Islamica 500 Global Gathering Hosted by London Muslim Lifestyle Show

The world’s leaders of the Islamic economy will be invited to come to London with one vision in mind – to grow the halal economy

Last year's event in Dubai

Last year's event in Dubai

Fri 14th April 2017
6.00pm – 9pm
At Olympia Conference Centre London

200 of the top Muslim influencers from around the globe will come together for this exclusive event taking place at the iconic Olympia London in conjunction with the London Muslim Lifestyle Show, the largest showcase of Muslim businesses in the world.
The ISLAMICA 500 is a unique window to the best of what the Islamic economy can offer. Bringing together a tantalizing mixture from the world’s most prominent leaders of the industry and other professionals.
The event will come together to address the challenges beyond the UK Market and the worldwide opportunities that are available within the Islamic economy. Focusing on how Islamic finance can better serve the global real economy and how halal B2B can match B2C.

Taking place the evening before the London Muslim Lifestyle Show, the evening's activities is the perfect celebration of businesses big and small, many of which will be showcasing at the exhibition throughout the weekend.


5.30pm Registration

6pm Key Note Speech

Prof. Laurent Marliere, Publisher of the ISLAMICA 500 and Marketing expert


Global leaders and the features of successful halal branding panel discussions
Panelists will include:
Prof Jonathan Wilson, Branding expert
Stuart Hutton, Islamic Finance Specialist
Kevin Jackson, Director of Ideas & innovation at The Experience is the Marketing
More to be announced...

6.45pm Official Charity Partner: Human Appeal

7pm Interview with an ISLAMICA500 Laureate

Sheikh Bilal Khan

7.15pm SHARIA100 Presentation

Vittorio Nigrelli, ISFIN's Head of Research

7.25pm Final Remarks

7.30pm Dinner and networking

9pm Close

By working together, they're aim is to grow the halal economy and make a difference around the world.


Laurent Marlière Laurent Marliere is an expert in management of complex organisations and international networks. Laurent Marliere is the CEO of ISFIN. With an ambitious and entrepreneurial mindset, he founded the premier worldwide advisory vehicle in 75 countries specialised in Islamic Markets. In 2012, Marliere’s strategy was recognised by the FINANCIAL TIMES FT INNOVATIVE LAWYERS AWARDS for innovative corporate strategy. On the academic side, Marliere lectures on strategic marketing and marketing for the Islamic markets. He authored several books, and he published some 400 articles on marketing for professional firms. As a recognised worldwide expert on strategic marketing, he is regular speaker to global conferences.


Kevin Jackson is a long-standing disruptor and thought-leader. Kevin has been an influential player with some of the world’s most respected marketing services groups, including Interpublic, Grey and Saatchi. Working with a vast range of brands, from Adidas to Zumba, he has explored every discipline within the marketing mix and has also been consistently voted one of the most influential people in the UK event industry for five years running. His influence extends beyond the UK, and has seen him invited to spread the Gospel of Growth at conferences in Las Vegas, Prague, Moscow, Zagreb, Madrid, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Austin, Zurich, Barcelona and New Orleans. 


Dr. Jonathan A. J. Wilson is Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Associate Professor of Business and Management – based at the London Kensington campus. He lectures on the undergraduate, postgraduate, and MBA programmes. Professor Wilson’s career began over twenty years ago in industry, before branching out into academia and consulting. He specialises in the ABCDs of Business and Culture, as he calls them: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital. His work covers corporate identity, food, fashion, sport, tourism, music, technology, ethnicity, religion, and popular culture. He has spoken at conferences across the globe on over 100 occasions, and published over 200 pieces of work.

Stuart Hutton Having worked across retail, construction and executive search, Stuart Hutton established his own wealth management business 10 years ago providing investment advice to high net-worth individuals, families and companies. He is Chief Investment Officer at Simply Ethical, where he is driving an innovative and fresh approach to accessing Sharia compliant ethical investments. Furthermore, he works as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments (CISI) and is a qualified Financial Planner with the Personal Finance Society. He holds the Islamic Finance Qualification and is an External Specialist Advisor to the CISI on Islamic Finance. Outside of financial services, he holds several Trustee and Non-Executive Director positions, including Chairman of a UK housing company.


Sheikh Bilal Khan Sheikh Bilal Khan is Co-Chairman and Partner at Dome Advisory with over two decades of legal and Shariah experience. He is the recipient of multiple industry awards and recognitions including being a Freeman of the City of London. Sheikh Bilal holds various executive board positions in the UK Government and in the private sector and is known for his strategic leadership and executive management skills. He was invited to feature in the television series ‘Secrets of Success’ as part of 20 London-based personalities. In terms of profession, Sheikh Bilal is uniquely positioned as both an English qualified lawyer and an award-winning Shari'ah Scholar  with notable qualifications being LL.B (Law), LPC (Law), M.A. (Islamic Finance) and MBA. He serves both as Adviser to the Shari’ah Standards Review Committee of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and is the Takaful Panel Member of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF)


Vittorio Nigrelli -  Vittorio Nigrelli started working at ISFIN in 2016, as a Junior Consultant: he contributed to the third edition of ISLAMICA500, and advised Italian companies about trade opportunities in the halal sector. Based on his performance, he was promoted after three months. He is now Head of Research at ISFIN, and he is leading ISFIN multi-linguistic Research Committee towards the creation of SHARIA100. Formerly, he worked as a consultant in Islamic Law matters with two Italian human rights associations, writing several articles against Muslims discrimination. Vittorio speaks fluent Italian, French and English. He can also communicate in Arabic and Spanish at a conversational level. He graduated in History of Religions at the University of Turin and he is completing his MA degree in Islamic Law at SOAS, University of London.

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