Market leaders. Global innovators. Key regulators. Industry game-changers. Mavericks and Titans. Here are just a few of the internationally renowned speakers who have contributed to advancing the industry dialogue by participating in our conferences:
President of the Republic of Djibouti Head of Government
Chief Executive OfficerIslamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
Governor Central Bank of Djibouti
CEOChain2Trade, Inc. & PublisherFinFuture magazine & Financial IT magazine
Special Envoy - Kingdom of Bahrainand Patron of the Islamic Banking & Investment Asia/Middle East Congress 2016
CEO WOS Holding & BelCash
Senior Adviser: Finance Office of the President of Uganda and former Minister of Finance of Uganda
Founder & CEO Shellpay
President and Chief ExecutivePTA Bank
Deputy Director Financial Services for the Poor Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director GeneralBank Al Maghrib
Vice President and Chief Ethics OfficerThe World Bank Group
Chief Executive OfficerThe International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)
Secretary GeneralAccounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)
Chief Digital OfficerEmirates National Bank of Dubai
Digital Financial Services SpecialistCGAP, World Bank
Principal InvestmentsOmidyar Network
Chief Operating OfficerInternational Turnkey Systems - ITS
Chief Executive OfficerDiamond Trust Bank, Uganda
FI Cash Product HeadSub-Saharan Africa Citi
Product Growth ManagerCim Finance
Head of Islamic BankingKCB Bank Group
Chief Operating OfficerEast Africa Bank
Group Managing Director: FintechAtlas Mara Ltd
HeadDigital Banking Stanbic Bank Uganda
Vice President - Systems & E-BankingUNITED BANK of Ethiopia
Vice GovernorNational Bank of Ethiopia
ChairmanUganda Bankers Association
In order to genuinely advance the dialogue into action around key industry issues, the discussions must continue beyond the confines of the conference. Our alliances with powerful media channels, both traditional broadcast and print as well as innovators in the social media space, enable Ethico Live! to carry these breakthrough insights generated at our events into the mainstream arena of practical action. Here is a sample of some of our industry conversations that have grown out to reach the broader landscape of debate and action.
CEO Chain2Trade, Inc. & Publisher FinFuture & Financial IT
A very positive story, if one that is not yet well understood, is unfolding in Africa. New technology, new ideas and new business models are producing new opportunities. The distinctions between telecom services providers, payments services providers and financial institutions are breaking down. In virtually all African countries, there are sufficient numbers of mobile phones ‐ which are not necessarily smartphones ‐ for previously unbanked people to have access to high quality financial services at low cost. Innovative companies are using Blockchain technology and crypto‐currencies to resolve fundamental problems such as lack of access to electricity and lack of access to global financial markets. Finnovation Africa highlights how FinTech is transforming Africa for the better, facilitating payments, boosting financial inclusion and developing new enterprises. However, the conference does much more than that, as it engages key stakeholders to reveal how the entire world is changing. In many ways, Africa is a FinTech leader, rather than a follower.
Governor Central Bank of Djibouti
Islamic finance continues to offer significant potential to African countries who are looking to diversify their sources of funding and deliver strategic economic priorities. This potential is being realised most notably through Sukuk issuances which are enabling infrastructure development on the continent, as well as in the role Islamic banking is playing in boosting international trade & investment flows and deepening financial inclusion. Djibouti is naturally positioned as a gateway for the high-growth markets of East Africa and we are working to build an Islamic finance environment that is even more operational, structured, and efficient. With our recent implementation of a National Shariah Board and progress being made on the road to our first Sukuk, Djibouti is positioning Islamic finance as an important strategic pillar to achieve our goals as outlined in Vision 2035 with a strong focus on modernizing financial infrastructure, strengthening financial inclusion, streamlining the legal and regulatory framework and exploring the potential for innovations such as launching a digital currency.
CEO Capital Markets Authority Kenya
The global Islamic finance industry is expected to reach an overall value of USD 3.54 trillion by 2021, a remarkable 77% growth when compared to 2015. This anticipated rapid development of Islamic finance on the global stage is to a degree, being mirrored across Africa. In Kenya, this is exemplified by the support that the country's financial sector regulators have given to the on-going policy and regulatory reforms aimed at enhancing the penetration of Islamic finance, with the country now getting increasingly well positioned to become a hub for Islamic finance. Kenya's Islamic finance sector now constitutes three fully-fledged Islamic Banks, four Islamic windows, two credit unions, one Takaful company, one Takaful broker, one Retakaful window and two capital market Unit Trust Funds. Through such developments, Africa's Islamic finance market continues to witness extensive growth and, with a robust and facilitative environment, Africa is creating a real opportunity to attract investment and capital inflows through Islamic finance, locally, and internationally.
Deputy Director Financial Services for the Poor Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Industry leaders from across the African and global FinTech industry will gather at Finnovation Africa: Uganda 2017. There they will harness the growing momentum around digital financial services into more inclusive and productive economies across Sub-Saharan Africa. As the formal economy grows, we see individuals, communities, and nations prosper, global and national leaders make progress on other key growth and development goals. When unbanked and underbanked families have access to digital financial services, everyone benefits.
Executive Director - Financial Institutions Supervision Central Bank of Bahrain
The asset management industry is poised to enter an exciting stage in its evolution in the GCC region. The shape of the wealth and asset management sectors in the GCC is unique and the last two decades have conﬁrmed the region’s position as an important ﬁnancial hub for wealth and asset management, as well as a key trading centre connecting East and West. Indeed, the ﬁnancial services industry has made significant contributions to the impressive economic growth rates across the GCC.
However, global economic headwinds, created by uncertainties in China and the decline in oil prices, are challenging the international asset management industry to respond to this changing investment landscape. Nevertheless, positive prospects continue to attract capital to the region in search of hig-quality investment opportunities. Bahrain is already the Gulf’s most established fund distribution centre and is an internationally recognized ﬁnancial hub, with the ﬁnancial services sector in Bahrain being not only the largest sector of the non-oil economy but also the largest employer.
Chief Executive Officer Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
There are many significant signs that Islamic Finance is gaining serious momentum on the African continent and is becoming one of the key drivers for equitable and sustainable growth for a strong and dynamic private sector. Clearly the growth of Islamic Finance will not only provide new financial instruments but will also provide greater access to liquidity pools across the Middle East which will result in faster economic, social and human development on the continent.
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By carefully creating each of our gatherings as a truly dynamic and interactive event space we ensure that Convening the Conversation, Navigating Opportunities, Connecting Markets translates from concept to reality. Onsite at an Ethico Live! event you will experience a number of unique features - from the interactive agenda format and carefully curated content led by international industry leaders, right through to the physical construct of the spectacle - all geared to delivering a truly unique experience that places you front and centre of conversations that are shaping the future of the industry!
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