Morocco is at the forefront when it comes to making progress in the Islamic finance space among the Maghreb nations, as reflected by the government’s commitment to introducing a dedicated Islamic banking sector in the country. In addition to the keen interest shown by foreign financial institutions to penetrate the market, conventional banks are already allowed to operate Shariah compliant windows.

As Islamic finance continues to establish footprints in new exciting markets, the first-ever IFN Morocco Forum in Casablanca will allow market players to get a better depth and understanding of this fresh market, and strategize ways to tap into the increasing awareness of Shariah compliant finance and investments in the country. With Islamic financial markets growing and developing all around the globe, Morocco is targeted to be the next emerging market due to an increasing demand for project and infrastructure financing.


Mohammed Boussaid
Minister of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Morocco



08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Remarks
Anouar Hassoune – Managing Director, Euris Group
09:10 – 09:25 Keynote Address
Mohammed Boussaid – Minister of Economy and Finance, Kingdom of Morocco
09:25 – 10:10 Mapping the Moroccan Participative Finance Ecosystem
Industry leaders provide insight on what Moroccan participative finance landscape will look like in five years and what market players and regulators will need to do to get there. How can sustainable growth be achieved in Moroccan banking and capital market sectors? What liquidity management instruments are available for the newly established banks? What is Morocco capable of achieving domestically and what is the outlook for cross-border participative finance activities?

Moderator: Anouar Hassoune – Managing Director, Euris Group
Panelists: Abdessamad Issami – CEO, Umnia Bank
Gonzalo Rodríguez
 – General Coordinator, Saudi-Spanish Center For Islamic Economics And Finance (SCIEF), IE Business School, Spain
Said Amaghdir – Chairman, Moroccan Association for Participative Finance Professionals – Shariah Compliant (AMFP)
Youssef Baghdadi – CEO, Dar Assafaa
10:10 – 10:25 Morocco as an Islamic Investor’s Gateway to Africa
Rachid Boumehraz – Partner, Fidaroc Grant Thornton
10:25 – 10:55 Coffee Break
10:55 – 11:40 An Audience with Newly Established Participative Banks
The heads of the newly established participative banks share their experience in acquiring banking licences, where their institutions stand at the moment and their respective strategies for increasing market share.

Moderator: Boubkeur Ajdir — Director of operations in French speaking countries, IFAAS Group
Panelists: Abdelali Bennouna – Director, Participative Finance Windows, Credit du Maroc
Adnane El Gueddari
– Managing Director, Umnia Bank
Fouad Harraze – Executive Director, Strategy and Development, Crédit Agricole of Morocco
Mohamed Maarouf
– CEO, Bank al Tamweel wa al Inma (BTI)
Mohamed Tahri – Deputy Managing Director, Société Générale Maroc
11:40 – 12:10 How is Participative Finance Going to Help Revitalization of Capital Markets in Morocco?

Panelists: Houda Chafil – CEO, Maghreb Titrisation
Dr Mohammed Ghiyath Sheikhah – Chief Treasury and Investments, Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB)
Paul McViety – Legal Director, Head of Islamic Finance, DLA Piper, the UAE
12:10 – 12:25 Next Generation Participative Finance Platform: Built by Muslims, in Morocco, for the World?
Rachid Ouaich – Chairman, ConeXCap
12:25 – 12:55 Global Market Perspective: What is the Way Forward for the Industry in Morocco?
This panel will feature global leaders in Islamic finance industry offering their views on how Moroccan market can leverage on the experiences from established participative finance markets of Malaysia, Turkey and the Gulf.

Moderator: Mustafa Adil – Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters
Panelists: Dr Mohamed Damak – Senior Director, Global Head of Islamic Finance, Standard & Poor’s
Dr Rusen Ahmet Albayrak
– Executive Vice President, Treasury & International Banking, Kuveyt Turk, Turkey
12:55 – 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 – 14:25 Paving the Way for Takaful Industry Segment

Moderator: Dr Abderrahmane Lahlou – Founder, ABWAB Consultants
Panelists: Hakim Bensaid – Takaful Project Manager, Royale Marocaine d’Assurance (RMA)
Mohammed Bellali – Head of Takaful Commission, Moroccan Association for Participative Finance Professionals – Shariah Compliant (AMFP)
Mohamed Zerrei –
Partner, Fidaroc Grant Thornton
Zeroual Koudama – Project Director General of Takaful, Wafa Assurance
14:25 – 15:00 Investors Roundtable: Outlook for the Shariah Compliant Investment Market
What role can the industry play in attracting foreign investment to Morocco? What investment climate should exist in the country to attract more foreign capital? What asset classes Morocco has to offer Shariah compliant investors?
15:00 End of Forum