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Mohammed Khnifer, Saudi Arabia

Islamic Debt Capital Markets (DCM) Banker (IDB Group) ? TV Commentator on DCM

Hailed by the “Islamic Globe” as “Industry Stalwart”, Mohammed Khnifer is regarded as part of a new generation of young Islamic banking practitioners, who comes with solid academic and professional background in Islamic finance and Debt Capital Market (DCM).

In 2015 & 2016, he was named among the “Top 500 Most Influential Leaders Who Make the Islamic Economy”, in ISLAMICA 500.He is also a Thought-Leader in the area of Islamic finance and Fixed-Income securities. Due to his credibility, he became, in 2017, the DCM Commentator for CNBC Arabiya,SkyNews Arabia, Al Arabiya & CNN Arabic. He is recognized by many as the Established Authority for DCM in GCC region.

With highly rare combination of banking and Debt Capital Market-related Shariah knowledge and product structuring, Mr. Khnifer was interviewed by The ECONOMIST & the Financial Times. He was featured by Bloomberg/BusinessWeek as "Sukuk Structurer", FT as “Shariah Adviser” and Thomson Reuters as "Islamic DCM Banker".

He brings a well-diversified international Islamic Debt Capital Market experience from his career at ICD. He was fortunate enough to be part of the pioneering team who delivered Africa's first sovereign sukuk to the international capital market (Senegal Sukuk) as well as the sovereign Sukuk issuance by Ivory Coast and Jordan (in which he was the Transaction Manager for the latter).

Mr. Khnifer is mostly remembered in the Islamic finance industry as the person who sparked the “Great Debate” over Goldman Sachs’ Tawarruq Sukuk, resulting in postponing the issuance for 3 years. His experience with Goldman Sukuk was depicted in Harris Irfan's book: “Heaven's Bankers: Inside the Hidden World Of Islamic Finance”.

He joined the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group in early 2012 as “Product Structurer”. Then moved, at beginning of 2013, to the Investment Banking division of ICD “AA”, member of IDB Group “AAA”.

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