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H.E. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
The World Islamic Economic Forum is a
unique and singular platform for developing
new partnerships. It brings together the
opportunities of the rapidly growing Islamic
economy to build international collaborations.
As a platform for Muslim and non-Muslim
nations and business to work together,
the World Islamic Economic Forum not only
helps to deliver valuable business relationships,
but also provides a key opportunity for deeper
and more rewarding cultural understanding.
The main theme of the 12th WIEF, “Decentralising Growth, Empowering Future
Business” resonates well with Indonesia’s current challenges. As the economy
of Indonesia keeps growing, the distribution of growth should not only be
focused on the major industries and business players. Recently, we have
witnessed the rise of startups in Indonesia, from eCommerce, eMarketplace,
service-based companies, and many more. They are continuously innovating
and improving their business practice to become more efficient, low-cost,
and reachable for everyone. These new players are the one who will reshape
the economic landscape.
The 12th WIEF will also acknowledge the important roles of SMEs to elevate the
economic growth around the globe, far from the preceding dominance of major
multinationals which only represent a small portion of the business community
for any particular country. The discussions will drive concerns, questions,
and most importantly, solutions for the SMEs.
Islamic Finance is set to play a vital part in developing the financial environment
to further propel us forward as a nation. However, finance is just one aspect of
the Islamic economy, which is set to deliver significant rewards for those of us
who embrace it. The creative industries, Islamic travel and halal food markets,
are other areas which are expected to see a significant leap in growth,
as regional and global development expand for wider opportunities.
It is our belief that the World Islamic Economic Forum provides the template
for that collaboration, a platform where Muslim and non-Muslim alike can
work together for our mutual benefit. It also provides a unique opportunity
for business within Indonesia, offering a platform for discussions around
private-public partnership in infrastructure, financial services,
manufacturing and many more.
The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam
Chairman of the WIEF Foundation
In the eight years since the global financial crisis
of 2008, the only constant in our ever-changing
world is change itself. Even as the US dollar
struggles to recover, post-Brexit Europe is in
crisis while new powerhouses—particularly
China and Russia—are navigating their way in
a considerably less secure world.
What does this mean for emerging economies
in general and Muslim economies in particular?
What is the impact of these changes on
our lives? How can we remain resilient and
committed to the ethical and sustainable growth that is the cornerstone of
the global Islamic economy?
In seeking answers to these questions, the WIEF’s mission has become more
relevant than ever, and the theme of the 12th WIEF— Decentralising Growth,
Empowering Future Business—articulates the Muslim world’s collective
response to the crises that continue to grip conventional markets, economies
and societies around the world.
These crises have shown us repeatedly that future economic growth must
be inclusive, meaning that we must move away from the domination of
multinationals in favour of small and medium businesses that must form the
primary sources of economic growth in all nations.
If our future prosperity is to be ethical and sustainable, we must empower local
businesses and communities. We must diffuse economic power from the centre
throughout the periphery so that we may all share equitably in the fruits of our
collective efforts.
This transition cannot happen overnight. For this reason, the 12th WIEF focuses
on aspects of economic empowerment that are best suited to catalysing
positive change for local communities. Industry leaders will share their views on
disruptive technologies and infrastructure funding while experts will explore
how established corporations and startups can synergise.
A special focus on micro-businesses will examine ways to improve SME access
to credit as well as explore new opportunities in digitised trade, and of particular
interest will be the discussion on upgrading Indonesian micro-businesses for better
access to markets and funding. Of course, the WIEF Exhibition and the trailblazing
MOCAfest will once again provide a multidisciplinary platform, the latter in particular
for talented individuals from around the world to collaborate and exchange ideas that
can help empower millions of people around the world.
Many of the problems we will explore require urgent solutions. The WIEF remains
deeply committed to helping communities discover those solutions jointly and in
the spirit of friendship.
I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Indonesia and the Ministry
of Finance for hosting the 12th WIEF. This is the second time that the WIEF has
gathered in Jakarta, and on behalf of the WIEF Foundation, I would like to record
my gratitude to the Government of Indonesia for its enduring support.
I wish all speakers, delegates and participants a happy, productive, enlightening
and valuable time here at the 12th WIEF.
The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd
Najib Tun Abdul Razak
Prime Minister of Malaysia and
Patron of the WIEF Foundation
It gives me great pleasure to see the annual
World Islamic Economic Forum, now in its 12th
edition, returning for a second time to Jakarta.
On behalf of the WIEF Foundation, I would
like to record my deepest appreciation of
H.E. Joko Widodo, the President of Indonesia,
for Indonesia’s continuing support of and
friendship with the WIEF.
This year’s theme— Decentralising Growth,
Empowering Future Business—is an apt
response to the persistent challenges to world
economic and political security as well as new developments sparked by events
such as the Brexit referendum in June and its consequences for Europe in the
global economy.
Viewed as part of a single continuum of cause and effect, many in Europe have
had to deal with the aftershocks of the 2008 global economic crisis without
having fully recovered—and now the possibility of a new crisis looms on the
And yet a perspective beyond the Eurocentric worldview paints a very different
picture: according to the Thompson Reuters/DinarStandard State of the Global
Islamic Economy Report 2015/2016, the world’s Muslim economy grew at
almost double the global rate in 2014/2015, with Muslim consumer spending set
to reach US$2.6 trillion in 2020.
Closer to home, the ASEAN region recorded robust Gross Domestic Product
growth of 4.5 per cent in 2015 when Malaysia was Chair of the grouping, and is
expected to post marginally higher results for 2016 despite global uncertainty.
These two facts alone indicate that the decentralisation of economic growth
is not merely desirable but necessary in building more stable and just societies
in the future.
The domination of the global economy by major multinational corporations creates
a host of inequalities that inhibits competition and disadvantages small and medium
businesses as well as local communities, and this is as applicable here in Indonesia
as it is anywhere in the world.
In adverse economic conditions, this unequal relationship creates troubling systemic
vulnerabilities that jeopardise entire societies and we have seen its results several
times in recent decades: even our even vocabulary—which applies terms such as
“contagion” to financial crises—shows how serious the situation has become.
The way forward is clear: we must empower small and medium businesses at the
local level while remaining united in our vision for a prosperous and sustainable
future built on foundations that are just, ethical and inclusive. Whether we live
in Indonesia, ASEAN, the Middle East, Africa, Europe or elsewhere in the world,
the Islamic economy is more globally relevant now than ever before.
In discussing these issues here at the 12th WIEF, I pray that participants will discover
new ways to promote the Islamic economy as well as new innovative partnerships
and friendships that can transcend borders and help return balance to our
increasingly troubled world.
Delegates will be given a 12th WIEF
delegate/forum kit upon registration.
A team of registration personnel will
be present to help you register and
answer any questions that you may have
concerning your registration, badge as
well as your delegate/forum kit. Please
note that you must wear your badge at
all times.
Opening Hours
2 & 3 August 2016 | 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
4 August 2016 | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Main Lobby: Jakarta Convention Center
Opening Hours
The Information Counter will assist
delegates with enquiries on the
Forum programme, transportation
arrangements, lost and found, and other
related matters.
2 & 3 August 2016 | 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Forum Secretariat
Opening Hours
The WIEF Secretariat will provide all
necessary information related to the
Forum. In addition, the Secretariat will be
responsible for the distribution of Forum
documents and speech transcripts.
To support environmental protection efforts,
WIEF will endeavour to reduce the production of
documents. Only limited quantity of documents will
be circulated at the Forum venue and delegates can
attain access to all documents at www.wief.org/
4 August 2016 | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Main Lobby: Jakarta Convention Center
2 & 3 August 2016 | 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
4 August 2016 | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Main Lobby: Jakarta Convention Center
Opening Hours
Journalists have full access to the Media
Centre, where they can find all the
necessary facilities such as internet
access, fax, printers and photocopiers,
as well as refreshments.
2 & 3 August 2016 | 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
Coffee Break/Refreshments
Lunch will be provided to delegates at the
Dining Hall, Main Lobby: Jakarta Convention
Coffee, tea and snacks will be available
during the morning and afternoon coffee
breaks in the Foyer.
For all subsequent sessions, the SIS
headsets will be made available at
designated counters of the entrance to the
Plenary Hall, Press Conference Room and
Assembly Hall 2. Participants requiring a
headset will be asked to leave an official
photo ID or Forum badge at the counters.
The working language of the Forum will
be English. All Plenary Sessions, Panel
Discussions and Masterclasses will have
simultaneous interpretation through
SIS devices.
For the Opening Session, the SIS headsets
will be placed on the respective seats.
These headsets are not to brought out of
the hall at any point and should always be
left on the seats for collection by the venue
personnel after the Opening Session.
4 August 2016 | 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Main Lobby: Jakarta Convention Center
Interpretations provided include: English,
Russian, French, Arabic and Indonesian.
Please ensure that your 12th WIEF
Delegate badge is visible to our security
staff at all times. Our security staff has
been instructed to question anybody
without a valid badge.
The badge will guarantee access to all
function areas such as Forum Sessions
and social events.
Lost or damaged badges must
be reported immediately to the
Information Counter.
Replacement badges will cost US$50.
All registered delegates can collect
their Certificates of Participation
at the Registration counters on
Thursday, 4 August.
Business Attire.
Internet access is provided at the
Forum venue.
Electronic devices
Please turn off your mobile phones
and other electronic devices or switch
them to silent/vibrate mode during
the sessions.
Medical services will be made available
at the Main Lobby, Jakarta Convention
Center. Please request for assistance at
the Information Counter.
All delegates are requested to
familiarise themselves with the fire
procedure notices, which are located
throughout the Forum venue.
Forum delegates are advised to carry
their own insurance.
The WIEF Foundation will not accept
liability for personal or property damage
or injuries suffered by third parties
including but not limited to loss or damage
occurring to any property or theft of
motor vehicle, deposited or parked on site.
Any enquiries regarding lost property
should be made with a WIEF Secretariat
at the Information Counter.
Smoking is prohibited at the Forum venue.
Police & General Emergencies: 110 / 112
(SMS 1717)
Blue Bird Taxi (blue cab) 021-79171234
Fire: 113
Silver Bird Taxi (black cab, premium taxi)
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
and Saturday 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Jakarta’s time zone is UTC +7:00
The country code for Indonesia is +62.
Information Counter
Medical Room
WIEF Secretariat
Media Interview Room
Prayer Room
1 2 TH W I E F
9.00am 9.30am 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm
9.30am 10.00am 10.30am 11.00am 11.30am 12.00pm 12.30pm 1.00pm 1.30pm
Arrival of Delegates,
Guests and VIPs
Disruptive Technology and
the Rise of New Industries
Closing the Funding
Gap in Infrastructure
Achieving Synergies
between Corporations
and Startups
Halal Haute Cuisine
Cooking Show
and Startups
Restructuring SMEs
and Improving Credit
SMEs in a
World of
Digitised Trade
in Market Access
and Funding
What can be Achieved
by the AEC by 2025?
The Rise of the
Consumer Economy
Linking Islamic Financing
to the Halal Sectors
Can Islamic Fashion
Become Haute Couture?
Empowering Women
in eCommerce
Innovation in Education:
Preparing for the
Next 10 Years
D A Y O N E | 2 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , T u esd ay
8.00am 9.30am
Arrival of Delegates,
Guests and VIPS
9.30am 12.00pm
Venue: Plenary Hall
Qur’an Recital
Welcoming Remarks by
The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation
Special Address by
The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister
of Malaysia & Patron of the WIEF Foundation
Keynote Address & Official Opening of the 12th WIEF by
H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
Special Addresses by Attending Leaders
12.00pm 1.30pm
1.30pm 2.30pm
Venue: Dining Hall (Exhibition Hall B)
Venue: Plenary Hall
• Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Swiss Confederation Moderator:
• Valerina Daniel, News Anchor & Communications Adviser,
Republic of Indonesia
2.30pm 4.00pm
What can be Achieved
by the AEC by 2025?
Venue: Plenary Hall
The AEC Blueprint 2025 was announced by ASEAN Leaders at the
27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015 to pave
the way for strategic measures for the AEC from 2016 to 2025.
What are ASEAN’s main challenges to implementation? Is ASEAN’s
vastly diverse group of member states a boon or a bane to economic
integration? What can be achieved by 2025?
• The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
• H.E. Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia
D A Y O N E | 2 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Tuesd ay
4.00pm 4.15pm
4.15pm 5.45pm
The Rise of the
Consumer Economy
Venue: Plenary Hall
In the past, entire supply chains were controlled by a few large
companies. Today, this is being challenged by new consumer-driven
frameworks that allow consumers to design, build, market, distribute
and trade among themselves. This bottom up approach to value
creation is fuelled by peer to peer networks, and DIY platforms that
constitute the ‘frugal economy’. Will frugal economics shape the next
decade? What will happen to the traditional value supply chain?
• Handry Satriago, Chief Executive Officer, General Electric,
Republic of Indonesia
• Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Swiss Confederation
• Dato’ Mohamad Rafique Merican, Group Head, Islamic
Banking and CEO of Maybank Islamic
• Oğuz Aslaner, Deputy Executive Director, Banking and
Financial Institutions Department, Central Bank of Turkey,
Republic of Turkey
• Teymoor Nabili, Former News Anchor, Al Jazeera, Republic
of Singapore
12.00pm 6.00pm
6.00pm 9.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
Venue: Dining Hall (Exhibition Hall B)
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , W e d n esd ay
9.00am 10.30am
Venue: Dining Hall (Exhibition Hall B)
6 BNB Industries:
Prof. Dr Volker Nienhaus
Former President, University of Marburg,
Federal Republic of Germany
Kunrat Wirasubrata
Acting Director of Islamic Development Bank Group,
Regional Office for Southeast Asia, Malaysia
Attiya Nawazish Ali
Assistant Secretary General, Islamic Chamber of Commerce,
Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Dr El Hassane Hzaine
General Manager, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)
Essa Al Ghurair
Vice Chairman, Al Ghurair Investment LLC, United Arab Emirates
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Mohd Noordin
Chairman, WIEF Education Trust, Malaysia
Ebrahim Patel
Chairman, TransAfrix Holdings, Republic of South Africa
Sevket Can Tulumen
Chairman, Foreign Relations Committee,
MÜSİAD Businessmen’s Association, Republic of Turkey
Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Ghani
Chairman of the Board, Sime Darby Berhad, Malaysia
Salahuddin Kasem Khan
Managing Director & CEO of A.K. Khan & Co Limited, and Executive
Chairman SEACO Foundation, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Dato’ Dr Norraesah Mohamad
Chairman, WIEF Businesswomen Network,
Mumtaz Khan
Chief Executive Officer, Asma Capital Partners B.S.C.,
Kingdom of Bahrain
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 16, Wed n esd ay
9.30am 10.30am
Connecting Networks Global Networking
10.30am 12.00pm
Disruptive Technology
and the Rise of New
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
• Camelia Tan Sri Ya’acob, Founder and Envoy Executive,
Rootwommers Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Venue: Plenary Hall
The world has seen an unprecedented growth of advanced robotics,
artificial intelligence and internet technologies that have dramatically
changed the way we do things for good. This development has created
new industries and is disrupting the way traditional businesses
operate. What can companies do to stay ahead of the curve?
What are the future prospects for modern businesses?
• Dr -Ing Ilham A. Habibie, Co-Founder, Mitra Energia Ltd,
Republic of Indonesia
• Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer, iflix, Malaysia
• Shelby Clark, Co-Founder & CEO of Peers and Founder of Turo,
United States of America
• Ahmed Haider, Chief Executive Officer of Zookal and Director
of Flirtey, Commonwealth of Australia
• Desi Anwar, Senior Anchor, CNN, Republic of Indonesia
10.30am 12.00pm
Achieving Synergies
between Corporations
and Startups
Venue: Assembly Hall 2
Corporations are increasingly working with startups in a bid to
outsource some of its technological requirements or business
operations. The reason is simple; cost and efficiency. As startups are
by nature lean and nimble, it makes for more cost effective business
ventures. What are the deal making factors? What are some
compelling case studies?
• Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo, Chief Executive Officer and Founder,
Bubu.com, Republic of Indonesia
• Jordan Duffy, Director & Head of Innovation, Buckham & Duffy,
Commonwealth of Australia
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , W e d n esd ay
10.30am 11.15am
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
A networking session where corporations present an elevator pitch
about their business before going to one-to-one meetings.
11.15am 12.00pm
How can ASEAN
Startups Benefit
from Licensed
Equity Crowdfunding
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
An in-depth look into the world of equity crowdfunding in SEA
and where they have reached so far, the challenges faced and
the opportunities presented.
• Sam Shafie, Chief Executive Officer, Pitch Platforms Sdn Bhd (pitchIN), Malaysia
• Kyri Andreou, Co-Founder and Director, ATA PLUS, Malaysia
• Nicola Castelnuovo, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Crowdo, Malaysia
• Erly Witoyo, Founder, Kapital Boost, Republic of Singapore
12.00pm 1.00pm
Closing the Funding Gap
in Infrastructure
Venue: Plenary Hall
This session puts representatives from infrastructure banks
with infrastructure companies, moderated by a high-powered
moderator, to identify gaps in the infrastructure sector and
challenges to infrastructure financing. It also explores whether
the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the
G20 agenda on sukuk for infrastructure financing will boost the
prospects for the industry.
• Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, Executive Director of Investments and Head of Strategic Management Unit, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia
• Bakti Santoso Luddin, President Commissioner, PT Wijaya Karya,
Republic of Indonesia
• Dr Luky Eko Wuryanto, Vice President and Chief Administration Officer, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, People’s Republic
of China
• Dato’ Muzaffar Hisham, Group Head of Global Banking, Maybank
• James Chau, Special Contributor, CCTV News, People’s Republic
of China
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 16, Wed n esd ay
12.00pm 1.00pm
Halal Haute Cuisine
Cooking Show
Venue: Assembly Hall 2
The first ever Michelin Star chef specialised in halal haute cuisine from
Spain, Paco Morales, talks about his discovery of the culinary heritage
of Al-Andalus and the potential of halal haute cuisine and proceeds to
a cooking demo
• Paco Morales, Michelin Star Chef, Kingdom of Spain
• Jesús M. Ramirez, Managing Director, Grupo Fuxiona,
Kingdom of Spain
12.00pm 12.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
A networking session where corporations present an elevator pitch
about their business before going to one-to-one meetings.
12.30pm 1.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
2 seed startups will get to pitch in front of a panel of 5 judges who
will critique and advise the entrepreneurs and hopefully invest in
the most promising one.
1.00pm 2.30pm
Venue: Dining Hall (Exhibition Hall B)
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , W e d n esd ay
2.30pm 4.00pm
Can Islamic Fashion
Become Haute Couture?
Venue: Plenary Hall
Islamic fashion is often criticised for only catering for the Muslim
consumer market, and will not make it mainstream and high fashion.
But facts tell us otherwise. The consumer base for Islamic fashion
draws from a diverse range of people who are also non-Muslims.
And by the sheer number of potential consumer spending, this sector
will take the world by storm. In 2013, Muslims spend US$266 billion on
fashion alone, more than that of Japan and Italy combined. This figure
is expected to increase to US$484 billion in 2019. For a market
estimated to be worth US$96 billion, and with many mainstream
brands creating modest fashion capsules, the modest/Islamic fashion
movement can make it big. What are the constraints and prospects
for it to enter into the haute couture scene?
• Faduma Aden, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Jemmila,
Scandinavian Cool. Conservative Chic., Kingdom of Sweden
• Barbara Nicolini, Creative Director of Infinita Group and IFDC,
Italian Republic
• Didiet Maulana, Creative Director, IKAT, Republic of Indonesia
• Roshan Isaacs, Country Manager, Islamic Fashion and Design Council, Republic of South Africa
Empowering Women
in eCommerce
Venue: Assembly Hall 2
eCommerce has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar industry.
And With women accounting for around 58% of all online purchases
and deciding between 83-87% of consumer purchases, the role of
women in shaping the online business landscape is bigger than ever.
This has given rise to eCommerce businesses run entirely by women
and sometimes exclusively for women, which gives a strong validation
that there is a huge potential role for women to play in the eCommerce
space. What are the effective steps for women to participate in
this industry? Is running a business from of home entirely possible?
• Riski Hapsari, Founder and Owner, Koleksikikie.com,
Republic of Indonesia
• Fatma A. Elmaawy, Managing Partner, Auto Village,
Republic of Kenya
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 16, Wed n esd ay
2.30pm 3.15pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
A networking session where corporations present an elevator pitch
about their business before going to one-to-one meetings.
3.15pm 4.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
3 seed startups with innovative ideas backed with proper research will
get to pitch in front of a panel of 5 judges (accelerators & incubators)
who will critique and advise the entrepreneurs and hopefully recruit
the promising ones.
4.00pm 4.15pm
4.15pm 5.45pm
Linking Islamic Financing
to the Halal Sectors
Venue: Plenary Hall
The global halal industry, encompassing food, textiles, tourism and
healthcare, will double to US$6.4 trillion by 2018 from 2012, according
to the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC). But this
consolidated industry, dubbed “Halal 3.0”, will not be realised unless
there is connectivity between funding and business expansion in
these various halal sectors. Islamic Banks have traditionally financed
businesses in the real-estate commercial and residential sectors,
but have not contributed to the expansion of the halal businesses.
What are the steps to close the credibility gap? What can halal
businesses do to improve their creditworthiness?
• Mohammad Nazeem Noordali, General Manager,
Corporate & Structured Finance (ITFC), Islamic Development Bank, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• Malek Mattar, Chief Executive Officer, My Outlets Pte Ltd,
Republic of Singapore
• Akmal Saleem, Chief Executive Officer, Maarij Capital,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
• Sitta Rosdaniah, Financial and Supporting Director, Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung, Republic of Indonesia
• Annamaria Tiozzo, President, Italian Halal Certification Center,
World Halal Development (WHAD), Italian Republic
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , W e d n esd ay
4.15pm 5.45pm
Innovation in Education:
Preparing for the Next
10 years
Venue: Assembly Hall 2
The education system has undergone a massive transformation
from one that fed the industrial revolution in the 19th century,
to one that focuses on lucrative high-paying jobs. But with
a new consumer-driven knowledge economy with unprecedented
technological advancements in the making, the focus of education is
changing yet again. How is this going to take shape in the
next 10 years? What are the innovative ideas to improve the
education system to prepare us for future demands?
• Evi H. Trisna, Executive Director, Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaching Movement), Republic of Indonesia
• Prof. Richard Black, Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise),
School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), United Kingdom
4.15pm 5.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
A networking session where corporations present an elevator pitch
about their business before going to one-to-one meetings.
5.00pm 5.45pm
5.45pm 6.00pm
Catalysing the Growth
of ASEAN’s Startup
Ecosystem by Rice
Bowl Startup Awards
Closing - Q&A Session
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
The Rice Bowl Startup Awards commends exemplary leaders that
uniquely impact the startup community ranging from investors,
journalists and entrepreneurs. This session together with the finalist
of RBSA Indonesia will deliberate the tactics and strategies to grow a
startup in the ASEAN region.
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
• Camelia Tan Sri Ya’acob, Founder, Envoy Executive,
Rootwommers Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
9.00am 6.00pm
9.00am 6.00pm
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
Venue: Cendrawasih Hall
D A Y T H R E E | 4 A u gu s t 2016, Th ursd ay
9.00am 9.10am
9.10am 10.30am
Corporatising SMEs
and Cooperatives
Restructuring SMEs
and Improving Credit
Venue: Plenary Hall
• Tanri Abeng, President Commissioner, PT Pertamina and Former Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Republic of Indonesia
Venue: Plenary Hall
SMEs are beset by all sides with financial restrictions that impede
their business expansion. In most cases, banks require huge
collaterals from SMEs for loans, a treatment not accorded to big
businesses that have the same propensity to default. One of the
reasons is the structure of SMEs that is not scalable and attractive
to financial institutions. What are the various credit access options
available to SMEs? What is a conducive structure for SMEs to receive
sustainable financing?
• Thione Niang, Co-Founder and President, Solektra International,
United States of America
• Adnan Chilwan, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Islamic Bank,
United Arab Emirates
• Salih Tuna Şahin, Vice President, SME Development Organization
(KOSGEB), Republic of Turkey
• Peniel Uliwa, Managing Partner, SME Impact Fund, United Republic
of Tanzania
• Nadira Mohd Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer, Nadi Ayu Technologies
Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
10.30am 10.45am
D A Y T H R E E | 4 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Th ursd ay
10.45am 11.45am
SMEs in a World of
Digitised Trade
Venue: Plenary Hall
The way we do business is changing dramatically with the advent of
new technologies that makes transactions and logistics exponentially
quicker. To succeed or even survive in this new framework, SMEs need
to quickly adapt to changes. What are the areas of improvement for
SMEs in this new framework?
• Dr Eddy Lee, Managing Partner, Coffee Ventures,
Republic of Singapore
• Ridzki Kramadibrata, Managing Director, Grab Indonesia,
Republic of Indonesia
• Philip Glickman, Regional Head of Commercial Payments,
MasterCard Asia Pacific, Republic of Singapore
• Elias Schulze, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Kana Television,
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
11.45am 12.45pm
Upgrading Indonesian
Micro-Businesses in
Market Access and
Venue: Plenary Hall
Micro-businesses make up an overwhelming percentage of the
workforce in Indonesia, but contribution to GDP remains low and
fragmented compared to their bigger counterparts. Part of the
problem is due to market access and funding. Since the bulk of
the population works in this sector, a concrete solution is needed to
take micro-businesses to the next level. What are the policy steps
being taken to address this?
• Dr Atef Alshabrawy, Global Expert MENA Region, International
Council for Small Business, Kingdom of Bahrain
• Rosan Roeslani, Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (KADIN), Republic of Indonesia
• James Digby, Co-Founder, Rockstart Accelerator and Founding Chairman, Global Startup Awards, Kingdom of Denmark
• Hermawan Kartajaya, Founder and Executive Chairman,
MarkPlus Inc, Republic of Indonesia
D A Y T H R E E | 4 A u gu s t 2 016, Th ursd ay
12.45pm 1.15pm
Venue: Plenary Hall
• Jakarta Statement on the 12th WIEF read by Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Fuzi Haji Abdul Razak, Secretary General of the WIEF Foundation
• Signing of Agreement on the 13th WIEF
• Special Address by H.E. Bambang Permadi Soemantri
Brodjonegoro, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia
• Special Address by H.E. Moon-Soon Choi, Governor of Gangwon Province of the Republic of Korea
• Vote of Thanks by The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the
WIEF Foundation
1.15pm 2.30pm
9.00am 2.00pm
Venue: Dining Hall (Exhibition Hall B)
Venue: Exhibition Hall A
D A Y O N E | 2 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Tuesd ay
1.30pm 5.30pm
Islamic Fashion and
Visual Arts
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Wed n esd ay
10.00am 10.00pm
Islamic Fashion,
Visual and Live Arts
10.00am 11.00am
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
Reviving classic works of literature from the Muslim world and
beyond. Focusing on the work of Hamka, an Islamic and literary
scholar from Sumatra, and how his message can be passed down
to the next generation through the medium of art.
• Jamal Raslan, Spoken Word Artist, Malaysia
• Krom Monster member, World Music Band, Kingdom of Cambodia
• Animal Pop, Dance Group, Republic of Indonesia
• Etson Caminha, Visual Artist and Musician, Democratic Republic
of Timor-Leste
11.00am 12.00pm
The Business of Culture:
Commercialisation or
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
When Indonesia’s cultural capital leaves home ground to compete on
a global stage, it faces a divergence point, whether to commercialise
or preserve. How will this affect the transmission of creative works?
• Putri Sulistyowati, Ambassador and Programme Coordinator, Indonesia Heritage Trust, and Creative Director, G&B Guitars,
Republic of Indonesia
• Rasmee Wayrana, Singer and Songwriter,
Kingdom of Thailand
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Wed n esd ay
12.00pm 1.00pm
Design Thinking in
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
Showcasing the basic principles of design thinking, and how we can
use it in our everyday lives, a real live demonstration will be at work
by creators and makers from the design movement.
• House of Natural Fiber, New Media Art Laboratory,
Republic of Indonesia
1.00pm 2.00pm
2.30pm 3.30pm
Creative Arts
Project Pitch
2.30pm 4.00pm
Can Islamic Fashion
Become Haute Couture?
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
A stage is given to selected talents to pitch in their innovative
and creative projects in front of a judging panel.
Venue: Plenary Hall
For a market estimated to be worth US$96 billion, and with many
mainstream brands creating modest fashion capsules, the modest/
Islamic fashion movement can make it big. What are the constraints
and prospects for it to enter into the haute couture scene?
• Faduma Aden, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Jemmila,
Scandinavian Cool. Conservative Chic., Kingdom of Sweden
• Barbara Nicolini, Creative Director of Infinita Group and IFDC,
Italian Republic
• Didiet Maulana, Creative Director, IKAT, Republic of Indonesia
• Roshan Isaacs, Country Manager, Islamic Fashion and Design Council, Republic of South Africa
3.30pm 4.00pm
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
A fusion of creative works under the theme ‘Unity in Diversity’.
•Tony Amaral, Visual Artist, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
•Krom Monster member, World Music Band, Kingdom of Cambodia
•Ayu Laksmi, Singer and Songwriter, Republic of Indonesia
•Jamal Raslan, Spoken Word Artist, Malaysia
D A Y T W O | 3 A u gu s t 2 0 1 6 , Wed n esd ay
4.30pm 5.30pm
8.30pm 10.30pm
Talent vs. Money –
Bringing Business to
the Arts
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
A fish-bowl dialogue between artists, managers, businessmen,
and cultural producers in understanding the business models and
the nature of the Creative Industry. What are the perceptions of
artists and investors?
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
A grand performing arts concert, bringing creative talents of various
genres from different countries, for a fusion of modern, traditional,
soulful, and expressive performances.
•Animal Pop, Dance Group, Republic of Indonesia
•Jamal Raslan, Spoken Word Artist, Malaysia
•Ayu Laksmi, Singer and Songwriter, Republic of Indonesia
•Wani Ardy & The Guitar Polygamy (3-piece band), Malaysia
•Krom Monster, World Music Band, Kingdom of Cambodia
•Rasmee Wayrana, Singer and Songwriter, Kingdom of Thailand
•Marcell, Singer, Republic of Indonesia
D A Y T H R E E | 4 A u gu s t 2 0 16, Th ursd ay
9.30am 1.15pm
Islamic Fashion and
Visual Arts
9.30am 10.30am
Islamic Cinema and
Challenging Ideology
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
An in-depth discussion on the power of visual and audio symbolism
in changing the narrative and catalysing social change. What are
the drivers behind the emerging growth of Islamic Films and its
implication on Indonesia’s culture?
• Manoj Punjabi, CEO of MD Productions, Republic of Indonesia
• Daniel Rudi Heryanto, Film Maker, Republic of Indonesia
• Ismail Basbeth, Director and Writer, Republic of Indonesia
• Eric Sasono, Film Critic, Republic of Indonesia
D A Y T H R E E | 4 A u gu s t 2 016, Th ursd ay
10.30am 12.20pm
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
A film screening of ‘Khalifah’, a movie directed by Norman Hakim
followed by a Q&A session with the producer, Nan T. Achnas.
• Nan T. Achnas, Producer, Republic of Indonesia
12.20pm 12.45pm
12.45pm 1.15pm
Visual Mapping Demo
Venue: Assembly Hall 3
• Fauzi Yusoff, Multimedia Artist, Malaysia
H.E. Joko Widodo
Republic of Indonesia
In 2005, he decided to enter
politics and ran for the office of
mayor of Surakarta representing
the Indonesian Democratic
Party of Struggle. Initially people
viewed him with skepticism as
he was primarily a businessman
with no political connections.
President Joko Widodo is the 7th
President of Indonesia, serving in
this position since October 2014.
President Joko Widodo, a forestry
faculty graduate from the Gadjah
Mada University in Yogyakarta,
officially entered politics when
he was elected as Governor of
Jakarta, after proving to be very
popular among both the urban
and rural sections of the society.
In 1988, he founded his own
business, CV Rakabu, which was
later re-established and became a
very successful furniture exporter
by 2002. He also served as the
chairman of a local branch of the
country’s influential furniture
manufacturers’ association.
He won the elections and soon
proved his detractors wrong
by initiating many progressive
reforms in the city. As the mayor
he earned much respect for his
progressive reforms and his
honesty which distinguished
him from other politicians.
He developed a rapport with the
people as he had risen to this
post from an underprivileged
background, and thus could
connect with people from all
sections of the society.
In 2010, he was re-elected for
a second term of office with
over 90 per cent of the vote.
In 2012, he decided to run for the
Governor of Jakarta. President
Joko Widodo was contesting the
election against the incumbent,
Fauzi Bowo, and ousted him
in the second round of that
election. As the Governor of
Jakarta, he implemented many
policies to encourage small
industries and focused on
improving Jakartans’ access to
health care and education.
He implemented a universal
health care programme in
Jakarta, based on a ‘Healthy
Jakarta Card’ (Kartu Jakarta
Sehat or KJS) which became very
popular. He also launched the
“Smart Jakarta Card” in order
to help poor students by giving
them an allowance that can be
withdrawn from ATMs in order
to buy school supplies.
The leader of the Indonesian
Democratic Party of Struggle,
Megawati Sukarnoputri
chose Joko Widodo to be the
presidential candidate of her
party in 2014. His mayorship in
Surakarta and his governorship
in Jakarta had made him highly
respected and popular all over
Indonesia. He won the election
with more than 53 percent of
the popular vote, defeating his
opponent Prabowo Subianto.
After assuming office in 2014,
President Joko Widodo focused
on curbing corruption within the
Indonesian administration and
has been taking steps to attract
more foreign direct investment
into the country. He has also
implemented land reforms,
improved public services,
and initiated healthcare and
educational programmes.
He was awarded the Bintang
Jalasena Utama, 1st Class
(“Navy Meritorious Service Star”)
in 2011 by the Government of
Indonesia, and the 1st Class
“Star of the Republic of Indonesia”
(BRI), Bintang Republik Indonesia
Adipurna in 2014, and was
once ranked as the third best
mayor in the world by the
international City Mayors
Prime Minister of Malaysia
and Patron of WIEF Foundation
Minister, by 29 the Chief
Minister of a state, and by 33
a full Cabinet Minister. Having
successfully led most key
ministries, including Education,
Defence and Finance, aged 55 on
3 April 2009 he became Prime
Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak is the
Prime Minister of Malaysia.
As the son of Tun Abdul Razak
Hussein, Malaysia’s second
Prime Minister, and nephew
of Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia’s
third Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri
Najib was born into a family
of political pedigree.
Having initially pursued a career
in business, he only entered
public service upon his father’s
death. After an outpouring of
public support, at the age of 22
he became the youngest MP in
Malaysia’s history. Despite the
absence of his father to help him,
by 25 he was a Deputy Cabinet
Since then, Prime Minister Najib
Tun Razak has implemented the
most far-reaching political and
economic reform programmes
since Malaysia’s independence.
These include:
• Repealing the colonial-era
Internal Security Act, which
permitted indefinite detention
without trial;
• Ending Malaysia’s 60-year
State of Emergency;
• Introducing measures to
increase media freedom, such
as scrapping restrictions
on newspaper publishing
• Reforming the Universities
and University Colleges Act
to allow undergraduates
to participate in political
• Creating the Peaceful
Assembly Act, for the first
time enshrining in law the
right to peaceful protest;
• Repealing the Banishment Act;
• Repealing the Restricted
Residences Act;
• Implementing various electoral
• Diversifying the economy
and halving government
dependency on oil and gas
from 41 percent of total
revenue when he assumed
office in 2009, to 21 percent
by 2015.
through implementing a
minimum wage, encouraging
foreign investment – which grew
by more than 22 percent per
annum from when he took office
in 2009 until 2015 – and turned
Malaysia into one of Asia’s
most dynamic and successful
economies. His flagship New
Economic Model is on target to
transition Malaysia to a highincome nation by 2020.
The Prime Minister also
introduced the ‘1Malaysia’
concept, which stresses the
importance of national unity,
regardless of one’s race or
religious beliefs.
Since assuming office, the
Prime Minister has presided
over a new era in Malaysia’s
foreign policy, ending populist
confrontation tactics and instead
pushing for open regionalism.
A strong believer in ASEAN, he
has promoted cooperative ties
with major powers, emerging
economies and the developing
world. In particular, the relations
he has cultivated with other
world leaders has vastly
increased trade, foreign
investment and jobs
for Malaysians, and
helped to bring
peace and
stability to the
His Government Transformation
Programme has fundamentally
changed the provision of
government services – improving
education, widening access to
healthcare, developing rural
infrastructure, expanding public
transport, reducing poverty, and
cutting crime. Alongside this,
his Economic Transformation
Programme has significantly
liberalised the economy, creating
more than 1.8 million jobs,
raising living standards, virtually
eliminating absolute poverty
For example, the Prime Minister
played a key role in facilitating
a peace agreement to bring an
end to Asia’s longest-running
insurgency in the Southern
Philippines. He also personally
negotiated behind-the scenes
with pro-Russian rebels in
Ukraine, securing the return of
bodies, wreckage and black boxes
from Malaysia Airlines flight
MH17 – something no other
world leader was able to do.
The Prime Minister has called
for a new Global Movement
of Moderates to combat
extremism, attracting support
from President Barack Obama
among others, and was the first
Muslim head of government
to unequivocally condemn
suicide bombings and label
them un-Islamic.
In 2013 the Prime Minister
was returned to office after
winning Malaysia’s 13th general
election. His Barisan Nasional
(BN) coalition won 133 seats
against the opposition’s 89.
In 2016, despite being a midterm government subject to
an unprecedented campaign of
politically motivated allegations,
BN under the Prime Minister’s
leadership won landslide
victories with hugely increased
majorities in Sarawak –
Malaysia’s biggest state – and
also in the constituencies of
Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar.
Following these landslide
election wins, the Prime Minister
said his priority will continue to
be the economic development,
social welfare and security of all
H.E. Emomali Rahmon
President, Republic of Tajikistan
convocation. In autumn 1992,
he was elected as the Chairman
of the Executive Committee of the
Council of the People’s Deputies
of Kulyab province. Later that
year, he was elected as the
Chairman of the Supreme Council
of the Republic of Tajikistan.
On November 6, 1994, Emomali
Rahmon was elected to the post
of the President of the Republic
of Tajikistan by nation-wide
President Emomali Rahmon
was born on October 5, 1952 in
Dangara district of the Republic
of Tajikistan.
From 1971 to 1974 he served in
the Pacific Navy Military Force.
After the demobilisation, he
started working at the Lenin
collective farm in Dangara.
He graduated from the Faculty of
Economics at the Tajik National
University in 1982. From 1987
to 1992, he was appointed the
Chairman of the Lenin collective
farm in Dangara.
In 1990, President Rahmon was
elected as People’s Deputy at the
Supreme Council of the Republic
of Tajikistan of twelfth
5 years later, President Rahmon
was re-elected on the alternative
basis and by nation-wide voting
and assumed an office of the
President of the Republic of
Tajikistan for a seven-year term.
In 2006, at free, transparent and
democratic elections, held on
the alternative basis, Emomali
Rahmon was elected as the
President of the Republic
of Tajikistan for a further
seven-year term.
The greatest achievement
of President Rahmon is,
undoubtedly, the establishment
of lasting peace and national
unity. The bitter experience
of internal wars in the world
suggests that no single state
could overcome its opponents
on the battlefield and stand at
the head of the state machine,
management structures and
military agencies, using weapons,
equipment and its warriors.
By ensuring peace and national
unity, he laid a solid foundation
for moving towards the economic
recovery and the beginning of
constructive affairs.
Over twenty years of
independence, under the
leadership of President Rahmon,
Tajikistan made confident steps
forward on the path of building
an independent democratic
state. During this time, the
country has had its own flag,
emblem and anthem. Principal
foundations of statehood –a
national army and border troops
have emerged and matured.
Tajikistan became a member of
the authoritative international
organizations and established
political, economic and cultural
ties with most countries in the
world. The fundamentals of the
constitutional system and public
administration were streamlined,
national currency was put into
circulation and national passport
was recognised.
Thus, the historical merits of
President Rahmon recognises
the fact that he took over
management of the state,
prevented the threat of its
collapse, extinguished the flames
of civil war, restored paralysed
power authorities, particularly
the law enforcement bodies,
created a national army and
border troops, provided the
conditions for consolidation of
power and state, guaranteed
the nation’s peace, returned
the refugees and displaced
persons back to homeland.
He laid a solid foundation
for building a new society of
Tajikistan, held constitutional
reform in the country, created a
new Constitution of Tajikistan,
provided political and legal basis
for signing General Agreement
on the Establishment of Peace
and National Accord on June 27,
1997. He also brought peace
between Tajiks, which
was instructive
experience for
the world
He created
the conditions for national
revival, marked the beginning
of creative works, radically
improved the socio-economic
situation of the people,
eliminated the threat of hunger
and contributed to the growth of
political authority of the state on
the international arena.
At the new stage of constructing
young Tajik state, a fortune
bestowed upon the ancient
Tajik nation unique historical
personality –President Emomali
Rahmon – the person, who
represents the highest qualities
–justice, generosity, courage,
compassion and unique ability
to unite the people. It is the
combination of these qualities
that has brought society to
a high level of self-knowledge.
H.E. Prof. Alpha Condé
Republic of Guinea
He was also an activist in the
Union of Higher Education
(SNESUP), in charge of the
Association of Guinean Students
in France (AEGF), Manager of
the African Students Federation
Noire in France (FEANF), and
the coordinator of the direction
of African national groups (GN),
which oversaw the activities of
the FEANF management. He was
an influential figure and leader in
the FEANF.
Professor Alpha Condé is the
first democratically elected
president in the history of the
Republic of Guinea.
Professor Alpha, a faculty of law
graduate from the University
of Sorbonne, began a teaching
career in public law at the
University in Paris for 10 years.
He is a politician, and author
of ‘Guinea: Albania of Africa, or
American Neo-colony?’. A strong
advocate of the African cause
and the struggle for democracy
on the African continent and
in his country, Professor Alpha
was the chairman of the largest
political party of the country.
Subsequently, he held several
corporate executive management
positions in international
trading. He founded Africonsult,
an office of economic and
financial studies, providing
economic, financial and social
advice to African governments,
international companies
wishing to work in Africa and for
international institutions like the
United Nations. He was the Chief
Executive Officer of Africonsult
until 2001.
Professor Alpha is also
commissioned as a consultant
in the political conflicts with
several heads of state from
the region.
H.E. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister,
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
election of 1986, a constitutional
process began in the country
ending the martial law. She led
the historic mass movement
in 1990 that toppled the
government of Ershad who
resigned on December 6, 1990.
H.E. Sheikh Hasina, the Prime
Minister of the Government
of the People’s Republic of
Bangladesh, assumed office on
January 12, 2014 for the third
time after the grand alliance led
by her party Bangladesh Awami
League won parliamentary
election on 5th of January. She
became Prime Minister for the
first time on June 23, 1996.
Earlier, Prime Minister
Hasina played crucial role in
establishing democracy in the
country when she won from
three constituencies in the
parliamentary election in 1986
and was elected leader of the
opposition. Following the
Following the election in 1991,
she became leader of the
opposition in the country’s 5th
parliament. She steered all
the political parties towards
changing the presidential
system of government into
a parliamentary one.
Prime Minister Hasina
is a crusader against
fundamentalism, militancy
and terrorism. Assuming the
office on January 6 in 2009,
her government enacted
laws leading to constitute the
International Crimes Tribunal
(ICT) for the trial of crimes
against humanity done during
the liberation war of Bangladesh
in 1971. The tribunal began the
investigation and prosecution of
the suspected war criminals and
a number of verdicts has been
given and executed.
The country achieved tremendous
success in socio-economic
fronts during her tenure. In her
1996-2001 term, Prime Minister
Hasina’s government achieved
laudable successes in many
fields, the most significant
being the 30-year Ganges Water
Sharing Treaty with India; the
Peace Accord on Chittagong
Hill Tracts; construction of
Bangabandhu Bridge; and
ensuring food security. She also
introduced beneficial programme
for farmers, and social safety
nets for the distressed, landless
and deprived people. These
include allowances for distressed
women, widows, disabled and
freedom fighters; Ashrayan
for the homeless and “One
house-One farm” scheme.
During her term in 2009–13,
Sheikh Hasina’s government’s
achievements included increased
power production capacity to
13,260 MW; GDP growth over
6%; elevation of 5 crore people to
middle-income group; resolving
maritime boundary dispute
with Myanmar and India, digital
centers at all union parisads;
distribution of free text books
among the students up to
secondary level, distribution of
agri-cards and scope to open
bank accounts with Tk 10 only
for farmers, slump in poverty
level to 24.3 percent in 2013-14
which was 38.4 in 2006; and
adoption of her peace model by
UN resolution.
Since 2014, her government’s
landmark achievements include
the following: elevating the
country to lower middle-income
status, adoption of Land
Boundary Agreement by Indian
parliament resolving the 68
years long border dispute; raising
per capita income to US$ 1,314;
decreasing poverty rate to 22.4
percent, raising forex reserve
over US$ 26 billion.
Different reputed universities
and institutions across the
world conferred various degrees
upon her for the outstanding
contribution to peace building,
upholding democracy and
Sheikh Hasina was also
honoured with awards for her
outstanding contributions to
social work, peace and stability.
She was conferred on the United
Nation’s highest environmental
accolade ‘Champion of the Earth
Award 2015’ in policy leadership
category for her forefront role
at home and abroad to face
the adverse impacts of climate
change. The International
Telecommunication Union gave
her the ‘ICTs in Sustainable
Development Award 2015’ for
her outstanding contributions
in spreading information
technology in the country.
Sheikh Hasina has authored
several books, including Sheikh
Mujib is my Father, Why are
they Street Children, The Origin
of Autocracy, Miles to go, The
Quest for Vision 2021 (two
volumes), Elimination of Poverty
and Some Thoughts, People
and Democracy, My Dream My
Struggle, Development for the
Masses, Sada Kalo (Black and
White) and Sabuj Math Periye
(Crossing the Green Field).
Sheikh Hasina is the Chairperson
of ‘The Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman Memorial Trust.’
She believes in democracy,
secularism, inclusive growth and
progress, and dedicated her life
to eliminate poverty and barriers
that marginalise people.
The Hon. Ranil Shriyan
Prime Minister,
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe was sworn
in as the Prime Minister of Sri
Lanka for the fourth time on 21st
August 2015. He is the Leader
of the United National Party
(UNP), Sri Lanka’s largest political
party, which is a constituent
member of the National Unity
Government led by H.E. the
President Maithripala Sirisena.
Ranil Wickremesinghe was
first appointed as the Prime
Minister from 1993 - 1994 after
the assassination of President
Ranasinghe Premadasa. He
was again elected as the Prime
Minister from 2001 - 2004
when the United National Front
Government won the general
elections in 2001.
A lawyer by profession, Prime
Minister Ranil was elected
to Parliament in 1977 at the
age of 28, having worked in
the Youth League of the UNP
from his university days. As
the youngest Minister in Sri
Lanka at the time, he held the
post of Deputy Minister of
Foreign Affairs under President
Jayewardene. Soon after, in
recognition of his exceptional
talents and unique capacity for
work, he was appointed to the
Cabinet as the Minister of Youth
Affairs and Employment. Later
on, he was given the portfolio
of Education. Then in 1989, as
a seasoned legislator, he was
made the Leader of the House
under President Premadasa.
He also served as the Minister
of Industries, Science and
From 1977 to 1994, during the
seventeen years that the UNP
was in power yet again, Prime
Minister Ranil, made a crucial
impact on the development of
the country. He is still considered
to be the best Education Minister
of the country due to the
radical educational reforms he
initiated in the 1980s, aimed at
the qualitative improvement of
school education (with a special
focus on English, Technology
and Computer skills) and the
Education Administrative
Service. He energised the young
people in Sri Lanka with creative,
motivational as well as skill
development programs through
youth clubs (Yovun Samajas) and
youth camps (Yovunpuras).
Later on, as the Minister
of Industries, Science and
Technology, he was responsible
for Sri Lanka’s second round
of economic liberalisation that
commenced in 1989 with focus
on financial deregularisation
and industrial promotion in rural
areas through infrastructure
development and the institution
of industrial estates. As the MP
for Biyagama, he dramatically
developed his electorate to
become a modern model suburb
with brand new carpeted roads,
electrification schemes, water
and sanitation projects, schools,
community centres and other
infrastructure inputs. He also
established the Biyagama
Free Trade Zone to provide
employment for thousands
of young men and women in
a range of industries.
In 1993 after the untimely
demise of President Premadasa,
Prime Minister Ranil was
appointed Prime Minister
during the presidency of
D. B. Wijetunge. Eveready
for a challenge, the young
Prime Minister rose to the
responsibility of high office
and he has been credited for
establishing law, order and
stability in the country at the
crucial juncture. During the short
period, the country recorded the
highest level of economic growth
for the decade.
After the UNP was voted out
in 1994, Prime Minister Ranil
became the Leader of the
United National Party and the
Leader of the Opposition in
Parliament. Under his leadership,
the UNP undertook extensive
restructuring at institutional and
grassroots levels and further
democratised the Party to
represent a more
equitable balance in
terms of ethnicity,
gender and youth.
In 2001, he led his party back
to power and was sworn in
as Prime Minister once again.
In spite of the fact that the
President was from the opposing
party who could exercise full
executive powers and was a
strong opposition in Parliament,
Prime Minister Ranil’s most
significant achievements were
to restore full-time electricity,
rejuvenate the ailing economy,
break down the many ethnic
barriers in the country, bring
the warring LTTE to the
negotiating table for peace
talks, and galvanise the goodwill
and financial support of the
international community for
Sri Lanka.
Outside of politics, Prime
Minister Ranil is the Chair
of the Dhayakasabha of one of
Sri Lanka’s historic temples, the
Kelaniya Vihara and a dhayakaya
of Gangaramaya, Walukaramaya
and the Weragodalla (Sedawatte)
temples. He has written and
spoken widely on Sri Lankan
history, Buddhism and world
H.E. Dr Jawad Al Anani
Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs &
Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply,
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
After a brief stay at the private
sector where he established
three companies, Dr Anani was
appointed President of the Royal
Scientific Society, where he
founded the Jordan Technology
Group and put forward the plans
for promoting the Princess
Sumayya College to a full
After graduating with a PhD in
Economics from the University
of Georgia, USA, Dr Anani
assumed high level positions
in the Government. From the
position of Head of Economic
Research, he became the Deputy
Minister of Labor where he
was instrumental in changing
labor laws, introducing and
successfully defending the
creation of the Social Security
Corporation and promoting
the apprenticeship training
corporation in Jordan. In 1979,
he became a Cabinet Minister
of Supply, and assumed many
positions including Minister of
National Economy and Labor.
In 1993, Dr Anani was appointed
to the Management Committee
of the ailing Petra Bank, where
he managed along with the other
members of the Committee,
to cut the initial losses by 60
percent. In the same year,
he became the Minister of
Information and the coordinator
of the peace process with Israel.
He was then appointed as a
senate member, a position which
he kept until 2001.
Dr Anani became the Deputy
Prime Minister for Economic
Affairs and Foreign Minister in
1997. The following year, he was
promoted to the Chief of the
Royal Court, and was the last
one to serve under the late King
Hussein. In 2000, he resigned
after a brief service under King
Abdullah II.
Since, 2002, he has been running
the Al Baseera Consultancy firm
in Dubai Media City. Dr Anani
has published 4 books and
coauthored a book on the peace
process to be published in the UK
and USA. He has written many
scientific articles in the English
and Arabic language.
During his career, Dr Anani
chaired more than twenty quasigovernments, civil society and
private sector organisations,
including the Electricity
Authority, Consumer Corporation,
Social Security Corporation,
Jordan – Gulf Bank, Amman
Bank, Cement Production
Corporation, Telecommunications
Corporation. He championed
and led the privatisation
drive in Jordan and personally
supervised the privatisation
of Royal Jordanian Airlines,
Telecommunications and the
Cement factory.
Dr Anani was the driver behind
governance in both private and
public corporations in Jordan.
He was commissioned by
the UNDP to do a study on
Bangladesh. He also authored
a book with Dr Reema Khalof on
privatisation and governance.
While consulting in the Gulf
Region, he made several
studies for private clients
on corporatisation of family
businesses and ensuring
the adoption of governance
principles in such firms.
H.E. Moon-Soon Choi
Gangwon Provincial Government,
Republic of Korea
He started his career in
the newsroom of Munhwa
Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
After his career in MBC in 1996,
he was the Chairperson of the
National Union of Mediaworkers.
H.E. Moon-Soon Choi was first
elected the 36th Governor of
Gangwon Province in 2011,
and was re-elected in 2014.
Mr Choi, as a head of Gangwon
Provincial Government, assists
the national administration and
coordinates the city & country’s
administrations to facilitate
national and local projects in
Prior to his appointment as the
Governor of Gangwon, Mr Choi
had a diverse background from
being a journalist to a politician.
Mr Choi was reinstated to MBC
in 2001 and became the CEO
from 2005 to 2008 after working
in the newsroom, personnel
management, and internet
news. In 2008, Mr Choi ran for
the 18th Parliamentary elections
and broadened his career as a
National Assemblyman. During
his term of National Assembly,
Mr Choi served as a committee
member in medical industry,
sport, Olympics and media.
Mr Choi received an MA in
English Language and Literature
from Seoul National University
and a BA in English Education
from Gangwon National
H.E. Bambang Permadi
Soemantri Brodjonegoro
Minister of Finance,
Republic of Indonesia
Bambang, who was born on
October 3rd, 1966, received his
Bachelor’s degree majoring in
Economic Development and
Regional Economy from the
Faculty of Economics, Universitas
Indonesia in 1990. He continued
his Master’s degree in University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
United States and graduated in
1995. In 1997, he earned his PhD
from the same university.
He once became the guest
lecturer with the Department
of Urban and Regional Planning,
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, United States in
November 2002. Subsequently,
he served as the Dean of Faculty
of Economics, Universitas
Indonesia from 2005 – 2009 and
Director General of the Islamic
Research and Training Institute,
Islamic Development Bank up
until 2010. On January 21st, 2011,
he was appointed as the Acting
Head of Fiscal Policy Office,
Ministry of Finance. Starting
October 1st, 2013, Bambang
served as the Vice Minister of
Finance II whilst working as a
Professor of Economics at the
Faculty of Economics, Universitas
On October 27th, 2014, President
Joko Widodo appointed Bambang
P. S. Brodjonegoro as the Minister
of Finance in his Working Cabinet
for period 2014-2019.
Minister of International Trade and Industry,
• Executive Director, National
Economic Action Council
• Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department
(2004-February 2006)
• Minister of Higher Education
(February 14, 2006-March
• Minister of Agriculture and
Agro-Based Industry (19
March 2008 - 9 April 2009)
• Minister of International Trade
and Industry (10 April 2009 –
The Hon. Dato’ Sri Mustapa
Mohamed was reappointed
Minister of International Trade
and Industry on 16 May 2013.
Prior to this appointment, he has
held the following positions:
• Political Secretary to the
Minister of Finance (19871991)
• Parliamentary Secretary to the
Ministry of Finance (19911994)
• Deputy Minister of Finance
• Minister of Entrepreneur
Development (1995-1999)
• Finance Minister II (19981999)
• Adviser to the Ministry of
Finance (2000-2001)
Dato’ Sri Mustapa was appointed
Senator in 1991 and served as
MP for the Jeli Parliamentary
Constituency in Kelantan
between April 1995 and
November 1999 and again from
March 2004. He was returned
for a third term as Member of
Parliament for Jeli in March
2008. He has been a member
of the UMNO Supreme Council
since 1993. He is currently the
Kelantan UMNO Liaison and
Barisan Nasional Chief.
A graduate in economics of
Melbourne University and Boston
University, he has served as an
Administrative and Diplomatic
Officer in the Ministry of Finance
(1974-1980), Lecturer
of Finance (1974-1980), Lecturer
at the National Institute of Public
Administration (1982-1984) and
Special Officer to the Minister
of Finance (1984-1987) before
entering active politics in
late 1987.
In 1997, he was awarded an
Honorary Doctor of Commerce
by the University of Melbourne
and Honorary Degree of Law
by University of Nottingham in
2005. Dato’ Sri Mustapa went
through the Lee Kuan Yew
Exchange Fellowship Programme
in January 2002. He was also
awarded an Honorary Fellow of
the National Institute of Public
Administration in 1997.
Dato’ Sri Mustapa is married
to Datin Sri Khamarzan Ahmed
Meah and has 4 children. He is
the author of eight books on the
Malaysian economy and politics.
h.e. Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali
President of the Islamic Development Bank
and Honorary Fellow, WIEF Foundation
Institute, Aden, Yemen.
Subsequently, he returned to
Saudi Arabia to assume the
position of Acting Rector of King
Abdulaziz University from 1967
to 1972.
His contribution to the
development of the people was
recognised by the government
of Saudi Arabia and in 1972 he
was selected to serve as Deputy
Minister of Education and served
his country for three years.
Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali AlMadani is the first President of
the Islamic Development Bank
(IDB) since 1975.
Dr Ali holds a BA degree in
Commerce and a degree in Law
from Cairo University, Egypt. He
earned an MA and PhD degrees,
both in Public Administration,
from the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor and State University
of New York (SUNY), Albany, USA,
respectively in 1962 and 1967.
Dr Ali began his career in
education and manpower
development in 1958-59 as
Director, Scientific and Islamic
Upon the initiative of the late
King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz,
when the member countries
of the Organisation of the
Islamic Conference (OIC)
decided to establish the Islamic
Development Bank, he was
chosen as its first President.
His education, background and
past experience helped him
establish a strong base for the
mission of the development
of the Bank. Not limiting the
Bank’s activities in one direction,
Dr Ali looks at development
in its totality and has spread
the involvement of the Bank in
several directions including trade,
insurance, the private sector, etc.,
as demonstrated by the
establishment of the Islamic
Development Bank Group of
Institutions, comprising of the
Islamic Research and Training
Institute (IRTI), the Islamic
Corporation for the Insurance
of Investment and Export Credit
(ICIEC), the Islamic Corporation
for the Development of the
Private Sector (ICD), and the
International Islamic Trade
Finance Corporation (ITFC). In
addition to establishing the
Islamic Solidarity Fund for
Development (ISFD).
He was chosen to be the
Secretary General of the Muslim
World League (MWL) during
1993-95 and was given the
task of restructuring the MWL,
after which he returned to serve
the Bank. He has also been
contributing to the welfare of
the community in the Kingdom
by extending his services to the
Higher Education Councils of
five Universities and as a Board
member of the Saudi Fund for
Dr Ali’s views on development
have been expressed in many
articles, speeches, lectures and
working papers on Islamic
economics, banking and
education. He is a firm believer
that Islamic principles and its
applications in economics and
banking has a lot to offer the
world and thus, contribute
positively towards solving the
current economic crisis.
He is keen on taking the IDB
to a world of excellence with
the Vision 1440H which was
delineated on behalf of the
Bank by a group of Eminent
Persons. The Vision 1440H
Document aims at alleviating
poverty, eradicating illiteracy,
providing better health facilities
to the people, strengthening ties
with the private sector, NGOs,
and striving for the cause of
development of women, etc.
He looks at development as a
comprehensive and integrated
phenomenon that has to be
continuously reviewed and
closely coordinated. He
seeks cooperation with
all people who would
like to contribute to
a better life for all
humans in this
global village.
Chairman, WIEF Foundation and
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Musa Hitam, who is
currently Chairman of the World
Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)
Foundation was Malaysia’s
Deputy Prime Minister until
1986. In the course of his
service in the Malaysian
government, he held various
positions including Minister
of Home Affairs, Education,
Primary Industries and Trade
and Industries and Chairman of
the Federal Land Development
Authority (FELDA). Among his
major official activities were as
Leader of Malaysian Investment
Missions to Europe, USA and
Japan and representing Malaysia
at UN, Unesco and ECOSOS
related negotiating and regular
Since Tun Musa’s retirement
from politics in 1987, he held
Chairmanships of 3 Public Listed
Companies and various business
related institutions both at
domestic and international
levels. He was Chairman of
the Malaysia – China Business
Council, Co-Chair of the Eminent
Persons Group (EPG) of the
Asean – China, 15 year economic
cooperation program and
Chairman of the EPG to draft the
Asean Charter. Currently, Tun
Musa is Chairman of the Sime
Darby Foundation, Chairman of
the International Advisory Panel
of CIMB Bank, Chairman of the
International Selection Panel
of the Royal Award on Islamic
Finance and member of the
Advisory Panels of the Iskandar
Development Authority.
Tun Musa holds a BA from the
University of Malaya and MA
from the University of Sussex,
and held a resident Fellowship
at Harvard University. For his
services to the nation, The
Yang Di Pertuan Agong, King
of Malaysia conferred him the
Malaysia’s highest award which
carries the title “Tun”.
Dr Adnan Chilwan
Chief Executive Officer,
Dubai Islamic Bank,
United Arab Emirates
Dr Adnan Chilwan is a leading
authority in the field of Islamic
banking & finance and credited
as a pioneer of change and
innovation. With a career
spanning nearly two decades
with both reputed conventional
and Islamic banks in the Gulf
region, he currently serves as the
Group Chief Executive Officer of
Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s
first Islamic bank and the largest
Islamic bank in UAE.
With solid repute in the industry,
he has been recognised by key
organisations for his efforts
in driving the globalisation of
Islamic finance, such as Forbes,
for three consecutive years in the
top 10 of the Top Indian Leaders
in the Arab World. He is also
ranked 6th amongst the top 100
CEOs in the GCC region at the
renowned Top CEO 2016 awards
and awarded the exclusive “Best
Strategic Vision” title by Banker
Middle East Industry Awards
2016, as well as the privileged
“Banking Innovation” Award
at the Indian Innovation
Awards 2015.
Dr Chilwan has a PhD, an MBA
in Marketing, and a postgraduate
degree in Islamic Banking &
Insurance. He is also a Certified
Islamic Banker (CeIB), and an
Associate Fellow Member
in the Islamic Finance
Professionals Board.
Ahmed Haider
Chief Executive Officer of Zookal and Director of Flirtey,
Commonwealth of Australia
Ahmed is also the Co-Founder
and Director of Flirtey, a drone
delivery service partnership
with NASA, which made the
world’s first FAA approved
drone delivery.
Ironically, Ahmed dropped out
of university to build Zookal,
a business aimed at making
education more affordable for
students. Zookal does this by
renting out textbooks that are
otherwise very expensive to buy.
Zookal also sells e-textbooks
and digital video courses to help
students improve their grades
across Asia Pacific and makes
over US$10 million in revenue
from 50,000 paying customers
across 3 countries.
Secretary General of WIEF Foundation
Summit in 2003, the OIC Summit
in 2003 and the ASEAN Summit
plus East Asia Summit and
Related Summits in 2005.
Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Fuzi Haji
Abdul Razak was previously the
Secretary-General of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs Malaysia.
He joined the Malaysian
Diplomatic and Administrative
Service in 1972, and served in
various capacities at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, mainly in the
Political Division, and at the
Malaysian Missions abroad in
Moscow, The Hague, Canberra,
Washington and Dhaka. His
tenure as Secretary-General saw
him deeply involved at the Senior
Officials level in the successful
hosting by Malaysia of the NAM
Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi has
previously also served as
Director General, Institute of
Diplomacy and Foreign Relations
Malaysia; Deputy Secretary
General 1, Ambassador-at-Large
and Malaysia’s Representative to
the ASEAN High Level Task Force
(HLTF) on the Drafting of the
ASEAN Charter and Malaysia’s
Representative to the High Level
Panel (HLP) on the Drafting
of the Terms of Reference
of the ASEAN Human Rights
Body. The last two positions
allowed him to engage a wide
spectrum of representatives
and stakeholders dealing with
matters pertaining to Human
Rights in Malaysia and other
ASEAN Member States.
Tan Sri Fuzi is currently,
Secretary-General of the
World Islamic Economic Forum
Foundation (WIEF) and Chairman
of Amanahraya-Reit Managers
Sdn Bhd; Seremban Engineering
Berhad; Theatre Management
Associates Sdn Bhd; Optima
Capital Sdn Bhd; Sofgen
(Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, ACE Holdings
Sdn Bhd and IMAN Research
Consulting Sdn Bhd.
Tan Sri Fuzi is also a member
of the Board of Directors of
Maybank Islamic Bhd; Puncak
Niaga Holdings Berhad;
Management Development
Institute of Singapore (MDIS)
Malaysia Sdn Bhd; MDIS
Unicampus Malaysia Sdn Bhd;
Alstar Solutions Sdn Bhd; Lejadi
Medimax Sdn Bhd and WEROS
Technology Sdn Bhd. He is also
Advisor at Xadarcorp Sdn Bhd.
In recognition of his service to
the nation, he was awarded the
AMN (1979), the JSM (1999), the
DSPN (1999), the DMPN (2002)
the PSM (2003) and the DSLJ
(Brunei Darussalam 2014).
Executive Director of Investments and
Head of Strategic Management Unit,
Khazanah Nasional Berhad,
Prior to Khazanah, he was
appointed as the first Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer
of Danajamin Nasional Berhad
in 2009, Malaysia’s first financial
guarantee insurer. He has 20
years of experience in both
banking and corporates, including
tenures with UBS Warburg,
Pengurusan Danaharta Berhad,
CIMB Group and Symphony
Ahmad Zulqarnain joined
Khazanah in May 2014 as
Executive Director of
Investments, responsible
for Khazanah’s investments
in financial services. He is
also Head of the Strategic
Management Unit, overseeing
both corporate and portfolio
He graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts in Economics from Harvard
Akmal Saleem
Chief Executive Officer,
Maarij Capital,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Having built a successful global
branding and creative agency
(Brand786), Akmal is currently
developing an ethical private
wealth management and
impact investment firm which
helps raise capital for business
owners and introduces unique
investment opportunities to
Akmal Saleem’s vision is to
change the world through social
enterprise; to develop, invest
and steer organisations that
impact people, communities and
causes. Notably, he aims to build
successful societies through
commerce and opportunity, all
delivered through ethics and
Akmal is also the Founder of
Maarij Island Hotel & Resort,
the worlds first dedicated resort
for Muslim holiday makers,
situated on a private island in
Indonesia, which will be launched
in 2017/2018 to holiday makers
around the world.
Annamaria Aisha Tiozzo
President, Italian Halal Certification Center,
World Halal Development (WHAD),
Italian Republic
Prior to her post at WHAD,
she was Vice President of
Confassociazioni International,
an Italian confederation group
of more than 200 associations
of professionals, which focuses
on Arab countries. She was also
the President of the ATS - legal
and judiciary school - based in
the faculty of law of Ferrara,
from 1998 to 2006.
Annamaria Aisha Tiozzo has
been the President of WHAD,
Italian Halal Certification
Center since 2007, which
operates within the cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals, food, livestock,
tourism and finance sectors.
She is a consultant in Islamic
Marketing, covering the
development process to the
distribution of products and
services to the Middle-Eastern
markets and Muslim consumers,
for government agencies, trade
associations, companies and
retail chains.
Annamaria has lectured on halal
certification, Islamic marketing,
Islamic finance, and their impact
on international trade at local
and international universities.
This year, she was mandated
by Cosmoprof, the leading
international trade fair for
the beauty world, to organise
the first worldwide pavilion
dedicated to Halal cosmetics and
Muslim friendly spas which is
part of the Bayti-Italian Muslim
friendly hospitality project.
Arancha González
Executive Director,
International Trade Centre,
Swiss Confederation
she played an active role in
launching the WTO’s Aid for
Trade initiative and served as
Mr Lamy’s representative at
the G-20.
Arancha González is an expert
in international trade issues
with 20 years of experience and
currently serves as Executive
Director of the International
Trade Centre (ITC).
She has extensive knowledge
about international trade
and economics, coupled with
broad experience in trade and
development matters in the
public and private sectors, and
in the area of management at
multilateral organisations.
Before joining ITC, Arancha
served as Chief of Staff to Pascal
Lamy, the Director-General of the
World Trade Organisation (WTO).
During her tenure at the WTO,
Prior to her tenure at the WTO,
she held several positions at
the European Commission,
conducting negotiations of
trade agreements and assisting
developing countries in tradedevelopment efforts. She
was also the European Union
spokeswoman for trade and
adviser to the European Union
Trade Commissioner.
Arancha began her career in
the private sector advising
companies on trade, competition
and state-aid matters, serving
as an associate at Bruckhaus
Westrick Stegemann, a major
German law firm in Brussels.
She holds a degree in law from
the University of Navarra and a
postgraduate degree in European
Law from the University of Carlos
III, Madrid.
Besides her native Spanish, she
speaks English, French, German
and Italian.
dr Atef Elshabrawy
Global Expert MENA Region,
International Council for Small Business,
Kingdom of Bahrain
lecturer in TABBIN Institute
in Egypt, and researcher at
INERIS-Institut National de
l’Environnement et des risques
in France. He also served as an
expert in EC, ILO, IFC-World Bank,
Fund, BDB, ODB, QABF, amongst
others, and is a member of ICSB.
Dr Atef has over 25 years of
experience in M&SME’s Islamic
banking and entrepreneurship.
He is ex-CEO and Founder of
Family Bank, the first M&SME
Islamic bank in Bahrain. He
was awarded the Mohammed
Bin Rashid Award for Best
SME Bank in the Arab World,
by HE Mohammed Bin Rashid,
Ruler of Dubai, at the World
Entrepreneurship Forum in 2013.
Dr Atef occupied several senior
positions such as Advisor to
the Bahraini Government,
General Manager at the Bahrain
Development Bank, Director at
the Social Fund for Development,
He is an international speaker,
consultant and instructor on
M&SME’s Islamic banking,
providing his services for Islamic
banks worldwide. He has led
the conversion of several
conventional banks to Islamic
banking and recently founded
the Social Innovation Expert
Dr Atef has a PhD from l’Institut
National Polytechnique de Lorraine,
France, D.E.A from Ecole des
Mines de Nancy, France and BSc
from Cairo University, Egypt. He
has published 35 articles and
3 books on the development
and renaissance of the Islamic
world, SME’s Islamic banking and
business incubation.
Attiya Nawazish Ali
Assistant Secretary General, Islamic Chamber of Commerce,
Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA),
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Islamic Chamber at numerous
international events and brings
with her a wealth of experience
within the private sector in OIC
Attiya also works closely with
selected UN agencies and other
international organisations
and associations in similar
fields, aiming at South-South
Attiya Nawazish Ali has been
working in the Islamic Chamber
of Commerce, Industry and
Agriculture (ICCIA), which is
an affiliated Institution of
the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation (OIC) since its
establishment in 1980.
She has been working with
the private sector of 57 OIC
member countries, and has
spearheaded projects focused
on capacity building, poverty
alleviation, microfinance, value
addition, entrepreneurship
development, SME development
and transferring of knowledge and
expertise. She represents
Azran Osman-Rani
Chief Executive Officer,
a public-listing in six years,
breaking many low-cost airline
industry conventions and
introducing innovations such
as flatbed business class seats,
fly-thru transfers, quiet zone and
seating options, while achieving
the world’s lowest unit operating
cost and industry-leading
technical reliability.
Azran is currently the CEO of iflix
in Malaysia, and its Group COO
– a disruptive internet television
subscription video-on-demand
service that was launched in May
2015 and now operates across
Southeast Asia and is scaling
to emerging markets in other
regions. iflix aims to radically
change how entertainment
content is delivered to consumers
in emerging markets, and how to
address the threat of piracy.
He previously pioneered the
long-haul, low-cost airline model
as the founding CEO of AirAsia X,
leading the growth from startup
to US$1 billion in revenue and
Azran held positions as
Senior Director of Business
Development at Astro All Asia
Networks, SVP of Business
Transformation at the Kuala
Lumpur Stock Exchange, and
Associate Partner at McKinsey
& Company. He currently Chairs
the Advisory Board of the Asia
Business Centre at Curtin
University, Chairs the Malaysia
Chapter of YPO, and mentors
high-growth companies for
He holds a Masters degree
in Management Science &
Engineering and a Bachelors
degree in Electrical Engineering,
both from Stanford University.
Bakti Santoso Luddin
President Commissioner,
PT Wijaya Karya,
Republic of Indonesia
In addition to serving WIKA,
he is Commissioner of PT
Mesitechmitra Purnabangun
since 2008, and President
Commissioner of PT Menamas
and PT Indomas Mulia
since 2012.
Bakti Santoso Luddin is
President Commissioner of
Indonesia’s leading engineering,
procurement, construction (EPC)
and investment company, PT
Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk
(WIKA). He has more than 25
years of experience in consulting,
finance, electricity, energy, and
project management. He holds
a bachelor’s degree in industrial
engineering from Bandung
Institute of Technology and
an MBA in economics from
the University of Nebraska,
United States.
Bakti actively participates in
business seminars in Indonesia
and abroad. He is also active in
various professional organisations
such as the Indonesian Industrial
Engineering and Management
Association (ISTMI), the British
Chamber of Commerce in
Indonesia (BritCham), Electric
Power Society of Indonesia,
Indonesia Chamber of Commerce
and Indonesia Institute of
Barbara Nicolini
Creative Director,
Infinita Group and IFDC,
Italian Republic
as LVMH (Dior, Kenzo, Fendi,
Givenchy, Acqua di Parma,
Sephora) Burberry, Ballantyne,
Richmond Group, Cartier, Ferrari,
amongst others.
Barbara Nicolini studied political
science at the University of Milan,
and started working for the EU in
the HR department in Ispra, Italy
after her graduation. She was
then attached to SEAT Pagine
Gialle, one of Italy’s first web
startups through the recruitment
site Click Jobs. Later, joining
the American multinational
corporation Kelly Services,
she worked as a business
developer for Kelly Select.
In later years, her portfolio in
business development expanded
into the fashion industry with
major international groups such
She created and presented the
Mediaset TV show ‘Don’t Open
That Closet’, and has been
contributing to Italy’s edition of
Vanity Fair for over two years in
the ‘My Business’ and ‘Job Salad’
section. She also collaborated
with the magazine and web TV
Vanesia.it in the beauty section
and authored the book ‘Find
Jobs Now in Fashion’, which
was published by Sperling
(Mondadori) last February.
Barbara currently runs and
manages her family business,
Santagostino Group, collaborating
with many of the world’s leading
fashion, retail, luxury and beauty
brands. She mainly deals with
management and resource
allocation as well as brand
development strategy and
product consultation.
Her most recent collaboration is
with Infinita Group as Creative
Director of the site Fashionis.com.
Founder and Envoy Executive,
Rootwommers Sdn Bhd,
In the course of her present day
business, she is totally involved
in training SME startups or
scaleups in business and modern
marketing systems. Her simple,
down to earth theories, hands
on practical marketing and
connecting network techniques
have been proven successful
for many business owners.
Entrepreneurs who follow her
systems will experience high
profitability in a short frame
of time.
With more than two decades
of business operational and
management expertise under
her belt, Camelia Tan Sri Ya’acob
is a self-made successful serialentrepreneur. She has
a sharp eye to effectively turnaround business strategies and
strengthen marketing plans by
monetising various assets to
increase company profitability.
Today she is the owner and CEO
of Rootwommers, a company
specialising in 2 powerful
modern income generators i.e.
Word of mouth marketing
and Connecting Networks for
SME companies in Malaysia
and Singapore.
Today, as a strong advocate in
Connecting Networks, she and
her team specialise in crossconnecting B2B and B2C markets
from any network. Her training
modules focus on building
entrepreneurs to be effective
connectors and marketers
utilising coexisting networks
from different business
experiences and backgrounds.
Desi Anwar
Senior Anchor,
Republic of Indonesia
‘TeaTime with Desi Anwar’
on Metro TV, featuring
leaders, inspiring figures and
personalities from Indonesia.
In addition, she was a regular
columnist for the news magazine
‘Tempo’ and the English
daily ‘The Jakarta Globe’ and
has published several books
featuring her photography and
philosophical musings both in
English and Indonesian.
Desi Anwar is a prominent senior
anchor, TV journalist, writer,
photographer and media &
communications specialist based
in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Previously, she hosted ‘Face 2
Face with Desi Anwar,’ on Metro
TV, a programme where she
interviews global prominent
figures and personalities. Her
guests included His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, entrepreneur
Richard Branson, Hollywood star
Richard Gere, musician Kitaro,
inancier George Soros, IMF Chief
Christine Lagarde, author Karen
Armstrong, and many heads
of states and other influential
international figures. She also
hosted a weekly talk show
Desi is an award winning TV
anchor and recipient of an
Honorary Fellows from SOAS
(School of Oriental and African
Studies, the University of
London) for her contribution
to the growth of the media
industry in South East Asia. She
is also the recipient of Number
One Press Holder from the
Indonesian Journalist Association
(2010) and was awarded Senior
Journalist (Wartawan Utama)
status from the Indonesian
Press Council (2011).
At present, she is with CNN
Indonesia as Director and senior
anchor, hosting a regular hourlong primetime talk show ‘Insight
with Desi Anwar,’ interviewing
prominent newsmakers both
national and international on
a variety of current issues.
Didiet Maulana
Creative Director,
Republic of Indonesia
He has organised more than
20 fashion shows in Jakarta
between 2012 to 2016 and
has been a recipient of many
awards. In addition to being
an official designer for Putri
Indonesia and Miss Universe
for several years, he has also
spoken at the Indonesian Youth
Conference, the Economic
Faculty of Indonesia University,
Danone Indonesia, and Pasar
Design Kankain Karkara, and
was keynote speaker for Festival
Indonesia with Indonesia Tatler.
Listed as one of the 40 under 40
fashion entrepreneurs by Prestige
Magazine and Mercedes-Benz
Indonesia, Didiet Maulana is
dedicated to advancing the
fashion sense of Indonesian
textiles. His vision is to uplift
and give new meaning to the
traditional fabric of Indonesia
for the younger generations.
Didiet was nominated as a
Creative Industries Leader 2012
by Seputar Indonesia for his
contributions to the industry.
Recently, he was appointed as
representative for Indonesian
fashion designers in India in
2015, Ambassador for Samsung
Galaxy Note 3, 4, 5, and S4, and
was the designer for TUMI
exclusive gift bags for the
Nominees of the 2016
Grammy Awards.
TransAfrix Holdings,
Republic of South Africa
Ebrahim serves on the KwaZulu
Natal Economic Council
which advises the provincial
government on economic
strategy and is a lead member
of the KZN Halaal Hub Task Team.
He is passionate about youth
and entrepreneurship and is
regularly asked to speak on
various platforms locally and
Ebrahim Patel, a South African
entrepreneur with a passion for
business, started a number of
successful ventures. He is the
Chairman of TransAfrix Holdings
and serves on various company
He is the current National
President of the Minara
Chamber of Commerce, Deputy
Chairperson of Business Forum
SA, International Advisory Member
of the World Islamic Economic
Forum, Chairman of the WIEF
Young Leaders Network, Trustee
of the eThekweni Community
Foundation and Advisory Board
member of the University of
KwaZulu Natal ELC.
dr Eddy Lee
Managing Partner,
Coffee Ventures,
Republic of Singapore
Eddy Lee has invested in
and supported more than 50
startups predominantly in the
US, Singapore and Indonesia.
Interest areas include mobile
health, big data, IoT and
marketplaces. He has recently
relocated from the Silicon Valley
to Southeast Asia to tackle
unmet needs in emerging
markets. He works alongside
founders with a focus on people
development, product-market
iteration and international
markets entry into countries
such as the US, Singapore
and Indonesia.
At Stanford University, Eddy
concurrently serves as a
Consulting Professor at the
School of Medicine, where he
connects academic projects with
commercial opportunities. He
is also a mentor at Stanford’s
StartX incubator where he
provides startups with cross
border knowhow. During his
career at Stanford, Singapore
and Australia, he has devised
medical imaging technology for
visualising stem cell migration
and therapy. Prior to that, he
designed semiconductor chips
at Marvell, a NASDAQ-listed
Southeast Asia success story
which he hopes his portfolio
startups could one day emulate.
Dr El Hassane Hzaine
General Manager,
Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)
Dr Hzaine lectures and teaches
in different OIC Countries (Saudi
Arabia – IDB, GCC Secretariat,
Turkey – COMCEC meetings and
the Trade negotiation Committee
meetings, Malaysia, Kazakhstan,
Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Libya,
Kuwait, Senegal, Syria, Tunisia,
Qatar and Morocco etc.).
He is the former Secretary
General of ICDT and Director
of Studies, Research and
Cooperation Department.
Dr El Hassane Hzaine is
currently General Manager of
ICDT. He is also a Member and
Secretary of the Consultative
group for enhancing intra-OIC
trade, a Permanent Member
of the Secretariat of the Trade
Negotiating Committee of the
Trade Preferential System
among the OIC Member States
(TPS-OIC), member of the
working group on development
of goods and services and trade
finance (cooperation between
the IDB group the government of
Malaysia and ICDT).
Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),
Swiss Confederation
From 2005 to 2008, Elhadj was
the Director of the HIV/AIDS
Practice with the United Nations
Development Programme in
New York. He also held senior
positions with the Global Fund
to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis,
malaria and UNAIDS. From 1988
to 1997, he was the Director
of Health and Development
Programmes with Environment
and Development Action in the
Third World in Dakar, Senegal.
Elhadj As Sy has more than 25
years of experience in leadership
roles in the humanitarian sector.
Before joining the IFRC in 2014,
he was UNICEF’s Director of
Partnerships and Resource
Development in New York. He
has also served as the UNICEF
Regional Director for Eastern
and Southern Africa and Global
Emergency Coordinator for the
Horn of Africa.
Elhadj holds a Bachelor’s degree
in Arts and Human Sciences
from the University of Dakar and
a Master’s degree in Arts and
Germanistik from the University
of Graz, and graduated from the
Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.
He was also awarded a post
graduate diploma in Education
from the Ecole normale superieure
in Dakar. He speaks English, French,
German and is a national of
Elias Schulze
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Kana Television,
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Previously, he worked as the
African CEO for Kaymu, an online
marketplace with operations
across 17 African countries.
Prior to joining Kaymu, Elias
worked as an Engagement
Manager for McKinsey & Company
where he was based in Nigeria
and worked throughout Africa.
He also worked as an Investment
Analyst at Emerging Capital
Partners (ECP), a leading Africafocused private equity firm.
Elias Schulze currently serves
as Co-Founder and Managing
Director of Kana Television. He
spent the past 8 years focusing
on Africa across various strategic
planning, finance and operational
roles and projects in over 15
African countries.
Elias also serves as the
Managing Partner and
Co-Founder of The Africa Group
LLC, an advisory and venture
capital firm, which have stakes
in several early stage ventures
across Nigeria, Ethiopia, and
Elias holds a BS and an MS
from the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service.
Schulze is also a non-executive
board member of a family
business, Schulze Global
Investments, which has been
a pioneer of US private equity
in frontier markets, including
Mongolia, Georgia and Ethiopia.
Erly Witoyo
Managing Partner,
Kapital Boost,
Republic of Singapore
Erly left the corporate world and
started Kapital Boost to focus on
helping smaller businesses and
investors, particularly to address
the lack of financing available
to SMEs and the shortage
of attractive Islamic-based
investments available to retail
investors. He is also a partner
at Club Ethis, the Islamic real
estate crowdfunding platform,
and a Board of Commissioner
at PT Bubu Internet, one of the
largest digital media agency in
Erly Witoyo is an entrepreneur
with passion for Islamic finance
and technology. He is the Founder
of Kapital Boost, the first Islamic
peer-to-peer crowdfunding
platform in Asia. He has over
15 years of experience in the
financial industry working at
top-tier credit rating agencies
and investment banks. Before
Kapital Boost, Erly was a Director
at Barclays in Singapore, where
he led the top-ranked Asian
corporate credit research team
(FinanceAsia poll 2010-2013).
Essa Al Ghurair
Vice Chairman, Al Ghurair Investment LLC,
United Arab Emirates
Oil Mills – one of the largest
crushing plants in the MENA
region broke all previous grain
trading records in a single year,
topping the 2 million metric
ton mark.
Essa Al Ghurair serves as
the Chairman of Al Ghurair
Resources, a major supply chain
provider and a key player in the
field of agricultural commodities.
Specialising in industrial
manufacturing and commodities
trading in international markets,
combined with extensive
experience has led Essa to be a
leading figure in industry circles.
As Chairman of the Resources
Division, he oversees the diverse
business activities, which
include the manufacturing and
marketing of edible oils and
legumes; and in the trading
of food grains, oils and meals.
Under this leadership, Dubai
Essa has been the main driver
to encourage the group to invest
in the energy & petrochemicals
sectors and is now leading the
group’s initiatives through Trans
Asia Gas International, to develop
projects in the oil & gas, power
generation and petrochemicals
sectors mainly in the Middle East
and North Africa Region.
Essa graduated from the
San Diego State University in
California USA with Business
Administration. In addition to
his current portfolio, he also
holds major positions within
the Group and its joint ventures:
Chairman - Al Ghurair Resources
LLC; Chairman - Trans Asia Gas
International LLC; Chairman –
Essa Al Ghurair Investment LLC;
Director - Al Ghurair University;
Director - National Cement
Co. PSC; Chairman -Tharawat
Advisory Board, Tharawat Family
Business Forum; Board Member
- Dubai Chamber of Commerce
& Industry.
Executive Director,
Gerakan Indonesia Mengajar (Indonesia Teaching Movement),
Republic of Indonesia
In 2015, she worked on teacher
reform with a team of experts
for the Ministry of Education
and Culture in Indonesia.
Evi Trisna has extensive
experience in social educational
development. She assisted
in starting several initiatives
such as, Fun and Meaningful
Science & Math Education
with Surya Institute and a
movement of professionals
teaching in classrooms known
as Inspirational Class, which
has involved more than 20,000
volunteers in 143 districts
in Indonesia.
She was in one of the initial
teams that started the
Indonesia Teaching Movement
in 2010, which was regarded
as a pioneer in civil society
movements for education in
Indonesia. The movement has
grown tremendously across
Indonesia in the past 6 years and
currently, Evi holds the position
of Executive Director.
Evi was the first recipient of
the Kelly Elizabeth Memorial
Scholarship. She holds a
Master’s degree in International
Educational Development from
Faduma Aden
Chief Executive Officer & Founder,
Jemmila, Scandinavian Cool. Conservative Chic.,
Kingdom of Sweden
with new segments and explore
new business opportunities by
improving their diversity.
Empowering and inspiring
women is a priority for Faduma.
One of her initiatives is Jemmila
Leaders, an interview series
with leading Muslim women
from different educational and
professional backgrounds.
The aim is to inspire, engage
and empower women all around
the world.
Faduma Aden is the Founder
and Creative Director of Jemmila.
Jemmila is a Stockholm based
fashion brand that connects
Scandinavian aesthetics with
Muslim fashion. The design
concept comes from her personal
experience and desire to find
suitable high quality professional
attires that perfectly fuse
fashion with faith.
Faduma is also the Founder of
Contelier – a creative agency
that focuses on intercultural
communication. The agency
consists of creative strategy
consultants whose aim is to
help companies communicate
Faduma holds a Master’s degree
in Strategic IT Management
from Stockholm University.
Her background and passion
for technology is one of the
reasons she is compelled to
find innovative ways to work
with fashion. She is the winner
of KPMG Sweden’s the Future
Challenge competition, the Filip
Nilsson Scholarship, and the
Brewhouse Award. She has also
been nominated for several other
prestigious awards.
Fatma A. Elmaawy
Managing Partner,
Auto Village,
Republic of Kenya
Fatma holds a postgraduate
degree in Business Administration
from the University of Nairobi,
Kenya, majoring in strategic
management with a minor in
entrepreneurship. Fatma is an
advisory board member of the
World Youth Parliament (Kenya
Chapter) and a mentor with the
Cherie Blair Foundation, London
& the WIEF Businesswomen
Network. She is also among the
lead consultants on the online
panel of expert’s forum for
the women-banking segment
(Annissaa) of Gulf African
Bank, Kenya.
She runs various companies in
Kenya including Auto Village
– an automotive repair company.
Auto Village provides an internship
programme that equips
graduates with practical work
skills, builds their confidence and
prepares them for employment.
The National Industrial Training
Authority and Kenya Private
Sector Alliance are partners
of this programme, which is
supported by the President of
the Republic of Kenya. Fatma
& Auto Village have been
recognised by KEPSA for their
contributions in alleviating youth
unemployment and poverty
Fatma nurtures and helps
women and youth in less
privileged groups in Kenya to
develop and grow economically
and become responsible citizens.
She has empowered Growth
Oriented Women Entrepreneurs
through the GOWE programme
sponsored by the African
Development Bank.
Handry Satriago
Chief Executive Officer,
General Electric,
Republic of Indonesia
Handry loves education and
volunteering activities and
spends his spare time visiting
universities and sharing his
experiences with students. He is
an advisory member for several
prominent universities and
professional organisations
in Indonesia.
Handry joined GE in 1997 after
having worked for a couple of
years for local companies in
Indonesia. Previously, he held
several roles in the area of
business development, sales,
and quality for several GE
businesses in the country
as well as in the region.
Handry graduated as a
Bioindustrial Engineer from
Bogor Agricultural University in
1993. He holds a Master’s Degree
in international business from
the International Precious Metals
Institute (IPMI) and an MBA
from Monash University in 1997.
He also holds a PhD degree in
strategic management from the
University of Indonesia.
Hermawan Kartajaya
Founder and Executive Chairman,
MarkPlus Inc,
Republic of Indonesia
In 2009, he received the
Distinguished Global Leadership
Award from the Pan-Pacific
Business Association at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He also received Lifetime
Achievement in Marketing
Award from Jawa Pos in 2016.
He is currently the Founder &
Executive Chairman of
MarkPlus, Inc.
Hermawan Kartajaya is the
President of the World Marketing
Association, Co-Founder of
Asia Marketing Federation, and
President of Indonesia Council
for Small Business (ICSB). In
2003, he was named by the
United Kingdom’s Chartered
Institute of Marketing on the list
of “50 Gurus Who Have Shaped
the Future of Marketing” which
includes Philip Kotler, David
Aaker, Gary Hamel, Tom Peters,
and Seth Godin.
Dr -Ing Ilham A. Habibie
Mitra Energia Ltd,
Republic of Indonesia
Indonesia (IULI), which he
co-established in 2012.
In 2014, he was elected to be
Chief Executive of Wantiknas,
the National Information and
Communication Technology (ICT)
Council of Indonesia. Being Vice
Chairman of the Indonesian
Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (KADIN) for Informatics,
Broadcasting, Research &
Technology, Ilham is also
responsible for KADIN’s bilateral
committee for Germany.
Ilham joined Ilthabi Rekatama,
a private investment company
in Indonesia, as President
Director in 2002. Through
Ilthabi, he invested in various
companies in the fields of energy,
education, health, manufacturing,
information and communication
technology (ICT), and others.
Ilham’s previous professional
background is largely with
aerospace companies, IPTN
Indonesia and Boeing USA.
to that, he was Assistant
Professor for Fluid Mechanics
at the Technical University of
Munich (TUM), Germany. He
chairs the foundation of the
International University Liaison
He is also the Founder of The
Habibie Center foundation,
leading its Institute for
Democracy through Science and
Technology. He is a member of
the board of advisors of the US
cultural center in Jakarta called
@america and the Chairman
of Business Action for Support
of Information Society (BASIS),
International Chamber of
Commerce (ICC) in Paris, France.
Ilham is also the Vice Chairman
of the All-Indonesian Association
of Muslim Intellectuals and the
Chairman of All-Indonesian
Association of Muslim
James Digby
Co-Founder of Rockstart Accelerator and
Founding Chairman of Global Startup Awards,
Kingdom of Denmark
As a seasoned board member,
most recently with Louisiana
State University (LSU), James has
also served on the management
team and was a personal mentor
for a number of startups that
have gone on to raise significant
funding and global traction,
recently with the award-winning
streaming device that became
the most publicly backed crowd
funded project in Europe on
Indiegogo of all time.
James Digby is a Founding
Partner at the Global Startup
Awards, a pan regional
startup competition that
recognises entrepreneurs and
their respective supporting
ecosystems in 25 countries
around the world. He also
co-founded the award-winning
startup incubator Rockstart
Accelerator in Amsterdam,
James has more than a decade
of entrepreneurial experience
working with startups and
corporations like Samsung, and
public organisations such as
the Saïd Business School at
Oxford University and the
Kauffman Foundation to
development innovation &
strategy workshops as well
as lecture on entrepreneurial
techniques with a focus on
‘lean’ methodologies and global
James Chau
Special Contributor,
CCTV News,
People’s Republic of China
He has interviewed a range of
personalities, amongst them
Nobel Peace Prize winners Kofi
Annan, Muhammad Yunus
and Aung Sang Suu Kyi, as
well as Joko Widodo, Winnie
Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Elton
John, Paul Kagame, Diane von
Furstenberg, and Chinese First
Lady Peng Liyuan. Most recently
he reported on the Syrian civil
war, the Paris terrorist attacks,
the COP21 climate talks, and the
outbreaks of Zika and Ebola.
James Chau is a broadcaster,
writer and Goodwill Ambassador
for WHO and UNAIDS. He was a
Guest Presenter on BBC World
News, and is currently a Special
Contributor to CCTV News after
ten years as its main anchor.
He is active on social media,
writing for the Huffington Post
and has 1.7 million followers on
Weibo, the Chinese version of
Twitter. He was named a Young
Global Leader by the World
Economic Forum.
A frequent public speaker, he
moderates high-level events
such as World Economic Forum
and St. Gallen Symposium with
participants such as Prince
William, Bill Gates and Jack Ma.
He studied piano at the Royal
Academy of Music and graduated
from Cambridge University,
where the annual John C.B. Chau
Prize in Engineering is named for
his father.
He lives in Beijing and London.
Jesús M. Ramirez Muñoz
Managing Director,
Grupo Fuxiona,
Kingdom of Spain
In mid-2004 he established,
managed and directed a new
company called Sideracero DAH,
SA, which specialises in the
marketing and distribution of steel
products manufacturing and
cutting of bespoke sizes steel
sheets for both domestic and
European markets. Sideracero
was one of the leading suppliers
to the pioneering project of
floating liquefied gas storage
in Crinavis-San Roque, Spain for
Exxon Mobil.
After completing his degree
in Business Administration
from the USA, he worked in
a family-owned group
of companies.
In 2003-2004, Jesús Ramirez
began his career in Comomin
SCA, the parent company of the
family-owned group, specialising
in the area of assembling and
industrial maintenance within
the petrochemical sector in
Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. He
acted as Project Manager and
coordinator of various projects
accorded by the autonomy of
Ceuta, in Spain.
In mid-2008, he continued
his professional career with
Ferrotek Suministros SA, with
the aim of opening up its
client base to an international
stage providing marketing and
urgent distribution of industrial
supplies worldwide, managing
board management and cost
management tasks as well as
risk controls associated with
international credit sales.
From early 2013, he was
appointed as the Chief Executive
Officer of Grupo Fuxiona SL,
a company specialising in exclusive
global trade and contracts, with
its own trademarks, including
genuine and iconic projects.
Jordan Duffy
Director and Head of Innovation,
Buckham and Duffy,
Commonwealth of Australia
Jordan Duffy is a serial
entrepreneur, technology
innovation expert and, at the
age of 21, co-owns Buckham
& Duffy, an innovation and
rapid development firm with
18 employees. B&D services
enterprise and government
clients in identifying and
accelerating the adoption
of emerging technologies,
research and startups. Jordan
works for governments and in
international policy to create
more innovative enterprises and
nations. His expertise is also
used as a board member for city
council and as a G20 delegate.
Jordan’s passion for technology
and business started at home
assembling computers, and
his entrepreneurial journey
started at age 14 with business
partner Alex Buckham. Alex
and Jordan have been growing
businesses for eight years.
Business aside, Jordan is an avid
self-educator and driven change
maker. Jordan has battled and
defeated cancer and manages
chronic pain, has travelled to
20 countries and played drums
on the Great Wall of China in
the 2008 Olympic Orchestra.
Jordan brings an understanding
of millennial, startups, small/
medium business, enterprise
and government and many
things in between.
Acting Director of Islamic Development Bank Group,
Regional Office for Southeast Asia,
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Kunrat
Wirasubrata is the Acting Director
of the Islamic Development
Bank Group Regional Office for
Southeast Asia since December
2011. Before being posted in
Kuala Lumpur, he worked in IDB
headquarters in Jeddah managing
IDB portfolio in East and Central
Africa, and before that in South
and Central Asia.
Kunrat is a Member of the WIEF
International Advisory Panel (IAP).
Co-Founder and Director,
Ata Plus Sdn Bhd,
For the past 10 years, Kyri
ventured into ICT software
development and brand
consultancy. He has a
special interest in social
entrepreneurship, sustainable
business ideas & Islamic
peer-to-peer micro-financing.
Kyri has a BA in business
studies from the University
of North London.
Kyri, a British national, has
resided in Malaysia for over 20
years. He is an entrepreneur
with extensive branding,
marketing and strategic planning
experience in the advertising
and IT sectors, nationally and
internationally. He has 17 years
of experience in marketing
and branding for international
agencies such as Batey
Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi
and Dentsu, Young & Rubicam.
Luky Eko Wuryanto
Vice President and Chief Administration Officer,
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),
People’s Republic of China
at the Office of Coordinating
Ministry for Economic Affairs
and Deputy Minister for Regional
Development and Autonomy
at the National Development
Planning Ministry.
He holds a Bachelor degree from
Bandung Institute of Technology
in Urban and Regional Planning,
and a PhD in Regional Economics
and Science Studies from Cornell
University, USA.
Luky Eko is VP and Chief
Administration Officer of Asian
Infrastructure Investment
Bank in the People’s Republic
of China. Previously, he held
various senior positions in
the Central Government of
Indonesia. Notable contributions
include, among others, Chairman
of Implementing Team of
the Committee for Strategic
Infrastructure Project Provisions
Chief Executive Officer,
My Outlets Pte Ltd,
Republic of Singapore
as well as government, trade
and halal certification bodies in
the region.
Malek is also Deputy President
of the Singapore Malay Chamber
of Commerce & Industry, and
has been awarded the SMCCI
Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
He is involved in various advisory
roles as well as the strategic
planning, charting and developing
the growth of SMCCI.
He is the CEO and Director of
My Outlets Pte Ltd in Singapore,
a value chain platform that
provides halal trade and
business solutions to SMEs in
the halal F&B industry since
2013. Malek plays a crucial
role in the company’s strategic
corporate development, helping
SMEs from the halal F&B
industry in developing their
export capability development.
He managed to build a global
network and partnerships with
various food manufacturers
who are keen to enter the Asian
market, including numerous
Malaysian, Indonesian, Turkish
and Australian companies,
As well as his role as the Head of
the Halal Industry’s F&B Cluster,
Malek has decades of experience
in the know-how, understanding
of the needs, wants and concerns
of the local halal food players.
Nazeem Noordali
General Manager of Corporate and
Structured Finance Department (ITFC),
Islamic Development Bank,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
a number of innovative solutions
towards building a robust
structure and led a team of
multi-skilled professionals,
which over the recent years have
produced some of the landmark
deals in Islamic trade finance
for ITFC.
Nazeem Noordali, General
Manager of Corporate
& Structured Finance, is
responsible for overseeing all
ITFC trade finance transactions
for MENA, Africa and Asia/
CIS. Prior to the establishment
of ITFC, he was Acting Group
Supervisor of Operations in the
Trade Finance & Promotion
Department (TFPD) at the Islamic
Development Bank (IDB).
He pioneered the concept of
Shariah-compliant structured
commodity finance within the
Islamic banking community.
He has been particularly
instrumental in introducing
He began his career in 1990,
before joining IDB, with the
French General Council in the
Finance Department and later
moved to Mauritius, where he
worked for the state export
development agency, involved
in the promotion of exports
and direct investments into
the Economic Free Zone of
He obtained a Masters of Science
degree in Shipping Trade &
Finance in 1989 from the CASS
Business School, UK, following
his Bachelor’s degree (Honours)
in Economics from the London
School of Economics (LSE).
Dato’ Mohamad
Rafique Merican
Group Head, Islamic Banking and
Chief Executive Officer, Maybank Islamic
Executive Officer. He also worked
with Amanah Capital Group and
Bumiputera Merchant Bankers
Berhad in corporate finance
and advisory roles. His recent
appointments include NonIndependent Non-Executive
Director of Etiqa Takaful Berhad
and Member of Etiqa Insurance
Berhad Investment Committee.
Dato’ Rafique was also the
President Commissionaire of PT
Bank Maybank Syariah Indonesia
from 2013-2016.
Dato’ Mohamad Rafique Merican
is the Chief Executive Officer of
Maybank Islamic and Group Head
of Islamic Banking since 1 July
2016. He joined Maybank Group in
2012 as its Group Chief Financial
Officer and is also a member of
the Maybank Group Executive
Committee. He has more than
25 years of experience in the
corporate sector, as Chief Financial
Officer of Tenaga Nasional and
Malakoff Berhad.
Prior to that, he served at
Radicare (M) Sdn Bhd, a facilities
management concessionaire for
hospitals in Malaysia as Chief
Operating Officer and Chief
Dato’ Rafique is a fellow of
the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK;
Chartered Accountant, Malaysian
Institute of Accountants and
underwent the Advanced
Management Programme at
Harvard Business School. He
is a member of the Malaysia
Accounting Standards Board;
Malaysia Advisory Committee of
ACCA Malaysia and CNBC Global
CFO Council.
Mumtaz khan
Kingdom of Bahrain
Prior to that, Mr Khan was with
IFC for 14 years and served as
Resident Representative based
in Jakarta. Mr. Khan also served
as a Manager in IFC’s Asia
Department and pioneered IFC’s
programme in China through
extensive engagement with state
owned entities in China and the
Ministry of Finance.
Mumtaz Khan is Advisor
to Nogaholding, the parent
company holding all the oil and
gas assets of the Kingdom of
Bahrain. Mr Khan is a recognised
leader in private equity in the
Middle East and Asia. He was
the key person to establish
the US$730 million Islamic
Development Bank Infrastructure
Fund (IDB Fund) and served
as Chairman and CEO of EMP
Bahrain, Manager of the IDB
Fund, for eight years.
Mr Khan served as a Managing
Director at EMP Global in
Washington D.C. and for three
years was based in Hong Kong
as a Managing Director for
the US$1.1 billion AIG Asian
Infrastructure Fund.
Mr Khan is a member of the
Advisory Board of the UK based
Official Monetary and Financial
Institutions Forum (OMFIF). He
is also a member of the Bretton
Woods Committee and served as
a member of the Interim Council
of the International Renewable
Energy Agency (IRENA). At the
WIEF Foundation, he serves as
the Economic Advisor.
Nadira Mohd Yusoff
Chief Executive Officer,
Nadi Ayu Technologies Sdn Bhd,
She was also nominated for
the Prime Minister’s Women
Entrepreneur Award in 2011
and was a finalist for the Great
Women of Our Times Award
by the Malaysian Women’s
Weekly Magazine in 2012. She
also represents Malaysia as the
focal point in the ASEAN Women
Entrepreneur Network (AWEN).
Nadira is currently the CEO of
Nadi Ayu Technologies and
the Co-Founder of NATSB
since 2002. She is also the
Managing Director for Girls In
Tech Malaysia (GITM), as well as
Great Women Malaysia. Nadira
Yusoff is the recipient of several
entrepreneurship awards, such
as the Malaysian Outstanding
Woman Entrepreneur Award
which was awarded during the
ASEAN Women Entrepreneur
Forum in 2015 (AWEF), and the
Most Innovative Company Award
at the NEF-AWANI ICT Awards
in 2011.
Nadira has been featured in
various entrepreneurshiprelated interviews and television
programmes, and has been
actively involved in several local
and regional forums as speaker
and moderator including the
Women Extraordinaire Forum
in Kuala Lumpur in 2014.
She was the lead programme
curator for Bahtera and the
1ASEAN Entrepreneurship
Summit in 2015. This year,
Nadira Yusoff was chosen
by the U.S. Department of
State’s International Visitor
to represent the ASEAN
Women Entrepreneurs in the
International Visitor Leadership
Program (IVLP), which took place
from February until March 2016.
Nicola Castelnuovo
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer,
Nicola has more than 15 years
of experience in financial
technology with significant
expertise in investment,
finance, internet and the hi-tech
sectors. He spent 8 years
at Accenture, where part of
Accenture’s research centre
in Sophia Antipolis served
financial institution clients on
large transformational projects.
Subsequently he joined Standard
Chartered Bank in Singapore as
a fixed income trader on Asian
financial markets.
Established in 2012, Crowdo,
a leading financial technology
company in Asia, offers a full
suite of equity crowdfunding and
peer-to-peer lending solutions.
It has a strong regional presence
with offices in Singapore, Malaysia
and Indonesia, and has helped
raise funding for projects across
six continents from more than
70 countries.
He holds an MBA from INSEAD
in Singapore and France and
a Master in Bio-electronic
engineering from the Polytechnic
University of Milan. He has been
living in Singapore for more than
10 years.
Dato’ Dr Norraesah
WIEF Businesswomen Network,
Dato’ Dr Norraesah Mohamad
is the Executive Chairman of My
E.G. Services Bhd, an IT service
provider. She is also Executive
Chairman of Embunaz Ventures
Sdn Bhd, a family owned
investment company involved
in the education and hospitality
sector. She also sits on the Board
of 5 other listed companies in
Dato’ Dr Norraesah is a member
of the Board of Trustees of the
World Islamic Economic Forum
(WIEF) Foundation, a member
of its International Advisory
Panel and heads the WIEF
Businesswomen Network (WBN).
She obtained an MA and PhD
in International Economics and
Finance from the University of
Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne,
France. In 1982, she obtained
her Masters in International
Economics Relations from
International Institute of Public
Administration, France. She
also obtained her first Degree in
Economics from the University
of Malaya and also earned a
Diploma in Commercial Policy
from GATT Geneva. She has
over forty-one (41) years of
working experience in the field of
banking, investment consultancy
and international trade and
Dato’ Norraesah worked with the
Ministry of International Trade
and Industry (MITI) from 1972 to
1985, during which time she was
in charge of trade policies and
multilateral trade negotiations,
trade fairs and missions.
Between 1986 to 1988, she
was attached to the Ministry of
Finance, responsible for national
privatisation programmes
and debt management.
Subsequently, she left the public
sector to pursue her career in the
Corporate/Banking sectors.
Oğuz Aslaner
Deputy Executive Director of Banking and Financial Institutions Department,
Central Bank of Turkey,
Republic of Turkey
Stability and Financial Data and
Monitoring Divisions report to
him. He is also serving as the
Central Bank representative
in the Governing Board of the
Banks Association of Turkey
- Risk Center, which functions
as the official credit registry.
Oğuz Aslaner received his
undergraduate degree from
Boğaziçi University in the field of
Economics. He started his career
as a Sell-Side Equity Analyst
and worked for several local and
foreign investment banks. He
also worked in the Strategy and
Investor Relations Department
of one of Turkey’s leading private
commercial banks.
He joined the Central Bank of
Turkey in 2013 and is currently
serving as a Deputy Executive
Director in the Banking
and Financial Institutions
Department, where Financial
Paco Morales
Michelin Star Chef,
Kingdom of Spain
As the breadth of his experience
grew, Morales went on to
mentor and train other chefs
between 2006 and 2007. He was
known for his perfectionism in
everything from the products
used, dishes prepared to
Subsequently, he started working
with former professional tennis
player Juan Carlos Ferrero and
became the gastronomic director
at the Ferrero complex.
Growing up in a family of cooks,
Paco began his career working in
a family restaurant in 1995, while
studying hospitality at the time.
Paco has had extensive experience
working in restaurants such as
“Guggenheim”, “Mugaritz”,
“El Bulli”, and “Change of Pace”
in London, creating quality
dishes and menu changes. In
2006, he became head chef upon
his return to “Mugaritz”, a role
that included travel to various
countries to give exquisite
lunches and dinners.
In 2010, Paco opened his own
restaurant “Noor” at Hotel
Ferrero, where he was awarded
the coveted Michelin star.
Between 2013 and 2014, he
became advisor to three
restaurants, in Menorca, Madrid,
and Brazil. Last year, he finalised
the opening of his restaurant
in Cordoba.
Peniel Uliwa
Managing Partner,
SME Impact Fund,
United Republic of Tanzania
He has published experiences
of sub-sector studies in
international journals of Small
Enterprise Development and
researched intensively on
agricultural markets, value chain
empowerment, contract farming,
BDS Market Development and
entrepreneurship development.
Peniel Uliwa has over 27 years
of extensive experience as a
Business Advisor, Research
Manager, Senior Programme
Officer and Director cum Principal
Consultant, revolving around
Small Enterprise Development
and more.
He has been involved in a wide
range of “hands on” business
advisory services and policy
developments for small businesses
in farming and non-farming
sectors, and has been exposed
to working environments in
multicultural teams at national
(Tanzania), regional (East, West
and Southern Africa) and
international settings (EU,
Far East/India).
Previously, he held positions
such as Senior Economic
Development Advisor at SNV
Zimbabwe, Senior Programme
Officer and Deputy Director at
SNV Tanzania, and Research
Manager at Small Industries
Development Organisation.
In addition, he has undertaken
several major consulting
assignments with international
organisations such as OXFAM,
Gatsby Trust UK, UNCCD, and
Norges Vel, amongst others.
Uliwa currently works as a
Managing Partner of Match
Maker Group which houses
Match Makers Associates Ltd
(MMA) and Match Maker Fund
Management (MMFM), offering
value chain consultancies,
business development services
and financial services.
Philip Glickman
Regional Head of Commercial Payments,
MasterCard Asia Pacific,
Republic of Singapore
Eni Group and MSC in New York,
a leading shipping line, also in
New York.
Philip received a BA from
Hofstra University, an MBA from
American University and is fluent
in Italian.
Philip Glickman, based in
Singapore, is the Regional Head
of Commercial Payments for
MasterCard in Asia Pacific.
He oversees the product
management of T&E, Purchase
Card, SME, B2B solutions and
partnerships as they relate to
commercial products. His career
has spanned the development
of payments within both the
consumer and commercial
fields, in addition to acquiring
government procurement. Before
joining MasterCard, he worked
with Citibank in their transaction
banking business in Hong Kong
and New York, and in the supply
chain management field for the
Prof. Richard Black
Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise),
School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS),
United Kingdom
Development (Longman, 1998)
and he has recent articles in
Nature, Nature Climate Change,
and Global Environmental
Change. Richard has field
experience across various
countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
and Southern/South-eastern
Professor Richard Black is
Pro-Director (Research and
Enterprise) at SOAS University of
London. Prior to moving to SOAS
in 2013, he was founding Head of
the School of Global Studies at the
University of Sussex.
Richard is widely published on
issues concerning migration,
refugees, development and
environmental change. He was
Editor of the Journal of Refugee
Studies from 1994-2009 and
was elected as a Fellow of the
Academy of Social Sciences
in 2012. His books include
A continent moving west?
(Amsterdam, 2010), Targeting
Development (Routledge, 2004)
and Refugees, Environment and
Riski Hapsari
Founder and Owner,
Republic of Indonesia
In 2016, she not only had her
own website, but her name
had spread throughout social
media including Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Her customers are scattered
throughout Indonesia, with a
total of 400 online transactions
per month. She successfully
penetrated into the foreign
market and now has a few
foreign customers from Malaysia,
Singapore, Hong Kong, US, and
With a passion for handcrafts
since her childhood, Riski
Hapsari, born in 1981, started
her career in secondary school
by selling handmade bracelets.
In 2007, she resigned from CIMB
Niaga Bank and started her
first online business http://
In 2013, she joined the 2nd
Regional WIEF Online Marketing
Workshop in Surabaya where
the Workshop inspired her to
develop another website called
Not only focused on selling
accessories, the website also
provides information on how
to find materials to make
accessories at home and market
them as well. This way, she
will help Indonesian women
establish their own business
from home. Koleksikikie also
collaborates with the Indonesian
Government through the PNPM
Mandiri programme in order to
empower women in rural areas.
Due to her dedication and hard
work, she was selected as one
of the finalists for the Indonesia
Women Entrepreneur award
“Wanita Wirausaha Femina”
in 2015.
Rosan P. Roeslani
Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN),
Republic of Indonesia
With extensive experience in
foreign currency analysis, he
possesses expertise in analysing
and developing investment
and portfolio diversification,
financial restructuring exercises
and merger and acquisitions
He is also currently Commissioner
for PT Visi Media Asia Tbk., Lativi
Media Karya (TV One) and Mahaka
Media Tbk., among others.
In 2015, Rosan was appointed
as Chairman of the Indonesian
Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, as well as, Chairman
of All Indonesia Weightlifting,
Body Building and Powerlifting
Association (PB PABBSI). He is
the Chairman of PT Recapital
Advisors, Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of the Losari
Foundation, and Founder and
Chairman of Recapital Amanah
Roshan Isaacs
Country Manager,
Islamic Fashion and Design Council,
Republic of South Africa
Her contribution to establishing
a voice for the Islamic design
industry is at the core of all she
does, as juror of the International
Fashion Film Festival, Managing
Director of Style Africa Fashion
Network, producer and host of
CoverMode on local radio station
Voice of The Cape, writer for
Modest Muse and IFDC’s highly
anticipated Cover Magazine
(being called in the press the
Vogue of Islamic fashion), host
of IFDC’s The Modest Chapter,
and model for TopCo.
Roshan Isaacs is revolutionising
the way in which designers, the
world over, perceive the modest
fashionista. As the IFDC’s South
Africa Country Manager, she
oversees creative projects as
she tackles creative problem
solving, business strategies
and big picture thinking.
Her vision for IFDC South Africa
is to create global awareness
amongst South African Designers
who cater to the modest wear
market, promote modest wear
on mainstream runways, host
an IFDC International Fashion
Show and build a market, retail
or online, that enables South
African designers to reach out
to global consumers.
salih tuna Şahin
Vice President,
SME Development Organization (KOSGEB),
Republic of Turkey
He was later appointed as
Head of Personnel Certification
Commission and Head of
Neutrality Commission of the
TSI, and then became Deputy
Chairman of the Board of
Directors of the Credit Guarantee
Fund until 2015.
Salih has been serving as Vice
President of KOSGEB since
2007. He studied metallurgical
and materials engineering
in Middle East Technical
University between 1990-1995
and started his career in the
Turkish Standards Institution
(TSI), where he served as the
Head of the Supervisory Board.
In 1999, he was appointed as
the Ministerial Advisor to the
Ministry of Industry and Trade
and in 2002, he was assigned as
Acting President of KOSGEB. He
also served as an Advisor to the
President of KOSGEB between
2003 and 2007.
Salih is also a member of the
Executive Committee of the
Turkish Research & Business
Organisations Public & Private
Partnership (TURBO) since
2008; Vice Chairman of OECD
Working Party on SME’s and
Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE)
since 2012; independent member
of the board of director of KOBİ
Venture Capital Investment Trust
Inc. Co.; and a member of the
board of directors of the İstanbul
Venture Capital Initiative (IVCI)
between 2008-2013. He has
held the post of Chairman of
the board of directors of IVCI
since 2013.
Sam Shafie
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder,
Pitch Platforms Sdn Bhd (pitchIN),
He co-founded the crowdfunding
platform, pitchIN in 2012 and
started the long journey of
introducing crowdfunding in
Malaysia. After the Securities
Commission introduced Equity
Crowdfunding, pitchIN became
one of the first 6 companies that
was registered as a Recognised
Market Operator (RMO) for
the purpose of offering Equity
Sam is legally trained, having
served as a Deputy Public
Prosecutor in the AttorneyGeneral Chambers of Malaysia
as well having served in the
Securities Commission of
Malaysia (SC) and the Malaysian
Communications and Multimedia
Commission (MCMC). Sam
left public service after 15
years in 2008 and joined the
entrepreneurial rat race.
Sam is also the Founder of
WatchTower and Friends (WTF),
a 4-month tech startup
accelerator program that also
does pre-seed funding. He has
been named by Digital News Asia
in their 2016-2017 Digerati 50.
Shelby Clark
Co-Founder and CEO of Peers, and Founder of Turo
United States of America
Shelby is an entrepreneur who has
dedicated his career to building
and empowering peer-to-peer
marketplaces. Shelby has been
called a pioneer in “Collaborative
Consumption” or the “Sharing
Economy.” This movement is
rapidly changing consumer
behaviours in many ways, and
along the way, these marketplaces
are disputing mobility, insurance,
commerce, work, and the very way
we live our lives.
Shelby is the founder of
RelayRides (recently rebranded
to Turo), the world’s first and
largest peer-to-peer car sharing
marketplace (Airbnb for cars),
which has raised over $100M in
financing from top tier investors
and now operates in over 3,000
US cities. RelayRides spawned
a global industry, garnering
participation from major
corporations and attracting
significant press attention from
hundreds of outlets worldwide.
Shelby was also the CMO of payper-mile car insurance company,
MetroMile, and the Founder/
CEO of Peers, which aims to
help a new sharing economy
workforce find and manage
work. Shelby started his career
in Management consulting, and
has done significant independent
consulting as well, advising
major corporations on strategy,
project implementation, and
Shelby holds an MBA from
Harvard Business School, and
a BS in Biomedical Engineering
from Northwestern University,
where he attended on a
swimming scholarship.
Shinta Dhanuwardoyo
Chief Executive Officer and Founder,
Republic of Indonesia
Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo,
known as Shinta Bubu,
recognised as Globe Asia’s
99 Most Powerful Women
in Indonesia, is a pioneer in
Indonesia’s tech industry.
She established Bubu.com in
1996, which is one of the first
Internet companies ever built
in Indonesia. Bubu.com started
as a web design company, and
with rapid development in the
country’s digital landscape,
has since evolved into a leading
digital agency.
She is passionate about all
things tech, and is committed to
contribute to the development
of the tech industry. One of
her initiatives include IDByte
2015 event and Bubu Awards,
which brings in world-class
industry players and honours
the best talents in Indonesia’s
digital landscape. She also
set up SVATA – a non-profit
organisation aiming to bridge
knowledge between Silicon
Valley and Indonesia’s tech
ecosystem. Her most recent
initiative is establishing Angel eQ
Network – a community of angel
investors made of prominent
Shinta Bubu has also served as
CEO of Plasa.com – one of the
digital arms of Telkomsel and
one of the first e-commerce in
Indonesia. At Plasa.com, she
managed to secure partnership
with E-Bay. She also set up
Nusantara Ventures, one of the
first venture capital firms in
Sitta Rosdaniah
Financial and Supporting Director,
Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung,
Republic of Indonesia
Policy from the Crawford School
from the Australian National
University. She attended an
Executive Education in Finance
at the Harvard Business School.
Sitta Rosdaniah is the Financial
and Supporting Director of
Jakarta Industrial Estate
Pulogadung (JIEP) − the first
industrial estate in Indonesia.
She has served 18 years as a
staff and official at the Ministry
of Finance and the Ministry of
State-owned Enterprises in
Indonesia. She has a B.Eng. in
Industrial Engineering from the
Sepuluh Nopember Institute
of Technology (ITS), an MSc in
Business & Economics from the
University of Strathclyde, and
a PhD in Economic Public
She has taught in several
universities in the areas of
business & economics, finance,
and public administration. She
is currently a member of the
Advisory Board for the Industrial
Engineering Department at ITS.
She was a recipient of the British
Chevening Award in 1999 and
the Australian Leadership Award
in 2007.
Tanri Abeng
President Commissioner of PT Pertamina and
Former Minister for State-Owned Enterprises,
Republic of Indonesia
enterprise reform is part of
his involvement for more
than three decades with
multinational, regional and
national corporations. He has
held top executive positions
in Indonesia for Union Carbide
(USA), Heineken (Netherlands),
Bakrie & Brothers and has held
non-executive positions in
other companies including BAT
(United Kingdom), BATA (Canada)
and Asia Pacific Breweries
In March 1998, Tanri Abeng was
appointed by President Soeharto
as Indonesia’s first Minister for
State-Owned Enterprises and
given the challenge not only of
restructuring the State sector
but also of creating, from scratch,
a new ministry to undertake the
task. He was reappointed to the
same portfolio when Dr Habibie
replaced President Soeharto.
He launched a programme to
restructure the state-owned
enterprises, to increase their
productivity and unlock their
value, which was completed
before President Habibie’s
cabinet was resolved in 1999.
Tanri’s experience in formulating
a coherent plan for state-owned
Tanri was also an Elected
Member of People’s Consultative
Assembly from 1990-1998. Since
leaving government, he has been
active in the field of developing
cross cultural leadership skills for
the benefit of future private and
public sector leaders in Indonesia
and the Asia Pacific region,
through the Executive Center
for Global Leadership.
Tanri is currently the Publisher
of Globe Asia as well as the
President Director of Global
Investment Partners. A graduate
of State University of New York
in Business Administration, he
also completed an Advanced
Management Program at
Claremont Graduate School, USA.
Teymoor Nabili
Former News Anchor,
Al Jazeera,
Republic of Singapore
Teymoor was awarded the “Best
News Presenter” at the Asian
Television Awards in 2006, and
shared the award for “Best News
Story (Sports)” from the Royal
Television Society in 2000.
Teymoor is a journalist,
broadcaster and public speaker
with a 25-year track record of
presenting, writing and editing
news and current affairs.
He has launched and hosted
high profile programmes for
major global TV networks
including Al Jazeera, BBC, CNBC,
CNN and Channel 4, and has
covered major international
news events like 9/11, the Asian
tsunami, the Arab Spring, the
Japan earthquake and nuclear
meltdown, the Thailand riots,
and the Iran Presidential election
of 2009.
Thione Niang
Co-Founder and President,
Solektra International,
United States of America
communication and relations
between global organisations
and governments, and the
third is Akon Lighting Africa
& Solektra International
which he co-founded with
the renowned artist Akon and
Malian Businessman Samba
Bathily in 2014. The mission of
Akon Lighting Africa is to bring
electricity to 600 million African
households and communities
through sustainable solar
Thione Niang is a social
entrepreneur, political strategist,
youth advocate and author. His
efforts led him to participate as a
community organiser in the 2008
election of President Barack
Obama and National Co-Chair of
Gen44 for the 2012 campaign.
He currently heads three
international organisations.
The first is the Give1 Project,
which he created in 2009 as an
institution that promotes the
involvement and leadership of
future young leaders. The second
is the TNG Consulting Group,
which aims to facilitate
In 2015, he was appointed
Ambassador to the US Ministry
of Energy by President Obama.
Thione Niang advocates for
inclusion of minorities in all
aspects of the energy sector,
with a special focus on energy
economic development, STEM
education, and climate change.
Thione Niang shares his inspiring
story with the world in his recent
book, Memoirs of an Eternal
Valerina Daniel
News Anchor and Communication Adviser,
Republic of Indonesia
and Forestry of Indonesia
whom entrusted her to be
the Communications Adviser
since 2005, acknowledged her
passion for the environment.
Valerina was recently appointed
as Ambassador for Indonesian
Legal Wood Campaign.
Valerina Daniel is a prominent
News Anchor in Indonesia. As
a Broadcast Journalist for 15
years, she has covered many
stories from the devastating
tsunami in Aceh and Sri Lanka
to the US Presidential Election
in Washington, DC.
She is very passionate about
communications, sustainable
development and climate change
issues. Her passion for the
environment was acknowledged
by the Ministry of Environment
Valerina graduated from
Monash University in Melbourne,
Australia, majoring in Master
of Communications and Media
Studies after receiving the
Australian Leadership Awards in
2008. She has published several
books titled “Easy Green Living”,
and “I Love Earth” - a series of
children’s stories.
Because of her dedication to the
environment, Valerina received
the Indonesia Green Award and
the Australian Alumni Awards for
Communications and Journalism
in 2011.
Prof. Dr Volker Nienhaus
Former President,
University of Marburg,
Federal Republic of Germany
Volker Nienhaus was Professor
of Economics at the German
universities of Trier and Bochum,
Vice Rector of the University
of Bochum and President of
the University of Marburg. He
holds an honorary professorship
of the University of Bochum
and was Visiting Professor at
the University of Reading (UK),
University of Malaya, and the
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies.
He served in several academic
advisory committees and boards,
including the German Federal
Ministry of Economic Co-operation
and Development and the German
Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Currently, Volker is a member
of the Governing Council
and Adjunct Professor of
the International Centre for
Education in Islamic Finance
(INCEIF) in Kuala Lumpur and
consultant to the Islamic
Financial Services Board (IFSB).
He is also member of the
Supervisory Board of FWU AG
in Munich, an internationally
operating family takāful provider.
His interest in Islamic economics
and finance and his long list of
publications date back to the
late 1970s.
MOCAfest is the WIEF Foundation’s arts
and culture festival. It is an initiative to
recognise the potential of the creative
industry and the role that it can play in the
lives of millions of people across the globe
in terms of economic empowerment and
social enterprise.
MOCAfest seeks to synthesise the creative
and business world so that they can learn
from one another. It is the melting pot of
various artistic expressions, where artists,
old and new, emerging and established,
Muslim and non-Muslim, come together to
create unique blends of art cutting across
race, religion and cultures.
Putri Sulistyowati
Ambassador & Programme Coordinator,
Indonesian Heritage Trust and Creative
Director, G&B Guitars,
Republic of Indonesia
Growing up surrounded by Javanese culture
and tradition, Putri is passionate about
spreading awareness on the importance of
conserving cultural heritage. She pursued
her education in Master of Science in Historic
Building Conservation in London, after
graduating from architecture school.
She later began her modelling career in Jakarta,
and graced covers and editorials in well-known
magazines. She moved to London, walked for
London Fashion Week for 3 seasons and was a
regular for in-house presentations such as FCUK
Currently, she is back in Jakarta contributing
to heritage conservation and the modeling
Animal Pop
Dance Group,
Republic of Indonesia
Animal Pop is inspired by the local tradition
and urban culture of Indonesia. The elements
that are projected in the dance group are
animal movements, pop and ancient human
Animal dances are inspired by the tradition in
Indonesia which is highly influenced by many
animals, expressed in movements of birds,
kangaroos, reptiles, fish, monkeys, chicken
and more. Pop is a word inspired by the
changing culture of the city which is constantly
developing trends like hip-hop styles, modern
dances, ballet, cartoon films, animation and MTV.
These elements mix well into the ancient human
imagination of the ape walking upright in the
past. All these elements merge into a powerful
movement called the Animal Pop Dance.
Ayu Laksmi
Singer and Song writer,
Republic of Indonesia
Gusti Ayu Laksmiyani is the leading Balinese
diva in Indonesian World music. She is not only
a singer, but also a gifted song-writer, dancer,
actress and theatre performer. Ayu Laksmi
travelled through and explored many musical
genres before arriving at where she is now. Her
music employs many musical expressions from
across the Indonesian culture and its religions.
She is self taught and consistent in sharpening
her talent in the art of sound. Her new solo
album entitled Svara Semesta 2010 & Svara
Semesta 2 2015 features religious and spiritual
undertones, presented in an innovative and
contemporary format. Her songs are performed
in 7 different languages, including Sanskrit, Kawi,
Balinese, Indonesian, English, Malay and Latin.
Ayu’s contemporary version of an ancient Kawi
poem is an integral part of her spectacular show,
with a haunting performance that showcases
Ayu’s vocal abilities and spectacular stage
Along with the launch of her new solo album
Svara Semesta, Ayu Laksmi formed a new
musical collective, also named Svara Semesta,
comprised of talented and young musicians
mostly from Bali but also from different
corners of Indonesia. For the live theatrical
performances, Ayu Laksmi collaborates with the
Indonesia’s leading art directors, choreographers
and dancers. She has performed all over
Indonesia at the highest levels and has been
invited to festivals around the World.
David Gunn
Artist and Producer,
United Kingdom
David Gunn works across the borderlines of
art, education and participatory practice. His
projects include an interactive sound installation
in a condemned community housing block in
Phnom Penh (The Room); a museum exhibition
showcasing actual museum objects alongside
fictive histories written by local school children
(Museum of Lies); live audio-visual performances
created entirely from the vocal contributions of
audience members (pyka_vox); an improvisation
quartet working with traditional Cambodian
musicians, combining khmer folk music with
modern electronics (Krom Monster).
His work includes commissions and projects
for institutions including Cambodian Living Arts,
Asian Development Bank, National Museums
Wales, Tate, the Roundhouse, Opera North
and more.
Currently, he is focusing on the development
of pyka, using digital creativity to unlock
better learning in schools and White Noise,
a multi-disciplinary combination of artistic
commissions, exploratory journalism and
site-specific interventions that seek to research
and positively influence the processes of
urban development and change in London’s
White City.
Etson Caminha
Visual Artist and Musician,
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Born in 1984 in Los Palos, Timor-Leste, Etson is
one of the best known and most accomplished
musicians of his generation. He plays bass guitar
for the well-known band Galaxy, one of the only
Timorese acts to have been invited to perform
at international festivals; the Darwin Festival in
2006 & 2008 and the Sines festival in Portugal,
2010. He is also one of the country’s most
creative and in-demand percussionists.
He is a veteran of the Arte Moris free art school,
where he established and taught in the music
department there. Currently, he is involved as
one of the central organisers of the annual Festa
Múzika, which is supported by the EU, now in its
third year in Dili. Etson distinguishes himself as
a multi-genre artist who incorporates traditional
instruments into creative performances, and as
a highly-regarded organiser that brings people
together from different realms. He is regularly
involved in voluntary work for smaller public arts
events. After years of hard work and dedication,
he is now formally recognised as an important
part of the cultural life of East Timor; he was
a featured speaker at the prestigious TEDx
Dili earlier this year. He is married and has
3 children.
Haryo Sasongko
Founder of G&B Guitars,
Republic of Indonesia
The idea of painting Batik on electric guitars
came to Haryo Sasongko (Kongko), 15 years
ago. He started customising some of his
branded guitars collection, and soon the
beautiful art pieces gained recognition from his
family and colleagues. Inspired by the feedback
and the will to create an originally made guitar,
Kongko started creating his own guitar designs
and specification, and from that process, the
first line of guitars was born which he then
branded as G&B Guitars.
G&B Guitars did not stop developing there.
Not only did they paint beautiful batik designs
on guitars, but they sought to meet the
standards from the demands of professional
guitarists. This inspired them to work harder
to develop designs that brought comfort
and great playability. In 2011, after 10 years in
researching and developing the programme,
the originally made guitars of G&B Canting
Guitar received positive feedback from players
and art collectors. This was then followed by
other models, like G&B Canting Bass. The legal
trademark of G&B began in 2011, and today G&B
is a registered brand and company under the
name of PT Gitar Batik Produktama.
Jamal Raslan
Spoken Word Artist,
Jamal Raslan, a versatile writer with experience
in advertising, is an established spoken word
poet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a copywriter,
he has worked with BBDO as the Malay
copywriter in their Creative Department and
also worked with other advertising agencies
such as Saatchi & Saatchi Malaysia and TBWA.
As a poet, he has performed in various local and
international creative and corporate events, and
won his debut slam in 2010. He has performed
at Impact Forum, Singapore; the World Islamic
Economic Forum, London; and has appeared on
TEDxKL twice. His exploits as a poet earned him
an invitation from Saatchi & Saatchi to guestwrite their winning pitch for a Bank Simpanan
Nasional (National Savings Bank, Malaysia)
campaign before going on to perform at the
campaign launch.
Jamal has also expanded his portfolio to teach
English and poetry to high school students.
Jamal juggles this passion with his day job as
a banker. He recently concluded his gig as a
consultant for the upcoming “25” campaign with
ASTRO Oasis, one of the channels under the
satellite pay-per-view TV network ASTRO.
Having released an EP titled “The Word” at
the Georgetown Literary Festival 2012, Jamal
is currently finishing his first poetry anthology
and is collecting materials for his debut album
targeted for a release in 2016. He is also
collecting materials for a book to be published
in the same year.
Krom Monster
World Music Band,
Kingdom of Cambodia
Krom Monster is a unique collaboration between
British and Cambodian musicians.
On their eponymous debut and the subsequent
Versions Metal Postcard 2014, Krom Monster
sketched out a unique take on Cambodian
musical traditions, where ancient melodies
combined with ragged beats, digital noise and
lush soundscapes.
The band emerged from a series of residencies
bringing together Cambodian and British
musicians. This residency was conceived and
supported by the Cambodian Living Arts,
a major force in promoting the recovery and
rejuvenation of contemporary Khmer music,
and Incidental, a contemporary arts
organisation in the UK.
The result is an energetic live performance that
resamples traditional instruments, reworking
traditional themes and blending Khmer themes
with contemporary electronics, urban music and
free improvisation.
Live shows are accompanied by responsive
video projections developed by David Gunn
and Tith Kanitha, that deconstruct a collage
of footage from contemporary and historical
Krom Monster features Sour Vanna on Gong
Tum, Chamroeun Phan on Tro Sao, Lun Panith
on Ksae Diew and David Gunn on laptop.
Tony Amaral
Visual Artist,
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Growing up in Dili under the Indonesian
occupation had profound impact on Tony’s
arts practices. He was a founding member of the
Arte Moris Free Art School artist collective and
was involved in many peace-building activities
throughout Timor-Leste.
In 2010, he graduated from the National Art
School in Sydney, Australia. He has exhibited
in Australia, Switzerland, Indonesia and
Timor-Leste. He has also exhibited work in the
15th and 16th Asian Art Bienniale in Bangladesh.
In 2014, he participated in the Darwin Festival,
Melbourne’s Gertrude Street Projection Festival
and Timor-Leste’s first public arts festival,
Arte Publiku.
He is a talented painter, sculptor and
multimedia artist. More recently his focus
has been on urban arts - graffiti, street art,
stencilling - bringing his artistic expression
onto the streetscape.
Wani Ardy &
The Guitar Polygamy
Music Band,
Wani Ardy & The Guitar Polygamy has had
an eventful year so far; an expanding lineup,
a sound that is getting increasingly diverse
and difficult to pigeonhole, and a barely feasible
DIY touring schedule across the Peninsula.
The band is going all heart on all four cylinders,
proving that they are rapidly becoming the little
group that can.
Marrying the tender, melodic toughness of
her early singer/songwriter influences
(KT Tunstall, Missy Higgins, Nick & Liesl to name
a few) with a trippier, slanted fare (Sia, Filastine,
and Portishead), the upcoming record Raskat
is already shaping up to be as eclectic and
potentially peerless in its own right; Gelombang
Dasar Laut is trip hop with heavy Javanese
overtones slathered with feedback and noise,
Gula Melaka is poetry underscored with sensual,
dreamy synth pop and Lampu Jalan already
treads on semi-post rock territory.
The bands discography includes Senikatawati
(EP) 2007, Meanwhile (EP) 2009, Langit Vanilla/
Sekarang Aku Tahu (single) 2012, and Raskat
(full length) TBA. Among their published works
are Perempuan Simpanan (anthology) Sindiket
Soljah, 2009, Langit Vanilla (prose/poems)
Sang Freud Press, 2011, and Mesin Cahaya Masa
(prose/poems) Sang Freud Press, 2014.
Gardu House
Street Art Collective,
Republic of Indonesia
Gardu House is an Art Space established in
2012 and founded by Graffiti artists named
Artcoholic. They have a goal to fulfill what
is actually needed by the community such
as workplace, exhibition space and stores to
nurture collaboration and growth amongst
artists. Gardu House has become a place for
communication and exchange between both
local and international artists.
Gardu House consists of 3 divisions: exhibition
space, street art shop and visual studio.
House of Natural
Fiber (HONF)
New Media Art Laboratory,
Republic of Indonesia
The House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Yogyakarta,
is a New Media art laboratory, founded in 1999.
HONF concentrates on the principles of critique
and innovation.
Since the beginning, the House of Natural
Fiber has consistently focused on cultural
development and New Media art, running
numerous New Media art projects and
workshops. In every project, they concentrate
on interactivity with people and environments.
Thinking forward, positively and creatively is
HONF’s vision. In the implementation of this
vision, in every programme, they work towards
the development of art with technology.
Aside from the development of intellectual
material in New Media art, HONF also focuses
on the younger generation. HONF has set up the
Education Focus Program (EFP), which offers
various workshops for children and ‘newcomers’
to new media technologies.
HONF is the organiser of the Yogyakarta
International Media Art Festival, Yogyakarta
Videowork Festival & HONFab Lab Indonesia.
Nouha Saleh
Visual Artist,
Republic of Indonesia
Nouha Saleh always enjoyed drawing and
painting since her early childhood years.
After she learnt to read the Holy Qur’an and
write in the Arabic language, her love for
calligraphy began to grow.
After high school, she continued her studies
at Swinburne University of Technology in
Melbourne, Australia, where she received her
Bachelor of Design degree. She continued
her life journey to Montreal, Canada where she
co-designed the book “Pipe Fiend: A Visual
Overdose of Canada’s Most Infamous Skate
Spot”, and designed Montreal’s famous Hip Hop
group Nomadic Massive’s first album “Nomad’s
Land” and a few other projects. Her work mostly
incorporates illustration, design and calligraphy.
Rasmee Wayrana
Singer and Songwriter,
Kingdom of Thailand
Rasmee began singing at the age of 5 with her
father, founder of Jariang, a Khmer folk singing
band. She joined the local band in the Isaan
region at the age of 13. Her music is a unique mix
of traditional Mor lam-Jariang cultures with Soul.
She calls her singing style “Isaan Soul”.
Currently living in Chiang Mai, she has
collaborated with various foreign musicians,
such as Poni Hoax and Limousine from France
and Bamako Express from Israel-Thailand,
amongst others. She is frequently invited to
Europe to play and record music.
In March 2016, Rasmee received 3 national
“Kom Chad Luek” awards as Best Female Singer
of the year, Best Album “Isaan Soul” and Best
Song “Maya”.
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Rozuwan Mohd Kassim
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About Maybank
Maybank Islamic is ASEAN’s leading
Islamic bank is the largest Islamic
commercia lbank in Malaysia with
a market share of 33% of Islamic financing
and deposit of 25% as at June 30 2015.
For the same period, its total assets stood
at US$42.65 billion, which registered a
year-on-year growth of 22%. Maybank
Islamic now contributes to over 40%
of the Group’s financing assets.
Maybank Islamic is ASEAN’s leading
Islamic bank and the largest Islamic
commercial bank in Malaysia with a
domestic market share of 33% of Islamic
financing and deposit of 26% as at March
31 2016. For the same period, its total
assets stood at US$45 billion, which
registered a year-on-year growth of
12.0%. Maybank Islamic now contributes
to over 52% of the Group’s financing
As a global leader in Islamic finance.
Maybank Islamic continues to spearhead
the Islamic banking and finance industry
through cross-border business, regional
leadership in retail and investment
banking in Southeast Asia and the
development of new, through a network of
over 400 Maybank branches in Malaysia,
as well as Indonesia, Singapore, Hong
Kong, London and Bahrain.
As a global leader in Islamic finance,
Maybank Islamic continues to spearhead
the Islamic banking and finance industry
through cross-border business, offering
regional leadership in retail and
investment banking in Southeast Asia
and the development of new, innovative
and competitive propositions. Its portfolio
of diversified products and services are
available through a network of over 400
Maybank branches in Malaysia, as well
as in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong,
London and Bahrain.
About UEM Group Berhad
We are UEM Group Berhad (UEM Group),
Malaysia’s leading engineering-based
infrastructure and services group and an
international entity operating in emerging
and matured economies. We focus on
four key businesses namely Expressways,
Township & Property Development,
Engineering & Construction, and Asset
& Facility Management.
We have the ability, expertise and
resources to deliver as well as manage
key infrastructure development projects
and services for the public and private
sectors. UEM Group has total assets
of more than USD5.9 billion with
shareholders’ funds standing in excess of
USD2.0 billion as at end December 2015.
We focus on developing infrastructure
and delivering related services in the
belief that facilitating easier physical
connections stimulates trade and
commerce, drives economies and
ultimately fosters unity. We build and
maintain expressways that traverse the
nation; we build properties and townships
for communities to live and grow; we build
bridges, urban transits and airports so
that people are better connected; and we
undertake asset and facility management
services at educational institutions and
hospitals so that individuals are cared of.
UEM Group has human resources of
more than 14,000 including 2,500
technical professionals. Our headquarters
and core market is Malaysia and we have
significant presence in India, Indonesia,
Singapore, Canada, Australia, United
Kingdom, New Zealand, and the
Middle East.
We are a wholly owned subsidiary of
Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic
investment fund of the Government of
About Sime Darby
Sime Darby was incorporated in 1910
as a small British company managing
500 acres of rubber estates in Malacca.
From such humble beginnings, Sime
Darby has grown into one of the biggest
multinational corporations in Malaysia.
Today, Sime Darby is Malaysia’s biggest
conglomerate in terms of stock market
value. It is a major player in the Malaysian
economy and is involved in key growth
sectors, namely plantation, industrial
equipment, motors, property and logistics.
With operations in more than 26 countries
and 4 territories and a workforce of over
132,000 employees worldwide, its
business divisions seek to create positive
benefits in the economy, environment
and society.
Sime Darby is committed to the single
goal of developing a sustainable future for
all its stakeholders. Corporate citizenship
at Sime Darby means maintaining an
equitable balance between increasing
value for our shareholders and
being responsible to society and the
About Islamic Development Bank
The Islamic Development Bank is a
multinational development institution
providing Shari’ah-compatible funding
and technical assistance to the Islamic
world. In line with its overall objectives
of fostering economic development and
social progress, it finances projects and
programs in both public and private
sectors in member countries by investing
in economic and social infrastructure,
providing technical assistance, and
promoting foreign trade. The bank also
assists Muslim communities in nonmember countries and undertakes
research studies in Islamic economics
and banking. For more information,
visit www.isdb.org.
About Iskandar Investment Berhad
Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) is
a strategic developer incorporated
in November 2006 to stimulate the
long-term development of Iskandar
Malaysia in Johor, Malaysia. To ensure
that Iskandar Malaysia grows into an
attractive investment destination and
a vibrant livable region, IIB continues
its focus on developing catalytic or high
impact projects in the education, tourism
& leisure, creative and health & wellness
sectors that cultivate a dynamic and
sustainable ecosystem. Its principal
accomplishments to date include the
successful joint ventures and investment
partnerships in EduCity, LEGOLAND ®
Malaysia Resort, Medini and numerous
infrastructure projects under the 9th
Malaysia Plan in Iskandar Malaysia.
IIB through its wholly owned subsidiary
EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd
(EIMSB), has developed EduCity as the
new education hub in the region. Already
in operations with nine (9) local and
international education partners, EduCity
plays a significant part in developing the
education sector of Iskandar Malaysia.
EduCity shall be further developed to
reinforce its status; as the education
cluster’s multiplier effects have proven
to be multifarious to the local economy.
IIB not only plans for a sustainable
head-line growth but is also mindful
that growth with equity is always its top
most priority. Its social inclusion projects
are meticulously designed to benefit
the locals, whether through education,
employment, business opportunities
or community building.
For more information on IIB, please visit
About United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand)
UMLand is an award-winning company
with two property development
divisions: Township Development and
Niche Projects. In addition, UMLand
has a hospitality division that operates
Suasana Suites serviced apartments and
a construction division under UMLand
Builders Sdn Bhd.
UMLand’s Township division has five
township developments: Bandar Seri
Alam (Iskandar Malaysia), Taman Seri
Austin (Iskandar Malaysia), Bandar
Seri Putra (Bangi, Selangor) Makhota
Hills (Semenyih, Selangor) and the new
world–class integrated biotech park in
PasirGudang, Johor Halal Park; a joint
venture initiative with J-Biotech, a Johor
State Government arm.
UMLand’s Niche division has completed
several premier residential developments
in Kuala Lumpur and Johor. These include
Suasana Sentral Loft (KL Sentral, KL),
Suasana Bangsar (Bangsar, KL), Seri Bukit
Ceylon (Bukit Ceylon, KL), Suasana Bukit
Ceylon (Bukit Ceylon, KL), and Somerset
Puteri Harbour (Iskandar Puteri, Johor).
On-going niche projects include
Suasana Iskandar Malaysia, a mixed
development in Johor Bahru City Centre;
Medini Lakeside, a multi-phased mixed
development comprising UMCity, a mixeduse commercial development and winner
of the International Property Award,
and Viridea Lakeside, a green residential
development, in Medini Iskandar Malaysia;
and Star Residences, a joint venture
initiative with Symphony Life Berhad to
develop an upmarket serviced residences
in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
UMLand has a strong industry track
record that spans more than two
decades and the company continues
to embrace excellence and innovation
as its main tenets to drive growth.
The Group currently has over 1,800 acres
of undeveloped landbank located
in strategic areas across Malaysia.
For more information about UMLand,
please visit www.umland.com.my
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Kairin Romeena, 03 2036 8033,
012 201 1651, [email protected]
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in April 2013
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in August 2014 and
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More than two hundred women entrepreneurs from Kenya, Indonesia, Iran,
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from the Workshop. The Workshop would be continually improved to keep abreast
with changing technology and practices of businesswomen globally.
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WBN Mentorship Programme
The WBN Mentorship Programme was launched by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam,
Chairman of the WIEF Foundation at a gathering of WBN Alumni, organised at the
sidelines of the 11th WIEF in Kuala Lumpur.
The WBN Mentorship Programme provides opportunities for personal growth and
development as well as a range of other benefits for both mentors and mentees.
The programme can also help develop business through improved planning,
performance and productivity. The WBN Mentorship Programme also broadens
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business development and business goals. The guidance and support extended by the
mentors are personalised and based on the mentees unique developmental needs.
WIEF Businesswomen Forum
The WIEF Businesswomen Network in collaboration with the Gangwon Provincial
Government in Korea will organise the 1st WIEF Businesswomen Forum in Lakai
Sandpine Resort, Gangneung City, Korea on 7-9th November 2016.
With the theme “The Role of Businesswomen for Creative Economies” the WIEF
Businesswomen Forum is expected to attract 200 participants from around the
globe. Recognising the importance of the creative economy as a generator of jobs,
wealth and cultural engagement, the Forum will explore business opportunities
in this industry. The Forum will also address halal industry, Islamic Finance and
Korean Policies and its experiences.
In addition, the WIEF Businesswomen Forum will also feature an SME Exhibition
as well as business networking as additional platforms to encourage greater
international collaboration between businesswomen in both Muslim and
non-Muslim countries.
WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN)
The WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN) is a global youth network for young
leaders and change makers to connect and collaborate for business opportunities
and social projects for the common good, with 8317 members from every continent
across the globe. WYN brings together young people to connect creative ideas and
explore prospects of collaboration on earth-shaking solutions.
WYN organises the WIEF IdeaLab (a full-fledged startup empowerment conference),
the annual Young Fellows programme (a leadership programme nurturing top class
leaders with a moral compass), the MOCAfest (WIEF’s creative arts initiative to help
empower creative talents in the Muslim world and beyond), the MOCAfellows (a
creative arts residency for emerging artists), the Internship Programme (a crossborder internship placement programme), thinkTalk (a community dialogue session)
and the WYN Networking Evening (a speed networking event bringing together
young professionals from different industries).
Join WYN’s global conversation at http://www.facebook.com/groups/
wiefyoungleaders, a virtual village of 8317 young leaders from literally every
continent across the globe, who are hungry for ideas, new opportunities and global
WIEF IdeaLab – Pitching Promising Startups to Global Investors
WIEF IdeaLab is a startup empowerment conference bringing together some of the
most highly fundable startups for investment opportunities with global investors.
The programme brings together startups looking for investments within the range
of USD15, 000 to USD1 million. Industries in focus for IdeaLab are consumer goods,
clean tech, Halal tech, software/mobile apps, oil and gas, education and fintech.
The first IdeaLab held on 11-12 August 2015 in Malaysia at Parkroyal Hotel KL
consisted of a variety of features such as the Ideation Stage by regional business
experts, Networking Pods, the IdeaClinic, the City Mapping Project, the Startup Fair,
and IdeaPad stage where 12 selected startups got to battle it out live on stage to
a panel of investors and industry players. It was attended by 29 investors from
11 countries, 105 startups from 8 countries and 152 public participants from 8
The second IdeaLab (IdeaLab2016) will be held on 31 October – 1 November
2016 at the Berjaya Hotel, Bukit Bintang. It will be held during the Malaysian
Entrepreneurship Week, together with other complementary events such as the
Global Entrepreneurship Community, MBAN Summit, MOSTI Commercialisation Year
Conference, and the Global Startup Awards, happening in the same week. IdeaLab
2016 focuses on ASEAN startup cross-border linkages, the Malaysian startup
ecosystem, and MBAN Summit (All About Angels) for investors worldwide. For more
details, please contact Daniel David at [email protected]
WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN)
This is a week-long leadership empowerment programme on a holistic leadership
concept covering everything from finance, business management, social enterprise,
sustainability, community living and philanthropy. The programme incorporates
leadership and entrepreneurship skills, with an opportunity for real-time business
experiences. It attracts young change-makers all over the world ranging from
graduates, young entrepreneurs, junior professionals, young CEOs, community
leaders, young creative artists and NGO workers.
Young Fellows 2016 will be held in Singapore on 18-24 September. This immersive
leadership programme, held in various cities previously – KL (2012), Durban (2013),
Manila (2014), Cordoba (2015) – bears the tagline “Learn.Earn.Empower.Return.”.
The programme was attended by various change-makers from different parts
of the world, 23 participants from 13 countries in 2012, 28 participants from 18
countries in 2013, 24 participants from 16 countries in 2014 and 26 participants
from 20 countries in 2015.
Every year since Manila, participants will be engaged in a real-time business
challenge. In Manila, it was selling in a high traffic marketplace in downtown Manila.
In Cordoba, it was creating a digital viral campaign. This year in Singapore, it will be
a tech hackathon with engagements with the likes of Google in Singapore. Please
contact Said Hamadi at [email protected] for further details.
WIEF Internship Programme
This programme is designed to empower young people with leadership and
management skills through internship exchange in reputable corporations and
organisations across the globe. The programme hosts a wide range of organisations
worldwide from multinationals, SMEs, and foundations such as Sime Darby, CIMB,
Al-Ghurair Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fundacion Paraguaya, Rio Tinto Alcan
and many more. In less than 4 years, the programme has received more than
636 applications from 63 countries worldwide and has successfully secured 28
placements to interns from 16 countries.
Visit us at www.internship.wief.org for more details.
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WIEF Marketplace of Creative Arts Festival (MOCAfest) Series
The MOCAfest is the WIEF’s international creative arts festival. WIEF recognises
the power of the creative and cultural sectors of our global economy and the role
that art, culture, and creativity play in the lives of young people and as a means for
economic empowerment and social enterprise across the globe.
The MOCAfest, as a truly international festival, brings together artists and
audiences from around the world as it travels from city to city for each edition,
developing young creative talents worldwide by giving them a platform to
showcase, interact with other artists, attend art workshops, and connect with
potential career opportunities.
It is home to music, dance, poetry, comedy, film, calligraphy, painting and every
other art form imaginable. The Festival has travelled to 6 cities; Kuala Lumpur in
May 2010, Singapore in February 2011, Astana in June 2011, Bandung in April 2012,
Johor Bahru in December 2012, London in October 2013, Dubai in October 2014 and
Kuala Lumpur in November 2015. The 9th MOCAfest will take place in Jakarta in
November 2016 in conjunction with the 12th WIEF. Follow our MOCAfest page for
information and updates on Facebook.
The pre-festival MOCAfellows, focuses on professional and business development
for creative artists from across the globe, who will join the MOCAfest after their
three-day fellowship. MOCAfellows is now a core component of the MOCAfest
programme. The fellowship starts with three days of creative business and
professional development workshops created especially for artists. After the
completion of the programme, the fellows will join the Festival artists for three
days of MOCAfest, including time to collaborate and create together with more
established artists. The end goal is to give artists the key skills they need in order
to plan and launch successful careers as well as learn from other artists and arts
professionals. Artists will also have the opportunity to perform, present and exhibit
their work at MOCAfest. The first MOCAfellows was held in Brick Lane, London on
26-28 October 2013 bringing together 15 emerging artists from 7 countries. The
second was held at FN Designs Studio, Dubai on 24-26 October 2014, with 15 artists
from 12 countries. The third MOCAfellows was held in KL City Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
on 29 October to 2 November 2015 bringing together 10 talents from 7 countries.
WIEF Young Leaders Network (WYN)
In February 2013, WIEF’s Young Leaders Network (WYN), Crescent Collective and
Urban Village collaborated to launch “thinkTALK: a community dialogue session”
at the Annexe Gallery, Central Market, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. thinkTALK
is a community dialogue session that gives space for the community to discuss
contemporary issues in a constructive and amicable manner. thinkTalk emphasises
the power of ideas, the importance of community, and the imperative of networks
in creating change. Apart from its inaugural KL series, thinkTalk was also held in
Durban, South Africa in May 2013, Manila, Philippines in June 2014 and Cordoba,
Spain in March 2015.
WYN Networking Evening
WYN Networking Evening is an initiative aimed at building local networks and
providing a casual platform for dialogues on new ideas. 3 editions of WYN
Networking Evening have been conducted at WOLO in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
metropolitan, Bukit Bintang. The programme is an opportunity for WYN members
and new faces to meet face to face over drinks. Aligned with the objectives of WYN,
topics of discussion are directed via speed networking format followed by a light
performance and/or story-telling to end the night.
WIEF Roundtable
The WIEF Roundtable was designed as a unique extension of the WIEF Annual
Forum. This programme provides an avenue where regional and local business
leaders can congregate to leverage on existing business and economic strengths
and define key steps and measures to take, in order to transform a common vision
into reality.
The WIEF Roundtable has received overwhelming response and support from
government leaders, business communities, and the media of the respective
countries. Due to the runaway success enjoyed by the programme, the WIEF
Foundation plans to hold more Roundtables in the future.
The WIEF Foundation has organised similar Roundtables in
the following countries:
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South Korea
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WIEF-UiTM Global Discourse Series
The WIEF-UiTM Global Discourse is a collaborative programme between the WIEF
Foundation and the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). It is aimed at bringing
to Universities in Malaysia and their communities, discussions and lectures on
current issues of importance in the field of science and technology, to the Muslim
World. The purpose is to enhance the understanding and build bridges between
various factions of our global community by promoting international academic
The inaugural Global Discourse was held in 2009 with theme, “Global Economic
and Business Scenario: Muslim Countries as the New Emerging Economies and
the 2nd Global Discourse held in 2010 addressed, “Churning Out Innovation and
Entrepreneurship in Malaysia”. The 3rd Global Discourse was held in March 2011
on “Social Entrepreneurship” and the 4th was on Nanotechnology, which was
organised in October 2011. The 5th Global Discourse on Zero Waste was held in April
2014 and the 6th was on Regenerative Medicine held in February 2015.
WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2014
The WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (WSEC) was a competition opened to
all full-time students of higher education in Malaysia. Aimed to inculcate the spirit
of entrepreneurship amongst them, the Challenge encouraged the students to
present business ideas to empower the poor and the underprivileged communities
in Malaysia.
The WIEF Social Entrepreneurship Challenge brought together entrepreneurs,
corporations and institutions to help incubate the four Business Plans that won the
competition, into sustainable projects for the benefit of the targeted disadvantaged
WIEF-UiTM Occasional Paper
The aim of the WIEF-UiTM Occasional Paper was to contribute to the intellectual
property of the WIEF-UiTM International Centre which was established in 2007
as a capacity building initiative for the Muslim World.
The 1st edition of the WIEF-UiTM Occasional Paper was published in October 2012
with academic papers on business, economics, and finance. It was distributed
to local and international institutions as well as disseminated during the WIEF
international outreach programmes and activities.
The 2nd edition of the WIEF-UiTM Occasional Paper on Waqf was printed and
distributed at the 11th WIEF in Kuala Lumpur in 2015.
WIEF Education Trust (WET)
WIEF Graduates Entrepreneurship Training
The WIEF Graduates Entrepreneurship Training provides a unique platform for
young students and graduates to consider business and entrepreneurship as an
alternative career path. It provides hands-on training to help them succeed should
they venture into business in the future. The training programme helped the
participants identify opportunities available in the business and entrepreneurship
The inaugural training programme organised in collaboration with the NAM
Institute for the Empowerment of Women, Malaysia was held in Kota Kinabalu,
Malaysia in August 2014, which was attended by 29 participants from Yemen,
Sudan, Singapore and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the 2nd WIEF Graduates Entrepreneurship Training themed
“The Entrepreneurial Revolution: Be Your Own Boss” was held in Phnom Penh,
Cambodia in August 2015 and was attended by 45 participants from Cambodia,
Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan.
The world economy is going through a period of
slow growth. The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) estimates that global economic growth
in 2016 and 2017 will be around 3.4% and 3.6%
respectively. Similar to the IMF, the World Bank
estimates the numbers to be slightly lower at
approximately 3.3% and 3.2% respectively.
Despite the global slowdown, the prospect of
Indonesia’s economy remains positive. As a
result of expanded fiscal and reserve buffers
(Standards & Poor, May 2015), Indonesia’s
economy is demonstrating resilience and has
been able to respond swiftly to external shocks
(Standards & Poor, May 2015). The country’s
economy has reached its turning point in the
last quarter of 2015, with the Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) recorded at around 8,976 trillion
Rupiahs (an increase of around 4.9% compared to
2014). In 2014, Indonesia was ranked 16th largest
economy in the world. As a result, stable growth
in Indonesia is expected to be supported by public
consumption and investments.
In 2016, the World Bank estimates a higher
growth rate for Indonesia at around 5.3%, while
the IMF predicts slightly lower at around 5%. The
Oxford Economics also claims that the long-term
outlook of Indonesian economy is relatively strong
with a prospect of 5% economic growth rate in the
real term until 2025.
In addition, Indonesia also has the 4th largest
population in the world, with around 250 million
people. Currently, around 45 million people
are under the consuming class category, with
approximately 50% of its population categorised
as young people under 30 years old. The World
Bank reports elucidates that this favourable
demographic profile of Indonesia could serve
as one of the powerful drivers of growth. With
burgeoning middle-income class and educated
workforce, there is a huge potential within the
domestic market.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has also
acknowledged that market size is one of
Indonesia’s key competitiveness factors.
(Indonesia is ranked 10th in the market size
category among the 140 countries observed
in WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index).
Also, having the largest Muslim population in the
world, Indonesia has an enormous potential to
be a key player in the Islamic economic sectors,
such as Islamic finance, halal business, as well as
modest fashion and the creative industry.
Strategic Investment
Indonesia has been highly recognised
as an ideal investment destination by
several international organisations.
The country was ranked first place
as “Southeast Asia’s Top Investment
Destination for United States’
Multinational Companies” by AmCham
ASEAN Business Outlook Survey
in 2015. Furthermore, in the same
survey, Indonesia was among the best
locations for potential new business
expansion, alongside Myanmar and
Similarly, Indonesia was ranked 2nd
for the “Most Promising Country for
Business Development in December
2015” and “The Best Investment
Destination in Asia for 2015” by Japan
Bank for International Cooperation
and The Economist respectively.
In addition, Indonesia was ranked
14th globally in 2014 as a country with
the highest Foreign Direct Investment
(FDI) inflows by the UNCTAD,
moving up five places compared to
2013. This prospect has also been
highly acknowledged by the Asian
Development Bank, which has
allocated around US$1.6 billion of
their portfolio in Indonesia with the
possibility of expansion. Finally,
three major credit ratings such as S&P,
Moody’s and Fitch have also assigned
a positive and stable outlook for
Large and Stable Economy
> 4th largest population in the world with
64% of the population in the productive age
(Median Age of 28.4)
> 2015 Dependency ratio of 49%
> 2015 GDP growth of 48% due to stable
household consumption and robust
investment growth
> Benign inflation in 2015 of 3.35%
> Direct investment reached IDR 545.4tn
for January - December 2015
> Rated as investment grade by Moody’s,
Fitch, Japan Credit Rating Agency and
Rating & Investment
New Economic Structure
> From commodity-based to
industrialised-natural resources-based
economy via infrastructure development
> From consumption-led to investment-led growth via a stronger manufacturing sector and more investment initiatives
> Policies to maintain purchasing power to stimulate domestic economy in the midst of weakening macroeconomic conditions
Continuous Structural
Consistent Budget Reform
> Budget reform as part of larger
economic reform initiative
> Tax base to be broadened to reduce dependency on commodities
> Fuel subsidies significantly reduced and
spending redirected to more productive
allocation - infrastructure, welfare,
healthcare and education
> Prudent debt management by
maintaining budget deficit at a safe
level while diversifying sources
of financing
In view of Indonesia’s large amount
of natural resources and a favourable
demographic profile, the Government
of Indonesia is committed to shifting
from resource-based economy to
manufacturing and value-adding sectors
through policy reforms and infrastructure
development. Starting from last year,
the Government has significantly
increased the budget allocation for
infrastructure development at around
290.3 trillion Rupiahs or 15% of total
spending. This allocation will continue
to expand in 2016. This effort is aimed
at reducing logistics cost among regions
in Indonesia, as well as increasing
efficiency, reducing operational budgets
and providing higher profit margins for
In 2015, the Indonesian Government had
also launched several stimuli to promote
investment in the country, such as licence
and permit simplification, tax incentives
in the form of tax relief for labour-intensive
industries, and enhancement of integrated
logistics zones.
High Infrastructure Investment
> Three main sources of financing for IDR
5tn investment needs: State and
regional budget, State-owned enterprises and PPP
> Continuing from 2015 ‘s policy, infrastructure spending will be higher than fuel subsidy
> Infrastructure spending focused on basin infrastructure projects – arterial roads, railways, dams irrigation, small seaports and local airports
> Fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to attract infrastructure investment and promote PPP
In conclusion, combining Government’s
commitment and favourable economic
factors, Indonesia is on a positive trajectory
for greater growth and development.
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Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation. The mention
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