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Director-General,

Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)

Biography:

Born in Konya, Turkey; Musa KULAKLIKAYA studied Business Administration at Ankara University Faculty of Political Science and obtained his Master’s degree from Karadeniz Technical University in the field of Finance. He pursues his doctoral degree at Necmettin Erbakan University in Konya, Turkey. He speaks English and Arabic as well as his mother tongue, Turkish. He started his professional career as an expert at the Turkish State Railways (TCDD). Following this, he started to work as candidate district governor at the Ministry of Interior. After completion of the training period, he served as district governor and deputy governor in different provinces and cities of Turkey. In 2004, he took office as the Vice President of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). After holding this post for 3.5 years, Mr. KULAKLIKAYA was appointed as the President of TIKA where he undertook significant international development projects. He focused on regional development projects mainly on infrastructure development, sustainable agricultural production, irrigation systems, health, vocational education training, capacity building programmes in public sector and humanitarian aid. Majority of TIKA-funded projects were implemented in cooperation with local authorities and NGOs both in Turkey and in the beneficiary countries. Moreover, he enhanced collaboration with international partners including Islamic Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC). He was awarded the “ECO Prize” and FAO’s “World Food Day Award” in 2010. In 2011, he was assigned as the Ambassador of Republic of Turkey to Islamic Republic of Mauritania where he coordinated food security, drinking water and health projects in cooperation with Turkish NGOs and TIKA. Mr. KULAKLIKAYA has authored “Turkey as a New Player in Development Cooperation” (Insight Turkey, 2010- with Dr. Rahman Nurdun) and “Latest Global Trends in Development Aid and TIKA” (Kalkınma Yardımında Dünyadaki Son Trendler ve TİKA) (Uluslararası Sorunlar Dergisi, 2011). After having been designated as Director General of SESRIC, H.E. Amb. KULAKLIKAYA took office as of 27 March 2015.

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Director General, Country Relations and Services,

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Biography:

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Assistant Secretary,

General for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East and Central Asia, UN OCHA

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Rashid Khalikov joined the Russian Foreign Service in 1976. He worked in New Delhi, Moscow and New York handling humanitarian, political, economic and environmental issues. Mr. Khalikov joined the United Nations in 1993. He has worked as a Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Chief of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Inter-Agency Standing Committee/Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs secretariat, and Deputy Director of OCHA Geneva. In 2005, he became the Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake. From September 2006 to April 2010, as the Director of OCHA New York, Mr. Khalikov oversaw OCHA’s work on policy development, information management, external relations, the Central Emergency Response Fund and other humanitarian financing issues. In 2009 and 2010, at the request of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Khalikov led missions to Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan to evaluate in-country humanitarian conditions, and to develop recommendations on the UN’s humanitarian role in these crises. In March 2010, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Khalikov as the Director of OCHA Geneva. In March and April 2011, Mr. Khalikov was the Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, as designated by the ERC. In August 2011, he led a UN humanitarian mission to Syria. Mr. Khalikov is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Relations.

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Vice President, Presidency of Strategy and Budget,

Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

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Mr. Hayri Maraslioglu has been Vice-president of Presidency of Strategy and Budget under the Presidency of Republic of Turkey, since August 2018. He served as Deputy-Undersecretary of Ministry of Development, between January 2016 and August 2018. He was appointed as Deputy-Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) headquartered in Tehran, Iran, in charge of trade, investment ans external relations, between November 2012-November 2015. Mr. Maraslioglu began his career in 1980 in the State Planning Organization where he served as planning expert and was Director General for Economic Modelling and Strategic Research (2003-2006). He was the Coordinator of Turkish Aid Commitee established in Lefkoşa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), in charge of implementation of official development assistance of Turkey to the said country, between 1997 and 2002. Mr. Maraslioglu graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University specialising in finance and economics and got an MA degree in economics from University of Colorado in 1987. He has several researches on various aspects of Turkish economy.

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Program Leader,

World Bank

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Habib Rab is Program Leader for the World Bank’s activities on macroeconomics, finance, and institutions in Turkey. He has 20 years’ experience working on macroeconomics and fiscal management issues in Asia and Africa. Before joining the World Bank in 2008, he worked in the UK Government Economic Service and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow. He has a Masters in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford.

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Vice President of Investments,

Kazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia

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Dr. Esma is currently the Vice President, Investments of Khazanah Turkey Regional Office, a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad based in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Esma has over 19 years of experience in the field of institutional equity management and regulatory compliance advisory. Dr. Esma is exposed to various regulatory bodies and capital market intermediary operations including investment banking, asset management, state-owned entities, and stockbroking firms. Prior to joining Khazanah, Dr. Esma was the Head of the Business Monitoring in Maybank Investment Bank, bringing with him years of experience from Bank Negara and the Securities Commission of Malaysia. Dr. Esma recently completed his PhD in Islamic Finance from INCEIF, the global university for Islamic finance, with his thesis on sustainability impact on business performance of the global banking sector. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (with Honours) and an MBA from a public university in Malaysia.

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General Manager,

Albaraka Turk Participation Bank

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Mr. Utku was born in Ankara in 1968. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering Department of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, 1990). He completed his graduate studies in London School of Economics (1990-1992) and Master’s Degree on economic development in Marmara University (Istanbul, 1998). In 2004, he served as a consultant to General Manager of Albaraka Turk. In 2006- 2007, he was the head economist in Albaraka Turk. In addition, he was an economics columnist for Yeni Şafak newspaper for over 10 years (1995-2009). He later worked as Investor Relations Manager between 2007 and 2009. He continued as CIO-Assistant General Manager in December 2009 and was appointed as CFO-primarily responsible for Financial Affairs, Budget and Financial Reporting and Corporate Communication Departments. He was a board member of Borsa Istanbul from 2013 to 2016. As the General Manager of Albaraka Turk as of October 2016 Utku continued his duty, as well as Chairman of the Board of directors of Bereket Varlık Kiralama A.Ş., Albaraka Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş., Katılım Emeklilik ve Hayat A.Ş and Albaraka Kültür Sanat ve Yayıncılık A.Ş.

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Chief Executive Officer,

International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF)

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Executive Director, International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, UK Duncan Bonfield is the Chief Executive of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) Secretariat, the global network of sovereign wealth funds established in 2009 to enhance collaboration, promote a deeper understanding of SWF activity and raise the industry standard for best practice and governance. Prior to joining IFSWF, Duncan was Group Director of Corporate Communications at Land Securities plc, a member of the FTSE 100 and the UK's biggest listed Property Company. Previously, he was Corporate Affairs Director for BAA, the FTSE 100 Company that owned Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports. Duncan has a Bachelor's Degree in Politics from Bristol University.

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Chairperson and CEO,

Zitouna Tamkeen, Tunisia

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Dr. Nabil Ghalleb is the Chairman and the founding C.E.O. of Zitouna Tamkeen, the first and sole Islamic Microfinance/Economic Empowerment Institution in Tunisia. He is also President of Tamkeen for Development, an NGO specializing in the economic empowerment of disadvantaged people, in particular vulnerable youth. Previously, Dr. Ghalleb was senior investment manager in the Investment Department of the Islamic Development Bank, and a member of its Investment Technical Committee. He was also senior executive advisor to the mayor of Medina in charge of investment, and a founding member of the Medina Municipal Investment Council. In addition, he sits on the board of several Banks and financial institutions. Dr. Ghalleb has held various academic appointments in North American, European and Middle Eastern universities. He has published and presented his research at top international finance conferences. Dr. Ghalleb holds a Ph.D. in finance and a master’s degree in financial engineering, both with honors, from HEC Montréal, the graduate business school of the University of Montreal. He is the recipient of several honors, awards and grants.

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Former Minister of Development,

Turkey

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Mr. Elvan was born in Karaman in 1962. He completed the Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Mines. He completed his Master's Degree in Mining and Operations Research at Leeds University of England in 1986. He completed his second master's degree in Economics at the University of Delaware of the US in 1995. Between 2011 and 2013, Mr. Elvan has led the Planning and Budget Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. On 26 December 2013, he was appointed as Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications. He delegated his duty on 7 March 2015 due to legal obligation. During this period, Mr. Elvan was elected deputy of Antalya in the 25th term. He was also appointed Deputy Prime Minister as Mersin Deputy in the 26th term. Mr. Elvan was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Development in the 65th Government and he is currently the deputy chairperson in charge of Economic Affairs.

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UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative,

Republic of Turkey

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Ms Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano has been appointed as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Turkey in December 2016. Previously she was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Republic of Serbia as of October 2013. In this capacity, she has lead the UN country team’s response to the historic floods in 2014 and to the refugee/migrant crisis in 2015/16. Prior to this appointment, she has worked in different capacities for 28 years for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as Director of the Department for Migration Management in IOM Headquarters, Regional Director in Asia and Central Europe. She has gained global migration expertise in Migration and Development, Labor Migration, Refugee Resettlement, Border Management, Smuggling, Integration, Trafficking and Emergency Response. Over the years, she was a member of several internal change-management teams, was a board member of regional research institutions and has developed strong collaboration with think tanks. She holds a Diploma of the Asian Institute of Management, Manilla, Philippines; Diploma of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, Austria; M.A. in History, Geography, and International Law from the University of Vienna, Austria and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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Senior Economist,

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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Diana Barrowclough has a background in economics and political science, in both academic and applied contexts. She joined the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development in 2001, where she is currently Senior Economist in the Globalization and Development Division. Before this, she lectured economics at the University of Cambridge, where she was elected a Fellow of St John’s College. Prior to joining academia she was employed at the international consultancy NERA, advising national and supranational governments, regulatory authorities and the private sector on regulatory and other policy issues relating to infrastructure, privatisation and investment. She was educated at the University of Cambridge (PhD Economics) and the University of Auckland (MA and BA Economics and Political Science). She and her family currently live in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Director, Islamic Financial Sector Development Department,

Islamic Development Bank

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Mr. Wasim has over 20 years of broad-based experience in Islamic finance sector development and investments, covering 57 IDB member countries as well as non-member countries. He has worked with multinational and multilateral organizations such as Philips, Unilever and the Islamic Development Bank. He has served on the Board of Directors of two major Islamic banks and led policy dialogue with central banks and relevant ministries to assist IsDB member countries in development of the Islamic finance sector resulting in creation of Islamic finance enabling environment, employment creation and acceleration of economic growth. He is currently the focal point in IsDB for operational side of Islamic finance sector development in IDB through equity investment in Islamic financial institutions, development of Waqf properties, Islamic microfinance and providing technical support to member countries for developing the sector.

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Assistant Director-General,

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

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Born in Ankara in 1964, Dr. Cevriye Aysoy is the Deputy General Manager in charge of Research on Turkish Economy at the Structural Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. She has an undergraduate degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Statistics Department and graduate degree from both METU, Statistics Department and London School of Economics and Political Science Mathematical Statistics Department as a Jean Monnet Awardee. She received her PhD. from State University of Newyork Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department where she also obtained an assistantship. Dr. Aysoy started her career at the Undersecretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade in 1989. At times, she gave part-time lectures in METU about application of statistics in social studies. With her areas of interest as econometrics, time series analyses, sampling and surveys, statistical quality control and application of statistical techniques in economics. Dr. Aysoy led many projects on Turkish Economy, made presentations in a number of conferences and made publications in national and international academic journals. She also served as Corporate Member and Executive Board Member at the Irving Fisher Committee (IFC), Bank for International Settlements (BIS) during 2006-2011 period.

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Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General,

South-South Cooperation

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Since October 2015, Mr. Jorge Chediek has been the Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation leading United Nations system-wide promotion and coordination of South-South cooperation for development. In March 2016, Mr. Chediek was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as his Envoy for South-South Cooperation. Prior to this, Mr. Chediek served as the Resident Coordinator/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Brazil (2010-2015). In that capacity, he was also the Director of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, UNDP’s global forum for policy dialogue and South-South learning on social development innovations. He served as Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Peru (2005-2010); United Nations Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Nicaragua (2001-2005); Deputy Resident Representative in Cuba (1999-2001); Deputy Resident Representative in Uruguay (1996-1999); Programme Management Officer, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York (1994-1996); and Programme Officer and then Assistant Resident Representative in Turkey (1990-1994). Preceding his United Nations career, Mr. Chediek worked at the Department of Legislative Analysis of the Argentinean Congress and as an independent consultant assisting in the design of financial investment systems in Argentina. Born in 1960, he holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service (honors) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science (“Licenciado”) in Political Science from Catholic University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Secretary General,

D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation

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Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1981. In his distinguished diplomatic career in the Foreign Service of Malaysia, he served as Malaysia’s highest envoy in Qatar, Brunei, Egypt and Palestine. He was Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos; Zagreb, Croatia as well as in Amman, Jordan. He also served in different diplomatic missions in different capacities. At the Foreign Office of Malaysia, Ambassador Ku Jaafar worked in bilateral, multilateral and academic Wings. He overhauled and undertook major works on the restructuring of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during his office as Undersecretary (OIC). He also developed and guided the professional aptitude programme of the Malaysian Diplomats during his office at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations as its Director-General. He holds B.A. (Hons) from the University of Malaysia and a Diploma in Public Administration. Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari has assumed duty as the new Secretary-General of the D-8 Organization for economic cooperation on the 1st of January 2018.

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Project Director Cooperation Council,

Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council)

Biography:

Graduated from Baku State Unıversity in Azerbaijan, Department of International Law and International Relations. He holds LLB and LLM Degree from Baku State University, as well as Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University, Canada. Started to work as a desk officer at International Law and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2000 and served as Attaché and Third Secretary until 2004. In 2004 posted to the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Canada where he dealt with political and economic affairs. In 2010-2014 worked in a position of First Secretary and Head of Bilateral Division of International Law and Treaties Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2014 appointed Deputy Director of International Law and Treaties Department of MFA of Azerbaijan. Currently works as a Project Director at the Secretariat of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, known as the Turkic Council.

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Assistant Secretary General,

Economic Cooperation Organization

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Born in 1959, Gelendost/Isparta/Turkey, Dr. Huseyin Avni Bicakli graduated in 1981 from the International Relations Branch of the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Ankara; received his MA degree in 1983 from the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Ankara; obtained his PhD degree in 1989 in the field of International Relations from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the same University. Joined the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Republic of Turkey in February 1982, Dr. Bicakli has served at several Turkish diplomatic missions such as Switzerland, Ireland, Romania, Israel and Palestine. Dr. Bicakli has represented his county in Jerusalem as acting Ambassador to Palestine during the years of 2000 and 2005; and, in Ashgabad as Ambassador to Turkmenistan during 2008-2011. Appointed by the Council of Ministers of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in April 2018, Dr. Bicakli is currently serving as the ECO Deputy Secretary General since 1st of November 2018. Dr. Bicakli has authored a book titled: `Turkey-Bulgaria Relations (1878-2008)` published by Imge Press House in 2015, whereas he has written several articles on Turkish Foreign Policy and International Relations, appeared in different national and international academic journals.

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Special Advisor to the President,

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)

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Rahman Nurdun received his Bachelor’s Degree in English for Science and Technology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1983-1987 ) and his MA in Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies of University of London (1994–1995), and his PhD from Hacettepe University, Ankara in 2002. He was seconded as a project adviser to OECD MENA Investment Programme between 2004-2005 and OECD Partnership for Democratic Governance between 2009 and 2010. Served as Head of TİKA Ulaanbaatar Programme Coordination Office in 2010-2011. He is now working both as Head of East and South Asia, Pacific and Latin America Department and Special Adviser to the President of TİKA- Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

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Secretary General,

Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB)

Biography:

Dr. Bello Lawal Danbatta is the Secretary-General of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) since 29 January 2018. Dr. Danbatta, previously the Director of the Centre of Consultancy and Executive Programmes at INCEIF, has over 25 years combined experience in the private, academia, as well the regulation and supervision sectors across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Dr. Danbatta is a member of the Accounting and Auditing Board of Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). He has chaired various working groups for the issuance of financial accounting standards for Islamic financial institutions.

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Associate Director Debt Capital Markets,

HSBC Bank

Biography:

Ali Taufeeq joined HSBC’s Islamic finance team in 2007 and has focused on the development of the Sukuk market since 2009. He has executed a number of Sukuk transactions across sovereigns, corporates and financial institutions. He has advised on the inaugural international Sukuk deals for Turkey, Qatar, Sharjah, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom as well as landmark corporate Sukuk transactions for Saudi Electricity Company, Emaar Properties, DP World and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Ali has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2011

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Head of Strategy and Special Projects,

Refinitiv

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Ammar Radhi is the head of strategy and special projects in Refinitiv (formerly the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters). He is responsible for leading the global Islamic finance business for the Thomson Reuters group. He focuses on providing knowledge and information services to governments and businesses to execute their strategies related to Islamic finance and green & sustainable initiatives. His focus in Thomson Reuters has been the intersection of technology, financial services, media and intelligence to produce actionable results across the Islamic markets. Ammar also specialises in emerging markets and developing economies. He works on a wide variety of social science disciplines ranging from Banking, Islamic Finance, Economics, Marketing and Management. His work on Islamic finance focuses on providing the industry with new opportunities for progressive growth across both financial sectors and asset classes in emerging and frontier markets. He has developed and led exceptional projects for a wide array of financial and corporate stakeholders such as governments and large financial institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and North America. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Ammar was a leading consultant in the Gulf Growth Capital Fund at Investcorp, responsible for investment intelligence and research on growth companies in the GCC.

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University of South Orleans, USA
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Global Lead Islamic Finance Advisory,

Islamic Development Bank

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Mr. Yahya Rehman is the Global Lead for Islamic Finance Advisory at the Islamic Development Bank. He has over 17 years of experience in Islamic finance, strategy development and capacity building. Prior to joining IDB, Mr. Yahya was Vice President at Capitas Group International, KSA. He has also worked at KPMG KSA, Ernst & Young Bahrain and Accenture UK. He is a Rhodes Scholar with a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Masters in Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK and a M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics from the International Islamic University, Pakistan. He is also a Certified Islamic Banker and a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance.

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Head of Financial Institutions,

Development and Investment Bank of Turkey

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Mr. Biberoğlu is Head of Financial Institutions Department of the Development Bank of Turkey. He has been with the bank since December 1990 handling different responsibilities in both technical and management levels. Concurrently, he is a member of BoD of one of the Banks’ subsidiary company. Mr. Biberoğlu has broad experience in project implementation and financial management as well as project cycle management, innovation finance, private equity and international fund structuring. He also has wide experience on formulation and settlement of financing programs with international finance institutions. He delivers conferences and gives training on the subjects related to the project implementation and financial management. He is an electrical engineering graduate and holds a master’s degree in “Foreign Trade”. He is currently preparing a PhD thesis for Banking and Finance doctorate degree.

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Head of Unit for International Organisations and Development Dialogue,

EC – DEVCO

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Maria Francesca Spatolisano is a convinced multilateralist, with thirty-three years of experience in public service. She was the Ambassador of the European Union to the OECD and UNESCO between 2012 and 2016 and she also served as the first EU Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Monaco and to Andorra in 2016. Upon returning to Brussels, she became Counselor for Economic and Cultural Affairs in the European External Action Service (EEAS) Directorate for Global and Multilateral Issues. Since February 2017 she is responsible for International Organisations and Development Dialogue with other Donors in the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate General for Development Cooperation. In this capacity, she has assured the EU presence and developed EU positions on development policy in a number of international fora, such as the UN, the WB and the IMF, OECD, G7 and G20, where she represents the EU in the G20 Development Working Group. Maria Francesca Spatolisano was posted in New York at the EU Delegation to the UN between 2006 and 2010, as the Head of the Economic Affairs and Trade Section. She covered all issues related to trade, development and environmental policies, in particular under the Second Committee and ECOSOC. Her responsibilities included chairing the EU coordination meetings with the EUMS and bringing about common EU positions in these areas. In addition, she led the EU NY Joint Team on Climate Change at the UN and was for some time the EC representative to the Fifth Committee. She represented the EU in various UN Conferences, including Financing for development and LDCs ones, negotiated resolutions and agreements such as with the Kimberley Process, when the EU held its Presidency. She also led, as Acting Head of the EU Delegation for a period at the end of 2010, the transition from the Delegation of the European Commission to the EU Delegation as established under the Treaty of Lisbon. Maria Francesca Spatolisano joined the European Commission in 1985 where she has gained extensive experience in trade policy and international negotiations, including the WTO Uruguay Round and the Doha Development Agenda. From the beginning, her interest laid with the most innovative parts of the trade agenda and she contributed to the negotiation and establishment of the General Agreement for Trade in Services (GATS). She has also served in the EU Delegations in Washington (1995-97) and, in a previous assignment to the EU delegation to the OECD (2001-2006), she was Deputy Head of Delegation and a Vice-Chair of the OECD Trade Working Party. She has also been the EC representative to the WTO Trade and Development Committee (1997-2000) in Geneva. Prior to joining the EC, she was Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Florence University, where she had obtained her Doctorate in Law “cum laude”; she has continued to lecture on international trade and international relations at universities in the USA, Argentina and Italy. Ms Spatolisano is of Italian nationality and, in addition to her maternal tongue, she is fluent in English and French and speaks Spanish. She is married, with two children and five grandchildren.

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Director,

Center for Industrial Policy and Development, Istanbul Commerce University

Biography:

Murat is the Director of the Center for Industrial Policy and Development, and a partner at PGlobal Global Advisory and Training Services, an Ankara based international advisory company. Murat holds and has held high-level executive responsibilities in financial and non-financial corporations including as director and chairperson. He has served as a Board director at TUBITAK (Turkish Agency for Scientific and Technological Research). He has project finance, corporate finance and economic development experience in various countries in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia with tenures at institutions including the International Monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Prime Ministry. He has authored or led financial, macroeconomic, sectoral studies, impact, feasibility and financial valuation studies. He has taught at different universities such as Georgetown, Yale and Obuda Universities and provided professional training classes in various countries. Previously, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at THK University in Turkey. He authored a number of books and articles in economics, development and finance. His most recent books have been published by international publishers Springer and Peter Lang, covering sustainable development, industrial policy, economic planning, industrial policy and suitable design of public procurement policies aiming at increasing the technological level in emerging countries. He holds an MBA degree from Yale University, Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Bilkent University, an MSM (management) degree from Boston University and a B.Sc. degree (mechanical engineering) from Bogazici University.

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Istanbul Sehir University

Biography:

Ahmet Faruk Aysan received his B.A. in economics from the Bogaziçi University in 1999 and both his M.A. (2001) and his Ph.D. (2005) in economics from the University of Maryland College Park. He became an Associate Professor in 2008. Dr. Aysan, who served as a consultant at various institutions such as the World Bank, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey and Oxford Analytica, has been lecturing at the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University since 2005. Before joining the Istanbul Sehir University as a professor, Dr. Aysan has been the Board Member and Monetary Policy Committee Member of the Central Bank of Republic of Turkey. He has also served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Economics and Econometrics at Bogaziçi University, a member of the G-20 Financial Safety Net Experts Group, a member of the Advisory Board of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Group of TÜBİTAK, and a National Expert in 'Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities' under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. Dr. Aysan's fields of specialization are international finance, macroeconomics, political economy, banking and finance, econometrics, governance and development and he is a member of editorial and advisory boards of several international journals. Dr. Aysan, who has many articles published in academic journals, was awarded with the Bogaziçi University Foundation Publication Awards; Bogaziçi University Foundation Academic Promotion Awards and the Ibn Khaldun Prize for the best paper on the North African and Middle Eastern Country Studies granted by Middle East Economic Association. Dr. Aysan has also served at the advisory board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies at London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) European Institute. Dr. Aysan is currently the Dean of the School of Management And Administrative Sciences at the Istanbul Sehir University.

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Istanbul S. Zaim University

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Professor,

Economics and Finance, Ankara Social Sciences University

Biography:

Dr. Al Jarhi is a Professor of Economics and Finance, ASBU and Coordinator of the project of Establishing the International Center of Islamic Economics & Finance, ASBU-ICIEF. He has also held the posts of Professor of Economics and Finance at INCEIF, 2016 – 2017, Professor of Economics and Finance at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, 2012 – 2015, President of International Association for Islamic Economics, 2003 – 2011, and Member and secretary of Shari’a Board, Dubai Financial Market. Dr. Al Jarhi has taught economics at American and Egyptian universities, participated in establishing several Islamic banks, and in introducing Islamic banking laws. Dr. Al Jarhi has publications in economics and Islamic economics and is the former author of a yearly economic report on Islamic finance in the UAE and the Gulf. He hold a B. A. in economics from Cairo University, M. A. in economics from University of Illinois, resident graduate studies, UCLA and a PhD in Economics from USC.

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