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A NEW SRI: Can Sustainable, Responsible & Islamic Finance Deliver More Impact Together?


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29 April 2019
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Now in its fourth year, The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit (RFI Summit) is an initiative of the RFI Foundation and Swiss Arab Network to build awareness of shared values that can bring socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Islamic finance together to increase their positive impact.

This Responsible Finance & Investment Summit brings together key stakeholders within responsible finance to build connections to new growth opportunities and more measurable impact. The RFI Summit will play a vital role in connecting representatives from across the responsible finance industry to build on the growing cooperation between SRI, ESG and Islamic finance.



how sustainable, responsible and Islamic finance connect


how responsible finance affects
financial outcomes


opportunities to benefit from
responsible finance


with other financial professionals around shared focus on responsible finance


the way that financial institutions
incorporate responsible finance


In panel discussions, interactive sessions and through participant contributions, we will focus on the five pillars of the Responsible Finance & Investment Summit

  • Define our shared objectives

    The Sustainable Development Goals
    promote consistency in our goals

    Advance cooperation by focusing on outcomes
    and using dialogue to overcome roadblocks

  • Attract new financial resources

    Responsible finance has the potential to scale
    up rapidly albeit from a small base in the GCC

    Islamic finance can lead growth in the GCC by
    expanding its focus on environmental & social impact

  • Make impact more intentional

    The balance between economic, social and environmental
    return may vary but commitment to impact cannot

    Measurement should be guided by intentional commitment
    to deliver positive or mitigate negative impact

  • Drive greater inclusion

    Bringing diverse perspectives opens responsible
    finance for the widest audience

    Different experiences and priorities promote
    innovation in responsible finance

  • Empower greater responsibility

    Technology moves faster across national borders
    than financial institutions and 80% of the global
    population lives in emerging markets

    Emerging markets are not just a large market
    but can be a great creator of innovation,
    including in responsible finance


Conference Day 1

29 April 2018

  • 8:50 - 9:20 Welcome addresses & icebreaker
  • 7:50 - 8:50 Arrival of participants, breakfast & networking
  • 9:20 - 9:40 Keynote Address - TBC
  • 9:40 - 10:00 Keynote Address - TBC
  • 10:00 - 10:50 Panel Discussion: Risk management in a changing world: How responsible finance addresses long-term financial sustainability
  • 10:50 - 11:30 Case studies: Responsible Finance Champions (Banking)
  • 11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Support Disruption for Good Challenge
  • 12:45 - 13:35 Case studies: Responsible Finance Champions (Asset Management)
  • 13:35 - 14:30 Lunch break and prayers
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Unconference: How can financial institutions see an opportunity to follow the responsible finance champions to achieve the SDGs
  • 15:15 - 15:30 Conclusion & looking ahead
  • 15:30 Summit concludes



HRH Emir Sanusi II

Emir of Kano

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Dr. Dr. h.c. Henri B. Meier

Entrepreneurial Leader and Venture Capitalist

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Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

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Daud Vicary Abdullah

Managing Director
DVA Consulting Sdn Bhd

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Rafe Haneef

Chief Executive Officer
CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

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Blake Goud

RFI Foundation

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Kurt Lieberman

Magni Global Asset Management LLC

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Stuart Hutton

Chief Investment Officer
Simply Ethical

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Diane Schrader

Founder & CEO

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Mounir Khouzami

Co-Founder & President
Swiss Arab Network

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Sietse Wouters

Director, Innovative Financing
UBS Optimus Foundation

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Prof. Nisheeth Vishnoi

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

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Heiko Specking

Founder & Partner

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Dr. Helmut Fluhrer

Founder and CEO

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Christian Gueckel

Chief Risk Officer
SEDCO Capital


Inge Relph

Head of Sustainability and Strategic Relationships
Lykke Blockchain Finance Corp

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Klaus-Michael Christensen

President and Co-founder
Swiss Impact Investment Association (SIIA)

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Raymond Van Ermen

Advisor to the President
European Partners for the Environment

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Sarah Djari

Investment Director, Equity, Financial Institutions
responsAbility Investments AG

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Dr. Robert Ruttmann

Founder, Redesigning Financial Services
Institute for Customer Insight, University of St. Gallen

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Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli

Principal Advisor for Strategic Engagement with Faith-based Organizations
UN Environment

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Christian Heyner

1bank4all Founding Association

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Martina Macpherson

Partner, SI Partners & President
Network for Sustainable Financial 

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Dirk Elsen

Director of Emerging Markets
Triodos Investment Management

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Eric Usher


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Dr. Shaun Conway

Founder & President
ixo Foundation

Anna Mroczkowska

Strategic Financial Advisor
Topan AG

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Azzeddine Chaibrassou


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Amer Vohora

Partner/Chief Client Officer
ValueWorks AG

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Khaldoun Dia-Eddine

Head, Center for Middle East and Africa Business
ZHAW School of Management and Law

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Kelly Hess

Senior Project Manager
Swiss Sustainable Finance

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Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Under Secretary General for Partnerships
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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Delfina López Freijido

Director for Sustainable Finance
G20 Unit, Ministry of Treasury, República Argentina


SDG Challenge Partners

The RFI Foundation is bringing back the Support Disruption for Good (SDG) Challenge for a third year to find the most promising ethical, responsible or Islamic FinTech innovation and connect them to the leading institutions in the responsible finance industry.

The Support Disruption for Good Challenge, sponsored by DDCAP, will focus on identifying FinTech companies whose products demonstrate market traction and whose technology helps the financial sector to increase the scope and impact of its responsible finance activities.

We are seeking applications from FinTechs and others who have developed technology that is useful to help financial institutions measure, manage and/or mitigate their indirect exposure to waste, emissions to air & water, and workplace safety & health.

The Support Disruption for Good Challenge, sponsored by DDCAP Group, will identify three winners who will receive airfare and hotel accommodation to enable their participation in the RFI Summit 2019 at Abu Dhabi Global Market.  All short-listed entrants will be invited to join a conference call with ADGM RegLab to learn more about the RegLab 4th cohort which has a theme of sustainable finance and the API economy.

Before presenting their business in front of 200 leaders looking for opportunities in responsible finance at RFI Summit, the three winners will have one-on-one meetings with the Abu Dhabi Global Market RegLab, which will close applications at the end of April for its fourth cohort.  All successful applicants have access to a digital sandbox service that enables them to integrate their solutions with banking data and functionality, and test the solutions for scalability and robustness.

The highest scoring of the three winners will be recognized with a cash prize, and will be provided a fast-track opportunity to advance within the application process for the Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF) Accelerator.  The MBRIF Accelerator works to identify, equip, & support the highest potential innovators from around the world to thrive in the UAE.

Support Disruption for Good Challenge entrants will pass through an initial screening and then a short-list of 10 applications will be reviewed by an independent judging panel. Entrants who are included on the short-list will be notified the week of 25 March 2019.

The judging panel will review applications on the grounds of alignment with the environmental & social risks identified for the Challenge, the adoption potential by financial institutions, and the degree to which they can generate an impact in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.  More information is available in the Application Form and Terms & Conditions (see below).

Apply today to be considered for the Support Disruption for Good Challenge. For more information, please review the Terms & Conditions. Applications are due no later than 23:59 on 24 March 2019 Gulf Standard Time.

Past winners of the Support Disruption for Good Challenge


SDG Challenge 2018 Judges


Dr. Mohammed Kroessin

Head of Global Islamic Micro nance Unit
Islamic Relief Worldwide

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Rachel Zedeck

Director, Climate Smart Agri and Impact Investment Strategies
Peterson Project and Solutions

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Conrad Young, MBA

Managing Director
Food Forward Ltd

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Julian Osborne

Head of Operations
Swiss Finance + Technology Association

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Hon. Dr. Nazar Al Baharna

Board Member

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Dr. Farid Khan

Executive Chairman
Simply Capital Partners

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Dr. Natalie Schoon

Principal Consultant
Formabb Ltd

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Dr. Boris Battistini

Metellus AG

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AlDana Banihashem

General Manager
Al Naser Engineering

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Why Sponsor?

Responsible Investment & Finance Summit 2019 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 representatives.

Interested in sponsoring the RFI Summit? Contact us.

Why Attend?


Responsible Investment & Finance Summit 2019 participants will be active participants in the Summit in a way that enhances knowledge, builds relationships and promotes engagement.  Here are a fewimportant reasons to attend the RFI Summit 2019:

  1. Become a part of the pioneering initiative to connect Islamic finance and ESG together to make the responsible finance industry more impactful.
  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 initiatives from policy makers and regulators in the industry.
  4. Meet 200 other senior professionals in the industry who are interested in expanding connections within responsible finance markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  5. Learn about new initiatives using technology to drive impact in responsible finance through the Support Disruption for Good Challenge which will recognize new leaders in enabling responsible finance.
  6. Become a part of the critical conversations with a global audience via the social media and engage with others in the responsible finance industry.
  7. Have the opportunity to interact directly with thought leaders in panel discussions and in an open format where you can shape the way forward.

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 and representatives of international organizations
  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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