Dr. Mustafa El Hassan’s Banking career goes back to 1997 when he joined Credit Suisse Financial Products in London as a Risk Management Quantitative Analyst. In 2001, he moved to the Front Office with Bear Stearns International Ltd in London as an Equities and Equity Derivatives structurer. In 2005, he was named Co-Head of Structuring for Europe and the Middle East and in December 2007, he was promoted to Senior Managing Director (SMD). Following the take-over of Bear Stearns by JP Morgan in 2008, Dr.El Hassan moved to work with Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) as Global Head of Equity Structuring where he helped build a Structured Equity business from scratch. After three successful years in Hong Kong, Mustafa relocated to the UAE in late 2011/2012 and was named Regional Head of Structuring (Cross Asset) for the MENA region in the Financial Markets Division of Standard Chartered Bank, UAE (DIFC); the role was further expanded to cover Africa and the Middle East in 2015. In addition to his day-day business responsibilities, Dr El Hassan was a key member of the regional Financial Markets Management Team in Standard Chartered Bank (DIFC)
Dr. El Hassan holds a First Class Bachelor’s Degree (BA; 1991) and a PhD (1995) in Engineering from the University of Cambridge where he also worked as a College Research Fellow between (1994 and 1997). He is a CFA Charter-holder.
Mr. Naeem is the Deputy CEO of Bank of Khartoum Group (BOK). Mr. Naeem have illustrious banking experience of 24+ years and spearheaded Businesses in 3 different geographies (Pakistan, UAE and Sudan) and holds the distinction of working with leading banks like Citibank (Pakistan & UAE), Societe Generale Bank, Union Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank UAE and Bank of Khartoum.
Awarded as “Islamic Retail Banker of the Year 2016” by Cambridge Analytica IF UK and won the award for “Leadership Role in Islamic Retail Banking 2017” by Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA), Mr. Naeem was hired by Dubai Islamic Bank UAE in July 2006 and assigned to Bank of Khartoum as part of the transformation team to bring true Retail banking to Sudan. Under his leadership, BOK has enhanced and developed full range of products and services for Retail Banking, SME and Microfinance and embarked on the journey of Digitization. BOK pioneered the launch of Mobile Money service in Sudan which increased financial inclusion and banking penetration significantly in the market and BOK is leading the Digital space in Sudan. Prior to taking Banking as a profession, Mr. Naeem worked for 5 years in Pakistan for 1st ever mobile phone company for 5 years, managing Sales from 1990 till 1995.
Performance-driven professional with extensive experience in Consumer Banking (Islamic & Non-Islamic), Management, Digital / Mobile Financial Services, Retail/Branch Banking, SME, Microfinance, Portfolio Management, Deposit Mobilisation, Revenue Generation, Change Management, Business Development, Customer Service, Training & Development, Performance Management and People Management. An enterprising leader with skills in leading personnel towards accomplishment of common goals who thrive on developing transformational strategies & building a high performance and customer centric culture.
Is a seasoned banker with accomplished GCC and International experience of 30+ years working for Global and Multi-National Institutions across Banking & Finance sector out of which 20 years at senior executive management level. A senior Treasury Executive with proven Balance Sheet management experience, defining strategies, policies, framework, risk parameters, product development among others. A qualified Treasury professional with MBA (Finance) from Leicester University UK coupled with Basle Qualifications.
He has been part of the few selected members of the Treasury Steering Committee of the UAE Central Bank whose mandate is to look at and review the implications of various regulatory initiatives before same being approved by the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of UAE for implementation as Regulatory Framework and also members of the Financial Market Committee in different jurisdictions.
Mr. Syed Amir Ahmed has over 24 years of international and regional banking experience in Finance, Risk Management and Audit. He began his career with Prudential Securities as a Securities Analyst.
Before joining Bank of Khartoum in late 2019 as Group Chief Financial Officer, he was associated with Gulf International Bank as CFO – Saudi Arabia where he was mandated to bring financial discipline and efficiency. He also led transformation of KSA branches to full-fledged subsidiary (GIB-KSA). Prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer and Head of Support Services for Bank Al-Khair (previously known as Unicorn Investment Bank) where he was responsible for middle and back offices of the Bank. He has extensive experience in leading operational due diligence and building post-investment management functions of the Bank’s Private Equity portfolio.
Prior to joining Bank Alkhair, he worked as Group Head of Internal Audit, Investment & Corporate Banking for Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia, where he was responsible for providing independent and valued assurance to the Board Audit Committee on governance, risk management and internal control environment of the Bank. During his five years of association with Riyad Bank, the Board of Directors seconded him for a year to take a leadership role in the implementation of two key regulatory requirements – Basel II and Assertion Program (SOX-404).
Prior to moving to the Middle East, he worked for a leading bank in Canada, Scotiabank, as Head of Operational Risk Management in its Global Risk Management Division. He represented Scotiabank in the Canadian Bankers’ Association sub-committee on Operational Risk (Basel II), moderated by the regulator (OSFI). He established the operational risk management function in the Bank in line with the Bank’s strategy and Basel II requirements.
He also worked for TD Bank Financial Group in its corporate head office in Toronto, Canada as Internal Audit Manager, Corporate & Investment Banking Group. He was responsible for managing and delivering audits in a highly complex investment banking and treasury environment, including structured products, arbitrage desk, global derivatives and M&A. He also participated in the team responsible for managing successful acquisition of Canada Trust. Mr. Ahmed holds an MBA in Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant from Washington, USA. He also passed the Registered Securities Representative exams from National Association of Securities Dealers Inc. (NASD- USA).
A seasoned Risk management professional who brings over 25 years of industry experience of managing all types of material risks in a financial institution. In his role, he is responsible for the management and supervision of enterprise risk in the bank including running risk programs, embedding risk culture to facilitate monitoring and controlling of risk streams.
Drive for operational efficiency by establishing core metrics that maximize the performance while optimizing the capital management .Prior to BOK, Mohammed was Senior Vice President and Head of Risk at Noor Bank, UAE. In his stint with the bank, he had established major risk functions and responsible for enterprise risk management of the bank.
He had several accomplishments during his tenure including wining the “Best Risk Analytics implementation” award from Asian Banker for the Bank. Earlier, he worked for EmiratesNBD, UAE implementing the value based management for the newly merged entity. Before that, He worked for Riyad Bank overseeing the financial risk management department. Mohammed holds a Master degree in Commerce from University of Madras and Master in Business Administration from Bharathidasan University, India.
He is a qualified Cost Accountant (Inter) from ICMAI, India and ACI Dealing Certificate from UK. He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst from CFA Institute and Financial Risk Manager from Global Association of Risk Professionals, USA.
Mr. Yasir has an intensive experience in both internal and external audit services through his prior engagement with some global audit firms (Arthur Andersen and KPMG). Subsequently, Mr. Yasir joined Saudi Home Loans as a Head of Internal Audit (an Arab National Bank subsidiary). His last role prior to joining BOK during December 2019 was a Senior Audit Director at AlRajhi Bank (Saudi Arabia),Mr. Yasir holds a master degree in Accounting & Auditing from University of Poona (India) and he is a Certified Fraud Examiner from USA.