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Growing the Global Ethical Finance Industry through Collaboration and Convergence

Welcome to the first Global Ethical Finance Forum

Officially hosted by the Scottish Government, the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) will be held on the 1st and 2nd September 2015 at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. GEFF is organized by Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK with key partners including Thomson Reuters.

The Forum provides an open platform to bring together key stakeholders from the various areas of ethical finance industry to discuss untapped opportunities and spur convergence and collaboration.

The World is Converging to Edinburgh on 1-2 September, 2015

Where will you be?


  • Connect one-to-one with partners and investors
  • Stay abreast of the key trends in the global responsible investing and finance industry
  • Engage with leaders who are shaping their financial institutions’ investment mandates
  • Learn how to tailor your investment scope for Middle eastern and emerging markets investors
  • Understand the current and long term priorities of responsible institutional investors


  • Showcase your institution’s capabilities to decision makers across the global responsible investing industry
  • Enhance visibility of your brand in front of global leaders in responsible investing
  • Acquire new investment mandates from the emerging markets
  • Engage in high value distribution partnerships with financial institutions


Keith Brown MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment & Cities, Scottish Government

Keith Brown served with the Royal Marines before pursuing a career in local government administration, where he was also an active trade union representative with UNISON. He is a graduate of Dundee University and studied at the University of Prince Edward Island.

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His Royal Highness Emir Muhammad Sanusi II

Emir of Kano

His Royal Highness Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was born into the Fulani Torodbe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano, Nigeria and was crowned on the 8th of June 2014 as the Emir of Kano, succeeding his late great-uncle Dr. Ado Bayero. HRH Sanusi was a successful banker and was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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Lord Mohamed Sheikh

Baron Sheikh of Cornhill

Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz

Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

Appointed Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia in 2000, Dr. Zeti has had an important role in the successful transformation of Malaysia’s financial system including overseeing the enactment of ten new major pieces of legislation for the financial sector. She is actively involved in strengthening regional cooperation and financial integration in Asia. A founding member of…

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Ted Roosevelt Malloch

Professor and Senior Fellow in Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

THEODORE ROOSEVELT MALLOCH, Ph.D. is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Roosevelt Group/Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, a leading strategic management and thought leadership company and Visiting Professor Global Ethic Institute, Tubingen University. He is now at Oxford University, Said School of Business after four years at Yale University, where he directed the Spiritual Capital Initiative….

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Sir Ewan Brown, CBE

Chairman, Scottish Financial Enterprise

Ewan was appointed Chairman of SFE on 1 August, 2012. An executive director of Noble Grossart for 35 years and now a non-executive director of Noble Grossart Holdings. Previous Scottish financial sector board appointments have included:- Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland; Non-Executive Director of Scottish Widows Bank; Chairman of Dunedin Income Growth Investment Trust; Non-Executive…

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Jaseem Ahmed

Secretary General, Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

Jaseem Ahmed assumed the position of the Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) on 1st May 2011. As the SG he is responsible for the formulation, issuance, dissemination and adoption of the IFSB’s standards for the prudential regulation and supervision of Islamic finance covering banking, insurance and capital markets. He leads the IFSB’s…

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Peter Webster

Chief Executive Officer, EIRIS

Peter Webster has led EIRIS since it was founded in 1983. He has focussed on the challenges of providing ESG ratings and research to a wide range of owners and managers, helping investors to make good use of that research and advancing the concept of responsible investment.

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Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar

CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar is the CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre. Prior to his current role, Al Awar was the CEO of Dubai International Financial Centre for the period from 2009 to 2012. During his overall 8-year tenure with DIFC that saw him hold various executive positions, he leveraged his exceptional skills in…

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Andreas Feiner

Founding Partner and Head of Values Based Research, Arabesque Asset Management

Andreas is a founding Partner of Arabesque. He is responsible for Arabesque’s Sustainability Process, which is the basis for all of Arabesque’s flagship products, and Bespoke Solutions, which offers tailor-made products based on investors’ individual preferences. Prior Positions: Head of Distribution, Barclays Saudi Arabia Structured Product Sales for Germany/Austria, Barclays Capital & WestLB Equity Portfolio…

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Ashar M. Nazim

Partner, Financial Services, Head of Global Islamic Banking Center, Ernst & Young

Ashar leads Ernst & Young’s Global Islamic Banking initiative, specializing in performance improvement with emphasis on strategic direction and customer agenda. He is also a member of the Financial Services Advisory Leadership team for Ernst & Young, MENA. Ashar has 20 years professional experience primarily in Islamic finance industry - in the profession, the industry…

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Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Associate Professor of Finance and Director of Enterprise, ICMA Centre, Henley Business School; Senior Academic Fellow, United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment

Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner is an Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School. He is currently also serving as the Senior Academic Fellow to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (since January 2014 having served as Academic Fellow since September 2009) and as Senior Associate to the…

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Amanda Young

Head of Responsible Investment, Standard Life Investments

Amanda has a long-standing career in responsible investment within the financial services industry. As Head of Responsible Investments, she leads a team of analysts focusing on the environmental and social risks of Standard Life Investment’s porfolios. This includes research, analysis and engagement on human rights, environment, labour standard and business ethics.  Prior to joining Standard…

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Bertille PRESTA

Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Sycomore Asset Management

Bertille joined Sycomore Asset Management in June 2015 where she heads up the Sustainable & Responsible Investment team and manages the company’s SRI equity funds. She started her career in SRI in 2009 at French brokerage firm Oddo Securities, before joining F&C Asset Management’s Governance and Sustainable Investment division in 2010. In 2014, she moved…

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Brandon Davies

Independent Non-executive Director, Lintel Bank Ltd.

Brandon is Non-executive Chairman of Euro Merchant Holdings a prospective new bank in the City of London and a board director of Lintel Bank Ltd. He is also a board director of Shariah Supply Chain Finance Limited and the CEO and Chairman of Limited a company which encompasses his publishing and training interests. Brandon…

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Blake Goud

Lead Research Contributor, Thomson Reuters

Blake Goud is the Director of Research for the Responsible Finance Institute (RFI) and the lead research contributor for Thomson Reuters. He authored the Thomson Reuters/RFI Responsible Finance Report.  He also provides critical analysis of the global Islamic finance industry for IFG community events and publications. He received his B.A. in Economics from Reed College.

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Bruce Davis

Co-founder and Joint Managing Director, Abundance

Bruce Davis is the cofounder and joint managing director of Abundance, the first regulated crowdfunding platform in the UK offering debentures to fund renewable energy. He was part of the original team that created Zopa, the worlds first peer to peer lender and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bauman Institute, Leeds University.

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Craig Moore

Founder & CEO, Beehive Group DMCC

As Founder and CEO, Craig is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day-to-day operations of Beehive. Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a UK based data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012. Prior to Butterfly his experience includes sales, consulting…

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Professor Charles Munn

Banker and business historian

Professor Munn is a board member of the European Financial Planning Association and the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Professional Standards Board. He is a former lay member of the CII main board and its audit committee. He was, until recently, a public interest member of the Investigations and Professional Enforcement Committee of the Institute of…

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Daud Vicary Abdullah

President and CEO, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF)

Daud Vicary Abdullah is the President and Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF, The Global University of Islamic Finance. He has been in the finance and consulting industry for over 41 years, with significant experience in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  Since 2002 he has focused exclusively on Islamic finance. Prior to INCEIF,…

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Fergus Moffatt

Programme Director and Head of Public Policy, UKSIF

Fergus joined UKSIF in August 2014 as Programme Director and Head of Public Policy. His responsibilities include supporting the Leadership Programme and leading on UKSIF’s public policy work. Before joining UKSIF, Fergus worked as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons for a range of MPs, writing briefings on a wide variety of policy…

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Edward Mason

Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England

Edward is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England whose £6.7bn endowment supports the ministry of the Church of England.  Edward is responsible for the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical and responsible investment commitments.  He took up his position in August 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the…

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Graham Burnside

Consultant, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP; Advisory Board Member, The Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC)

Graham structured and documented the first (and so far as we are aware only) Shariah-compliant mortgage products operating under Scots law. In 2013 he also carried through the first purely Islamic commercial property financing in Scotland. Graham was also  involved  in  consultations  with  HM  Treasury  in relation to the impact of stamp duty on Islamic…

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Herwig Peeters

Executive Director, Forum Ethibel; President, ARISE, Association for Responsible Investment Services, Belgium

Herwig Peeters is managing director at Forum ETHIBEL, a Belgian independent association, created in 1992 and recognized as an expert in rating, independent audits and certification of products and services that meet ESG and ethical standards. He is president of ARISE, the Association for Responsible Investment Services, a worldwide trade association of ESG raters, that…

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Harris Irfan

Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, EIIB-Rasmala

Harris Irfan is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at EIIB-Rasmala.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best selling Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance, the only narrative of the industry written by a front office banker. An investment banker with over 20 years’ experience in London and…

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Hugh Wheelan

Co-founder, Response Global Media; Managing Editor, Responsible Investor and Launch Editor, ESG Magazine

Hugh has written extensively on investment, corporate and sustainability issues for national newspapers including The Observer and The Financial Times. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in global institutional finance and sustainability. He won the respected Aon Consulting award for European Pensions and Investment Journalist of the Year in 2006. From 2004 to…

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Hasan AlJabri

CEO, SEDCO Capital; Chairman, Sedco Capital Luxembourg

Hasan AlJabri has been a major player in investment banking and corporate finance in the MENA region for over 30 years holding leading positions in two of the region’s most influential financial institutions; NCB Group and SAMBA. His achievements have driven these institutions to become leaders in corporate finance, corporate banking and investment management. He…

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Ibrahim Warde

Adjunct Professor of International Business, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts University

Ibrahim Warde is Adjunct Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Sloan School of Management and other universities. He is also a consultant specializing in ethics, global finance, Islamic finance, and compliance….

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Iqbal Asaria

Adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance, INCEIF, Malaysia; Associate, Afkar Consulting Ltd

In his early career Iqbal worked as an Investment Analyst in the City of London for several years. For the last several years he has been largely involved in teaching post graduate courses in Islamic economics, finance, banking and insurance at a number of leading business schools in the UK and overseas. Iqbal has advised…

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Jose Maria Fuentes

Former Under Secretary of Sovereign Wealth Funds, International Monetary Fund

Jose Maria Fuentes Rodriguez, previous Under Secretary of Sovereign Wealth Funds of the International Monetary Fund, has been until March, the CIO & Head of IIRR of Grand Duche Investment Fund & Kernel Investment Group. Currently, he maintains collaborations with different international companies like Citigroup and McKinsey & Co, as Senior Adviser; Gerson Lehrman Group…

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Julian Parrott

Partner, Ethical Futures

Julian Parrott is a founding Partner of Ethical Futures – ethical specialist independent financial advisers (IFA) based in Edinburgh. Ethical Futures provide ethical financial planning advice to private clients, trusts & charities throughout Scotland. Julian has over 25 years experience in financial services, encompassing building society management and eight years in mainstream advice with Allied…

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Justine Leigh-Bell

Head of Standards Development, Climate Bonds Initiative

Justine has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to the global challenges of climate change and sustainable development. She currently heads the Standards program at the Climate Bonds Initiative, a non profit investor initiative focused on mobilizing debt capital markets for climate change solutions. She works closely with industry…

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Karen Wendt

Editor, Responsible Investment- Banking; Founder of Positive Impacts Investing and Finance

Karen Wendt, Founder of Responsible Investmentbanking Network, has started her career at the European Commission and holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool. She has more than 20 years of experience in investment and banking in various roles. She has worked in high-level roles in Project Finance, where she managed the transition from conventional…

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Lawrie Chandler

Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee, Edale Group

Lawrie Chandler is Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Edale Group, a wealth boutique firm advising financial institutions and high net worth individuals. Edale conducts research and maintains a proprietary database on Shariah Compliant Funds and Exchange Traded Funds. Lawrie has 15 years’ fund selection and investment research experience including acting as product…

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Manfred Schepers

Former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

In October 2014, Manfred Schepers completed two four year terms as a CFO and is currently Senior Advisor to the President for Institutional Investment Partnerships. In that role he is establishing the EBRD’s first Equity and Loan Participation Funds. In October 2006 Manfred Schepers was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the…

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Dr Marcos Eguiguren

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Banking on Values

Marcos (Spain/The Netherlands) brings a wealth of experience to the GABV including banking, consulting, management, research, and training and development in the corporate, banking and telecom sectors. As an entrepreneur and co-founder of SingularNet, a professional services firm focused on helping organizations incorporate sustainability in their business operations, Professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica…

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Mike Tyrrell


I have been an SRI Analyst for the past 12 years initially at Jupiter Asset Management and then at HSBC Global Equities where I established the first SRI research on the ‘sell-side’ and, most recently, at Citi Investment Research. Over this time, I have become a firm believer that rigorous sustainability analysis conducted by intelligent…

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Marco Lichtfous

Partner - Advisory & Consulting, Deloitte

Marco Lichtfous leads the Banking Strategy and Regulatory Affairs department in the Advisory & Consulting unit. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was head of prudential supervision at the Banque centrale du Luxembourg (BcL). In this function, he was a long term member of the European Banking Authotity’s (EBA) Standing Committee on Regulation and Policy (SCRePol)….

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Michel Maquil

Chairman, Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg

Michel Maquil was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. After a long career at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, he is now active as an independent advisor for the Central Bank of Luxembourg. Mr. Maquil sits on the board of various associations. Since 2014, he is the Chairman of the Inclusive…

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Martina Macpherson

Managing Partner, SI Partners - oekom research, UK

Martina Macpherson is the founder of SI Partners, an independent advisory firm that specializes in sustainability strategy consulting, ESG business development, analytics and education services. The company represents oekom research in the UK. Martina is a writer, lecturer and presenter on sustainable, ethical and impact investing and contributes to industry publications in this field. Prior…

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Michael Bennett

Head, Derivatives and Structured Finance, World Bank

Michael Bennett has spent fifteen years with the World Bank, splitting his time between the World Bank’s Paris office and its Washington, DC headquarters, with a primary focus on structured finance. Among other areas, he is responsible for the World Bank Treasury’s transactional work in the area of Islamic finance. His notable transactions in this…

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Mustafa Adil

Acting Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters

Mustafa Adil is the Acting Head of Islamic Finance for Thomson Reuters. He is responsible for leading the Islamic finance and Islamic markets business for the organization, providing knowledge solutions and bespoke services to support the continued growth and increasing depth of the Islamic finance industry. He works in collaboration with government entities, multilateral organizations…

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Datuk Dr. Mohammed Daud Bakar

Founder and Group Chairman, Amanie Advisors

Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Group Chairman of Amanie Advisors, a global boutique Shariah advisory firm with offices located worldwide, and International Institute of Islamic Finance Inc. (IIIF). He currently sits as a Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the…

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Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram Laldin

Executive Director, International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA)

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Akram is currently the Executive Director of International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) and Professor at International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). Prior to joining ISRA he was an Assistant Professor at the Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM). In the…

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Monem Salam

President, Saturna Sdn. Bhd.

Monem Salam is a director at Saturna Capital and president of Saturna Sdn. Bhd., Saturna Capital’s wholly-owned Malaysian subsidiary. He received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). He worked as the chief investment officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999; then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining…

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Mohamed Donia

CEO, Ideal Ratings                      

Mr. Donia is an entrepreneur, and financial services executive, who Co-Founded IdealRatings in San Francisco in 2006 to become the leading provider serving the Islamic finance industry. Today, IdealRatings is known as one of the top global providers serving clients around the world. Prior to IdealRatings Mr. Donia was Co-Founder of Cogency Inc, a silicon valley start-up, where he helped define Cogency solutions for the hedge…

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Nadia Laine

Vice President, Head of Screening, MSCI

Nadia Laine joined MSCI in 2014 and heads up product development for Screening and Carbon tools at MSCI ESG Research. Nadia has more than 10 years’ experience in the Responsible Investment and ESG Research industry, advising institutional investors on different ESG integration, screening and engagement strategies, and helping develop different analysis and screening tools. Nadia…

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Nadia Sood

Founding Partner, Impact Investment Partners

Nadia Sood is co-founder and Managing Partner at Impact Investment Partners, a multi-asset investment manager and advisory services firm based in London. IIP specialises in investing into companies that deliver strong commercial returns and measurable social impact. IIP invests across asset classes and also works with clients to help them build multi-asset portfolios that deliver…

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Nathalie de WEERT

Senior Capital Market Officer, Euro Capital Markets, European Investment Bank

Nathalie de WEERT is Senior Capital Market Officer, responsible for EUR-denominated funding at EIB, the world’s largest supranational issuer. In 2014, the funding program of the EIB amounted to EUR 62 bn, EUR 25 bn of which directly in euros, in both benchmark and targeted format. Before joining the EIB in Luxembourg, Mrs de Weert…

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Dr. Nasir M. Ahmad

Partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Advisory Board Member, The Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC)

Dr. Ahmad is currently a Partner at Ernst and Young LLP in London and specialises in risk and regulatory services to financial institutions. He has 20 years of international experience in financial risk management in banking, consulting, and academia, based out of Europe, Middle-East and Canada. Dr Ahmad has lead several risk and regulatory engagements,…

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Omar Selim

Chief Executive Officer, Arabesque Asset Management

Omar Selim is the founder of Arabesque and its Chief Executive Officer. Mr Selim has 20 years’ experience in international investment banking, having held senior positions at UBS, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. He joined Barclays in 2004, where he was responsible for a multibillion dollar revenue budget and over a thousand staff. In 2012, he initiated the…

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Omar Shaikh

Executive Board Member, The Islamic Finance Council UK

Omar is a Chartered Accountant by profession and specialises in Islamic finance and private equity. He is an Executive Board Member of the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC) and leads the organisation’s activities in the arena of government policy advisory. He has advised multiple governments on their capital markets, banking, pension and takaful regulation. Omar’s…

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Dr Piotr Konwicki

Senior Lecturer, Finance, University of Bedfordshire, Business School

Dr Piotr Konwicki has over 20 years of experience in both teaching and practicing finance.  Piotr holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Gdansk University, Poland and obtained his MBA from the London Business School; his Ph.D. thesis was on Technical Barriers to Trade between Poland and the EU became part of the Polish White…

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Peter Michaelis

Head of Equities, Alliance Trust Investments

Peter has been managing money in Sustainable and Responsible Investment for over 15 years. Prior to joining Alliance Trust Investments in August 2012, he was Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment at Aviva Investors. After completing a PhD in Environmental Economics, Peter started his career working in the steel industry as an environmental engineer. He…

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Rafe Haneef

Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Amanah Malaysia

Rafe Haneef is currently the CEO of HSBC Amanah Malaysia and also the Managing Director of HSBC Amanah Global Markets in Asia Pacific. He has played a leadership role in developing Sukuk and Islamic structured and project finance since 1999 at HSBC, ABN AMRO and Citigroup. He has lead landmark sukuk transactions for various sovereigns,…

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Richard de Belder

Partner, Dentons; Advisory board member, The Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC)

Richard de Belder is a partner in the London office of the international law firm Dentons and heads up the global co-ordination of the firm’s Islamic Finance practice. He has been involved in a wide range of Shari’ah-compliant transactions since the mid 1990s. Richard has worked closely with leading Shari’ah scholars to create ground breaking…

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Richard Dunbar

Deputy Head of Global Strategy, Aberdeen Asset Management

Richard Dunbar is Deputy Head of our Global Strategy Team; Richard joined Aberdeen in 2014 as part of SWIP heritage where he had been part of the Investment Solutions team since 2013. Prior to this he had had held various roles in the UK and global equity teams since joining SWIP in 2000. He is…

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Sasja Beslik

Head of Responsible Investments, Nordea Asset Management

Previously served as Global Head of Responsible Investments & Engagement at Banco/ABN AMRO and as a consultant for the World Bank on number of projects in Africa and Asia. In 2007 he was named most influential business individual in Sweden under 40 and in 2011 as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. During…

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Dr. Sayd Farook

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Middle East Global Advisors

Dr. Sayd Farook is a veteran C-suite professional with a strong knowledge management and strategy execution track record. He has advised and served large corporates, multilaterals and governments in the Middle East and North Africa region in his role as Global Head Islamic Capital Markets at Thomson Reuters. During the duration of his five year…

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Sultan Choudhury

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, Al Rayan Bank

Sultan Choudhury is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director at Al Rayan Bank PLC, formerly known as Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB).  The Bank’s longest-serving employee, Mr Choudhury joined the Bank when it was formed in 2004 and was part of the founding management team of Western Europe’s first authorised Islamic Bank. Since then Mr…

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Stella Cox

Managing Director, DDCAP Group

Stella Cox is Managing Director of DDCAP and its wholly owned subsidiaries DD&Co Limited and DDGI Limited. Stella and her team are responsible for DDCAP’s Islamic financial sector clients and market activities. DD&Co is a leading provider of asset facilitation services to the Islamic wholesale markets. DDGI has invested, for its own account, in a…

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Sachin S Vankalas

Head of Operations and Sustainability, Luxembourg Fund Labelling Agency (Luxflag)

In his role as a Head of Operations and Sustainability, Sachin is responsible for day-to-day operations of LuxFLAG which among other include Responsible Investing market research and crafting and managing sustainability /ESG assessment methodology which is applied in regular review of applications of investment funds for the LuxFLAG labels. Prior to joining LuxFLAG, Sachin worked…

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Ted Franks

Partner, Fund Manager, WHEB Listed Equity

Ted built a career in banking around sustainability-related sectors before taking his convictions further and helping to found WHEB Asset Management in 2009.  Ted was a member of the original team that launched the Sustainability Fund in June 2009.  He has been a key member of the investment team throughout the Fund’s history and has…

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Tirad Al-Mahmoud

Group Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Tirad Al-Mahmoud is a Group Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), the world’s fourth largest Islamic bank by assets. With over 30 years of experience in banking and finance, Tirad is a prominent voice in the global debate on ethical banking, advocating a “back to basics” approach that puts client interests and…

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Usman Hayat

Director of Islamic Finance and ESG, CFA Institute

Usman Hayat, CFA, FRM is a content director at CFA Institute, specializing in Islamic finance and sustainable responsible and impact investing. In Sep 2014, CFA Institute published an e-learning course directed by him on sustainable investing, ESG-100, which has received strong praise from some of the thought leaders in the field. He also coauthored a…

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Umar Munshi

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

Umar Munshi is a Social Entrepreneur. He started his first business in the year 2000 at the age of 18, when he brought a physical business online and outpriced competitors from cost savings. He then ventured into a Nanotechnology Healthcare business, bringing it from Singapore to Saudi Arabia before eventually focusing on Indonesia. In 6…

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Will Martindale

Head of Policy, UN PRI

Will Martindale joined the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment in February 2014 as Head of Policy. Will has a background in banking, starting his career with JPMorgan in June 2004, supporting a web-based credit derivative trading platform. In September 2010, Will joined French bank, BNP Paribas, as business manager for their credit trading desk….

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Ulrika Hasselgren

Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Ethix SRI Advisors

Ulrika Hasselgren is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of Ethix SRI Advisors. Ms. Hasselgren has advised institutional investors in sustainable and responsible investment since 1999. In 2000 - leading up to her present role - she collaborated with Sweden’s national pension fund AP7 in creating their policy for responsible investment, including the development…

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Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin

Executive Director, Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)

Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin joined Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) as Executive Director, Islamic Capital Market in January 2011. Prior to joining SC, he was Chief Executive Officer / Director of i-VCAP Management, an Islamic fund management firm based in Malaysia. He has about 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry.  He began his career…

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GEFF 2015: Overview of forum, history of ethical finance and key speakers


1st September 2015

  • 8:00am to 9:00am Registration and Morning Refreshments

  • 9:00am Opening of the 1st Global Ethical Finance Forum

  • 9:00am to 9:30am Opening Remarks

  • 9:30am to 10:00am Opening Keynote Session: Building a Financial System that Supports Sustainable Economic Development

  • 10:00am to 11:00am Plenary Session: Every Challenge is an Opportunity - Making the Case for Value in Values in a Post-Financial Crisis World

  • 11:00am to 11:30am Opening of the 1st Global Ethical Finance Forum Exhibition 2015 & Networking Break

  • 11:30am to 12:30pm Session 3: Can Many Worlds Converge? A Dialogue between ESG, SRI, UNPRI, Islamic Finance and other Responsible Financial Services Sectors

  • 12:30pm to 1:20pm Session 4: ESG Screens and Risk Mitigation – Lessons from Taking a Holistic View of Risks

  • 1:20pm to 1:30pm Moderator’s Summary Remarks

  • 1:30pm to 2:50pm Conference Luncheon

  • 2:50pm to 3:50pm Session 5: Mainstreaming Green Bond and Sukuk

  • 3:50pm to 4:20pm Networking Break and Refreshments

  • 4:20pm to 5:20pm Session 6: Positive Screening – Sharing Experiences from the Move Towards ESG

  • 5:20pm to 6:20pm Plenary Session: An Economic Historian Views on the Development of Moral Finance

  • 6:20pm Close of Forum Day 1

2nd September 2015

  • 8:00am to 9:00am Morning Refreshments

  • 9:00am to 9:10am Opening Remarks

  • 9:10am to 9:15am Moderator’s Remarks

  • 9:15am to 9:30am Opening Speech: Ethics in Finance - Towards Convergence in Values, Conduct and Regulation

  • 9:30am to 10:10am Plenary Session: Islamic Finance and its Approach to Regulating Ethically Focused Banking – Lessons for Responsible Finance

  • 10:10am to 11:10am Session 9: Launch of the Responsible Finance Report produced by Thomson Reuters and the Responsible Finance Institute (RFI)

  • 11:10am to 11:40am Networking Break and Refreshments

  • 11:40am to 12:40pm Session 10: Synergies through Collaboration - Opportunities for Convergence in Principles and Standards

  • 12:40pm to 1:40pm Session 11: Growing the Size of the Pie – Championing Responsible Finance to Main Street, Financial Regulators and other Stakeholders

  • 1:40pm to 3:00pm Conference Luncheon

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm Session 12: The Role of Technology and Disruptive Innovation to Facilitate Responsible Finance

  • 4:00pm to 5:00pm Plenary Session: Conversation with Industry Pioneers on the Future of Ethical Finance – The Journey Forward Towards Greater Impact

  • 5:00pm to 5:10pm Moderator’s Closing Remarks

  • 5:10pm Close of the Global Ethical Finance Forum

  • 7:00pm Reception at the Edinburgh Castle


What Is Ethical Finance?
The Role of Global Ethical Finance Forum
Key Features of Global Ethical Finance Forum
  • “No benevolent man ever lost altogether the fruits of his benevolence.”

    Adam Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part VI Section II Chapter I

  • “To restore trust, we need a shift toward greater integrity and accountability. We need a stronger and systematic ethical dimension [in finance].”

    Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF, 2014

  • “To maintain the balance of an inclusive social contract, it is necessary to recognise the importance of values and beliefs in economic life.”

    Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England, 2014

  • “Deal not unjustly, and you shall not be dealt with unjustly.”

    Qur'an 2:279

  • “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

    Matthew 16:26, English Standard Version

  • “God has permitted for you trade and prohibited interest.”

    Qur'an 2:275

  • “The truth is that the value of our business is dependent on the values with which we do our business. Capitalism needs to integrate values with value.”

    Stephen Green, Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Former Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings PLC and British Minister of State for Trade and Investment

  • “The ongoing economic challenges in the major advanced economies have resulted in the re-emphasising of the importance of growth that is sustainable and responsible.”

    Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia


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Calling on all institutional investors, asset owners, policymakers and other stakeholders interested in the interplay between ethics and business. Whether you are involved in Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental Social Governance (ESG), Islamic finance, or spearheading ethical finance in some fashion, the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) is the platform for you.


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