New Strategies for New Economic Realities
Industry Innovations to be showcased at WIBC 2009

The 16th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2009), to be held on the 6, 7 & 8 December 2009 in Bahrain, focuses on a theme that reflects the fresh outlook the leading institutions will have to adopt as they compete in an increasingly challenging landscape. WIBC 2009 has set the stage for discussions that will shape the post-crisis landscape as Islamic financial institutions grapple with the need to manage risk, seek new growth markets, deliver on market expectations as well as remain competitive in the context of the new economic realities.

Key Highlights of WIBC 2009

More Than 1,200 leaders representing Senior Executive Teams from over 200 institutions in the international banking & finance industry

The WIBC Competitiveness Report
A Critical Reference Source for Industry Decision Makers Providing Strategic Insights from McKinsey & Company

One of the significant features of this year's conference will be the launch of the 2009/10 WIBC Competitiveness Report researched in collaboration with McKinsey & Company - and now in its 6th annual edition. This year's Report is even more highly anticipated than usual as it will reflect detailed research on the post-crisis landscape, focusing on raising the bar of financial performance and strategic excellence in the industry as well as point  towards
new directions, trends and vital business model revisions in light of the ongoing recession.

Heavyweight Speaker Line-Up

The conference will feature insights from key decision-makers & thought leaders in the global Islamic banking industry sharing their perspectives on the future of Islamic finance.

The World Comes to WIBC

WIBC 2009 will feature a fully-fledged Bahrain pavilion hosted by BAB and the UK Pavilion hosted by UKTI. The pavilions will showcase the leading institutions in these countries.

Country Focus Roundtable
The Country Focus Roundtable will feature experts representing new growth markets for Islamic financial services with a special focus on Japan, Italy, France, Bahrain, India and China. A series of informal discussion roundtables will also focus on major issues facing the Islamic finance industry. Industry leaders will engage in a selection of stimulating topics, in an environment conducive to the open exchange of ideas.