International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation names CEO

Hani Salem Sonbol
Updated 16 May 2016

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation names CEO

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), an autonomous member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, has appointed Hani Salem Sonbol as its CEO.
The announcement was made at the 46th meeting of the board of directors of the ITFC. The meeting took place during the 41st annual meeting of the board of governors of the IDB, which began on May 15 and ends on May 19.
Sonbol began his career in 1987 at IDB Group, where he held several leading positions, including deputy CEO of ITFC, director of the IDB Group Regional Office in Rabat, and director of trade finance and development department at IDB.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in engineering management from the US-based George Washington University. He also attended the Rehabilitation of Leaders Program at Harvard University.
Sonbol expressed his thanks and deep appreciations to Ahmad Mohamed Ali, president of IDB’s board of directors, and to all members of the board for their trust in him.
“It is a great honor to continue my career in this institution, which was founded as a result of the initiative launched by the late King Abdullah, custodian of the two holy mosques, at the Tenth Islamic Summit held at Malaysia in October 2003, and endorsed by the Emer-gent Islamic Summit in Makkah in December 2005,” Sonbol said.
“This institution aims primarily to promote intra-regional trade development in member countries,” he added.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.