What the Industry Leaders Are Saying About WIBC 2010
WIBC: 17 Years of Meeting the Needs of the Industry Leaders

For almost 2 decades the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has been at the forefront of the global Islamic finance industry, establishing its reputation as the world's largest and most influential gathering of Islamic finance industry leaders. The 17th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2010) has again this year confirmed its status as the world's pre-eminent gathering in the Islamic finance industry.

Here is a small selection of what the leading industry leaders from around the world are saying about the 17th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference which is a testimony of not only the overall significance of WIBC as the meeting place of choice for the key decision makers in the global Islamic finance industry, but also a reflection of its ability to meet the business needs of the market leaders.

Abdul-Kareem Abu Al-Nasr

Chief Executive Officer
The National Commercial Bank
"NCB has been a strong supporter of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) for many years. NCB Group is delighted to join WIBC 2010 as Platinum Strategic Partners highlighting our long history of innovation in Islamic finance. This year's WIBC comes at a crucial time for the international industry as Islamic financial institutions seek to further advance their successful achievements in the new global financial landscape."

Richard Thomas

Chief Executive Officer
Gatehouse Bank
"Gatehouse Bank are pleased to once again be supporting the WIBC in 2010. We are excited about the opportunities presented in an improved trade and economic outlook worldwide, and we are keen to explore new territories also where Islamic finance is now gathering strong momentum. As well as providing a forum for natural Islamic jurisdictions in the Middle East and Asia, we welcome its wider global engagement to help move the industry beyond niche to its absolute relevance in the broader financial services spectrum."

Steve Donovan

Managing Director,
Head of Middle East
and Pakistan
Global Transaction Services

"Citi and the WIBC have a long standing relationship with the Middle East. By working together we are helping Middle Eastern and international firms of every kind turn challenge into opportunity by bringing you excellent execution, global consistency and local market expertise."

Liza Mohd Noor

Chief Executive Officer
RAM Rating Services Berhad
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
"RAM Rating Services is proud to be the sole ratings partner to WIBC, and we look forward to sharing and exchanging views at this largest gathering of Islamic finance leaders. RAM Ratings has an established presence in the Sukuk ratings space; we had the privilege of pioneering credit ratings for sukuk in the early '90s when sukuk was a market novelty; today, we stand as the global leader with the largest portfolio of sukuk ratings."

Arshad Khan

Managing Director
& Chief Executive Officer
"The BFX is delighted to once again be the Strategic Exchange Partner of the highly regarded World Islamic Banking Conference 2010. We look forward to joining other key players in the industry, and discussing important sector issues, as well as the role of the BFX in Islamic finance markets."

Rushdi Siddiqui

Global Head of Islamic Finance
& OIC Countries

Thomson Reuters
"For Islamic finance to move from 1.0 to 2.0 and from its current $1 trillion state to its deserved level of $2 trillion in the next 5 years, the industry needs paradigm shifting changes. We are observing and actively participating in interesting developments that will move global Islamic finance to that level: from bilateral to multiple liquidity, from fund registration to funds supermarket, from fragmentation to connectivity, from divergence to convergence, and from Islamic finance hub to transaction hub. The World Islamic Banking Conference is an important event for Islamic Finance in this context as it represents the global convergence of multiple stakeholders to create one interconnected transaction hub. As a Knowledge Partner, we look forward to sharing these insights and more at the WIBC 2010 event."

Fernand Grulms

Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg for Finance

"Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL). Its role is to contribute to the development of Luxembourg as an international financial centre by means of a structured international communications policy and by nurturing new business sectors.

LFF supports the development of Luxembourg as an Islamic finance centre, actively promoting its potential as a business hub for Europe and the rest of the world. The Luxembourg market is particularly active in the area of shari'ah compliant investment funds and the listing of sukuk. The World Islamic Banking Conference is an opportune platform for us to showcase the Islamic finance capabilities of Luxembourg."