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Al Baraka Banking Group is licensed as an Islamic wholesale bank by the Central Bank of Bahrain and is listed on Bahrain Bourse and Nasdaq Dubai stock exchanges. It is a leading international Islamic banking group providing its unique services in countries with a population totaling around one billion. The Group has a wide geographical presence in the form of subsidiary banking units and representative offices in 17 countries, which in turn provide their services through over 700 branches. Al Baraka currently has a strong presence in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Bahrain, Pakistan, South Africa, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, in addition to a Digital bank in Germany, two branches in Iraq and two representative offices in Indonesia and Libya.

Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif

Mr. Yousif is an International Banker and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Hull, UK. Mr. Yousif has been a Director of Al Baraka Banking Group since its inception and President & Chief Executive since August 2004. He is also Chairman of Banque Al Baraka D’Algerie, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, Al Baraka Bank Ltd., South Africa, Al Baraka Bank Syria, Al Baraka Bank Sudan and Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd., Vice Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Bahrain, Director of Al Baraka Bank Tunisia, Chairman of Bank al Tamweel waal Inma, Morocco and Director of Itqan Capital. He has over 38 years’ of experience in international banking, including involvement with numerous financial institutions and social organizations and has twice been the recipient of the “Islamic Banker of the Year” Award at the World Islamic Banking Conference, in December 2004 and December 2009. He was appointed Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks in April 2007 and re-elected for a further three-year term in April 2010. He was honored with the Tatweej Award for excellence in leadership and institutional performance in the category “Wise Leadership in the field of Arab banking for 2012′′ granted by the Arab Administrative Development Organization (ARADO) – an organization affiliated to the Arab League – in cooperation with the Tatweej Academy. In addition, he was awarded by LARIBA American Finance House the 2012 “LARIBA Award for Excellence in Achievement”, in recognition of his leadership role in consolidating and operating the largest diversified Islamic Banking Group in the world.

Chairman Sponsor Director
Mr. Tariq Mahmood Kazim

Mr. Tariq Kazim has over 35 years of experience in Banking & General Management with special emphasis on International Operations, Marketing, Information Technology, and Human Resource. Currently, he is General Manager, Business Group of Al Baraka Islamic Bank B.S.C. He has also served as Deputy General Manager-Support Services and Overseas Branches at Al Baraka Islamic Bank B.S.C. Amongst his main responsibilities included Pakistan operations, Bahrain Information Technology Operations, Human Resources-Bahrain, Administration, PR and Security & Safety Departments. He also headed Group Business Process Re-Engineering, Project Management Office at BIB and the ABG. He has also served as a board member of Al Baraka Bank Syria. Prior to becoming an integral part of ABG, Mr. Tariq was General Manager of Arabian Network Information Services W.L.L.

Deputy Chairman Sponsor Director
Mr. Abdulrahman Shehab

Mr. Abdulrahman Shehab is a Master in Business Administration from University of Hull UK. He has been with Al Baraka Banking Group since 2006 and presently serving as Executive Vice President, heading Operations and Administration at ABG. Mr. Shehab is also the Board Member of Al Baraka Bank Algeria besides Director, Al Baraka Bank Pakistan and Member Establishment Committee, Al Baraka Bank Syria. He is also chairing certain management committees at the ABG HO and acting as a member in other management committees of ABG.

Sponsor Director
Mr. Salman Ahmed

Mr. Salman Ahmed is a Chartered Accountant from ICAEW and ICAP and holds a Corporate Finance Qualification of the ICAEW. Formerly he has held positions as Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East (also headed their financial services practice); Regional MD of a boutique UK bank for Dubai and Qatar offices; Founding senior partner of a US$ 460MM Private Equity Fund; Worked in the UK, Channel Islands, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE; Served on a number of Boards and Committees, in addition to Board positions, currently also advisor to some financial institutions in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Non-Executive Director

KHALID RASHID AL ZAYANI

Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani Chairman Experience: 50 Years Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani is the Honorary OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Honours List and also involved in other business & Government Activities viz; Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Midal Cables Ltd, First Motors, Aluwheel, Metal Form Co., Intersteel, Gulf Closures, Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals, Bahrain British Business Forum, Bahrain Businessmen’s Association and Rashid Al Zayani Charitable Foundation. Mr. Al Zayani is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Zayani Investments BSC ©, Zayani Motors, Euro Motors, Zayani Properties, Zayani Leasing, Bodyworks, Al Zayani Industries, Orient Motors and Bahrain Voluntary Work Society; Vice Chairman of Investcorp Bank,; Board Member of BCCI, Founding Member & Co-Chairman of U.S. Bahrain Business Council; President of CISI-Bahrain Advisory Council and Honorary Board Member of Bahrain India Society. His contributions to social and charitable activities include being a Founder and Former President of AmCham; Board Member of EDB; Founding Member & Vice Chairman of BISB; Founding member & Board Member of BKIC & NMC and Board Member of Takaful Intl. & Bahrain Credit.

Mr. Mohamed Tareq Sadeq

Mr. Tareq is the Managing Director of Keystone Consulting Inc. WLL, a boutique consulting firm based in the Kingdom of Bahrain providing specialist advisory services to niche family and corporate clients in the financial services sector as well as to high net worth individuals. Previously he was the advisory leader for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) of Ernst & Young (EY). He Served in EY MENA for well over 34 years and held leadership roles at various levels ranging from Office Managing Partner of the Bahrain office to being a senior member of the MENA leadership team as Account and Business Development Leader and Head of Advisory. He was involved not only in developing EY’s practice across the region but also involved in several signification initiatives of the Government and financial services sector by providing valuable insights to various Ministries and the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) be it establishment of the one stop shop for investors or regulatory limits to CBB. He is a Chartered Accountant from England & Wales.

Independent Director
Mr. Ahmed Rehman

Mr. Ahmed Rehman has over 37 years of experience with multinational banks in senior management roles, such as Chief Executive as well as direct responsibility for wholesale bank and Risk. He was also involved in the Corporate banking integration of Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan with Grindlays Bank Pakistan. His experience covers different geographies in Asia, Middle East and Africa, with American Express Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Al Rajhi Bank. In his last role as CEO at Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia, (subsidiary of one of the largest Islamic Banking Groups in the world) he set up a Greenfield project in Malaysia with complete embedded Wholesale, Retail and Investment Banking strategies. Within Five (5) years in operation the bank established 24 branches spread across the country, an enviable customer base of 200,000 and an approximate balance sheet size of $ 2 billion. The bank was profitable for the last three (3) consecutive years of his tenure. The bank also won several awards in this short period since inception. In his current position Mr. Ahmed Rehman is an independent Board Director of CIMB Islamic Bank Malaysia. At this institution he is also the Chairman of the Board Risk and Compliance committee and a member of the Board Shariah Committee. In addition to that role he is a World Bank/IFC Nominee Director of Asean Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) based in Singapore. AFIN is an innovative technology platform bringing Financial Institutions and FinTechs together sponsored by Monetary Authority of Singapore, IFC/WorldBank and the Asean Banking Association.

Independent Director
Mr. Azhar Hamid

Mr. Azhar Hamid is an international banker with a career spanning over 57 years with Grindlays Bank, ANZ Bank and latterly Standard Chartered Bank. He was appointed as the first Pakistani Country Head of ANZ Grindlays Bank in Pakistan in 1994. After acquisition of the Bank in 2000 by Standard Chartered Bank, he was asked to continue as the Country Head of the combined bank, retiring in 2003. After introduction of a Riba free financial system in Pakistan in 1985, he led the team that established the First Grindlays Modaraba which became the most successful and dominant modaraba company in the Country. Senior overseas assignments with ANZ Bank include UK, Bahrain, Jordan, and Australia. He has served on the board of Grindlays Bahrain Bank in Bahrain. Upon retirement in 2003 served as Director Main Board of the State Bank of Pakistan which position he relinquished when asked by the Government to establish a Banking Mohtasib (Ombudsman) function in the Country. He was thus the first Banking Mohtasib (Ombudsman) in Pakistan and completed his 3 years term in May 2008. He has served as Director on the Board of the Bank of Punjab the position which was the position that he relinquished in September 2009 and served on the Board of Burj Bank for 3 years up to end 2015. He has also served on several Pakistan Government and State Bank of Pakistan committees on economic reforms and monetary policy.

Independent Director
Mr. Zahid Rahim

Mr. Zahid Rahim last served Arab National Bank as the General Manager / Head of Corporate Bank. He was additionally responsible for the Financial Institution Group, Islamic banking Division, Projects and structured Finance Division and strategic investments Group which primarily comprised an Insurance company, an operating lease financing company and a home financing company all in joint venture with strategic partners. He has previous long experience of working with a major international bank Standard Chartered Bank – over a period of 35 years, spanning nine countries over UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He has held several prominent roles at Standard Chartered Bank. Whilst serving at SCB, as Chief Executive Officer for Levant, the geographic responsibility covered "Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Egypt”. He has also served as the Regional Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for South Asia, based in Dubai and Jordan. In previous roles, Mr. Rahim served as the Chief Executive Officer for Pakistan (1996-2000) with overall responsibility of Sri Lanka and as Executive Director for Corporate and Institutional Banking in East Africa. He is a graduate in Arts and an Associate Member and Fellow of the London Institute of Bankers. He also holds an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan.

Sponsor Director

KHALID RASHID AL ZAYANI

Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani Chairman Experience: 50 Years Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani is the Honorary OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Honours List and also involved in other business & Government Activities viz; Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Midal Cables Ltd, First Motors, Aluwheel, Metal Form Co., Intersteel, Gulf Closures, Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals, Bahrain British Business Forum, Bahrain Businessmen’s Association and Rashid Al Zayani Charitable Foundation. Mr. Al Zayani is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Zayani Investments BSC ©, Zayani Motors, Euro Motors, Zayani Properties, Zayani Leasing, Bodyworks, Al Zayani Industries, Orient Motors and Bahrain Voluntary Work Society; Vice Chairman of Investcorp Bank,; Board Member of BCCI, Founding Member & Co-Chairman of U.S. Bahrain Business Council; President of CISI-Bahrain Advisory Council and Honorary Board Member of Bahrain India Society. His contributions to social and charitable activities include being a Founder and Former President of AmCham; Board Member of EDB; Founding Member & Vice Chairman of BISB; Founding member & Board Member of BKIC & NMC and Board Member of Takaful Intl. & Bahrain Credit.

Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed

Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed possesses over 50 years of rich banking experience both within Pakistan and in the International Markets Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed was instrumental in overseeing the merger of Al Baraka Islamic Bank and Emirates Global Islamic Bank Operations in Pakistan to form Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited. Mr. Ahmed is a graduate of Foreman Christian College, Lahore with Majors in Economics. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Banks Association and is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan. His expertise in Corporate Finance, Capital Markets and Portfolio Management has taken the bank to the next level.

Non-Executive Director  
 
Mr. Mohammed Asheque Moyeed

Mr. Asheque has more than twenty years of working experience in infrastructure project finance, corporate finance, PPP, debt syndications etc. Asheque has been working for the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group since 2010 and has been focused on infrastructure, energy, power generation, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) as well as corporate finance business. During this period, he has played a leading role in closing many important projects and has worked closely with major international, regional and local investors, project developers, financial institutions, government agencies etc. Mr. Asheque has also been leading the infrastructure and corporate finance operation of ICD, the private sector arm of the IsDB Group since August 2018. Mr. Asheque has been involved with projects in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey, Mozambique, Nigeria etc. Prior to joining the IsDB Group, Mr. Asheque worked at IFC, World Bank Group and alsoat the Standard Chartered Bank. At Standard Chartered Bank, he led the debt syndications and debt capital markets teams in Bangladesh and his team led many landmark transactions in the country. Mr. Asheque has an MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka.

Sponsor Director
Mr. Ahmed Shuja Kidwai

Mr. Ahmed Shuja Kidwai is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd and has been associated with it since 1996 in different capacities including Chief Operating Officer and Regional Manager (South). He is an international banker with extensive experience of 42 years in banking and finance especially Islamic banking, Credits, Lending, Risk Management, Corporate, Commercial Relationship Management and Back Office management. Prior to joining ABPL he has worked with Bank Al Habib, Emirates Bank International and BCCI at Karachi, Swaziland, Zambia, Kenya, UK and Italy. He holds a BS degree from Gordon College, Rawalpindi and has attended number of international training programs and seminars. He is also a Director of Takaful Pakistan Ltd.

Chief Executing Officer  
 

KHALID RASHID AL ZAYANI

Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani Chairman Experience: 50 Years Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani is the Honorary OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Honours List and also involved in other business & Government Activities viz; Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Midal Cables Ltd, First Motors, Aluwheel, Metal Form Co., Intersteel, Gulf Closures, Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals, Bahrain British Business Forum, Bahrain Businessmen’s Association and Rashid Al Zayani Charitable Foundation. Mr. Al Zayani is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Zayani Investments BSC ©, Zayani Motors, Euro Motors, Zayani Properties, Zayani Leasing, Bodyworks, Al Zayani Industries, Orient Motors and Bahrain Voluntary Work Society; Vice Chairman of Investcorp Bank,; Board Member of BCCI, Founding Member & Co-Chairman of U.S. Bahrain Business Council; President of CISI-Bahrain Advisory Council and Honorary Board Member of Bahrain India Society. His contributions to social and charitable activities include being a Founder and Former President of AmCham; Board Member of EDB; Founding Member & Vice Chairman of BISB; Founding member & Board Member of BKIC & NMC and Board Member of Takaful Intl. & Bahrain Credit.

Shaikh Esam Mohammad Ishaq Abdul Rahman Ishaq

Sheikh Esam Ishaq is amongst the most renowned and respected Shariah scholar in the Islamic finance industry and has an international repute. Sheikh has studied in a number of Islamic study circles with various Sheikhs and students of Shariah. Presently he is an instructor of Fiqh, Aqeeda and Tafseer courses in English and Arabic, in various centers in Bahrain. He is also a graduate from McGill University. Sheikh Esam Ishaq is a Member of Shariah Board of ABPL and Shariah Supervisory Board in Al Baraka Islamic Bank Bahrain. He is also member of Shariah Supervisory Board in ArCapita, Meezan Islamic Bank Pakistan. Shariah Advisor to Bahrain Development Bank and a member of AAOIFI.

Chairman Shariah Board
Mufti Bilal Ahmed
Qazi

Mufti Bilal Ahmed Qazi has recently joined ABPL in the capacity of Shariah Board Member. Mufti Bilal has done his Al-Aalamiyyah from Jamiah-tul-Uloom Ul-Islamiyah Banori Town, Karachi and then completed specialization in Islamic Jurisprudence from Jamia Darul-Uloom and has also obtained an MBA from Institute of Business Administration. Mufti Bilal is associated with with Darul Ifta Jamia Darul-Uloom, Karachi and has written over two thousand Fatwas on various issues of high importance. He is in the teaching faculty of CIE, (Centre for Islamic Economics, faculty of Jamia Darul Uloom, Karachi). He has been associated with Meezan Bank Ltd as Shariah Scholar. He has also been the Shariah Advisor of NAFA Islamic Mutual Funds and is currently a Shariah Board Member of Summit Bank and Soneri Bank Limited Pakistan.

Member Shariah Board
Mufti Abdullah Najeeb Ul Haq Siddiqui

Mufti Abdullah Najeeb-ul-Haq Siddiqi’s association with ABPL is more than a decade old, currently he is serving at ABPL as the Resident Shariah Board Member and is the focal point in advising on routine Shariah matters of the Bank. Mufti Abdullah possess insight of the key developments in the local Islamic Banking industry and related challenges and has played an instrumental role in the Shariah structuring of Tier II Modaraba Sukuk of ABPL. He has graduated from Jamia Darul-Uloom Karachi as Aalim-e-Deen, thereafter specialized in Islamic Fiqh and Fatawa and obtained certification in Islamic Banking, Finance and Economics from the Centre for Islamic Economics (CIE). Mufti Abdullah Najeeb has also completed his LL.B and is engaged as a faculty member of Jamia Darul-Uloom, CIE and visiting faculty of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. Mufti Abdullah Siddiqi is also a member of the AAOIFI regional committee and is had been engaged internationally with Swiss Re Takaful and locally he has association with various Islamic Financial Institutions, Mutual Funds and Takaful Companies in different advisory roles.

Resident Shariah Board Member

KHALID RASHID AL ZAYANI

Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani Chairman Experience: 50 Years Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani is the Honorary OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Honours List and also involved in other business & Government Activities viz; Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank, Midal Cables Ltd, First Motors, Aluwheel, Metal Form Co., Intersteel, Gulf Closures, Imerys Al Zayani Fused Minerals, Bahrain British Business Forum, Bahrain Businessmen’s Association and Rashid Al Zayani Charitable Foundation. Mr. Al Zayani is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Zayani Investments BSC ©, Zayani Motors, Euro Motors, Zayani Properties, Zayani Leasing, Bodyworks, Al Zayani Industries, Orient Motors and Bahrain Voluntary Work Society; Vice Chairman of Investcorp Bank,; Board Member of BCCI, Founding Member & Co-Chairman of U.S. Bahrain Business Council; President of CISI-Bahrain Advisory Council and Honorary Board Member of Bahrain India Society. His contributions to social and charitable activities include being a Founder and Former President of AmCham; Board Member of EDB; Founding Member & Vice Chairman of BISB; Founding member & Board Member of BKIC & NMC and Board Member of Takaful Intl. & Bahrain Credit.

Mr. Ahmed Shuja Kidwai
Chief Executive Officer
 
Mr.Muhammad Zahid Ahmed
Deputy CEO Support
 
Mr. Farhan Baig
Deputy CEO Business
 
Mr. Abdullah Ghaffar
Group Head Corporate & Investment Banking (CIBG)
Mr. Asim Asif
Group Head Commercial & SME Banking
Mr. Syed Kazim Raza
Group Head Retail Banking
 
Mr. Kanwar Shahzad
Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions
Mr. Akif Imtiaz
Head of Consumer Finance
 
Mr. Masoor Hussain Rao
Cheif Internal Auditor
Mr. Javed Husain Siddiqi
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Tamim Shabbir
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Shahid Sumar
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Muhammad Raza Dyer
Group Head Operations
 
Mr. Syed Amir Raza Zaidi
Chief Compliance Officer
 
Mr. Mian Shaukat Ali Arif Sirhindi
Group Head of Digital Banking
Mr. Mukkarram Jafri
Head of Human Resources
 
Ms. Rahila Esmail
Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing
 
Mr. Irfan Hassan
Company Secretary
 
 
Mufti. Abdullah Najeeb Ul Haque
Resident Shariah Board Member (RSBM)
Mr. Zahid Mushtaq Bhatti
Head of Special Asset
Management

 
Mr. Imran Zaman Khan
Head of Admin & GSD
Mr. Muhammad Saad Farooqui
Head of Shariah Compliance
Board Executive Committee (BEC):
Mr. Tariq Mahmood Kazim
Chairman – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Salman Ahmed
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Zahid Rahim
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Mohammed Asheque Moyeed
Member – Non-Executive Director
Board Human Resource & Remuneration Committee (BHR&RC):
Mr. Ahmed Rehman
Chairman – Independent Director
Mr. Tariq Mahmood Kazim
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Abdulrahman Shehab
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Mohammed Asheque Moyeed
Member – Non-Executive Director
Board Audit & Compliance Committee (BA&CC):
Mr. Mohamed Tareq Sadeq
Chairman – Independent Director
Mr. Abdulrahman Shehab
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Azhar Hamid
Member – Independent Director
Board Risk Committee (BRC):
Mr. Salman Ahmed
Chairman – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Ahmed Rehman
Member – Independent Director
Mr. Zahid Rahim
Member – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed
Member – Non-Executive Director
Board Sustainability & Social Responsibility Committee (BS&SRC):
Mr. Tariq Mehmood Kazim
Chairman – Non-Executive Director
Mr. Azhar Hamid
Member – Independent Director
Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed
Member – Non-Executive Director
Shariah Board Committee (SBC):
Mr. Sheikh Essam Ishaq
Chairman
Mr. Mufti Bilal Ahmed Qazi
Member
Mr. Mufti Abdullah Siddiqi
Resident Shariah Board Member