550 plus delegates already signed up to hear top speakers at Global Islamic Investment Gateway
February 4th 2015, Manama: More than 550 delegates from over 80 countries have registered for the first Global Islamic Investment Gateway event to be held on March 2nd and 3rd in Bahrain.
With four weeks to go, even more are expected to sign up for the event which is aimed at generating business for the private equity and investment sector in high growth Islamic countries.
The event is being held at the Gulf Hotel in Manama under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the EDB, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali , President of Islamic Development Bank Group.
More than half the delegates are C-suite level executives attracted by the format of the event which is designed to link global investors with actual opportunities to invest.
Keynote speakers include H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Acting CEO of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, one of the event sponsors. He said: “We are delighted with the exceptional response from delegates from all over the world. It shows just how significant the opportunities for Islamic investment business are in the GCC and beyond.
“We hope and expect the Global Islamic Investment Gateway to become firmly established in the business calendar and we are honoured that this pioneering event is being hosted here in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
It has just been announced that Shaikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs will also address the conference.
The event, which is jointly sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), is linked to an innovative online portal developed by Thomson Reuters which will identify and collate new international investment opportunities.
H.E. Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, IDB Group President, said: “There is an increasing recognition of how the economies of IDB Group member countries can collectively drive future growth. This creates remarkable opportunities for all global investors which largely explains why demand for the GIIG event is so high.”
Of the delegates that have registered so for 82 are from the UAE, 39 from Saudi, 37 from Pakistan, 33 for the UK, 30 from Nigeria, 23 from Egypt, 17 from the United States, 17 from India and 11 from Malaysia. In all 80 countries are presented so far.
The speakers at main and break-out session are: H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, President, Islamic Development Bank; H.E. Khaled Al Aboodi, CEO, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector; Mahmood Al Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Holding Company; Dr. Sayd Farook, Global Head Islamic Capital Markets, Thomson Reuters; Rafe Haneef, Chief Execuitve Officer, HSBC Amanah; Hasan Al Jabri, CEO, SEDCO Capital; Ammar A. Shata, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alkhabeer Capital; Ilgar A.Taghiyev, CEO, Emba Finans; Sh. Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, NOGA Holding; Linar Yakupov, President, Association of Regional Investment Agencies of Russia & advisor to the Prime Minister; Fawaz Al Issa, Vice Chairman and CEO, Turkapital; Dr. Nasser Saidi, Founder & President, Nasser Saidi & Associates; Qais Al Maskati, CEO, First Equity Partners; Fadi Salim Al Faqih, CEO, Bank of Khartoum; Mohamed Salah Frad, CEO, United Gulf Financial Services Africa; Basel Al-Hag Issa, CEO, Ibdar Bank; Nour Mousa, CEO, Desert Technologies; Ahmad Adam, President/CEO, Crescent Foods; Monem Salam, President, Saturna; Aamir Rehman, Managing Director, Fajr Capital; Arshad Ismail, Head, Investment Banking and Business Development, May Bank; Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO, Dinar Standard; Dr. Fahad Al Turki, Chief Economist Head of Research, Jadwa Investment; John Sfakianakis, Investment Strategist, Ashmore Group; Dr. Henri J. Chaoul, Chief Investment Officer, Alkhabeer Capital; Farid Masood, Managing Director, Advisory and Asset Management, ICD, Islamic Development Bank; Zaheeruddin Khalid, Head of Asset Management, Jadwa Investment; Nida Raza, Director, Ernst and Young; Mansoor Shakil,Director, Investments, Fajr Capital; Samir Taghiyev, Senior Regional Manager CIS and Europe Countries, Islamic Development Bank; Tanweer Bukhari, Head of Advisory, CIMB Middle East; Rob Cox, Editor, Reuters Breakingviews; Edward Hadas, Economics, Editor, Reuters; Emad Mostaque, Strategist, Ecstrat; Suhail Hajee, Executive Director, Investment Management, Arqaam Capital; Bernardo Vizcaino, Islamic Finance Correspondent, Thomson Reuters; Una Galani Asian Corporate Finance Columnist, Thomson Reuters; Dr. Hamad Saad, Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Hassad Foods; Sanjay Sethi, Managing Director & CEO, Signature Agri Ventures Ltd and Abayomi Alawode, Head of Islamic Finance, World Bank