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26-27 April 2018
Hotel Atlantis by Giardino
Zurich, Switzerland

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.



Opportunities to bring impact finance at scale


Knowledge about structuring impact finance


How to combine good financial and social outcomes


With other financial professionals around shared focus on responsible finance


The way that the financial sector engages on impact 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

    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


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 and must be received by 23:59 (Central European Time) on 19 March 2018.

Support Disruption for Good Challenge Judges


Dr. Mohammed Kroessin


Rachel Zedeck

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Conrad Young, MBA

Managing Director
Food Forward Ltd

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Julian Osborne

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AlDana Banihashem


Dr. Farid Khan

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Dr. Natalie Schoon

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Boris Battistini

Metellus AG

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

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.


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 – HRH Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano
  • 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

    Panel 1:

    Confirmed Panelists:
    Abdulla Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

    Daud Vicary Abdullah, Managing Director, DVA Consulting Sdn. Bhd

    Panel 2:

    Confirmed Panelists:
    Martina Macpherson, Partner, Sustineri


  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:45 Parallel impact finance workshops Conventional (Group A, B & C)

    Group A: UBS Optimus Foundation: First Development Impact Bond (DIB) in the field of healthcare

    Sietse Wouters, Director, Innovative Financing, UBS Optimus Foundation


    Group B: TBC

    Group C: TBC

  • 14:45 - 15:30 Parallel impact finance workshops Islamic (Group A, B & C)

    Group A: Green Sukuk – CIMB Islamic

    Rafe Haneef, CEO, CIMB Islamic


    Group B: International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)



    Group C: thirdACT – Energy efficiency improvement investment fund

    Diane Schrader, Founder & CEO, thirdACT


  • 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 - 10:05 Presentation of Breakout Group Recommendations & Discussions
  • 10:05 - 10:20 Looking back to last year (RFI Summit 2017) – 3 SDG Challenge Finalists – Where are they now?
  • 10:20 - 10:50 Networking & refreshment break
  • 10:50 - 11:30 Visionary Outlook Technology & Innovation Panel


    • Nisheeth Vishnoi, Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
    • Heiko Specking, Founder & Partner, Speckling+Partners

  • 11:30 - 13:00 SDG Challenge Award
  • 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


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



HRH Emir Sanusi II

Emir of Kano

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Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

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Daud Vicary Abdullah

President & CEO

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Rafe Haneef

Chief Executive Officer
CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad

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Hasan AlJabri

Chief Executive Officer, SEDCO Capital
Chairman, SEDCO Capital Luxembourg

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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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Martina Macpherson



Sietse Wouters

Director, Innovative Financing
UBS Optimus Foundation

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Prof. Nisheeth Vishnoi

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Heiko Specking

Founder & Partner

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