ABOUT THE EVENT
The recent passage of Republic Act 11439, or the legislation providing for regulation and organization of Islamic banks in the Philippines, has increased the momentum on establishing Islamic banking in the country. Together with the transition of the recently-enacted Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), focus and understanding of the Islamic finance in the country has taken a significant interest in building on a productive and instinctive financial system that will address both development goals and financial exclusion concerns.
We look at the global interventions and developments in Islamic finance, and recognize that the Philippine Islamic finance ecosystem can harness the best practices and initiatives our neighbors in Southeast Asia have employed in enriching their own Islamic finance landscape. In addition to Islamic banking, there is acknowledgment of the increasing impact of financial technology in the financial industry. Lastly, being an alternative financial system, Islamic finance is seen as an important component in addressing our unbanked communities, and enabling key livelihood programs to further the outlook for MSMEs in the Philippines.
The Conference on Islamic Finance for the Philippine Banking Sector is the first step in creating awareness of the opportunities in Islamic banking not only from key financial institutions but for strategic partners who can promote similar objectives. The discussions and dialogues during the conference will encourage frontrunners, industry players, policy and decision makers with the greater understanding of the prospects and strategic directions of Islamic finance in the Philippines.
GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)
DUBAI ISLAMIC BANK
DR. ADNAN CHILWAN
A leading authority in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance, Dr. Adnan Chilwan is widely seen as a driver of change and innovation and a key figure in the progression of this segment which is quickly evolving into a global phenomenon. With an extensive banking career spanning over two decades with both reputed conventional and Islamic banks in the region, he currently serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s first Sharia compliant player and the largest Islamic Bank in UAE. With Group assets of in excess of USD 62bln, a market capitalization of over USD 10bln, and workforce of more than 8000 employees across a vast network of branches and entities in all emirates as well as the growing international operations in Asia, Middle East and Africa, he leads an organization which is fast being recognized as a formidable force in Islamic Finance and one of the most progressive institutions in the world today.
JOANN MARYAM ENRIQUEZ
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)
RAEED HOLDINGS SDN. BHD.
Ms. Joann Maryam Enriquez is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Raeed Holdings Sdn Bhd (Raeed) - a consortium of six (6) banks namely Affin Islamic Bank Berhad, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Rakyat), Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) and Maybank Islamic Berhad. Ms. Enriquez brings with her over 20 years of experience in Financial Technology from various S&P 500 companies in the Silicon Valley in California. Her last position was as Chief Operating Officer of Ethis Ventures. She was instrumental in developing the start-ups operations until it grew to become a key player in the global Islamic Crowdfunding space having presence in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai and Brunei. As a CEO, Ms. Enriquez is tasked to develop Raeed into a full-fledged investment holding company.
ATTY. ARIFA ALA, CPA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL SUPERVISION SUBSECTOR III
BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS
Atty. Arifa is the Managing Director of the Financial Supervision Sub-sector (FSSs) III of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. She is a career central banker who has an extensive experience and wide technical expertise in banking supervision and examination. In a span of 23 years, she has been assigned in different departments within the FSS and tasked to supervise different kinds of BSP-supervised entities, banks and non-bank financial institutions alike. She heads the FSS Task Force on Islamic Banking. Further, she has written a paper on Islamic banking in Singapore, focusing particularly on how Singapore is positioning itself in the area of Islamic banking and the policy environment and tools it has employed in promoting Islamic banking. She has represented the BSP in a number of initiatives and meetings/events relating to Islamic Banking and Finance in and outside of the Philippines. She obtained her accounting degree from the Mindanao State University magna cum laude, her Masters in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University, her law degree from the San Beda College, Manila, and her Masters in Public Management from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Harvard Kennedy School.
MARIO ANTONIO PANER
VICE CHAIRMAN - OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE
BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES
TREASURER AND HEAD - GLOBAL MARKETS SEGMENT
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Mr. Paner serves as Treasurer and head of the Bank’s Global Markets Segment. As such, he is responsible for managing the Bank’s interest rate and liquidity gaps, as well as its fixed income and currency market-making, trading, and distribution activities– in the Philippines and abroad. Mr. Paner is Chairman of the Bank’s Asset & Liability Committee and is a member of the Management Committee and Asset Management Investment Council. He also serves on the board of BPI Europe Plc. Mr. Paner joined BPI in 1985, when the Bank acquired Family Savings Bank and performed various Treasury and Trust positions until 1989. Between 1989 and 1996, he worked at Citytrust, then the consumer banking arm of Citibank in the Philippines, which BPI acquired in 1996. At BPI, he has been responsible for various businesses of the bank, including Risk Taking, Portfolio Management, Money Management, Asset Management, Remittance and Private Banking. Mr. Paner served as President of the Money Market Association of the Philippines (MART) in 1998 and remains an active member up to present. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Bankers Association of the Philippines’ (BAP) Open Market Committee. He is also a member of the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, British Chamber of Commerce, and the Philippine British Business Council.
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Andrew Parker has 30 years of combined professional experience in social development, economic research and planning, project management, and capacity development with UNDP, ADB, the World Bank, the Australian government, and academe.
He is currently senior adviser at the United Nations Development Programme in the Philippines. He held previous posts as principal social sector economist in the Pacific Department at ADB, with responsibility for labor market and employment issues across the Pacific. He held various positions at the World Bank in Washington DC before moving to the Philippines as the Bank's program coordinator for social development. He has been a lecturer in agricultural economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and holds degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Pretoria (PhD.), and the University of East Anglia (MSc.), and economics from University of College London (BSc.).
MR. QUINTIN JOSE PASTRANA
Co-Anchor | On-the-Money, ANC
Quintin Pastrana is an entrepreneur and corporate executive with 20 years of experience working for multinational corporations in the energy and minerals sector. He is currently the President of WEnergy Power Pilipinas, Inc., which focuses on renewable, hybrid, and off-grid solutions. He is also the founder of an award-winning social enterprise, the Library Renewal Partnership, with close to 500 partner libraries to date. He has been recognized by the Asia Society, the US-ASEAN Business Council as one of the country's and region's top young leaders. He graduated from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Georgetown with advanced degrees in Literature, International Relations and Business.