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Speaking at:

Session V - What Islamic Finance and Banking Can Offer

Dr. Adnan Chilwan

Group CEO of Dubai Islamic Bank, Dubai

A leading authority in the field of Islamic Banking & Finance, Dr. Adnan Chilwan is widely seen as a driver of change and innovation and a key figure in the progression of Islamic Finance. With an extensive banking career spanning over two decades with reputed conventional and Islamic banks, he currently serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank, the world’s first Sharia compliant player and the largest Islamic Bank in UAE. With Group assets in excess of USD 62bln, market capitalization of nearly USD 10bln, and workforce of more than 8000 employees across a vast network of branches and entities in the UAE as well as a growing international presence in Asia, Middle East and Africa, he leads an organization which is recognized as a formidable force in Islamic Finance and one of the most progressive institutions in the world today.

Renowned as a visionary and a resident expert in the field, Dr. Chilwan’s contribution to the advancement of the industry has been acknowledged by notable regional and international organizations, earning him accolades both locally and globally including the ‘Islamic Banker of the Year’ for two years in a row and No. 1 ranked Indian Leader making an impact in the Middle East by Forbes ME in 2019.

Dr. Chilwan represents DIB in boards of various strategic investments, subsidiaries and associates including holding the prestigious position of President Commissioner at PT Bank Panin Dubai Syariah TBK whilst also serving as the Chairman at DIB Bank Kenya Ltd, amongst others. He continues to drive the proliferation of Islamic finance through his consultative role to governments and related bodies within and outside the UAE as well as through numerous forums and seminars in various educational institutions, including University of Cambridge, UK, City University of London and Skyline University to name a few.

A passionate cricketer and an avid sportsman, Dr. Chilwan has a PhD and a MBA in Marketing to his credentials. He is a Certified Islamic Banker (CeIB), a Post Graduate in Islamic Banking & Insurance and an Associate Fellow Member in Islamic Finance Professionals Board. 

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