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IFM celebrates financial excellence at annual awards ceremony in London

IFM celebrates financial excellence at annual awards ceremony in London

From Left: Lord Sheikh, Baron Sheikh of Cornhill - House of Lords; Sheikh Bilal Khan - UK Catalyst at UKTI and Co-Chairman of Dome Advisory and Peter Meyer - CEO - Middle East Association

Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on November 18

IFM Correspondent

December 2, 2014: The International Finance Magazine 2014 Awards were presented to the winners at a glittering ceremony in London on November 18. Trophies and certificates were handed over to the winners at a gala dinner hosted in the ball room of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

The awards recognise excellence in banking, finance, Islamic finance, insurance, brokerage, CSR and other fields. The aim is to turn the spotlight on people who are making a difference in the industry and nation, and companies that are blazing a trail, with the focus on emerging markets and opportunities.

Winners came from as far as Australia and Mexico to collect the awards, which were presented by Lord Sheikh, Baron Sheikh of Cornhill, House of Lords; Sheikh Bilal Khan, UK Catalyst at UKTI and Co-Chairman of Dome Advisory and Peter Meyer, CEO, Middle East Association.

Lord Mohamed Sheikh was the first Muslim to be appointed a Peer by the Conservative Party. Amongst other positions, he was Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum and of EcoMuslim. He is the Chairman of two insurance organisations (Iqra Ethical plc and Macmillan Sheikh plc) and property companies. He is also the Vice Chairman/Member of Parliamentary Groups relating to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Central Asia and Foreign Affairs.

Lord Sheikh is very active in the House of Lords. In the last one year, he has spoken on 33 different subjects in the House of Lords. At the awards presentation ceremony, while the audience listened attentively to his views on Islamic finance and insurance, he took everyone by surprise with his wit and one-liners. He came across as a people’s person and connected with every one of the winners he presented the trophies to.

Lord Sheikh presenting an award to Furio Pietribiasi, Managing Director, Mediolanum Asset Management

Sheikh Bilal Khan was another person who made the winners feel at home with his warmth and kind words of encouragement. He is a leading figure in the global Islamic finance industry and the recipient of multiple industry awards, including the first Islamic scholar to be recognised as a Freeman of the City of London. He is both an English qualified lawyer from a ‘Magic Circle’ law firm and a renowned shariah scholar. He has almost two decades of shariah law experience and specialises in structuring and drafting first-of-their-kind shariah-compliant financial products in the medium of English, Arabic and Urdu. In his government business ambassadorial role as UKTI Catalyst, Sheikh Bilal is promoting UK excellence internationally and the City of London in particular as a leading Islamic finance hub.

Peter Meyer took the opportunity to interact with the emerging leaders in the world of finance and business. Having worked in MENA for 15 years before joining Middle East Association (MEA) as its CEO, Peter is familiar with many of the companies and award winners from the region. The MEA is the UK’s leading business forum for promoting trade and investment with the Middle East and North Africa.

Attendees were treated to a performance by Drum Café, which has delivered over 40,000 events in 56 countries and is the world leader in interactive entertainment. More than half of the world’s top 400 companies have enjoyed the Drum Café experience.

The awards presentation ceremony was held alongside the EU Islamic Finance and Banking Summit, organised by International Finance Magazine in London on November 18-19, at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The event saw delegates from UK, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey and other nations sharing their experience with Islamic finance.

ABOUT IFM

International Finance Magazine (www.ifinancemag.com) was established to offer credible financial news and present developments worldwide in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Our audience comprises the top decision-makers in the financial community across the globe. We aim to be the most sought-after financial information provider online. Our inaugural quarterly magazine was launched at the summit on November 18, 2014. 


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