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It's not about the money - a discussion of Islamic fintech

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Andrew Cunningham, Chairman at Editorial Board for the Centre for Governance, LIBF
Areeb Siddiqui, Founder & CEO, Kestrl
Helene Panzarino, Fintech Programme Director, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Most of us would say we want personalised, transparent, ethical and equitable financial services, but we confine our investigation and engagement to the organisations, products and services that we come across in our current ecosystem.
Islamic fintech, compliant with Sharia law, aims to put that into practice - and it is widening its reach as people look for sustainable financial products that meet their overall financial needs.

In Islamic finance, money has no intrinsic value. It's just a way to exchange goods and services. That's why Islamic finance neither pays nor accepts interest, aims to avoid harm and encourages the sharing of profit and risks.

Those stated aims are often met with cynicism and misunderstanding. There are around 1.5 bn Muslims in the world, so Islamic financial services are increasingly larger businesses . The naysayers ask whether any bank that sets out to make a profit can, at bottom, be any different to mainstream finance. If nothing else, how can Islamic finance function in a wider world built on debt and interest payments?

The webinar examines how much we really understand when it comes to Islamic fintech and finance and how much is misunderstood. We ask how Islamic banks are funded, identify the gaps in the ecosystem, and consider what the future of this dynamic area of financial services and fintech might hold.

Join us as we seek to gain a better understanding of the principles and applications of Islamic Finance and Fintech on October 12 2022 at 1pm.

Who will be speaking?
Andrew Cunningham, Chairman at Editorial Board for the Centre for Governance, LIBF
Areeb Siddiqui, Founder & CEO, Kestrl
Helene Panzarino, Fintech Programme Director, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Andrew Cunningham is a visiting professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) where he chairs the Editorial Board of the Centre for Governance, Risk and Regulation. Outside LIBF, Andrew advises banks and non-banks on ways to bring their corporate governance practices into line with international standards, and how to upgrade their risk governance and internal controls.

Areeb Siddiqui is the Founder & CEO of Kestrl, an award winning app that makes it easy for Muslims to budget, save and invest without compromising their beliefs.
Areeb is a Cambridge MBA with a background in Consulting and Risk Advisory at Deloitte and PwC where he helped Banks and Wealth Managers to develop fintech strategies

Helene Panzarino, originally a commercial banker, is the Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking and Finance at LIBF. She's also an experienced fintech programme director, exited entrepreneur, educator and author.

Her career boasts a number of firsts, such as creating the FinTech Scale Colab Programme for Rainmaking, the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for Innovate Finance, and the FinTech on the Entrepreneurship Masters' for University College London (UCL).

Her board and advisory roles include the Spanish digital identity scale up, Biid, the UK safeguarding regtech, Kalgera, and the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) payments company, TomatoPay.

Her latest book, Reinventing Banking & Finance: Frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation (Kogan) was co-written with Alessandro Hatami. When it came out in November 2020, Investopedia named it the number one banking book for 2021.

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