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Joint Seminar on Corporate Governance Issues in Islamic Finance


The Islamic Financial Services Board, the World Bank Group Corporate Governance Department, and the IFC Global Corporate Governance Forum are organizing a joint seminar on corporate governance issues in Islamic finance. The two-day seminar will be hosted in Manama by the Central Bank of Bahrain on March 11 to 12, 2008.

The seminar aims to increase awareness of corporate governance issues in Islamic finance, including banking, insurance, and capital markets (particularly collective investment schemes), among financial regulators and market participants. It will be structured around the corporate governance standards that were developed by the Islamic Financial Services Board, with insights from regulatory officials, corporate governance specialists from international multilateral agencies, and industry practitioners.

H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, and Professor Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim, Secretary General of the Islamic Financial Services Board, will deliver the opening and welcoming remarks.

Peter Dey, Chairman of the Forumís Private Sector Advisory Group, will deliver a keynote address on the Cross-Sectoral Approach toward Good Governance. Dey served as chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance in Canada, which released a report entitled Where Were the Directors? (also known as the Dey Report) in December 1994. He will be joined by 19 other speakers.

The seminarís main objectives are to:

Highlight corporate governance issues specific to institutions that offer Islamic financial services and to help regulators and market participants improve their understanding of these, especially as the Islamic financial services industry continues to grow rapidly within the global financial system.

Provide stakeholders an opportunity to exchange views and experience about good governance frameworks and best practices.

Generate discussion and policy recommendations about strengthening and improving the corporate governance of institutions that offer Islamic financial services, in accordance with internationally accepted standards.

Those interested in attending the seminar can download the registration form from

List of Confirmed Chairpersons and Speakers

-H.E. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain
-Professor Rifaat Ahmed Abdel Karim, Secretary General, Islamic Financial Services Board
-H.E. Dr. Anwar Khalifa. Al-Sadah, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain
-Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc. & GCGF Private Sector Advisory Group, former Head of Morgan Stanley Canada, former Chair of the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance
-Professor Volker Nienhaus, President, Universitšt Marburg Germany & IFSB Consultant
-Wafik Grais, Senior Advisor, Financial Strategies and Policies, the World Bank
-Sebastian Molineus, ROSC Assessment and Policy Practice, Corporate Governance Department, World Bank Group
-Hiro Tsubota, Regional Financial Officer, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region, the World Bank
-Professor Samy Nathan, Professor of Accounting and Finance, New York Institute of Technology, Bahrain
-Khalid Al-Bassam, Chairman, Bahrain Islamic Bank
-Nada Abdelsater-Assamra, Board Member, the Lebanese Transparency Association, Lebanon
-Sohail Jaffer, Partner, FWU Group, Luxembourg
-Hamid Yunis, Partner, Taylor Wessing, UK
-Ahmed Adil, Partner, Ernst & Young, Bahrain
-Paul Lee, Director, Hermes Equity Ownership Service
-Stilpon Nestor, Principal, Nestor Advisors Limited, UK
-Madhukar Shenoy, Financial Services Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bahrain
-Dr. Nasser H. Saidi, Executive Director, Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, Dubai International Finance Centre, UAE
-Anne Simpson, International Corporate Governance Network, UK
-Dr. Hamid Alamin Ahmed, General Manager, Al Rowad Financial Services, Sudan
-Professor Simon Archer, Consultant, IFSB
-Madzlan Mohamad Hussain, Senior Project Manager, IFSB


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