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Cibafi, Ivey Business School to host forum
October 10, 2018 | 2:31 PM
by Times News Service
Abdelilah Belatik, Secretary General of Cibafi. - Supplied picture
 
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Muscat: The General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), the global umbrella of Islamic financial institutions, and Ivey Business School are set to deliver their 4th joint Executive Programme.



This year’s theme is titled “Strategic Thinking, FinTech Innovation, Founder’s Mentality, and Leading Digitalisation” and will be held in Bahrain from November 13-14, 2018.

Following the successful execution of three consecutive joint Executive Programmes, this 2018 Executive Programme is the fourth annual offering between Cibafi and Ivey Business School to deliver a world class and highly interactive learning experience for Islamic financial institutions' (IFIs) C-suite executives in the domain of strategic thinking, FinTech innovation, founder’s mentality, and leading digitalisation in the face of disruptive changes.

This programme is set to begin with a practical deep-dive into the application of strategic thinking, which is crucial for the development of business leaders in a VUCA world. The first session is followed by a FinTech business case, which will delve into practical applications in building a FinTech business in digital currency and how to promote legitimate adoption among traditional banking customers.


This programme will also take a deeper look at the Founder’s Mentality, whereby principles and tools will be applied to the analysis of how an incumbent national bank has disrupted its business model through digitalisation and rebuilt its entrepreneurial culture in creating a 22,000-person start-up.

By the end of the programme, participants will be entitled to receive a joint certificate of attendance from CIBAFI & Ivey Business School.

Commenting on the programme, Abdelilah Belatik, Secretary General of CIBAFI, said: “It is with great pleasure that we're organising for the fourth year in a row, the CIBAFI – Ivey Business School Executive Programme, for C-suite Executives of the Islamic Financial Industry. What makes this programme unique is the combination of case studies and recent thoughts on strategic thinking, innovation and financial technologies in the context of the Islamic financial services industry.”

Adding to this, Professor Chris WH Chan, Associate Dean of Ivey Business School, said: “The Ivey learning approach is based on learning-by-doing, not just learning-by-listening. What executives truly need does not come from a textbook. It is experiential and intuitive, which is something we call the Ivey Learning Experience. The experience is carefully orchestrated to mirror the business decision-making process and integrate it across business disciplines.”

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