The 8th Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) Ceremony concluded on September 30 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Held at a glittery event in the capital city of Sarajevo, the 8th GIFA was attended by heads of state and government, ministers, ambassadors and Islamic financial fraternity from around the world. The Gala Dinner was hosted by Bosna Bank International (BBI).
Chief Guests included His Excellency Bakir Izetbegovic, Chairman of the Council of Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti and GIFA Laureate 2017 and Ms Lisa Doughten, Chief of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF) Secretariat.
Other dignitaries were Abdullah Skaka, Mayor of Sarajevo; Sheikh Huseinef Kavazovi?, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina; Mr Zakri Jaafar, Malaysia Ambassador to Bosnia and Hervegovina; Mr Mark Field, British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina; Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov, Chairman of Astana International Financial Centre, and Eng Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation.
This year, more than 50 awards were presented to winners from over 20 countries. Amongst the winners from Middle East were Dubai Islamic Bank, Siraj Finance, Aircraft Leasing Islamic Fund (ALIF), SEDCO Capital, ITS, OneGram and Dar Al Sharia. Other countries included South Africa (FNB Islamic Banking and Oasis Crescent); Indonesia (BAZNAS, Bank Indonesia, Indonesia Stock Exchange, BTPN Syariah); the UK (DDCAP, Gatehouse Bank, Islamic Reporting Initiative, Eiger Trading Advisors); Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (ITFC, ICIEC, Bank Al Inma); Malaysia (AmInvestment, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Silverlake, ITRAMAS Corporation, Cagamas, Salihin Advisory, MARC, MFPC, Dewina Brahim’s Holding, UiTM, Accounting Research Institute).
For the 3rd year running, Silverlake won GIFA Award Best Islamic Finance Solution Provider and I had the honour of receiving it on behalf of the company.