Islamic Banking and Finance

When: July 13-17, 2009
Place: Coronade Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Brief Description of the Program

The Islamic finance industry has rapidly expanded beyond Muslim countries with more than 300 Islamic finance institutions currently operating in 75 countries and managing assets estimated to be around US$ 900 Billion in 2008. This is projected to reach US$ Trillion in 2010 with an annual growth of 15% to 20%. In the Philippines, the monetary authorities are already preparing for the establishment of an Islamic banking system in the country in order for banks and financial institutions to take advantage of these opportunities.

The seminar is designed to give an effective understanding of Islamic banking and finance. The Resource Person is Ahmad Nazir Che Yen who is a Senior Vice President of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has more than 20 years of experience in conventional and Islamic banking, and lectures at the Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia and Financial Sector Talent Enrichment Programme organized by the Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia), among other institutions. He obtained his MBA in Islamic Banking and Finance from UIA Malaysia and BSc Business Administration-Finance from the California State University,USA.

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Statement of Testimonials

Briefly provided by the participants as their general impression of the seminar (the participants have given their permission for ADFIAP/IDF to use it for testimonial and promotional reference)

  • The seminar has addressed the objective of providing the participants a working knowledge of Islamic Banking. The subject matters/ topics were well researched and prepared for — covering all the aspects in Islamic Banking both practiced here and in other countries. We hope to have a follow-up seminar/activity for increased knowledge and practical application.

    Mary Rose M. Velez
    Senior Assistant Vice President

  • It was such a good learning experience.

    Nursalyn H. Ladjabassal
    Acting Branch Head
    Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines (AAIIBP)

  • The seminar workshop was truly worth attending. Someone without any knowledge in Islamic Banking will definitely get the needed overview on the topic.

    Maylin H. Chiong
    Assistant Manager
    DBP Pagadian Branch

  • Very enlightening! The bank visits were a refresher. Enough materials were provided and these could be made good reference in the coming days.

    Mary Joyce B. Salgados
    Manager, Office of the Senior Vice President for Mindanao

  • It provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of Islamic Banking. There is a balanced approach by combining the basic theory of Islamic Banking with the practical consideration of the field.

    Atty. Benjamin E. Pinpin
    Office of the Legal Counsel
    Development Bank of the Philippines

  • The seminar was quite packed, there’s lots of learning. Speakers were very knowledgeable on the topics, I do hope to have similar seminars in the Philippines.

    Arvin C. Simbajon
    Management and Audit Officer
    Development Bank of the Philippines

  • Professionally conducted most presenters were up to mark. Sincerity of presenters was prevalent. Time management of speaker perhaps could be improved. Slides could probably be compressed.


  • Excellent seminar! It was attended not only by those who are just beginning to take steps to Islamic Banking but also those who are experienced in conventional and Islamic Bank and Finance.

    Jasmin Jasman
    Agrobank Malaysia

  • The seminar was comprehensive in the sense that one can actually learn from start to end about Islamic Banking. Speakers were generally able to express their points and convey to participants the knowledge on the subject matters being discussed.

    Aaron Jay T. Luy
    Assistant Manager
    Zamboanga Branch
    Development Bank of the Philippines

  • This seminar will blaze the trail for the growth of Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines.

    Maharlika J. Alonto
    Acting Accounting, Makati Executive Office
    Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines (AAIIBP)

  • Well organized with relevant topics, skilled facilitators.