About the 22nd Annual World Islamic Banking Conference

Welcome to the new WIBC

Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, we welcome you to the 22nd Annual World Islamic Banking Conference 2015 held in the Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain on 1, 2 and 3 December 2015.

Organized by Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain. WIBC 2015 harnesses the power of technology, social media & cutting-edge research to give delegates a powerful outlook to the trends shaping the global financial services industry.

Building on Growth and Planning for the Future

22 years of leading the way in Islamic financial services, WIBC has grown from 120 delegates in 1994 to more than 1,300 last year, reflecting the growth of the industry as a whole.

This year’s WIBC promises to shift the bar even further to connect delegates to one another and to the promising  opportunities for values based financial services.

New Realities, New Opportunities

The programme and content of WIBC 2015 has been structured with a recognition of the transition that is underway in the Islamic financial services industry as it marks its 40th anniversary.  Rather than simply celebrating the success of creating—from the ground up—a nearly $2 trillion industry, WIBC will start with a critical review at the lofty ambitions that drove the foundation of the Islamic finance industry and ask what could be done better in the future to realize the vision
that the founders set out to create.

In doing so, WIBC aims to generate original insights to plan for the next 40 years and encourage industry engagement to identify the key opportunities and challenges that must be overcome.

Technology and its Role in Facilitating Financial Services Inclusion

One unique aspect to be discussed is the role of technology in delivering financial services -as a bridge towards greater financial inclusion of the 72% of Muslims around the world who do not have access to financial services. Alongside this important goal is how to better integrate Islamic finance not just within Muslim communities but to reach out and recognize the opportunity for building an industry that is no longer viewed as a niche but which works in both non-Muslim majority countries and with the broader responsible investing and finance sector.


During the past 21 years, the WIBC has played a critical leadership role in shaping discourse around the Islamic financial industry’s development and growth and this year’s event will not just look at what the future holds for Islamic finance but will challenge industry participants to accelerate the growth and find ways to make its impact broader than just the bottom line.


The break out sessions across the two days will be arranged in two streams covering leadership insights for the BANKING and ASSET MANAGEMENT industry. The objective is to provide a holistic view of opportunities in 2016 from both the perspective of asset allocation and leadership challenges in banking, including views on the sectors and economies with the greatest promise.


The WIBC Leaderboard, a first of its kind performance assessment, will provide high visibility rankings of Islamic banks and financial institutions based on an aggregate performance index. This aggregate index holistically ranks the entities on the basis of stability, performance and governance measures. The WIBC Leaderboard and particularly the aggregate performance ranking, is the basis for the WIBC Performance Awards, to be announced at the Gala Dinner of the conference.


Topping the agenda in 2015 will be deep insights gained from evidence-based research, high quality speakers and networking opportunities catalysed through a redesigned app that includes the latest tools to connect you with the leaders who are shaping the future of Islamic finance.


A key focus at WIBC 2015 is identifying ways in which Islamic finance operates as a sector within a broader ethical finance industry and finding opportunities to benefit from collaboration with other ethical finance sectors to break into the mainstream.


Sessions will explore how to take Islamic finance forward in a digitally connected world with insights from pioneers and innovators in the financial technology space.


Who Should Attend?

The 22nd World Islamic Banking Conference will bring together leading market players, industry experts, and leaders. The attendee profiles include:

  • International business leaders offering Islamic financial products
  • Ministers, policymakers, political leaders, senior government officials from countries with Islamic financial institutions or links to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries
  • Technology company C-level executives, business development managers
  • Innovators in the financial technology sector
  • Ethical finance leaders with current or potential operations in OIC countries
  • Business specialists  and professionals, mid-level management, business development managers, analysts, risk professionals in the Islamic finance sector
  • Senior representatives of multilateral bodies,
    policy making, stakeholder,  infrastructure and export finance/export promotion institutions
  • Shariah scholars and advisors
  • Lawyers and legal experts
  • Professors, academics and journalists

Why Attend?

  • Largest and most prestigious gathering of Islamic banking and finance leaders in the world
  • Connect one-to-one with senior industry leaders, partners and institutional investors
  • Stay abreast of the most pressing issues in the Islamic banking and finance industry
  • Stay ahead of the technology and innovation
    forces shaping the financial services industry
  • Build relationships with counter parties from all over the world

Why Sponsor?

  • Showcase your institution’s capabilities to decision makers across the global Islamic banking and finance industry

  • Enhance visibility of your brand in front of global leaders in Islamic banking and finance

  • Acquire lucrative deals and investment mandates from Islamic financial institutions

  • Engage in high value partnerships with global financial institutions looking to enter emerging markets

  • Direct yield – One to one meetings organised on your behalf with potential partners

Global Events Timeline and Significant Industry Milestones

  • The launch of what was to become the world’s largest and the most significant annual gathering of Islamic banking & finance industry leaders anywhere in the world. 120 pioneering delegates attend the 1st WIBC.

  • Fast track to 2000 and the Islamic banking and finance industry enters the new millennium growing rapidly as the 7th Annual WIBC highlights a new wave of growth in the international Islamic banking and finance industry.

  • 2001

    The events of 9/11 cast an unwanted spotlight on the international industry, however leaders of major institutions used the WIBC platform to put the record straight and get key messages across to one of the largest ever contingents of international media at the conference.

  • 2003

    The 10th Anniversary of WIBC was celebrated in style. The event which was officially inaugurated by Abdulla Hassan Saif, Bahrain's Minister of Finance & National Economy and moderated by Peter Hobday, saw the announcement of the launch of a new $1.5 billion International Islamic bank.

  • 2004

    The inaugural edition of the World Islamic Banking Competitiveness Report – an industry first initiative – was launched at WIBC 2004. The WIBC Competitiveness Report over the last 9 years has evolved into an indispensable reference resource for the key decision-makers in the global Islamic banking & finance industry. The pre-conference workshops, which are now a regular feature at WIBC, was also introduced in 2004. Tim Sebastian of BBC HardTalk was the moderator for WIBC 2004.

  • 2005

    WIBC 2005 saw the introduction of a high-powered Leaders & Winning Strategies session featuring Abdul-Aziz Al-Ghurair & Abdullah Sulaiman Al Rajhi. Prof. Robert S. Kaplan was the Keynote Speaker at WIBC 2005.

  • 2006

    Two World Renowned Gurus: Tom Peters & Gary Hamel wowed the WIBC Audience in 2006 and the delegate numbers broke through the 1,000 mark for the first time!

  • 2007

    WIBC 2007 saw the launch of the World Comes to WIBC Initiative and the country-focus sessions, which explored the increasing interest and opportunities for Islamic finance in new jurisdictions. For the first time, the UK Trade and Investment hosted the UK Pavilion which featured a high powered delegation of decision-makers representing major banks & institutions in the UK attending the World Islamic Banking Conference. The UK Pavilion is now a regular feature of WIBC.

  • 2008

    WIBC celebrated its 15 years of market leadership in 2008. The World Comes to WIBC initiative further expanded to feature a high powered delegation from Singapore which was led by H.E Heng Swee Keat, Governor of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

  • 2009

    The Global Economic Crisis continues to cast a shadow across the conventional banking industry. The global market leaders gathered in full force at WIBC 2009 to strengthen the resilience and shape the future of the global Islamic finance industry. Prof. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Author of the New York Times Best Seller – The Black Swan, was the keynote speaker.

  • 2010

    WIBC 2010 featured for the first time an official representation from Luxembourg to showcase Islamic finance. Also for the ­first time, a Malaysia focus representing the county’s leading Islamic financial players. Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor of CNN was the moderator and Dr. Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group was the Guru Speaker.

  • 2011

    For the first time ever, an official representation from France led by Invest in France Agency attended WIBC in 2011 and hosted a roundtable on the opportunities for Islamic finance in France. Also for the first time, WIBC 2011 featured Kishore Mahbubani, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as the Guru Speaker.

  • 2012

    WIBC 2012 featured for the first time, a US Country Interface led by the US Chamber of Commerce. This was the first time that the US was ever showcasing their interest in Islamic finance and inviting Islamic finance institutions to the US. WIBC 2012 also featured a special keynote address by H.E. Jaloul Ayed, Former Minister of Finance, The Republic of Tunisia who discussed the Potential for Islamic Finance in Maghreb Countries in the aftermath of the Arab spring.

  • 2013

    The 20th Anniversary Special Edition of WIBC was a true celebration as the world’s largest gathering of Islamic finance leaders took stock of the past, present and future of the industry. It was graced by the presence of Islamic finance pioneer and industry titan Sheikh Saleh Kamel, Founder and Chairman of Dallah al Baraka Group (DBG), who shared his invaluable insights into the Development of the Islamic Finance Industry: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future. The Keynote address was by Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman, Financial Services Authority; and Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England, who spoke on the Future of Banking Regulation & Implications for Islamic Finance Institutions.

  • 2014

    Celebrating 21 Years of Growth, Excellence and Innovation in the Global Islamic Finance Industry, keynote speakers featured Nurlan Kussainov, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Kazakhstan; and Jaseem Ahmed, Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), who addressed key issues related to the strength, stability and enhancing international linkages between Islamic finance jurisdictions. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi of the House of Lords, who has been a key driving force in the progress made by the UK in Islamic finance, said in her special keynote address that London is fast emerging as a key centre of Islamic finance offering billions in earnings as well as funding for major infrastructure projects.



Industry Titans & Business Gurus

H. E. Rasheed M. Al Maraj
H. E. Dr. Mohammed Y. Al-Hashel
Sir Howard Davies
H. E. Heng Swee Keat
Tom Peters
Robert Kaplan
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Mark Mobius
Kishore Mahbubani
Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel
H. E. Jaloul Ayed
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
Nurlan Kussainov
Gary Hamel
H. E. Abdul Qadeer Firtat
H. E. Halim Alamsyah


Strategic Partners confirmed for WIBC 2015

Supported by

Islamic Finance Services Associate

Showcasing Partner

Knowledge Partner

Knowledge Partner

Gold Partner

Islamic Banking Technology Partner

Media Partners

Business Magazine Partner

Official English Newspaper

Official Arabic Newspaper

Global Communication Partner

Global Communication Partner

Global Communication Partner

Global Communication Partner

Strategic Business Partner

Strategic Business Partner

Official Business Publication

Official Online Partner

Research Partner

Industry News Provider

Supporting Media Association

Supporting Media Association

Media Associates

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Conference will be held at


Gulf Hotel Convention Centre, Manama, Bahrain

Hotel Contact Information:

PO Box 580, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: +973 – 1774 6447
Facsimile: +973 – 1771 2088
Email: resvs@gulfhotelbahrain.com
Web: http://www.gulfhotelbahrain.com


The hotel will assist in obtaining visas;
this may take several weeks.
Participants are required to make their
own Hotel room booking and visa arrangements
by directly contacting the Gulf Hotel, Bahrain.



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