4th East Africa Islamic Economy Summit 2019

East Africa has been the most appealing region for non-commodity investment from the Gulf, with Kenya and Mozambique attracting investment into retail and tourism sector, Uganda’s education sector, Sudan’s banking sector and Ethiopia’s Manufacturing sector. To support this momentum, it is increasingly important to establish larger and competent talent pool of professionals in the industry particularly in the core sectors like Islamic Finance, Islamic Banking, Capital Markets, Halal Tourism, Halal Food and Fashion.

Addressing the human capital gap not only in East Africa but in the continent, will take the collaborative commitment from regulators, policy makers, industry leaders, academic institutions and training providers to bridge the human capital gap.

This intervention will accelerate and sustain the growth of the industry, contribute to employment, open up markets for Sharia Compliant investment and ultimately contribute to economic growth.

Our host country Kenya has three fully fledged Islamic financial institutions, a sharia compliant mutual fund, a Takaful insurance company and two sharia compliant cooperatives, these employ just over 800 people directly, of these less than 3 % have degree level qualifications in Islamic Finance.

It’s on this backdrop, that GBS Africa & IsFIN have dedicated this year’s summit to Awareness, Training and Capacity Building. In partnership with Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), the organizers will conduct a 2-day training course (alongside the summit) for 60 professionals working in the financial & capital markets sector. Industry professionals have an opportunity to update and develop skills in Islamic Banking, Finance, Halal Economy, Dispute Resolution in Sharia Compliant Investments and Shariah Principles.

Add to My Calendar 2019-06-11 08:00:00 2019-06-13 18:00:00 East Africa/Nairobi East Africa Islamic Economy Summit 2019 Gather is a responsive event theme with many awesome features including add to my calendar feature. Awesome. huh? Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi GBS Africa Limited islamicfinance@gbsafrica.co.uk

Summit Programme

We are currently working on the summit agenda for 2019

Who should attend?
  • Entrepreneurs (businessmen/importers/exporters)
  • International Business Leaders
  • Government Leaders & Heads of Government Ministries
  • Business Professionals
  • Shari’a Scholars and Advisors
  • Lawyers & Legal Experts
  • Professors & Academicians
  • Owners of Islamic Business Enterprises
  • Senior Representatives of Multilateral Bodies
  • Asset Management and Private Equity Firms
  • Takaful and ReTakaful Companies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Food Manufacturers and Processors
  • Hotels, Travel Agencies, and Tourism Related Companies & Bodies.
EA Islamic Finance Leaders Recognition Awards 2018.

Delegate Registration

Agenda Themes 2019


The Future of Africa’s Islamic Economy.


Shining a light on East Africa’s Islamic Economy – case Studies from Kenya & Uganda & Sudan.


Tourism Infrastructure for Halal Tourism – Build it, they will come.


Global, Regional political outlook vs Islamic Economy.


Next Generation of Islamic Economy Professionals.


Islamic finance: a significant potential for international arbitration.


Report on trends and global finance indicators for Islamic Finance and Economy.


SDGS in Islamic Economy

Strategic Partners

Organized by

Managed by

Wish to be a sponsor?

Get in touch with us to discuss available opportunities.

2018 Participants had these to say..

A great initiative and commendable consistent effort in the Islamic Finance Sector

Abdulfutah Mohamed Abdikier
Lawyer ASA Advocates

Well organised and presented 3rd year in a row.

Sameer Gadhia
VP, CMO Issuer Services Citibank NA

Overall the experience is very good in terms of progress and challenges in Islamic Finance industry in the region

Adan Shibia
Policy Analyst, Private Sector Development KIPPRA

Very beneficial.We hope the next forum will be step ahead for Islamic Finance in East Africa.

Fatma Jaffer
Branch Admin Assistant Stima Sacco

2018 Summit Photos

Latest Summit & Industry news

MUDI Group advocates Islamic financing; Pushes for review in country’s financial laws

on Feb 03 2019

Read More

Boeing Capital mulls Islamic financing for jet purchases

on Jan 27 2019

Read More

Future of Islamic Financing Market Along with- Key Drivers, Major Manufactures, Business Insights, Trends and Forecast 2025

on Jan 25 2019

Read More

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

For speaking opportunities:

Agnes Gitau

Conference Director
86-90 Paul Street London EC2A 4NE
+44 203 808 7127

For Delegates & Being Sponsor:

Steven Owuor

Conference Manager
03 Ring Road, Parklands Westlands, Nairobi
+254 720 45 99 89

back to top