāful industry of the year
This first conference on Islamic Finance held in Scotland, jointly organized by the 'Islamic Finance Council UK' and the 'Scottish Financial Enterprise', was attended by members of the Scottish government and key members of the Scottish financial community
The event brought together in a series of pre-arranged meetings the decision makers of some of the most important Gulf investors and family offices and a group of diversified Western investment funds and banks. Topical presentations and round-tables complemented the event
Most of the Shariah-compliant investment certificates has progressed only legally but relatively little has been done to create products with dynamic assignment mechanisms on Shariah-compliant underlying
The event showed that the current turmoil in global financial markets may have undermined investor confidence and caused an excess of caution in the short run but for the careful investor there are interesting opportunities in the global real estate market
The immigrant entrepreneurship plays a key role for a real and effective integration of Muslim communities. On the one side, it boosts the economy of the countries of origin through the remittances but on the other it brings cultural and economic wealth to those host countries that allow it to grow and prosper
The announcement of structural, administrative and fiscal measures by the French government to facilitate the development of Islamic financial activities in France provided the background to this forum, which saw the participation of the French institutions at the highest level and companies interested in promoting investment opportunities in France
The annual WIBC meeting reflected not only the international growth in Islamic finance but also the ability of this conference to address the real needs of the industry. This year, the WIBC, attended by 1000 delegates from 45 countries, devoted a session to emerging markets: China, Japan, Singapore and France, with particular attention to Italy
This first forum on Islamic finance held in Germany was dedicated to identify challenges and explore opportunities for the industry in the country that in 2004 issued the first sovereign Sukuk in Europe and hosts a very large Muslim community. The investments from the Gulf are now facilitated by the first applications of Sharia-compliant financial structures
The forum focused on the strategically important Gulf area. It analyzed the possibility of financial integration between the Italian and the GCC banking industries, and highlighted the opportunities for collaboration and investment by the Arab world in Italy. An entire afternoon session was devoted to Islamic finance
The Islamic Finance News is holding a one-day itinerary forum in the financial capitals of the world in which the most controversial issues of Islamic finance are debated and future scenarios suggested
Highlighting the growing appetite for Islamic products from Muslims and non-Muslims the summit explored the current state and possibilities of development of Islamic finance in new markets like Turkey, Central Asia, the European Union and Latin America
The seminar has focused on the growing investors and customers appetite for value-added returns especially in riskier asset classes such as derivatives, fixed-income, capital markets and private equity products
Alberto Brugnoni has chaired for the second year in a row what is emerging as the world event on Takāful in the Western countries. It was preceded by a Masterclass and was opened by the Lord Mayor of the City of London
The 15th Anniversary of the World's Largest Gathering of Islamic Finance Leaders has for the first time convened in the UK as a further testimony of the growing role of London as the leading western financial centre of Islamic finance
This annual event again gathered the most important players of the international Sukuk market and was graced by the special address of Kitty Ussher, the UK Economic Secretary to the Treasury
This conference examined some critical issues arising from the implementation of Islamic finance from the jurist, legal, and practical perspectives. It focused on how to create Shariah-compliance in financial products, and on how to incorporate Islamic Finance into the conventional financial mainstream
Alberto Brugnoni attended this seminar, organized by Dechert, that provided a detailed insight into the legal structures and documentation needed by the Islamic finance industry and on the relations with the law of the land
Valentino Cattelan attended on behalf of ASSAIF this first-of-its-kind event on the role of women in Islamic finance. The seminar, hosted by Norton Rose, saw the contribution of key female players on Islamic finance
Alberto Brugnoni participated to the 'Guru Day' on "Ethical Financing And Micro Financing In The Muslim World" and debated with Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, on the merits of Shariah-compliant versus conventional microfinance
Alberto Brugnoni has moderated the "3rd Annual Failaka Islamic Fund Awards" for the best sharia-compliant equity funds in the world. These funds invest on the basis of extremely stringent ethical and financial guidelines
The forum, themed 'The European Challenge' was organized by the Islamic Finance Service Board and hosted by the German Central Bank. It made the point on the current situation and prospects of Islamic finance in Germany and the EU
This conference was one-of-a-kind to explore how the Islamic financial industry should develop in the coming years and how it could broaden its appeal to socially aware consumers
This important two-day event focused on real estate Shariah-compliant finance issues and developments both in the Gulf countries and in the EU
The first of a series of fortunate conferences on Takāful that would emerge as a must-attend annual event in London. Alberto Brugnoni chaired this summit that gathered the principal players of the industry
The conference was organised by the Municipality of Padua, a renown center of catholic finance, entrepreneurship and NGOs. A. Brugnoni and M. Mauri spoke at this well-attended evening event
This summit gathered the principal world specialists and practitioners that debated the issues confronting the development of the Islamic capital markets. Alberto Brugnoni chaired this international event that was attended by Antea Brugnoni as well
Alberto Brugnoni made a detailed presentation on the first Shariah-compliant real estate transaction structured in Italy by ASSAIFand aiming to acquire a dismantled small factory and transform it into a mosque
This event brought together investors, property advisors, financiers and developers looking to invest in Europe and UK or seeking to access some of the excess liquidity from the Middle East. Alberto Brugnoni gave a presentation on the current state of the Islamic finance in Italy
The event was dedicated to Sharia-compliant real estate development projects in GCC countries
Closing event of the 'International Year of Microcredit' attended by the most relevant domestic and international players
Latest development in the UK, Europe and the USA of this burgeoning industry with a special focus on financial and social integration and retail services
This two-day event focused on Sharia-compliant real estate financing
Event organized by the 'Islamic Development Bank', 'Islamic Research and Training Institute' and 'Camera di Commercio Italo-Araba'
This landmark event built on previous studies published by the Istituto per l'Oriente. It was sponsored by 'Banca di Roma' and organized by Università di Tor Vergata under the supervision of prof. Francesco Castro
Introducing Islamic finance as 'moral and complementary finance' in the US with the support of the World Bank and the US State Department. The event was attended by Ahmed al-Naggar, the founding father of contemporary Islamic finance, and Ibrahim Shihata, the legendary general counsel of the World Bank