- Kenya to recoup cash paid to Africa's largest wind power farm
- KFH to decide on share pricing of Ahli United Bank merger
- National Bank of Bahrain plans to acquire a stake in BisB
- Financial advisers say clients most concerned about Common Reporting Standard
- Bahrain Fintech Bay launches Islamic finance centre
- Bank Muscat’s Izdihar extends GCC footprint
- The world's fourth-biggest oil producer can't keep the lights on
- UAE business loan demand up in Q3, personal loans fall
- Saudi Arabia plans special economic zone at Riyadh airport
- Foreigners sell net $1.1 billion of Saudi stocks
Adapting to a new era
Abdullah Al-Fozan, Chairman of KPMG MESA and KPMG Saudi Arabia, provides an exclusive commentary on the Kingdom’s business and economic landscape.
In July 2017 we issued…
Why data should be the centre of your IT infrastructure strategy
We’ve been talking about data growth for the past two decades, but data is accelerating like never before, writes Christian Putz, Director, Emerging EMEA, Pure Storage for Banker…
Waqfcoin: An innovation to serve humanity
Dr Magda Mohsin, Associate Professor and Dr Aishath Muneeza, Associate Professor International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (Inceif) write exclusively for Islamic Business…
Ted Stephenson, CFA, Executive Director of CFA Society Emirates, provides an insight into corporate governance-related challenges and opportunities facing banks, financial institutions…
Reconciling cryptocurrency in Islamic finance
Dr. Arindam Banerjee Associate Professor, Finance, Amity University, Dubai Campus argues that crypto is not suited as a means of exchange in Islamic banking and financial institutions.…
Tackling education ventures
Speaking to Banker Middle East, Maya El Hachem, Principal at The Boston Consulting Group Middle East points out the pocket of opportunities in GCC’s private education sector.…
Supporting Islamic fintech’s growth
Ayman Sejiny, CEO, Ibdar Bank, speaks to Islamic Business & Finance as the bank becomes a founding member of the Bahrain Fintech Bay.
What led to the joining…
Africa’s fintech culture is transforming the continent’s FX landscape according to Tim Hutchinson, Head of Digital for Financial Markets, Standard Bank Group.
Responding to the real economy
Stella Cox, CBE, Managing Director, Ddcap Group, writes about sustainability and investment opportunities that could lead to creating financial systems that are better suited to integrating…
Digitalisation of wholesale banking
By Amol Bahuguna, Head of Payments & Cash Management, Commercial Bank of Dubai
As digitalisation of the banking sector gathers momentum across the globe, many technological…
Sweeping advancement in control risks in Africa
In a new report Control Risks has examined the differences in risks and rewards across African nations.
2017 saw substantial political upheaval in Africa with significant power…
How Lombard Odier got into the Islamic investment space
Islamic Business & Finance sits down with Arnaud Leclercq, Limited Partner at Lombard Odier Group about the launch of a certified Shari’ah-compliant mandate aimed at…
Saudi equities: approach with care
Amidst the excitement over Saudi Arabia’s rapid reform agenda, Ross Teverson, Head of Strategy, Emerging Markets at Jupiter Asset Management, provides a reminder and some pointers…
Creating footsteps in Kuwait’s Islamic banking sector
David Power, CEO, KFH Malaysia writes for Islamic Business & Finance about the strategy his firm is taking.
Kuwait Finance House began our journey in Kuwait to provide…
Diversification, one success at a time
Ahmed Kilani, Chief Executive Officer of Tabarak Investment, shares the company’s strategy in investments.
At Tabarak Investment, every success story, each underperforming…
Increasing Islamic banking’s global linkage
Mohamed Rafique Merican, CEO, Maybank Islamic speaks exclusively with Islamic Business & Finance about his plans for the firm in the GCC and beyond.
Kenya: driving change
Kenya’s economic growth has been held back by a failure to fully exploit the talents of the country’s professional accountants, says the ACCA in a new report.
Becoming the best modern Islamic bank
John Iossifidis, CEO of Noor Bank speaks exclusively to Islamic Business & Finance about his plan to turn Noor into the best contemporary Shari’ah-compliant institution…
China’s Belt and Road Initiative
The BRI is a hugely ambitious plan that will take decades to realise. If successful, it will fundamentally alter the geopolitical map of Eurasia, writes Paul Gruenwald, Managing Director,…
A new way to measure poverty in South Africa
Derek Yu, Associate Porfessor, Economics at the University of the Western Cape sheds some light on the workings of the multidimensional poverty index.
There’s more to understanding…
The price of rebellion
The IMF insists that the pain of short-term austerity will be worth it for long-term prosperity—Egyptians may not agree.
Hosni Mubarak left Egypt…Middle East digitisation
Ahmed Al-Faifi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at SAP Middle East shares his views on technology in the region, the threats and opportunities that lie within.
How…A step towards securing investor trust
Mohamed Alem, Founding Partner and Mazen Ghosn, Senior Associate at the Dubai office of Alem & Associates, analyse the new Arbitration Law and its impact on the financial services…What next for the Middle East?
In an exclusive, Ehsan Khoman, Head of Research and Strategist for MENA at MUFG, projects market movements for the region
If one thing is certain, it is that the Middle East never…The impact of technology in the accounting industry
By Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive
Global forces are reshaping the accountancy profession across the world. New ways of doing business, transformed by technology and shifting…
Ali Imran, Customer Advisory Leader Middle East, Financial Services Consulting at PwC, speaks candidly to Banker Middle East about the development of technology in the Middle East.…
A streak of optimism
In an exclusive interview, Khalid Hamad Executive Director, Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain, asserts that financial sector in Bahrain remains healthy despite macroeconomic…
Thinking outside the (financing) box
Ahmed Moor, Co-Founder and CEO of Liwwa, sheds light on the value of alternative financing and how financial institutions can stand to benefit from them.
Can you describe…
Staying on par with investment trends
Andrew Tarbuck, Chairman of Middle East Investor Relations Association, provides an exclusive insight into the current trends surrounding investor relations in the region.
The infrastructure opportunity
Suha Najjar, Founder and CEO of Akkadia Partners, explains why investment in Middle East infrastructure is win-win.
The last decade has seen a transformation in the ownership of…
The material impact of regulation
Are UAE banks ready to deal with sweeping regulatory change? Bhaskar Sahay, Director in Advisory Services at KPMG Lower Gulf, shares his expert opinion.
The past year saw increased…
Trust in financial services
A decade after the 2008 global recession—what measures has the financial services profession taken to elevate trust? Matthew Cowan, Regional Director, Chartered Institute for Securities…
Are we ready for the future of banking?
In an exclusive interview, Christian Hammer, Head of Platforms at Saxo Bank discusses if the market is prepared for the future of banking.
What are your views on the…
Until debt do us part
Lebanon has inspired confidence among global investors; however, its new benefactors want to see their money put to work.
“Lebanon’s economy is known for its resilience,”…
Why is there no inflation?
Mark Burgess, Deputy Global CIO & CIO, EMEA, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, writes about one of the biggest questions facing regional investors looking at their global financial…
Living 100 years: the new expectation
UBS’s Head of Wealth Management for the Arabian Gulf, Niels Zilkens, discusses the importance of health and wealth and looks at how the rising prospect of living for a century means…
The retirement question
For expatriates in the Gulf, the question of what to do later in life should not be left until the day approaches. Graeme Whittaker Field MCSI, ACII, ACIB, Chartered Financial Planner,…
Investing in the old masters
Ahead of Sotheby’s auction of Rubens’ Portrait of a Bearded Venetian Nobleman on 4 July in London, George Gordon, Co-Chairman, Worldwide Old Master Paintings & Drawings,…
Digital banking: a meticulous journey
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Sanjay Khanna, Chief Information Officer at RAKBANK, discusses the bank’s digital transformation agenda
The holistic approach to private banking
In an exclusive dialogue with Banker Middle East, Naushid Mithani, MD, Market Head, GSAC EMEA & PvB Head, UAE at Standard Chartered discusses the private banking landscape…
Five tech trends dominating financial services
Wissam Khoury, Managing Director, MEA, Finastra writes for Banker Middle East
There is no doubt that technology underpins the transformation and growth of the financial…
Demystifying the world of offshore finance
Banker Middle East speaks to Philip Cernik, Chief Marketing Officer at Friends Provident International, who highlights the plusses of offshore banking for consumers
Consolidation the key to unlocking Takaful's potential
A.M. Best suggests the right ingredients for the success of Takaful companies in the MENA region, writes Banker Middle East
Takaful companies have gained momentum significantly…
Seven ways to avoid UAE VAT penalties
Michael Armstrong, ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, shares his top tips for UAE businesses to avoid financial penalties that may be imposed due to violations,…
A universal proposition
Naushid Mithani, Market Head, Global South Asian Community, EMEA and Head, Private Banking, UAE, Standard Chartered, speaks to WEALTH Arabia about covering the totality of what…
Changing gear in the investment cycle
Philippe Ghanem, CEO, ADS Securities, speaks to WEALTH Arabia on his firm’s technology-first strategy
The brand of ADS Securities, the Abu Dhabi-based investment…
Retail banking automation: delivering superior customer experience
Dr. Dimitrios Vasileios Kokkinos, Chairman & Managing Director and Spyros Gousetis, Vice Chairman, DVK Consultants discusses the role retail banking will…
MENA equities finally come of age
Hasnain Malik, Head of Equity Research, Exotix Capital, illustrates the new appeal of the region's equity market
The equity markets of the Middle East and North Africa have been…
Ripe for the picking
Emmanuel Laurina, Managing Director, Head of Middle East & North Africa and Ana Harris, Head of Equity Portfolio Strategists for EMEA, both from State Street Global Advisors, speak…
Bahrain’s bright prospects
Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist at the Bahrain Economic Development Board, tells Banker Middle East that it’s not all doom and gloom as it may be perceived in Bahrain