TIEF2015 was honoured to provide more than 600 attendees with opportunities to share ideas, learn from the case studies and examine the new tendencies of Islamic Finance and its fast growing market. We would like to thank all attendees for the support and the enthusiastic participation.

Held for the second consecutive year in Turin on October 19th   and 20th 2015, the TIEF took place at the iconic University of Turin Campus Luigi Einaudi Main Hall and focused on connecting finance to real economic activities. The agenda has been set up on three main topics - Finance/Food/ Fashion – skillfully enhanced by 53 Italian and international speakers divided into seven thematic Sessions.

The first session on October 19th  introduced the audience to the role that public institutions (Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre and Chambers of Commerce of Turin and Italian in the UAE) and private (CRT Foundation) may play in the development of Islamic finance. The debate continued with the Islamic capital market session with a particularly important contribution by Mr Abayomi A. Alawode (World Bank)  and the launching of the AIAF study on Italian Sukuk. Dr. Giustiniani (responsible for the "Islamic Finance Group" AIAF) also discussed the case of the possible use of this financial tool by the municipal authorities.

The afternoon has been dedicated to the Food: Thomson Reuters presented the results of the report just published at the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai and two Italian certification bodies met Italian (Sebaste, The Granary of Ideas, ABIT, RF Cosmetics Vercelli Group) and international (TrueBell Dubai) companies.

On  October 20th , the British Alrayan Bank, the Bank of Italy and ABI talked about the development of the Islamic retail banking in the EU and Italy, and Mr Sevket Can Tulumen (MUSIAD, and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce) talked about crowdfunding.

Alia Khan (IFDC - Islamic Fashion Design Council) was the Session Chair for Fashion. As for the Food one, this Session has been introduced by Thomson Reuters Dubai which,  together with the Turkish sociologist Neslihan Cevik, opened the debate amongst Italian companies such as Miroglio and Cavalli as well as international ones such as Modanisa, Hasema and Louella – the brand founded by Ibtihaj Muhammad, member of the United States Fencing National Team.
The University and the Young Entrepreneurs sessions closed the Turin Islamic Economic Forum 2015.

Prof. Paolo Biancone moderated a discussion among Italian and foreign professors on the frontiers of Islamic finance in the academic world. Cristina Tumiatti, President of the Young Entrepreneurs of Turin, presented the views and experiences of young Italians who have approached this market.

During the two days, in the Main Hall of the Campus Luigi Einaudi, attendees and guests had the chance to admire the Islamic works of art of the calligrapher Shamira Minozzi, appreciated Venetian artist that advocates the dialogue between cultures.

The TIEF 2015 is fast emerging as a prime event dedicated to the Islamic eco-system in the Euro zone.

Organized by the City of Turin in partnership with the University of Turin and the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, and in collaboration with ASSAIF, the event has been supported by Fondazione CRT and sponsored by Tecno Holding, Turkish Airlines, Iren, GTT, DEDEM and Alexandra Alberta Chiolo SpA.

Organising partner, Turismo Torino e Provincia.

Visa support

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2nd Turin Islamic Economic Forum (TIEF).
Delegates that need a visa are kindly invited to familiarise themselves with the requirements and apply at the earliest.
Find out if you need a visa to enter Italy and apply following instructions at the link http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
Your hotel will most likely be able to assist with the visa process. Attach the program of the stay (agenda of TIEF2015 or press release on homepage - www.tief2015.org/en - and your private travel itinerary). Supply the following business contacts and the contact details in Italy: City of Turin - Direzione Generale - direzione.generale@comune.torino.it.
Letter of invitation is not compulsory but in case of questions or problems, please contact us.
The City of Turin will provide official invitation letter only to speakers to help with the visa issuance process, if required.


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Monday, October 19th 2015

"Campus Luigi Einaudi" / University of Turin, lungo Dora Siena, 100 / Aula Magna

  • 8:30 – 9:30 Registration
  • 9:30 – 9:55
    Piero Fassino – Mayor City of Turin
    Gianmaria Ajani – Rector of University of Turin
    Licia Mattioli – President of the Industrial Confederation Turin
  • 09:55 – 10:00
    Introducing TIEF2015: from TIEF2014 toward TIEF2015

    Gianmarco Montanari - Managing Director City of Turin
  • 10:00 – 11:15
    Public and private Institutions and the Development of Islamic Finance

    Session chair:
    Francesco Profumo – President IREN

    Saeed Mubarak Khalfan Kharbash Al Marri – Head of Strategy and Planning - Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre
    Vincenzo Ilotte – President Chamber of Commerce of Turin
    Massimo Lapucci – Secretary General Fondazione CRT
    Mauro Marzocchi – Secretary General of the Italian Industry & Commerce Chamber in the UAE
  • 11:15-11:45 Coffee/Tea break
  • 11:45-13:30
    Islamic Finance: a Tool for Local Development

    Session chair:
    Alberto Brugnoni – Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF

    Abayomi A. Alawode - Head of Islamic Finance – Finance & Markets Global Practice – WORLD BANK GROUP - Unlocking Islamic Finance for Long-Term Growth and Development
    Enrico Giustiniani - AIAF Associazione Italiana degli Analisti e Consulenti Finanziari - Launching of 2015 Report: "Obbligazioni islamiche e cartolarizzazioni immobiliari. Le prospettive italiane per l'emissione di un sukuk" (Islamic bonds and real-estate securitization. The Italian perspective for issuing a sukuk)
    Barbara D'Andrea, Head of Investor Relations – Fondo Strategico Italiano SpA
    Giovanni Luppi - REP-Legal – Milano – A Shariah compliant minibond fund
  • 13:30 – 14:45 Lunch (halal- bio) and prayer break
  • 14:45 – 15:45
    Principles and flows

    Session Chair:
    Gianmarco Montanari - Managing Director City of Turin

    Shaima Hasan – Head of Research and Product Development for Islamic Markets –Thomson Reuters Dubai
    Hamid 'Abd al-Qadir Distefano – CEO HALALITALIA
    Annamaria Tiozzo – President WHAD Italian Halal Certification Center
  • 15:45-16:15 Refreshments available during ongoing session at D4 Pavilion
  • 15:45-16:45
    Enterprises' point of view

    Session Chair:
    Hamid 'Abd al-Qadir Distefano – CEO HALALITALIA
    Annamaria Tiozzo – President WHAD Italian Halal Certification Center

    Egle Sebaste – Owner – Sebaste SpA
    Federico Allamprese – CEO – Il Granaio delle Idee srl
    Bhushant Jitendra Gandhi – Manager –Truebell Dubai
    Pietro Cerlesi – Manager – ABIT
    Rita Rizzi – Founder and CEO – RF COSMETICI srl
    Gian Luca Vercelli – Owner – GRUPPO VERCELLI
  • 16:45-17:20
    The Italian Heritage

    Michela Lenta – Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity Onlus
    Carmine Garzia – Professor – University of Gastronomic Sciences
  • 17:20-17:30
    Closing remarks
    Gianmarco Montanari – Managing Director City of Turin

Tuesday, October 20th 2015

"Campus Luigi Einaudi" / University of Turin, lungo Dora Siena, 100 / Aula Magna

  • 08:30-09:30 Registration
  • 09:30-09:45 Sum up of the previous day – Introducing the agenda
    Gianmarco Montanari – Managing Director City of Turin
    Alberto Brugnoni – Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF
  • 09:45 – 11:15
    Islamic Finance and Financial Services

    Session chair:
    Alberto Brugnoni – Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF

    Keith Leach - Member of the Board Al Rayan Bank (United Kingdom)
    Sevket Can Tulumen – Vice-President of MUSIAD Businessman Association and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (Auditing Board Member)
    Angela Di Maria - Banca d'Italia
    Pierfrancesco Gaggi – Head of International Affairs Office – ABI
    Mohammad Shakatreh – University of Turin Islamic finance & utilities case study Iren
    Maha Radwan – University of Turin Islamic finance & utilities case study Iren
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11:45 – 13:30
    Modest Fashion Opportunities

    Setting the stage
    Session Chair: Alia Khan – Founder and Chairwoman - Islamic Fashion Design Council (IFDC)
    Shaima Hasan – Head of Research and Product Development for Islamic Markets–Thomson Reuters Dubai
    Neslihan Cevik – PhD (sociology, Arizona State Uni), consultant Author of Muslimism in Turkey and Beyond: Religion in the modern world

    Giuseppe Miroglio – Chairman – Miroglio SpA
    Christian Pasello – Global Visual Merchandiser of Roberto Cavalli
    Kerim Ture – Founder – Modanisa
    Ibtihaj Muhammad – Founder – Louella by Ibtihaj Muhammad
    Mehmet Sahin – Founder – Hasema
    Imad El Kanj – Founder Italy's Got Style
  • 13:30-14:45 Lunch (halal - bio) and prayer break
  • 14:45-16:15

    Session chair:
    Paolo Biancone - University of Turin and Observatory on Islamic Finance

    Rosita Di Peri – Department of Cultures, Politics and Society – University of Turin
    Neslihan Cevik – Phd (Sociology, Arizona State Uni), Associate Fellow, University of Virginia, IASC
    Valentino Cattelan – Ph.D. in Law & Economics (University of Siena), and author of "Islamic Finance in Europe: towards a plural financial system"
    Roberta Aluffi – Associate professor of Comparative Law – University of Turin
    Christian Bertelle – President IFSO Islamic Finance Students Organization
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Coffee/Tea Break
  • 16:45-17:30

    Session Chair:
    Cristina Tumiatti – President Young Entrepreneurs Turin

    Fatima Habib Eddine – www.lafinanzaislamica.it
    Yassine Baradai – www.halalandia.com
    Zakaria Abouabid – LATHAM & WATKINS – www.lw.com
    Valeria Lazzaroli – CEO – Equi Investments
    Giorgia Garola - Scam Spa
    Yohan Berkol - Blue Engineering Srl
    Marco Vicentini - GV Filtri Industriali Srl
  • 17:30 – 17:40
    Alberto Brugnoni – Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF
  • 17:40 – 17:50
    Closing remarks
    Gianmarco Montanari – Managing Director City of Turin
  • Picture exhibition: Anna Shamira Minozzi – Founder "Shamira arte calligrafica"


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