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Islamic Finance Leadership Programme

Introduction

Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Programme (Cambridge-IFLP) enjoys the reputation of being the first and the only global leadership programme specifically structured for middle and upper-middle management personnel of Islamic financial institutions. Designed and structured by Cambridge IFA, the programme is delivered by some of the most influential leaders in Islamic banking and finance.

Held every summer at Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK; Cambridge-IFLP attracts delegates from world over including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Asia.

This 5-day residential programme aims to prepare the next generation of outstanding leaders in Islamic banking & finance by providing them with unique mentoring opportunities, rigorous leadership training from renowned leaders, and industry-specific perspectives through case studies specifically written for this programme.

Designed on the foundation that leadership can best be understood by studying and closely observing the leaders themselves, the Cambridge-IFLP is designed to allow delegates to benefit from the presence of a number of mentors who are leading personalities in the global Islamic financial services industry. Our leadership programme has been uniquely designed to ensure that delegates gain the most benefits from the presence of these global leaders who shall share their leadership insights on what it takes to be a leader in this age of disruption, innovation and uncertainty. They will also be sharing their take on the future of Islamic finance and how can one lead the industry into the next phase of development.

Those selected for the Cambridge-IFLP will be eligible to receive Cambridge IFA Certificate in Islamic Finance Leadership. The 5-day extensive leadership training will be given by well-established leadership and management gurus from around the world.

Five most outstanding attendees of the Cambridge event will be chosen for Cambridge Islamic Finance Awards.

SALIENT FEATURES

Leadership Talks

Leadership Talks covers a wide range of topics and perspectives, including structuring and product development, human resource development, leadership roles of Shari’a scholars and law firms, and leadership perspectives from experts from outside the Islamic financial services industry. With a number of Leadership Talks given by industry leaders, Cambridge- IFLP delegates benefits from in-depth knowledge and understanding from industry experts on how to develop themselves into effective and influential leaders in their respective organisations and in the global Islamic financial services industry. Leadership Talks covered wide range of topics and perspectives including structuring and product development, human resource development, and leadership perspectives.

Leadership Interviews

Leadership can best be understood by studying and closely observing the leaders. Cambridge-IFLP aims to invite 5 leading personalities in the global Islamic financial services industry to share their perspectives on leadership. The delegates will be able to interact with these leaders formally and informally and ask questions during 5 formal interview sessions. Leadership Interviews provided great first-hand insights into leadership values, philosophies, and qualities as well as an opportunity for delegates to flesh out questions to the leaders themselves.

Leadership Workshop

Leadership Workshops provide delegates with information and practical techniques to create a more positive, personal, and professional culture back in their workplace. Our Leadership Workshops are highly interactive and provide a stimulating learning experience for delegates.

The objective of these workshops is to offer the delegates an opportunity to assess their leadership skills with the help of Workshop Leaders and other delegates in an interactive peer-review process. We have developed a Self Assessment Leadership Toolkit (SALT TM), which will be provided to all the delegates prior to their arrival at Cambridge. The SALT TM aims at identifying strengths and weaknesses with respect to leadership.

These workshops, along with interactive social activities during the Cambridge-IFLP and Leadership Activities, will allow the delegates to seek mentorships and develop relationships with the leaders in the Islamic financial services industry. The closing workshop aims to highlight the specific benefits of Cambridge-IFLP, and how the delegates should benefit, ex post.

Leadership Activities

The aim of Leadership Activities is to identify leadership skills and traits in a fun way. This will also help the delegates to appreciate importance of a number of basic and usually ignored and under-rated skills, notably problem solving, emotions management and cognitive intelligence.

Cambridge Cases

Delegates are introduced to real life case studies written specifically for the programme. Case study is used to gain an understanding of the issue in real life settings and recommended to answer how and why. There are 3 cases written by experts, to be included in the Cambridge-IFLP programme.

One case is on the transformation of an Islamic bank from an at-risk organisation to a leading player in an Islamic banking market. This case will focus on the leadership role of top management in the transformation process.

The second case is about conversion of a conventional bank into an Islamic bank, specializing in a niche market.

Again, the focus is on the role of leadership in the conversion process. This will in particular be helpful for those delegates who work for conventional financial institutions with engagement in Islamic banking and finance.

The third case is on a leading personality in Islamic banking and finance, who faced a crisis in their career. The case attempts to highlight weaknesses and strengths of decision-making during a crisis.

Social Activities

There will be numerous social activities, allowing the delegates to interact with each other and with mentors to benefit from them in relaxed, yet productive, environment of the University of Cambridge. During the 5 days at Clare College, delegates will take part in several social activities that are a must on the “to do” list when one is visiting the University of Cambridge. These include punting on the River Cam and enjoying one of Shakespeare’s famous play at King’s College garden. During the garden party at the Fellow’s Garden, delegates have the opportunity to enjoy the British summer weather while at the same time horned their leadership skills during the Cambridge IFLP Treasure Hunt activity organised on the college grounds.

Tentative Agenda

August 07 – August 12, 2022

  • Sunday, August 07 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration & Welcoming Reception

Day 01: Monday, August 08, 2022

  • 9:00 am - 9:10 am: Welcome Addresses
  • 9:10 am - 10:00 am: Leadership Activity 1
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Leadership Talk 1: How to Succeed in Islamic Banking and Finance
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Prayer
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Leadership Interview 1:
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Leadership Talk 2: Leading in a Disruptive World
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Coffee Break
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Cambridge IBM
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Formal Dinner at Clare College (Gather at Porter’s Lodge)

Day 02: Tuesday, August 09, 2022

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Cambridge IBM
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Leadership Talk 3:
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Prayer
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Leadership Interview 2:
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Leadership Talk 4: Winning the Fintech Revolution: Changing Mindset
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Treasure Hunt & Garden Party at Fellows Garden
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Dinner

Day 03: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Cambridge Case
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Leadership Talk 5
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Prayer
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Cambridge IBM
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Leadership Interview 3:
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Leadership Activity 2
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Coffee break & Punting
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Dinner

Day 04: Thursday, August 11, 2022

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Technical Talk:
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Leadership Talk 6
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Prayer
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Cambridge IBM
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Leadership Interview 4
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Coffee break & Leadership Walk
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Dinner

Day 05: Friday, August 12, 2022

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Sharing Session
  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:20 am - 11:30 am: Keynote Leadership Speech
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Closing Ceremony: Presentation of Awards & Certificates, Group Photo
  • 12:30 pm Departure