The 21st annual edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2014), which will be held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, today announced FinMark Communications, a leading financial and business communications agency, as the event's Communications Partner.
The event, which is scheduled to be held in Bahrain from the 1st to 3rd of December 2014, and supports growth and further industry innovation is being held with the support and participation of top Islamic financial institutions as sponsors and other strategic partners involved in the development and promotion of the Islamic banking and finance industry.
FinMark Communications, based in London and Bahrain, has long been involved in the WIBC and is the communications advisor to a large number of Islamic financial institutions in the GCC, Europe and Malaysia. Working with WIBC, FinMark will be responsible for managing the event's communications and outreach efforts in the run up to and during the three day summit.
Commenting, Ms. Zahraa Taher, Managing Director of FinMark Communications, said, "We are delighted to partner with the WIBC to raise awareness of this important global forum. It is an ideal platform for players across the Islamic banking industry to showcase their thought leadership and to participate in the collective effort to drive further innovation and development. As communications advisors to many leading Islamic banks, we are especially pleased to help promote an event which has long served the industry and its ability to reach an ever-growing base of investors, customers and end-users of Islamic financial products around the world."
Commenting on these developments, Mr. David McLean, Chief Executive of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC), said: "We at the World Islamic Banking Conference are delighted to have FinMark Communications onboard as our communications partner. FinMark, through their excellent network amongst leading industry players and their best practices in communication and media management as well as their unparalleled local knowledge, will provide a powerful new presence to further enhance the reputation of WIBC as the world’s largest and most influential annual gathering of international Islamic finance industry leaders. The World Islamic Banking Conference will once again provide the most powerful platform for industry titans, global leaders and pioneers to re-mould the critical success factors that will enable the industry to achieve the next set of milestones."
This year's WIBC is expected to attract more than 1,300 high-level industry attendees from 50+ countries, which are set to join over 60 market-leading partners and sponsors. Among these sponsors and partners include Central Bank of Bahrain, Economic Development Board of Bahrain, Bahrain Islamic Bank, Ibdar Bank, Gulf Finance House, Al Baraka Banking Group, EY, Baker & McKenzie. Luxembourg for Finance, The International Bank of Azerbaijan, Norton Rose Fulbright, DDCAP, IFAAS, DLA Piper, EIGER, Kuwait Finance House – Bahrain, Bank Al Khair, Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Ithmaar Bank, Thomson Reuters, Zawya Islamic, SAB, The Islamic Bank of Asia, Path Solutions, Mashreq Al Islami, ABC Islamic Bank, KPMG, FWU, BIBF, Takseem, Deloitte, Fitch Ratings, OGIER, Russell Indexes, Banque Misr, Finance Accreditation (FAA), ISFIN, Tawasul Telecom, Computer & Systems Engineering Company and International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)