The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will host the 5th CEOs and Islamic Finance Leaders Roundtable this Sunday, 3 November, a gathering of experts, policymakers and thought leaders, who will gather in Doha to discuss efforts being made to help Muslim countries recover after prolonged periods of conflict and economic instability.

Specifically, the roundtable aims to facilitate dialogue among leaders of institutions belonging to social financing ecosystem. These include philanthropic and charitable organisations, Awqaf institutions and local government agencies. A significant portion of funds from these institutions, channeled into ‘fragile’ Muslim countries, are allocated to social financing projects. However, the complexity of problems facing vulnerable countries requires comprehensive responses that current social financing initiatives alone cannot provide.

HE Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank, will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s roundtable. Key members of CIS will also join other high-level dignitaries to discuss collaborative and empowering approaches to post-conflict and socio-economic development across the Muslim world.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Dr Syed Nazim Ali, Director of the Research Division and Center of Islamic Economics and Finance at CIS, said that bringing the  roundtable to Doha underscores Qatar’s status as a hub of Islamic finance.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity to reinforce the country’s commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of Muslims across the globe. HBKU is, of course, honoured to be hosting such a high-level event. Not only does it demonstrate the university’s alignment with Qatar’s development vision, but also (of) CIS place at the forefront of debates shaping the wider Islamic world.’

Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida, Chief Executive Officer of QFC Authority said that they are committed to reaffirming Qatar’s position as a global leader in Islamic Finance. He said that Islamic finance is well-positioned to take the lead in developing this field, owing to its inherent emphasis on a socially responsible framework to financial services.’

The College of Islamic Studies regularly hosts public lectures and conferences to promote a deeper understanding of the various aspects of Islam among the wider community. For more information, visit