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30 & 31 March 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Responsible Finance Summit is organized by RFI Foundation and co-organized by ME Global Advisors, two leading institutions spearheading the agenda of sustainable and inclusive economy and connections within the broader responsible finance industry.

This inaugural annual Responsible Finance Summit will bring together key stakeholders from the traditional responsible and Islamic finance sectors to build connections to support rapid growth and increase the measurable impact of the industry. The Summit will play a vital role in enabling representatives from across the responsible finance industry to develop new relationships to build cooperation across sectors with a key focus on building the presence of responsible finance in the emerging markets across the Islamic crescent from Morocco to Indonesia.


Support cooperation towards a shared value proposition within responsible finance
Highlight the critical need for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth
Connect together the various forms of responsible finance
Identify achievable integrated reporting needs for emerging markets


In panel discussions, interactive debates and high-level networking, we will focus on the five pillars of the Responsible Finance Summit:

  • Benefits from responsible finance

    Identify the benefits of an inclusive approach that includes Islamic finance

    Develop a longer term time horizon and couple it with asset-based Islamic finance to attract more patient and reliable capital to emerging markets

  • Attracting responsible finance

    Use Islamic finance to expand responsible finance participation in emerging markets

    Improve integrated reporting standards to attract responsible capital to emerging economies and strengthen Islamic finance

  • Sharing the benefits

    Expand cooperation with existing Islamic social welfare institutions (waqf, sadaqa and zakat) to improve impact

    Go beyond the feel-good benefit and support a rising EM middle class

  • Measuring the impact

    Increase the quantity and quality of stakeholder impact data

    Calibrate impact measurement to align with expectations of stakeholders in majority Muslim emerging markets

  • Broadening the base

    Widen the consumer base for responsible finance to increase financial inclusion

    Use responsible finance to support equitable, sustainable and inclusive economic development

Malaysia – leading the convergence of responsible finance industry

Malaysia is an ideal place to host the responsible finance summit given its leading role in driving the growth of Islamic finance but most importantly due to its pioneering initiatives of connecting socially responsible investments with Islamic finance.

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Conference Day 1

  • 08:00 - 9:00 Registration and Morning Refreshment
  • 09:00 - 09:05 Moderator’s Opening Remarks


    Paul Loomis,
    Regional Director for GCC and Asia
    The Business Year

  • 09:05 - 10:20 Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address

    Welcome and introduction to the RFI Foundation by Blake Goud, CEO, RFI Foundation

    Opening Remarks by Professor Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim, Chairperson, RFI Board of Trustees and Ex Officio Member of RFI Council of Advisors

    Keynote Address by Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

    Keynote Address by Georg Kell, Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners and Founder & former Executive Director, UN Global Compact

  • 10:20 – 11:10 Panel 1 – Going the distance - Hot money versus patient capital

    Discussion Leader: Stuart Hutton, Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical


    Dr. Zamir Iqbal, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank Group
    Dr. Azmi Omar, Director-General, Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)
    Hon Cheung, Regional Director, Official Institutions Group, State Street Global Advisors
    Rushdi Siddiqui, Co-Founder & CEO, Zilzar Tech Sdn. Bhd.

    – Do responsible investors naturally have a longer time horizon?
    – Are Islamic finance investors more sticky?
    – Does a link to the real economy in Islamic finance act as a commitment mechanism and can other responsible finance areas use similar approaches?
    – Does responsible finance act as a stabilizing force in emerging market economies?
    – How can responsible finance manage the higher volatility in emerging market economies and currencies?

  • 11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:20 Panel 2: The greenies, do-gooders and religious fundamentalists - Addressing popular perceptions of responsible finance

    Discussion Leader: Daud Vicary Abdullah, President & CEO, INCEIF


    Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)
    Julie Moret, Director, Investment Risk-ESG, Franklin Templeton Investments
    Prof. Dr. Mohamed Akram Laldin, Executive Director, ISRA

    – How does media perception of responsible finance and in particular Islamic finance affect its ability to expand from current levels?
    – Is there a gap between what existing standards have delivered and what stakeholders expect?
    – How do the Islamic finance and ESG sectors view one another and what is needed to break down barriers for cooperation?
    – ESG has the data behind it as a force for good (in impacts and returns) but the message is not reaching the wider market – how does responsible finance communicate better?

  • 12:20 - 14:10 Lunch and Prayers
  • 14:10 - 15:00 Panel 3 – Integrated reporting & Islamic finance – Addressing impact

    Discussion Leader: Omar Selim, CEO, Arabesque Partners


    Hardik Shah, Sector Manager – ESG Research Products, Sustainalytics

    – Will Islamic finance benefit from wider adoption of integrated reporting in its largest markets?
    – Can integrated reporting shape how Islamic finance defines its positive impact?
    – Does a focus on reporting only what can be quantified skew the focus of responsible finance in a way that compromises its values?
    – How can Islamic finance be mobilized in support of greater transparency through integrated reporting requirements?

  • 15:00 - 15:50 Panel 4: CEO One-on-One - How can Islamic finance support and develop responsible finance?

    Discussion Leader: Dr. Sayd Farook, Co-Vice Chairperson & Trustee, RFI


    Hasan AlJabri, Chief Executive Officer, SEDCO Capital

    – Financial institutions and their leaders are quick to promote their support for responsible finance principles, but what have their institutions really done?
    – How can Islamic banks contribute to responsible finance become change agents for the wider financial industry?
    – What will you as CEO commit to and how will get your stakeholders and shareholders to buy-in to the value proposition of responsible finance principles even if it has short-term costs?
    – What do you want to be your legacy not within Islamic finance but within the wider responsible finance ecosystem?

  • 15:50 - 16:10 Coffee Break
  • 16:10 - 17:00 Panel 5: The impact of leadership and policy in developing responsible finance – finding role models for growth

    Discussion Leader: Stella Cox, Managing Director, DDCAP


    Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Exec. Director, Islamic Capital Market, Securities Commission Malaysia
    Omar Khan, Director of Strategy & Development, Crescent Wealth
    Jessica Robinson, Head of Asia (ex-Japan), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
    Emily Chew, Vice President & Asia Pacific ESG Research Lead, MSCI

    – Have visionaries in the financial sector or customer demand that has driven the emergence of responsible finance?
    – What government policies have been most effective at stimulating responsible finance and investing?
    – Does the government’s role come from a regulatory objective or an investment promotion objective?
    – Is there a different role for governments in responsible finance in emerging markets where governance institutions are weaker?
    – Can smaller emerging markets attract foreign capital more readily (relative to other emerging markets) if it can use data to establish a link between its public companies and environmental and social development in the wider economy?

Conference Day 2

  • 08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Morning Refreshments
  • 09:00 Welcome Address and Introduction of Keynote Speaker


    Paul Loomis,
    Regional Director for GCC and Asia
    The Business Year

    Keynote Talk by HRH Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, Nigeria

  • 9:50 - 10:40 Panel 6: Measuring the impact of responsible investment and reporting to stakeholders

    Discussion Leader: Kurt Lieberman, CEO, Magni Asset Management


    Datuk Darrel Webber, Secretary General, RSPO
    Muhd Ramadhan Fitri Bin Ellias, Executive Vice President & Head of Shariah, Maybank Islamic
    Benjamin McCarron, Founder and Managing Director, Asia Research and Engagement (ARE)

    – Are investors and lenders able to influence behavior by companies they finance or does their ESG integration go just skin deep?

    – What misunderstandings are there between non-financial companies and banks/investors about the proper role of responsible finance in financing decisions?
    – Can multi-stakeholder groups bridge the gap between consumers, industry and the financial sector to support financial institutions ability to influence positive change in addition to mitigating risk?
    – How can the stakeholders of financial institutions (Shareholders, NGOs, regulators, depositors) influence the approach to sustainability?

  • 10:40 - 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - 11:50 Panel 7: Harnessing techies for good: Broadening the base of finance through the use of technology

    Discussion Leader: Paul Loomis, Regional Director for GCC and Asia,The Business Year


    Jason W. Best, Co-Founder & Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors LLC (CCA)
    Sam Quawasmi, MD/Co-Founder, Eureeca
    Robin Newnham, Head of Policy Analysis and Capacity Building, Alliance for Financial Inclusion
    Isvary Sivalingam, Senior Manager, MicroSave

    – How can institutional money connect to real economic enterprise – SMEs and what is the role of crowdfunding?
    – Can past experience in emerging markets where mobile phones enabled countries to leapfrog over landlines be replicated in the financial sector?
    – Can people using disintermediated financing (crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending) more efficiently provide financing to underserved communities?
    – Do brick-and-mortar bank networks have a role to play in financial inclusion or can it be efficiently and effectively decentralized?

  • 11:50 - 12:40 Panel 8: Connecting with the man on the street: Expanding responsible finance at the retail level

    Discussion Leader: Mohd Daud Bakar, CEO & President, Amanie Advisors

    Monem Salam, President and Fund Manager, Saturna Sdn Bhd
    Najmuddin Mohd Lutfi, Chief Executive Officer, BIMB Investment Management Bhd
    Waheed Qaiser, Chairman, Varcale Capital Management

    – Has responsible finance failed to connect with retail consumers?
    – How do retail-focused product developers balance their distribution costs against the need for consumers to have cost-competitive investment options?
    – What is the role of pensions and other savings programs to drive the responsible finance agenda from within emerging markets?
    – Do foreign investment managers have an opportunity to connect domestic (retail) financing to domestic projects through infrastructure funds, retail bonds and sukuk?
    – Does the retail sukuk offered by Malaysia and Indonesia, and Shariah compliant National Bonds in the UAE provide a template for other countries to open up fixed income markets to all retail investors?

  • 12:40 - 13:30 Panel 9: Making an impact: How can impact investing become more prominent within responsible finance?

    Discussion Leader: Blake Goud, CEO, RFI Foundation


    Anne Contreras, Chairwoman – European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and Of Counsel – Arendt & Medernach
    Umar Munshi, Founder, Club Ethis/Kapital Boost
    P. Ming Wong, Co-founder & CEO, Asia Community Ventures
    Margie Ong, Chief Executive Officer, Thoughts In Gear (TIG)
    Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Manager – Narwi Platform, Silatech

    – Why has impact investing remained a niche?
    – How can Islamic financial institutions better incorporate impact investing as part of its investment and finance policies? What needs to be done on a regulatory level to encourage such allocations?
    – Have microfinance funds finally earned the credibility to now market themselves to institutional investors?
    – Is there a role for impact investment to supplement aid, trade and government programs within emerging markets?
    – How can social enterprises complement the activities of other responsible finance sectors and how can impact investment and investment in social enterprises be developed as an asset class?

  • 13:30 - 13:40 Closing Remarks and Key Action Items
  • 13:40 - 15:00 Lunch, Prayers



His Royal Highness Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir of Kano

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Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz

Bank Negara Malaysia

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Professor Datuk Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim

Chief Executive Officer
International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation

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Georg Kell

Vice Chairman, 
Arabesque Partners
Founder & Former Executive Director, UN Global Compact

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Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

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Dr. Mohd. Daud Bakar

Founder and Group Chairman
Amanie Advisors

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Omar Selim

Arabesque Partners

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Daud Vicary Abdullah

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Sam Quawasmi

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

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Datuk Darrel Webber

Chief Executive Officer

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Monem Salam

President and Fund Manager
Saturna Sdn Bhd

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Stella Cox

Managing Director

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Najmuddin Mohd Lutfi

BIMB Investment Management Berhad

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Jessica Robinson

Head of Asia (ex-Japan)
Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI)

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Professor Azmi Omar

Director General
Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)
Islamic Development Bank Group

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Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin

Executive Director

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Julie Moret

Head of ESG, Director-Investment Risk
Franklin Templeton Investments

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Anne Contreras

Chairwoman, European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP)
Of Counsel, Arendt & Medernach

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Blake Goud

RFI Foundation

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Hon Cheung

Regional Director, Official Institutions Group Asia
State Street Global Advisors

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Kurt Lieberman

Chief Executive Officer
Magni Global Asset Management LLC

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Umar Munshi

Head, Club Ethis Real Estate Crowdfunding
Co-founder, Kapital Boost SME Crowdfunding

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Omar Khan

Director of Strategy & Development
Crescent Wealth

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Hardik Shah

Sector Manager, ESG Research

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Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin

Exec. Director, Islamic Capital Market
Securities Commission Malaysia

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Dr. Sayd Farook

Vice Chairperson
RFI Foundation

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Robin Newnham

Policy Analysis and Capacity Building Alliance for Financial Inclusion

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Stuart Hutton

Chief Investment Officer
Simply Ethical

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Jason W. Best

Co-Founder and Principal
Crowdfund Capital Advisors, LLC (CCA)

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Emily Chew

Vice President and Asia Pacific ESG Research Lead

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Paul Loomis

Regional Director for GCC and Asia
The Business Year

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P. Ming Wong

Co-Founder & CEO
Asia Community Ventures

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Prof. Dr. Maliah Sulaiman

Dean, Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
International Islamic University Malaysia

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Isvary Sivalingam

Senior Manager

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Benjamin McCarron

Founder and Managing Director
Asia Research and Engagement Pte. Ltd. (ARE)

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Muhd Ramadhan Fitri Bin Ellias

Executive Vice President and Head of Shariah
Maybank Islamic

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Mohammad Raafi Hossain

Manager – Narwi Platform

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Hasan AlJabri

Chief Executive Officer, SEDCO Capital
Chairman, SEDCO Capital Luxembourg

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Zamir Iqbal, Ph.D.

Lead Financial Sector Specialist, Finance and Markets Global Practice
World Bank

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Janoearto Alamsyah

APAC LEAG Coordinator & Islamic Market Research Coordinator

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Waheed Qaiser

Varcale Capital Management

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Margie Ong

Chief Executive Officer
Thoughts In Gear (TIG)

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Rushdi Siddiqui

Co-Founder & CEO
Zilzar Tech Sdn Bhd.

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Tahir Ali Sheikh

Director and Head Islamic Asset Management and Investments
CIMB Islamic

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Why Sponsor?


Responsible Finance Summit sponsors will have their contribution integrated in a way that augments the delegates’ experience to deliver the most authentic engagement for each sponsor through opportunities including:

Thought leadership

Generating borrowed interest via media (online, social)

Introductions to individual delegates


Use of conference content

Content generation

This is a unique opportunity to create greater awareness of your institution across an audience of influential senior decision makers from the responsible finance sector including senior management, analysts, legal experts and government ministers.

Why Attend?


RFS gives you an exclusive opportunity to engage with key leaders in responsible finance and Islamic finance gathered at a single platform as they set to chart a new direction for the industry. Here are the few important reasons to attend the summit.

  1. Become a part of the pioneering initiative to bring the emerging and developed markets together to make the responsible finance industry more resilient
  2. Learn from the global thoughts leaders in responsible and Islamic finance about the new trends in the industry
  3. Be the first to learn about new vision and initiatives from policy makers and regulators in the industry
  4. Meet more than 150 professionals in the industry from around the world who are interested in connections between the emerging and developed markets
  5. Become a part of the critical conversations that proliferates globally via the social media and engage with the global community in the responsible and Islamic finance
  6. Contribute to the development of the industry by sharing your views in the live voting on key issues in the industry

Who’s Attending?


In addition to the board of trustees of the RFI Foundation, the summit will be attended by:

  1. International business leaders in the responsible and Islamic finance industry
  2. Dignitaries, Policy makers, regulators
  3. CIOs, Economists, Strategists, Business specialists and professionals, mid-level management, business development managers, analysts.
  4. Leaders in rating, accounting and professional services
  5. Global thought leaders and experts in research
  6. Lawyers and legal experts
  7. Professors, academics and journalists


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