Cambridge IFA

5th Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Programme – 5th – 12th July 2019

DDCAP was delighted to be able to support the 5th iteration of this important leadership programme, with Business Development and Client Relations representation in attendance at this year’s 5-day residential event, held at Clare College Cambridge. They formed part of a group of approximately 30 Islamic finance practitioners, attending from a wide range of institutions as well as countries, from the UK and Oman, to Malaysia and Indonesia.

The programme focused on Islamic finance and leadership ethics, comprising a wide-ranging series of interviews and lectures from business leaders, as well as more interactive sessions: all featured question and answer opportunities, allowing for extended audience participation showcasing the expertise and varied backgrounds of the delegates.  These included sessions with Junaid Wahedna, CEO of Wahed Invest, applying robo-technology to Islamic investments; Suliman Noor Mohamed, CEO of the Sollys Group, based in Africa and whose activities range from real estate to electronics; and Islamic finance industry veteran Iqbal Khan, CEO of Fajr Capital, who gave a presentation in the Islamic finance industry’s ‘Next Frontier’, focusing on inclusive economies and institutions.  DDCAP Group MD Stella Cox CBE also provided one of the leadership sessions, giving a presentation entitled ‘Leading in a Disruptive World: Revolutionising Islamic Finance’.

The reaction from delegates, including our attendees, was overwhelmingly positive, with insights being gained in leadership techniques and team-building, in addition to opportunities for gaining a deeper understanding of Islamic banking and its processes, as well as the underlying Sharia’a principles.

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