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Day Two - Tuesday, 8 October 2013

08:00 to 09:00 Morning Refreshments
09:00 to 09:05 Moderator's Opening Remarks

Adeel Mushtaq
Senior Manager - Audit & Advisory
KPMG Fakhro
09:05 to 09:35 Session 8:
Opening Address: Towards Better Governance and Transparency in the Middle East Takaful Industry
Key Discussion Points:
  • Improving corporate governance and transparency in the regional Takaful market
  • What initiatives are underway and how can standards be improved?
  • Speakers:
    Khairul Nizam
    Assistant Secretary General

    Dr. Hatim El-Tahir
    Director - Islamic Finance Group
    09:35 to 10:10 Session 9:
    Building Greater Awareness & Appetite for Takaful in the Middle East Markets - Distribution, Marketing & Consumer Awareness Priorities
    Key Discussion Points:
  • What can be done to raise the profile of Takaful in the Middle East markets?
  • Building positive consumer awareness for key Takaful products
  • Looking at new distribution channels
  • Speaker:
    Sohail Jaffer
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer
    FWU Global Takaful Solutions
    10:10 to 10:50 Session 10:
    Cooperative Insurance and Takaful: Adapting to Change - Insights from Saudi Arabia
    Key Discussion Points:
  • How are the Cooperative insurance markets in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait developing?
  • What is the growth outlook and assessing the key trends driving the future of the industry
  • Insights into Cooperative insurance in Saudi Arabia
  • Insights into Takaful in Kuwait
  • Speakers:
    Johnson Varughese
    Chief Executive Officer
    Saudi United Cooperative Insurance Company (Walaa)

    Dr. Metaib G. AlRawqi
    Executive Partner
    ASAS Business Solutions

    Saleh Al Omair
    Insurance Professional

    10:50 to 11:20 Middle East Takaful Forum 2013 Networking and Refreshment Break
    11:20 to 12:00 Session 11:
    Asset Management Approaches for Takaful Operators: Overcoming the Shortage of Shari'ah-Compliant Investment Instruments
    Key Discussion Points:
  • Improving Asset/Liability matching for Takaful operators in the Middle East
  • Structuring investments to achieve secure and competitive returns
  • Overcoming the comparative dearth of appropriate Shari'ah-compliant investment instruments available to Takaful operators
  • Assessing new opportunities provided by high quality Sukuk
  • Discussion Leader:
    Mustafa Adil
    Manager of Research and Product Development
    Thomsun Reuters Islamic Finance


    Cassim Docrat
    DDCAP (DIFC) Limited

    Pervaiz Ahmed

    Head of Liabilities and Wealth Management
    Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB)

    John A. Sandwick
    Safa Investment Services, Switzerland, Part of Qaf Holding Group, Riyadh

    12:00 to 12:20 Session 12:
    Empowering the Risk Management Function in Takaful Operators
    Key Discussion Points:
  • Understanding risk more clearly in the context of Takaful operations
  • Improving risk management policies and practices in Takaful operators
  • Speakers:
    Peter Hodgins
    Partner - Insurance / Islamic Insurance (Takaful)
    Clyde & Co

    Timothy Prince
    Senior Financial Analyst
    A.M. Best
    12:20 to 13:00 Session 13:
    Towards Consistency in the Shari'ah Framework for Takaful
    Key Discussion Points:
  • Reviewing the Shari'ah framework for Takaful and ReTakaful
  • Ensuring consistency of interpretations across jurisdictions
  • Dealing with the issue of Qard consistently
  • Discussion Leader:
    Sheikh Bilal Khan
    Shari'ah Scholar
    Linklaters LLP

    Dr. Mohammed Burhan Arbouna
    Executive Vice President, Head of Shari'a Compliance
    Al Salam Bank Bahrain

    Dr. Muhammad Al-Bashir Muhammad Al-Amine
    Group Head - Shari'ah Assurance Department
    Bank Alkhair

    Sheikh Essam M. Ishaq
    Shari'ah Scholar

    Adeel Mushtaq
    Senior Manager - Audit & Advisory
    KPMG Fakhro
    13:00 to 13:05 Moderator's Closing Remarks
    13:05 to 14:30 Conference Luncheon
    14:30 Close of the Middle East Takaful Forum 2013

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