With the increasing demand of continuous improvements in developing financial products in the Middle East region and the Asia Pacific, senior decision-makers are one in their goal of participating during the Product Development Forum in Banking and Finance, set on the 22nd & 23rd of October 2007 in Dubai, UAE.
The conference aims to put forward the best practices in product development, both conventional and Islamic banking. In fact, the agenda of the forum is strategically put together through extensive discussions on understanding the product development process highlighting innovation and sub-branding, as well as showcasing the several successful initiatives on product development involving Shariah-compliance and new age technology.
The speaker panel is led by Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Ghamdi, Deputy CEO of Al Rajhi Bank and Mr. Salman Younis, Regional Head for Asia Pacific, Kuwait Finance House, both of which have been into successful initiatives of retail banking products and Islamic product development, respectively, in the Saudi Arabian region which is considered the heart of the banking industry in the Middle East, and Malaysia, the world’s largest issuer of Sukuk products.
Dr. Suzan Fouad Hamdy, Group Head of Capital Markets at Banque Misr, is set to open the forum with her discussion on the key success factors separating winners from losers in the banking and finance industry in the region. The interesting highlights of the event’s first day are also set to come from the contributions of Omar Saleem Askar, Marketing Director of Mashreqbank; Javel Afzal, VP Retail Loans and Mortgages of First Gulf Bank; Ian Ewart, Marketing Head of Barclays Wealth UK; Sanjay Malhotra, Global Head of Product Development in Arab Bank; Mujtaba Naqvi, SVP of Payment Products in HBL; and Amit Desai, Executive Manage of Retail Banking Cards at the Qatar National Bank.
As the event’s agenda is equally highlighting the need for a platform by which successful shariah compliant product development case studies are discussed, it becomes noteworthy that the conference is gathering various experts in this area such as Mabid Ali Al Jarhi of the Emirates Bank; Sohail Zubairi, VP of Shariah Structuring at the Dubai Islamic Bank; Rugierro Lomonaco, Head of Middle East Islamic Private Investor Products of ABN AMRO N.V. UK; and Duncan Smith, SVP of Islamic Financial Services of Arab Banking Corporation.
Equally important are the last few discussions on the best practices of new age technology product development which are to be delivered by Waleed Al Hatlani, VP of E-Business Development at the Riyad Bank; and Adil Basha, Head of Product Development at Bank Muscat.
The Product Development Forum in Banking & Finance is organized by Fleming Gulf, part of Jacob Fleming Group, a leader in events management that focuses on strategic business-to-business conferences.
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