8th International Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance: Risk Management, Regulation, and Supervision

20 to 21 December, 2017

Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel, Madinat Al Irfan

Organised by
College of Economies and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, in collaboration with
The Islamic Research and Training Institute (A member of Islamic Development Bank Group)

  • Conference Objectives
  • Main Themes
  • Expected Impact
  • Deliverables
  • Registration fees
  • Contact Information
  • Program

The main objective of the conference is to address various practical and operational issues related to the risk management, regulation and supervision, which may include evaluating legal framework and current trends in financial innovation revolving around the key theme of the event.

The main theme of the conference is “The contribution of Islamic financial institution to the Financial Stability and Systemic Risk” with a particular emphasis on recent development in the regulations, supervision and risk management. The conference aims to explore a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Current and future opportunities and challenges in the Islamic Banking industry in Oman
  • Contemporary risks to financial stability arising from Islamic banking model in an integrated financial system
  • Comparative regulatory framework for Islamic vis-à-vis conventional banks
  • The role of Islamic Financial Stability Board (IFSB) in designing framework and promoting regulatory reforms for Islamic banks with the aim to promote financial stability of the global financial system;
  • Systemic risks: Measurement Approaches for Islamic banks 
  • Macro/micro prudential regulatory framework supporting financial stability
  • Incentive based regulatory framework in islamic financial system
  • Applied Stress Testing: Framework, Methodology and Modelling Approaches to risk management 

The event will help stakeholders including policy makers/regulators to get a better understanding on issues and challenges associated with financial stability and systemic risk in Islamic financial system sphere. By sharing practical and policy implementation in different jurisdictions, the event will:

  • Enhance the understanding of different stakeholders on key aspects of systemic risk and financial stability from the perspective of risk management, regulation and supervision
  • Produce quality research work with practical policy implications to assist policy makers, academics and industry experts to think of innovative solutions to address increasingly complex issues in financial stability and systemic risks in Islamic finance industry
  • Presentations and discussions during the conference will stimulate dialogue on contemporary issues in financial stability and systemic risks

The expected output of the event is to:

  • Organize an event providing a forum to discuss various aspects and pre-requisites for sound financial stability and systemic risks;
  • Provide participants practical information from experts and practitioners on pertinent issues and challenges associated with financial stability and systemic risks
  • Publication of selected papers in a reputable refereed journal or an edited book which will be widely circulated to ensure that they are of high impact

There is no registration fee for authors or attendees.

Important Links:

Islamic Research and Training Institute:

College of Economics and Finance, Sultan Qaboos University:

Tourism in Oman:

Supervision: Dr. Almukhtar Al-Abri, Office: 24141833

Sponsorships: Dr. Sami Al-Kharusi, Office: 24142849

Services: Ahmed Al-Sulimani, Office 24141831

Day 1: Wednesday, December 20, 2017


8:00 – 9:00

Recitation from the Holy Quran

9:00 – 9:05

Welcome Address by Dr. Khamis Al-Yahyaee, Dean - College of Economics and Political Science (CEPS), Sultan Qaboos University.

9:05 – 9:10

Keynote Speaker: HH Sheikh Dr. Kahlan Al-Karousi, Assistant Grand Mufti and Chair of Sharia Committee, Central Bank of Oman (CBO)

9:10 – 9:30

Panel Discussion: Islamic Banking in Oman Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator: Hon. Dr. Saeed Al-Muharrami - Ex Dean (CEPS)


His Excellency Abdullah Salem Al Salmi, Executive President, Capital Market Authority, Oman.

Honorable Salaam Said Al Shaksy, CEO, Al Izz Islamic Bank

Mr. Bader Khalid Al Aghbari, Vice President for Banking Oversight, CBO.

Mr. Khalid Jamal Al Kayed, CEO, Bank Nizwa.

Dr. Dawood Ashraf, Senior Researcher, Islamic Research Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank Group

9:30 – 10:20

Coffee Break

10:20 – 10:35

Plenary Session 1 – Islamic Banking – Financial Stability

  • The Inter-temporal relationship between capital, risk and efficiency: The case of conventional and Islamic banks by Vasileios Pappas
  • Determinants of Islamic Banking Stability: Using Generalized Additive Models by Samaneh Eftekhari Mahabadi
  • Board Busyness and Financial Stability: Does Bank Type matters? by Marwa Elnahas

A Review of Empirical Studies on Islamic Banking and Finance; The Way Forward by Murniati Mukhlisin

10:35– 12:00

Lunch (Crown Plaza Muscat OCEC)

12:00 – 1:00

Keynote Speaker 2: Prof. Dr. Jonathan Batten (Editor of Emerging Markets Review, and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and coeditor of Finance Research Letters). 

1:00 – 2:00

Plenary Session 2 – Islamic Capital Markets

  • Interest rate sensitivity of Islamic vs conventional  equities by Zaghum Umar
  • How ownership and governance affects Sukuk financing decisions: An application of a double selection model by Muhammad Suhail Rizwan
  • Style diversification and stability in Shariah compliant equity portfolio performance by Muhammad Wajid Raza

Are Islamic Bonds a good safe haven for stocks? Implications for portfolio management in a time-varying regime switching copula framework by Chaker Aloui

2:00 – 3:15


Day 2: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Plenary Session 3 – Contemporary Issues in Islamic Economics and Finance

  • Shariah Stock Index Jackpots and Red Zones: Big Data Algorithms to Recommender System by Shahid Anjum
  • The Islamic Origins Of Hypothesis Testing by Zakaria Boulanouar

Factors influencing customers' acceptance towards Diminishing partnership home financing: A study of Pakistan by Imran Mehboob Shaikh

9:00 – 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:30

Plenary Session 4 – Islamic banking – Risk Management

  • Does Risk Disclosure Quality Reduce Credit Risk of UAE Islamic and Conventional Banks? by Haitham Nobanee
  • Transparency and Investment Recommendations for Islamic Investment Accounts: An Empirical Analysis by Ahmed Badreldin
  • Dubai Islamic Bank: The Impact of Basel III by Brian Kettel

A Structural Model of Alpha for the Capital Adequacy Ratios of Islamic Banks by Maryam Alhalboni

10:30– 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:15

Plenary Session 5 –  Governance and Regulation

  • Managing Macro-Prudential Regulations In Dual Financial Systems: Issues And Challenges by Bisi Salimon Olawoyin
  • Islamic Finance, In The Light Of Institutional And Regulatory Framework, For Macroeconomic Resilience And Multipolar World by Mughees Shaukat

Concluding Remarks by the Conference Organizers

12:15 – 1:30


1:00 – 2:00