RFI Summit 2017

Bringing together leaders from Islamic & responsible finance to build bridges and expand impact

  • Responsible Finance & Investment Summit, organized by the RFI Foundation and Swiss-Arab Network to bring together senior leaders from responsible investment and Islamic finance on 4 May 2016 at the Hotel Atlantis in Zurich, Switzerland
  • Responsible finance leaders to discuss metrics to measure the positive and negative impacts its operations generate to expand impact for responsible finance which now represents one-third of managed assets globally
  • Will promote action to connect Islamic finance—a $2 trillion industry—with other responsible finance rising in importance as European markets including Switzerland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Germany and Irelan

London, United Kingdom and Zurich, Switzerland – November 7, 2016 – Leaders in responsible finance and Islamic finance hold a key responsibility to expand their business outside the traditional bounds of their existing markets. The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit will bring together key stakeholders from within responsible finance next May in Zurich, Switzerland to build connections that can open up growth opportunities and help translate their actions towards more measurable impact.

The event will provide an opportunity for senior executives working in responsible finance to discuss the current and future opportunities in responsible finance as well as how Islamic finance fits into the overall market and opportunities in emerging markets including in the Middle East & North Africa that it provides.  The Summit promotes discussions between a diverse set of responsible finance practitioners, regulators and stakeholders will develop opportunities for convergence & collaboration between developed & emerging markets, banking & investment firms, and responsible investment & Islamic finance.

Blake Goud, CEO of the Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Foundation commented: “We are excited to announce this Summit for next year with Swiss Arab Network.  In our research and through engagement with many leaders in responsible finance, we have identified a key need to facilitate discussions of similarities between all sectors within responsible finance, particularly the role for Islamic finance.”

Mr. Goud continued: “The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit will build upon our inaugural event hosted by Bank Negara Malaysia which brought together 450 people from across responsible finance including Islamic finance.  We found a strong appetite from participants to find common ground in responsible finance.  People working in the financial sector and society at large expect finance to align with their values and in most cases, these values are widely held and often universal.”

Mounir Khouzami and Slim Habli, Co-Founders of Swiss Arab Network commented: “We are very pleased to be supporting a joint event organized with RFI Foundation on responsible finance.  Our work building bridges between Europe and the Arab World can be enhanced by supporting connections in the financial sector.  The responsible investment and Islamic finance industries, being based on a similar set of ethical values, provides an important area for collaboration.”

The organizers of the Summit would like to thank all who have committed so far to supporting the event including confirmed support from Alexander & Partner, Bahrain Economic Development Board, DDCAP Ltd, Eiger Trading Advisors Ltd, Luxembourg for Finance, Millenium Associates AG, and Saudia.

About the Responsible Finance & Investment Summit 2017

The Summit, to be held on 4 May 2017 at the Atlantis Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, will play a vital role in connecting representatives from across the responsible finance industry to build on the growing cooperation between responsible investment (RI), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Islamic finance. The Responsible Finance & Investment Summit is an initiative of the RFI Foundation and Swiss Arab Network, two globally active nonprofits seeking to build awareness of shared values that can bring together people from different backgrounds working towards similar goals connected to generating benefits to society.

About RFI Foundation

The RFI Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to identify a neutral, nonpartisan and universal value proposition that encourages convergence of responsible finance practices. RFI evolves Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and the Islamic finance sectors towards a convergence of their shared standards, and engages stakeholders to build the responsible finance industry as a catalyst to support equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic development.

 Visit us at www.rfi-foundation.org or follow us on Twitter @RFIFoundation

 About Swiss-Arab Network

The Swiss Arab Network (SAN) is a non-profit networking organization with headquarter in Zurich and affiliations in the Arab world that strives to bridge gaps, promote sustainable exchange and intensify the mutual understanding among Swiss and Arab people. SAN is a networking platform and organizes events and gives speeches on topics like Swiss and Arab finance, business, culture, art and film. Established and high-profile organisations from Switzerland and the Arab world are members of the network.

 More on www.swissarab.org


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