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The 6th EY, Centre for Islamic Finance and University of Bolton Symposium

27 November, 2018 @ 14:00 - 17:30

The 6th EY, Centre for Islamic Finance
University of Bolton Symposium

Block chain, cryptocurrency & Islamic Finance

27 November 2018 at Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London, SE1 2AF

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  • 14:00 – Welcome by Mr Ken Eglinton, Partner, EY (5 minutes)
  • 14:05 – Professor Mohammed Abdel-Haq – Moderator – Introduction (10 minutes)
  • 14:15 – Mr John Hayes, CBE, MP – Technology and politics (30 minutes)
  • 14:45 – Mr Jiří (George) Daniel – Blockchain and crypto-assets – concepts and relationships (45 minutes)
  • 15:30 – Mr Benjamin Clayson, CEO, Victvs – Breaking Financial Barriers – How to Improve Access to Emerging Markets and Cryptocurrency (45 minutes)
  • 16:15 – Mr Harris Irfan, Gateway LLP – Cryptocurrency and the Islamic FinTech Revolution: How Entrepreneurs are Disrupting the Islamic Economy (45 minutes)
  • 17:00 – Q & A (30 mins)
  • 17:30 – Close and networking


John HayesJohn Hayes, MP

John Hayes was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School and Nottingham University. He came to politics early, joining the Conservative Party aged 14. Whilst a director of a successful business, John served on Nottinghamshire County Council. First elected as the MP for South Holland and The Deepings in 1997, he has been re-elected six times with increased majorities, achieving in 2017 the highest percent of the vote of any Conservative MP. John was appointed Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning in May 2010 and subsequently served as Energy Minister, Senior Parliamentary Adviser to the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Transport, and Minister for Security at the Home Office.

Since leaving government in January 2018, John has turned his interests to the wider world, establishing and chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Lebanon. John is patron of the charity Headway, and for many years he was the Chairman of the All Party Group on Disability.

Ben ClaysonBenjamin Clayson

Benjamin Clayson is CEO and founder of Victvs. Having spent eleven years working in complex environments around the world, Benjamin established Victvs in 2013. He holds an MA in Arabic and Intercultural Studies.

As a former British Army soldier, Benjamin has served throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Victvs is a professional support services company that works in over 100 countries. Through the deployment of the members of its global network, Victvs provides its clients with access to on-demand insight and control over personnel and operations all around the word.

Harris IrfanHarris Irfan

Harris Irfan is Chairman of the UK Islamic FinTech Panel and a Partner at Gateway LLP, the professional services firm.

He is author of the critically acclaimed best seller, Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance.

Harris is an investment banker with 25 years’ experience in London and the Middle East.  He co-founded Deutsche Bank’s world leading Islamic finance team, where he led a number of world firsts, and was CEO of its Islamic finance subsidiary.  He was subsequently appointed global head of Islamic finance at Barclays, and then led the investment banking division at European Islamic Investment Bank/Rasmala.  He is also the founder of Cordoba Capital, an Islamic finance and fintech consulting firm.

Heaven’s Bankers received critical acclaim from the world’s leading press, including the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.  Harris writes on Islamic finance for the international press, including The Guardian, Foreign Affairs and Forbes, and appears frequently in the media, including the BBC and CNN.

Harris has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Jiri (George) DanielJiří (George) Daniel, CA, CMA

Valuations Executive

EY EMEIA FS Transaction Advisory Services

George currently works as an investment valuation specialist, his experience in this area covering PE- and VC-backed businesses as well as financial institutions.

In addition, George researches the accounting, regulatory and valuation implications of distributed ledger technology, as a member of EY’s FinTech Assurance: Blockchain team. He has pioneered accounting for crypto-assets within the firm and co-authored the paper “IFRS (#) Accounting for crypto-assets” in early 2018.

Previously, he also contributed to EY’s Audit of the Future project, exploring the impact of client needs and technological change on the future of the firm’s assurance service offerings.

Ken EglintonKen Eglinton, Partner, EY

Ken is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a graduate in Economics from the University of Manchester, and is a visiting fellow at the University of Bolton.

He has worked at Ernst & Young for 40 years where, for the last 22 years, he has been their UK specialist on Islamic finance.

Ken has provided audit and related services to the banking sector for over 30 years, and is responsible for the audit and regulatory reporting for the UK operations of a number of foreign owned banks and related businesses.

Ken assisted three of the UK’s stand-alone Islamic banks to obtain their banking licences. He also helped one of these with many of the practical work-streams involved in setting up a banking business in the UK, and he assisted another to achieve a listing on London’s AIM market.

Working with his Islamic finance focused colleagues across the globe, and also specialists from within EY’s UK practice, Ken has provided:

  • External audit of UK Islamic banks
  • Regulatory advice
  • Internal audit, including Shari’a assurance, for Islamic banks
  • Assistance to non-Islamic banks and their UK and European regulators and tax authorities to understand Shari’a compliant products in which they were transacting
  • Tax advice on Shari’a compliant products
  • Financial modelling of Islamic banks
  • Product development assistance to UK Islamic banks and to the Sharia’a windows of conventional banks Ken has also been consulted by HM Treasury and by UK regulators on Islamic finance issues. He has spoken on Islamic finance matters at seminars and conferences and has written articles and technical accounting and tax contributions for books and journals.

Mohammed Abdel-HaqDr Mohammed Abdel-Haq

Dr Mohammed Abdel-Haq is a Professor of Banking and Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance, University of Bolton.

Mohammed has a long career in banking in major financial institutions such as Citi Bank, Arbuthnot Latham, Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO and HSBC. He is also currently the CEO of Oakstone Merchant Bank and the Executive Director of Reemas Advisory London.

Mohammed was the Chairman for the Advisory Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing whose report has been recently published by the UK Government.   He was a member of the Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) from 2011-2014. Mohammed was appointed Chairman of the UK Ministerial Advisory Group on Extremism in Universities and FE Colleges. He was a Member of the UK Government Task Force for Islamic Finance.

Mohammed was the co-author of a book on Islamic finance and wrote several articles on various issues related to public life.  Mohammed is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University, Australia and has also been acknowledged in WHO’s WHO since 2013. Mohammed also stood as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2005 general election for Swansea West.


27 November, 2018
14:00 - 17:30
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Ernst & Young LLP
1 More London Place
London, SE1 2AF United Kingdom