WIF 2023: Islamic Finance for Sustainable Development

19 Oct, 2023
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

19 October 2023
08:30 – 10:00 Abu Dhabi

This session will feature a discussion capital market institutions that are innovating in the area of Islamic finance for sustainable development. Speakers will include Islamic finance experts, exchanges, asset managers and standard setters in the area. The session will examine product innovation in this space, serving the underserved and unserved and chart the progress of Islamic finance in contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals. 

Islamic finance is a multi-trillion-dollar industry that has been around for the last 40 years with unique practices which shares similar characteristics to ethical finance. Where previously the focus on the industry was of Sharia compliance there is now growing interest in looking at the positive impact of the investments in line with the objectives of Sharia (Maqasid), and its connection to the SDGs. This is made possible due to the emergence of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data that allows us to assess the transition of companies towards more sustainable business models as well as the impact they have on society. 

Session themes:

  • What are the key products in this area and what is the forecast for new products?
  • What are market participants doing to promote Maqasid sharia?
  • What is the data required to estimate the alignment of companies to the Maqasid values? 
  • What is the role of the next generation in the adoption of Maqasid sharia portfolios?
  • What is the role of technology, and AI to assist in the development of the ecosystem?
  • What are key challenges that need to be addressed in terms of regulation, Sharia standards?

Registrations details

Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document


You can access entire WIF 2023 program here

SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance. 


  • Shahar Zainuddin
    Arabesque Q3:17


  • Carolina Minio Paluello
    Arabesque AI
  • Amanda Ong
    Country Manager
    Arta Finance
  • Omar Shaikh
    Managing Director
    Global Ethical Finance Initiative
  • Blake Goud
    RFI Foundation

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.