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MENAFN Press - 08/10/2012

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(MENAFN Press) First Global has been awarded with an 'Exclusive Knowledge Partner' sponsorship for the upcoming World Islamic Retail Banking Conference (WIRBC) to be held on 9 - 10 October 2012, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa - Dubai, UAE.

Staging its fourth edition this year, WIRBC has created an excellent networking platform for the global Islamic retail bankers and other stakeholders. Since the conference's first edition in 2009, Founder & Managing Director of First Global Group, Muhammed Ikram Thowfeek, has been one of the headline speakers sharing his knowledge, experience and the practical exposure gained in the industry over the last two decades.

"Indeed it's a great opportunity to be an integral part of WIRBC as an 'Exclusive Knowledge Partner" where we intend to share with the global Islamic finance fraternity that given the global financial crisis after crisis, Islamic finance industry can be a solution provider for these turbulent times in the global financial market" said Mr. Thowfeek.

Mr. Thowfeek is a chartered accountant by profession and an Islamic banker by practice. To date, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in setting up Islamic banks and Islamic financial institution from scratch and has become a 'specialist in setting up' Islamic banks and Islamic financial institutions.

First Global Group (FGG), a diversified multi-disciplined institution engaged in providing Shari'ah compliant products and services ranging from investments, financing (SME & Micro finance), ICT, education, training and advisory, headquartered in Sri Lanka since March 1999. FGG has pioneered a number of 'first of its kind' initiatives in the Islamic banking & finance (IB&F) industry and growing into a global business company building strategic alliances in UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, India, Maldives, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritius, Oman, Malaysia and Indonesia to mention a few.

MIT Global is the UAE based Islamic finance consultancy and advisory firm that brings in specialists experience and exposure gained over more than two decades, whilst practically involved in setting up Islamic banks and financial institutions in the Middle East, from scratch. WE are ready to share those practical experience and exposure with business owners who need advisory support in their business propositions to enter the multi-trillion dollar IB&F industry.

First Global Academy “ FGA (Formerly 'First Global Knowledge Centre - FGKC) is the pioneer institution in Sri Lanka to promote training and career development programs in the field of Islamic Banking, Finance and Takaful. FGKC was the only educational institution which has been recognized as "Education First" in the first ever Islamic Finance country report 2011 by KPMG “ Sri Lanka and recently covered in the Global Islamic Finance Forum “ GIFF2012 “ Country and Business Guide, as a 'Talent Development' institution for the Islamic finance industry, coming from Sri Lanka. FGA has been accredited by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI) “ UK, City & Guilds “ UK and Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) “is the Management Accounting body in Sri Lanka which is incorporated by Parliament Act No.23 of 2009.

First Global also has the rare distinction of being selected by the esteemed Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), UAE to train its nearly 1000-strong workforce on Islamic Banking and Finance and by Doha Bank of Qatar to train its staff to equip them with an Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ).
"To boost the Islamic banking and finance industry, the need of the hour is training, education and awareness and we at First Global Academy are passionate to 'build a new breed of Islamic bankers and Islamic finance specialists who can take this industry to yet another paradigm" said Muath Mubarak “ Head of Corporate Strategy at FGA.

Watch out for an event entitled, "Solutions for Turbulent Global Financial Market from an Islamic banking & finance perspective" coming soon.

For more information.
Please visit our websites:

Event URL:http://www.fleminggulf.com/conferenceview/4th-annual-world-islamic-retail-banking-conference/268

About Fleming Gulf
Founded in 2005, Fleming Gulf is young, dynamic and has fast become one of the leading providers of business intelligence through industry specific conferences, webinars and skills enhancement training courses. Our goal is to link professionals and provide them with commercial acumen, business investment contacts and a world of opportunities. Our reach is global-spanning serving organisations in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and as far as Latin America. Fleming Gulf delivers the most comprehensive business events by leveraging our network of industry influencers with specialist knowledge to provide organisations the winning edge that makes a difference in their decision making in today's competitive business landscape.


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