GIFA Laureates

GIFA Laureate 2018

The 8th Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) ceremony took place at Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and attended by heads of state and government, ministers, ambassadors and Islamic financial institutions from around the world. The GIFA Leadership Award 2018 was presented to His Excellency Mr Bakir Izetbegovic, Chairman of the Council of Presidency of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina for the great strides his country has made in the field of Islamic banking and finance under his direct patronage. It is due to the keen personal interest taken by President Bakir Izetbegovic that Bosnia and Herzegovina is now serving as a gateway for Islamic banking and finance as well as halal sector to the Southeast Europe region. The award was presented by His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti and GIFA Laureate 2017 and Ms Lisa Doughten, Chief of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF) Secretariat.




GIFA Laureate 2017

The 7th Global Islamic Finance Awards Ceremony (GIFA Ceremony) was held as a glittery event attended by heads of state and government, ministers, ambassadors and Islamic financial fraternity from around the world. This year, Global Islamic Finance Leadership Award 2017 was presented to His Excellency Ismail Omar Guilleh, President of Djibouti, for the great strides his country has made in the field of Islamic banking and finance under his direct patronage. It is due to the keen personal interest taken by President Guilleh that Djibouti is now serving as a gateway for Islamic banking and finance to the East African region. The award was presented to him by President Nursultan Nazarbayev who himself was GIFA Laureate for 2014.




GIFA Laureate 2016

The 6th Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) is organized at Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta, on September 29. His Excellency President Joko Widodo was the guest of honour and received the prestigious Global Islamic Finance Leadership Award 2016 for his championship role in promoting Islamic banking and finance in Indonesia. Besides, there were 66 awards presented to Islamic financial institutions and individuals coming from 15 countries of the world.




GIFA Laureate 2015

The GIFA Laureate last year was His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, who received GIFLA 2015 for his leadership role in promoting Islamic banking and finance in Nigeria, the greater African continent and worldwide. His Royal Highness specially flew from Makka to Bahrain to receive the award despite his busy schedule as Amir-ul-Hajj for the Nigerian hujjaj performing pilgrimage last year.




GIFA Laureate 2014

His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, became the fourth GIFA Laureate in the presence of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rishid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.




GIFA Laureate 2013

In 2013, GIFA celebrated the championship role played by His Excellency Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, for overseeing introduction of a dual banking system in Pakistan, which subsequently allowed Islamic banking in the country to capture 11% of market share.




GIFA Laureate 2012

In 2012 at a prestigious GIFA Ceremony held at Royal Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah, Sultan of Perak, Malaysia became the second GIFA Laureate who received the top award for his advocacy role as Financial Ambassador of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC).




GIFA Laureate 2011

In 2011 on the occasion of the first Oman Islamic Economic Forum held at Muscat, GIFLA was presented to the first GIFA Laureate His Excellency Tun Abdullah Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, for his vision and leadership role in laying the foundations of a comprehensive infrastructure that helped the subsequent Malaysian government to develop Malaysia as a global centre of excellence for Islamic banking and finance.