Global executives attend Islamic finance program in Jeddah

The program attracted Nigerian, British, Ugandan, Jordanian, Saudi, Spanish, French, Lebanese and Indian participants.
Updated 15 May 2019
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Global executives attend Islamic finance program in Jeddah

Representatives from financial and academic institutions around the world attended a four-day international executive program in Islamic finance in Jeddah.

The program was jointly organized by the Saudi-Spanish Center for Islamic Economics and Finance at the IE Business School in Madrid, the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of the Islamic Development Bank, and the Islamic Economics Institute (IEI) of King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah.

In his opening remarks at the event, Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research Dr. Hasan Makhethi said the course aimed to enhance knowledge and experience in Islamic finance and provide networking opportunities for participants.

He said the IEI was delighted that the partnership among the organizing institutions has created “a platform for alternative finance in order to raise awareness among academics and business people about the importance of ethics and morals in finance and business.”

“IRTI is an important partner in the success of the program, as it is enhancing both the academic and practical sides of the program,” Dr. Makhethi added.

Dr. Kaleem Alam, program manager, noted that Islamic finance is no longer alien to the world of finance, and that there is growing demand globally, especially in Africa, to learn and implement Shariah-complaint finance.

The program was designed for executives interested in gaining knowledge and developing contacts in the Islamic finance sector. Participants attended workshops, roundtable discussions and academic sessions covering the fundamental principles, key concepts and modes of Islamic finance, as well the importance of ethics in business.

The program attracted participants of Nigerian, British, Ugandan, Jordanian, Saudi, Spanish, French, Lebanese and Indian nationalities. There were also participants from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Jaiz Bank and the Microfinance Support Center Limited (MSC).

Participants also visited a number of organizations in Jeddah, including KAU, IDB, THIQAH, SEDCO Capital and the National Commercial Bank.

Some of the prominent trainers included Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, Mr. Khalid Gama, Dr. Ahmed Belouafi and Dr. Mansoor Durrani.

Bashair A. Alnahari, a participant from SAMA, said: “It was one of the most valuable and enjoyable programs I have ever attended.”


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.