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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.

OBJECTIVES

Identify

Opportunities to bring impact finance at scale

Develop

Knowledge about structuring impact finance

Learn

How to combine good financial and social outcomes

Connect

With other financial professionals around shared focus on responsible finance

Improve

The way that the financial sector engages on impact finance

SUMMIT PILLARS

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

    Sustainable Development Goals promote consistency in our goals

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

  • Attract new financial resources

    Impact finance is growing much faster but from a smaller base than sustainable finance

    European assets lead growth but the conversation around the objectives of impact finance must be global

  • Make impact more intentional

    The balance between financial and social can vary but commitment to impact cannot

    Measurement should be guided by intention and drive additionality for impact

  • Drive greater inclusion

    Bringing diverse perspectives opens impact finance for the widest audience

    Different experiences and priorities promotes innovation in impact finance

  • Empower greater responsibility

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

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

PROGRAMME

Conference Day 1

26th April 2018 – Impact Finance & Islamic Finance

  • 8:30 - 9:15 Registration, breakfast & networking
  • 9:15 - 9:45 Welcome ceremony
  • 9:45 - 10:05 Keynote address #1 – TBC
  • 10:05 – 10:25 Keynote address #2 – TBC
  • 10:25 - 11:00 Networking & refreshment break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Bringing Impact Finance & Islamic Finance Together
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:45 Parallel impact finance workshops Conventional (Group A, B & C)
  • 14:45 - 15:30 Parallel impact finance workshops Islamic (Group A, B & C)
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Networking & refreshment break
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Breakout groups (Group A, B & C)
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Panel discussion with Group A, B & C facilitators
  • 17:15 - 17:50 Keynote interview (Learn & Get Inspired)
  • 17:50 - 18:00 Outlook for Day 2
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Flying Swiss & Arabic Dinner

Conference Day 2

27th April 2018 – Impact Finance & Technology

  • 8:00 - 9:00 Arrival of participants, breakfast & networking
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome address & icebreaker
  • 9:15 - 9:35 Keynote Address – TBC
  • 9:35 - 9:55 Featured Discussion
  • 9:55 - 10:15 Visionary Outlook – TBC
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Networking & refreshment break
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Update on 2017 Support Disruption for Good finalists
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Support Disruption for Good Challenge Award
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Presentation of Day 1 recommendation & Moderated Discussion
  • 13:00 - 13:20 Concluding remarks, wrap up, ceremony and outlook to 2019
  • 13:20 - 15:00 Lunch & networking
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Why Sponsor?

Responsible Finance & Investment Summit 2018 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

Branding

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

Why Attend?

 

The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit gives you an exclusive opportunity to engage with key leaders in responsible and faith-based finance gathered together to identify growth opportunities and strategies to deliver more impact. Here are the few important reasons to attend the summit.

  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, particularly in impact finance.
  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 Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  5. Learn about new initiatives using technology to drive impact in responsible finance through the Support Disruption for Good Challenge which will recognize a new leader in enabling impact 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
  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

SDG CHALLENGE

The RFI Foundation, in partnership with the Swiss Finance + Technology Association, Finocracy and the Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Summit partners, launched the Support Disruption for Good (SDG) Challenge in 2017 to find the most promising ethical, responsible or Islamic FinTech innovation and connect them to the leading institutions in the responsible finance industry.

The return of the Support Disruption for Good Challenge will focus on identifying technology companies, including FinTech companies, whose products are gaining market traction and whose technology helps the financial sector to increase the scale of its financing & investment in the Priority Sectors: Agriculture, Healthcare, Sustainable Cities & Education. Completed applications should be submitted to info@rfisummit.org and must be received by close of business (Central European Time) on 15 March 2018.

Congratulations to Tez Financial Services for winning the inaugural Support Disruption for Good Challenge!

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SDG Challenge

Left to right, Chris Laurent, CMO & Head of Funding, Pintail, Tanvir Uddin, Head of Operations, AgriFunder, Naureen Hyat, Business Head – Savings & Investments, Tez Financial Services, Claire Vinçonneau-Perrot, Country Head, France and Francophonie, Pintail, Blake Goud, CEO, RFI Foundation

SDG Challenge

All applicants were judged against a transparent set of criteria by an independent judging panel drawn from across the responsible finance and FinTech industry. During the review process judges evaluated the ability of each entrant to effectively scale, contribute to financial inclusion, contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals while being financially sustainable.

 

The following three finalists presented their innovation on 4 May 2017 during the RFI Summit in Zurich:

– Tez Financial Services

– Pintail

– AgriFunder

Delegates cast votes to select the winning innovation.

2017 SDG JUDGES

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Sultan Choudhury

CEO
Al Rayan Bank UK

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Boris

Boris Battistini

Partner
Metellus AG

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Hussam-Sultan

Hussam Sultan

Head of Commercial Banking
HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd

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Omar_Lahyani

Omar Lahyani

General Partner
Alpha Omega Venture Partners

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diemers

Dr. Daniel Diemers

Partner
Strategy&

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Joann_Enriquez

Joann Enriquez

COO, Ethis Ventures
General-Secretary, Muslim Woman Tech

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RobStraw

Dr. Rob Straw

Director of Education, Swiss Finance Institute & Expert
Global Fintech Association

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FawziaNaqvi

Fawzia Naqvi

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BolkoHohaus

Bolko Hohaus

Sictic Board Member & Swiss Fintech Angels Member

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Nazim

Ashar Nazim

Partner
EY

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2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KELIMBETOV_Kairat

Gov. Kairat Kelimbetov

Governor
Astana International Financial Centre

 

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H.E. Ambassador Marc Bichler

Ambassador-at-Large for Climate Change & Human Rights (Luxembourg)
Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs, Luxembourg

 

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Jarmo_Kotilaine

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine

Chief Economist
Bahrain Economic Development Board

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2017 PANELISTS

Khaled Al Aboodi

Khaled Al Aboodi

CEO
Islamic Cooperation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

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Daud Vicary Abdullah

President & CEO
INCEIF

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Philipp Aeby

CEO
RepRisk

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ahmed

Tayyab Ahmed

Senior Associate
Dinar Standard

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Abdul-Al-Awar

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

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Omar_Lahyani

Omar Lahyani

General Partner
Alpha Omega Venture Partners

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Hasan AlJabri

Chief Executive Officer, SEDCO Capital
Chairman, SEDCO Capital Luxembourg

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Mohd-Azmi-Omar

Prof. Dr. Mohd Azmi Omar

Director General
Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI)

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Boris

Dr. Boris Battistini

Partner
Metellus AG & Board Member, Swiss Finance + Technology Association

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Benyounis-Husain

Husain Benyounis

Founders and Secretary General 
Awqaf

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Graham Burnside

Advisory Board Member
Islamic Finance Council UK

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Phyllis_Costanza

Phyllis Costanza

CEO
UBS Optimus Foundation

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Stella Cox

Stella Cox

Managing Director
DDCAP

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Dobeli_Sabine

Sabine Döbeli

CEO
Swiss Sustainable Finance

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Dreyer-Christian

Christian Dreyer

CEO
CFA Society Switzerland

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Marcos Eguiguren

Executive Director
Global Alliance for Banking on Values

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Stephanie Feigt

CEO & Founder
3rd-eyes GmbH

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Haneef_Rafe

Rafe Haneef

Chief Executive Officer
CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

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Dr. Maximillian Horster

Director, Financial Industry
South Pole Group

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Mohammad Raafi Hossain

CEO
Finocracy

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Daniela Herrmann

Chairman & Founder
Topan

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Stuart Hutton

Chief Investment Officer
Simply Ethical

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Tariqullah

Dr. Tariqullah Khan

Professor of Islamic Finance
Hamad bin Khalifa University

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Goud_Blake

Blake Goud

CEO
RFI Foundation

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Kurt Lieberman

CEO
Magni Global Asset Management LLC

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Ajay_Madiwale

Ajay Madiwale

Senior Officer Multilateral and IFI Partnerships
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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Masri-Amal

Amal Daraghmeh Masri

Editor in Chief
Middle East Business News

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Ammar Radhi

Senior Business Manager
Thomson Reuters

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Ingeborg Schumacher Hummel

Ingeborg Schumacher-Hummel

Board Member
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen

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Rafi-uddin Shikoh

CEO and Managing Director
Dinar Standard

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JustinSykes

Justin Sykes

Founder and Managing Director
Innovest Advisory

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Sachin S Vankalas

Director, Operations & Sustainability
Luxflag

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Roth-Laurence

Laurence Roth

Senior Policy Advisor 
Financial Market Policy Section State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) Federal Department of Finance, Switzerland

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Poser-Jan-Amrit

Dr. Jan Amrit Poser

Chief Strategist and Head Sustainability
Bank J. Safra Sarasin

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Soudah-Ray

Ray Soudah

Founding partner and chairman 
MilleniumAssociates

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Andreas Feiner 

Head of ESG Research & Advisory
Arabesque Partners

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Werneck_Fred

Fred Werneck

Co-Founder and Advisor
Clarmondial AG

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Andrew Wold

Head of Official Institutions Client Strategy and Sub-advisory
State Street Global Advisors

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Arthur-Wood

Arthur Wood

Founding Partner
Total Impact Capital

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Michael Gassner

Founder
IslamicFinance.de

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