Cambridge, UK – The 4th Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Programme (Cambridge-IFLP 2017) is going to be held at Clare College, a member of the University of Cambridge syndicate, on July 29-August 3, 2018. About 50 high-level delegates from the global Islamic financial services industry are expected to attend this 5-day residential mentoring programme. Confirmed delegates and mentors come from the likes of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Ahli United Bank Bahrain, Standard Chartered Bank, Fajr Capital Dubai, Acreditus, and other institutions from Asia, Africa, Europe and America. 
Cambridge-IFLP enjoys the reputation of being the first and only global leadership programme specifically structured for middle and upper-middle management personnel of Islamic financial institutions. Designed and structured by Cambridge IFA, and held at Clare College, University of Cambridge; the programme is delivered by some of the most influential leaders in Islamic banking and finance.
This year’s speakers and delegates include Stella Cox, CBE (Managing Director of DDCAP Limited, London) who has been acknowledged as the ‘Most Influential Woman in Islamic Finance 2018’ and is considered as one of the pioneers of Islamic banking and finance in the UK. She will bring a feminine perspective to leadership in Islamic finance.
The Cambridge-IFLP 2018 is strategically supported by a number of institutions from around the world, including Amanie Advisors with offices in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. This year’s Programme is expected to draw about 15 delegates carefully chosen from top Islamic financial institutions in the Gulf region. This is about one-third of the total in-take this year. “The MENA region features prominently in our annual in-take, and our course designers ensure that their needs are given special attention in the structure of the course,” said Dr. Sofiza Azmi, Programme Director of Cambridge-IFLP.
The Programme includes Leadership Interviews, Leadership Activities, Leadership Talks, and a Leadership Walk. “We are of the view that a leadership programme should be delivered by the real business life leaders and not only the academicians,” she added.
“For years, I had propagated the need for the Islamic finance industry to incorporate best practices from Islamic teachings and apply them to all facets of business; both in theory and practice; beyond form and instilled in substance. I was pleasantly surprised that it was the key theme of Cambridge-IFLP, which I had the good fortune of attending. I can safely recommend Cambridge-IFLP to all with interest in Islamic finance and leadership.” said Muhammad Shaheed Khan, Head of Islamic Structuring & Solutions at Gulf International Bank.
Last year, 15 CEOs of Islamic banks, asset management companies and halal businesses attended to provide mentoring to the delegates. Among the important mentors were Iqbal Khan (CEO, Fajr Capital), Dr. Daud Bakar (Chairman of Amanie Holdings), Dr. Hamid Merah (Secretary General of AAOIFI), Stella Cox, CEB (Managing Director of DDCAP Limited, London), Rafe Haneef (CEO, CIMB Islamic Bank), Dato' Mohd Izani Ghani (Executive Director, Investments and Overseeing Executive Director of Khazanah Turkey Regional Office), Mohamed Amersi (Founder & CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures), Iyad Asali (General Manager, Islamic International Arab Bank) and Professor Mehmet Asutay (Durham University Business School).
A limited number of seats are still available and the interested parties are advised to get in touch with Alex Darling, Head of Recruitment, by emailing to
About Cambridge IFA
Cambridge IFA is a UK-based think tank specialising in offering strategic advice in the field of financial services. The main activity of the firm is to conduct academically rigorous yet professionally relevant research for financial institutions, multilateral bodies and governments. It also organises an annual 5-day Cambridge Islamic Finance Leadership Programme (Cambridge-IFLP) at Clare College, University of Cambridge.

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