Abdulkader Thomas To Speak on Islamic Trade Finance: Challenges and Opportunities in Nigeria


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WebTV's Islamic Finance Weekly will be featuring a robust conversation on Islamic Trade Finance, Challenges and Opportunities in Nigeria and Africa


Guest: Mr. Abdulkader Thomas

Date: Friday, July 24th, 2020

Time: 1:00PM

Platform: Virtual Zoom Video Call

Highlights: To be deployed on WebTVng Platform, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn

Topic: Islamic Trade Finance, Challenges and Opportunities in Nigeria and Africa 

Host: Bukola Akinyele


Key Discussion Points:

  • Understanding the concept of "Islamic Trade Finance" and its importance to the global economic trade value chain
  • Role of ITFC In Deepening the Non-Interest Finance Market in Nigeria and Africa
  • How the Islamic Trade Finance Framework Is Helping To Boost Intra-African trade.
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating Islamic Trade Financing to Support African businesses and SMEs
  • How Islamic Finance Can be Adopted to Support the development of the economy and lift millions of people from poverty
  • How Islamic Trade Finance Is Leveraging Digital Platforms to Promote trade and investments amongst OIC member states. 


Guest Profile

Mr Abdulkader Thomas is the President & CEO of Shape Knowledge Financial Services in Kuwait City and an international expert in Islamic Finance. He is the Chairman of the Shariah Board of Sterling BANK Plc.  


Sterling Bank, Plc, Nigeria - Acted as consultant for launch of Islamic window. Prepare strategic plan, assist with new product development and review branding. Member since 2013 of the Sharia'a board. 2011 - Present.


Consultant to Islamic and conventional institutions on the structuring of products, delivery of Islamic products, and Shariah compliance.


University Bank of Ann Arbor, Michigan: Managed long-term Shariah product licenses, including product development and supervision contract.


Abdulkader Thomas advised an English Premier League football team on the restructuring of its debt to comply with Sharia'a and the delivery of project finance for a new stadium.


Supported Sanabel International to introduce securities reform and sukuk to the Jordanian market


Abdulkader Thomas holds a Bachelor's degree in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago, USA; and a Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, United States of America.

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