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Mr. Jaffar Hussain is currently the Vice President, Quantitative Analyst at Market Risk at Arab Banking Corporation (B.S.C.). He has expert knowledge in Corporate Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, Financial Engineering, Portfolio Management, and Financial Software Development through his extensive work with Structured Finance, Hedge Funds, and Structured Products. He has held several senior positions in Private Equity, Portfolio Management, and Credit Risk. Mr. Hussain obtained his MBA degree from The Crummer Graduate School of Business, Florida. He also holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of Iowa and he has obtained the Financial Risk Manager "FRM" designation. Mr. Hussain's papers have been published in international journals including the reputable U.S.-based Journal of Structured Finance. Mr. Hussain has also contributed to a recent book titled "Bank Asset and Liability Management: Strategy, Trading, Analysis", John Wiley & Sons 2007.


Mr. Abdul Razak is a highly experienced banking professional with more than 35 years of banking experience in various capacities. He has worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Bahrain for over five years and has been working with Bahrain Islamic Bank for the last 29 years and demonstrates experience in commercial banking, branch management, marketing, and internal audit. He is currently an Assistant General Manager for Central Operations and oversees many departments including International Trade Finance. He specializes in accounting and investment banking and possesses extensive knowledge of Islamic Trade Finance techniques. Mr. Abdul Razak has various internationally recognized accounting qualifications to his credit and has undergone Gulf Executive program University of Virginia U.S.A. Darden Business School. Apart from being a member of various committees constituted by Bahrain Islamic Bank, he is a Board member of Benefit Company. He also represents Bahrain Islamic Bank to the ICC National Committee in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is the Co–Vice Chair of the ICC Bahrain Trade Finance Forum.


Mrs. Naeema Taheri has more than 21 years of Banking experience. Her latest post was at Capinnova Investment Bank B.S.C. as Director and Head of Compliance & MLRO Prior to joining Capinnova Investment Bank, she worked as a Senior Vice President – Head of Compliance & MLRO for Al Salam Bank Bahrain, before which she occupied the position of the Compliance Officer and MLRO at Gulf Finance House. She spent a year at the Bahrain Institute for Banking & Finance (BIBF) as a lecturer, responsible for developing and delivering various courses and training programs for several banks and financial institutions inside and outside of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Naeema started her banking career with Citibank N.A. managing various responsibilities over a period of 11 years in Operations, Quality Assurance as well as Compliance. She is a Certified Compliance Officer, Master Compliance Professional, Certified Basel II Compliance Professional, and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. She has a professional certificate in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance and is also a fellow of the International Academy of Financial Management. Mrs. Taheri is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and holds a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Bahrain and an International Diploma in Compliance (with Distinction) from the International Compliance Association, U.K.



Mrs. Wendy Maddison has a Masters degree in Social Sciences, a BSc in Management, and has been involved in professional training and human resources development around the region for many years. She is a qualified and experienced lecturer and workshop leader, teacher of Business English, and she is certified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Wendy is a professional training and development consultant, and some of the organisations she has conducted training programs and executive coaching on leadership skills and management topics around the region for many years. Her expertise is focused on how leaders build transnational organisational capacity and lead transformational change through double-loop learning, which is the focus of the Doctorate in Higher Education she is currently pursing with the University of Liverpool, UK. Some of the organisations which she has conducted training include: Bahrain Airport Services, RUMCO, Gulf Insurance Institute, BIBF, Ministry of Labour, Regency Intercontinental hotel, Unitag group, Kanoo, Bahrain Defence Force hospital, Jawad Habib CCP, Berlitz, BBK, Takaful International, and HH the Crown Prince’s Court.



Mr Mohamed Moamen has 12 years of conventional Treasury and Investment Banking experience. He had held several senior positions within Treasury and Capital markets in various banks. He also conducted several international seminars in Treasury department activities, structure and role. Recently he was the Treasurer for Asset & Liability Management (ALM) and Fixed Income portfolios at Oasis Capital Bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain before being assigned the role of Head of Relationship Management at Oasis Capital Bank where he was responsible for fund raising and Investor Relations. He was a member of the Assets and Liability Committee, Management Committee, and Investment Committee. Prior to this role he was Head of Corporate Treasury and Forex Sales in BNP Paribas Kuwait and was part of the original team who launched BNP Paribas Kuwait. Mr. Mohamed previously held several positions in the Money Market and FX Desks at the Arab Investment Company, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, and TAIB Bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He holds a BSc in Accounting and Treasury & Capital Market Diploma.



Mohammed Al Bin Ali is the Director of Market and Competition at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, of Bahrain, responsible for the development of TRA’s position and approach on economic and regulatory matters. Prior to taking up office at the Authority, Mohammed had served for over 10 years in the Banking and Financial Sector as Head of Risk Management and Compliance at Tadhamon Capital, Assistant Manager- Internal Audit Department at Khaleeji Commercial Bank- Bahrain, as Senior Analyst at the Central Bank of Bahrain and as a Senior Clerk at the National Bank of Bahrain, which had given him a hands on experience in Operations, Regulatory, Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. Mohammed has over the years, gained rich knowledge and invaluable experience in the nuances of working in both the banking and regulatory field. Mohammed has a Bachelors in Banking and Finance from University of Bahrain. He also is a certified Associate Professional Risk Manager (APRM) and holds Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ).



Mr Amir Merchant, has 25 years of conventional and Islamic investment banking experience in the Middle East and London. He was previously the founder and Head of Capital Markets and Structured Finance for HSBC in the Middle East and held a senior position within Capital Markets and Structured Finance for HSBC in London. In total he was with HSBC for almost 10 years. In addition he was CEO Altium Middle East (a European investment bank), Managing Director, Credit Agricole Middle East and Head of Capital Markets, Structured Finance and Treasury for Bank Al Khair, an Islamic Bank based in Bahrain. He has also served as Head of Structured Finance Derivatives (within Capital Markets) for Royal Bank of Scotland in London. He has led many innovative transactions globally in capital markets, securitisation, export and project finance, private equity and corporate finance advisory in both Islamic and conventional finance. His sector experience spans across financial services, real estate, energy, utilities, shipping and other transportation. Since 2007 he is a part–time lecturer at SKILLS responsible for developing and delivering various courses and training programs for several banks and financial institutions in the Gulf region.


Mr. Sohail Tohami is currently working for Seera Investment Bank as Vice President, Head of Treasury and Placement Department. Mr. Tohami has more than 16 years of experience in the Banking industry and other diversified business. Prior to joining Seera, Mr. Tohami was Head of the Money Market Desk in the Treasury Department at BBK where he worked in various Treasury functions including fixed income portfolio manager, FX trading and currency options and the corporate desk, and finally heading the Money Market function within Treasury. He holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Tohami is also a member of the CFA Institute where he is designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter-holder. He also holds an executive MBA with first-class honours distinction from the University of Bahrain.



Ms. Christine Chemerinski is a Senior Consulting Partner for B-H-R Integrated Solutions in the GCC with 20 years of international experience and specifically 12 years of those in the Middle East. Her background has allowed her to become seasoned in improving organizational productivity in the areas of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Management (HRM); Policies and Procedures; Change Management; Compensation and Benefits, Organizational Training & Development, Strategic HRM, and Recruitment in private and public business environments. Her major strength lies in having worked in the fast paced, highly competitive and challenging environment of commercial (BMMI, DHL, Sabre Group) industrial (Alba (Aluminium Bahrain), Sohar Aluminium L.L.C., Dawani Group Holdings B. S.C. (C.), Octal Petrochemicals (SFZ) and financial (BBK, AMEX, GIB) and government (Pension Fund) business. Christine received her Professional Certificate in HRD/Business Management from the University of Alberta, Canada; Masters in TESOL from USIU-San Diego State University, USA; BEd in Education and Graduate Diploma in ESL from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Mr. Abdulrahman has over 13 years of experience in Investments and Treasury. He is currently Head of Investments & Treasury at Securities and Investment Company (SICO).  Prior to joining SICO, he was part of the Asset Management team at The Arab Investment Bank (TAIB). He has also worked for Gulf International Bank (GIB) and Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) in Treasury Departments. Given his experience, Abdulrahman specializes in courses related to Capital Markets and Portfolio Management, Derivatives, and Banking Treasury Operations.  Since 2010 he did several courses for SKILLS for finance and leadership consultancy and training in treasury and investments areas for financial institutions in Bahrain and Kuwait.  Abdulrahman holds a Master of Science in Finance from DePaul University, U.S.A and a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain and a Treasury & Capital Markets Diploma from the Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance. He has also undertaken specialized training at INSEAD, France.



Mr. Fadhel Makhlooq has over 25 years of Investment, Treasury and Banking experience. He is currently heading the GCC Brokerage Business at Securities and Investment Company (SICO). Prior to current position of Head of Brokerage, he was also in charge of the Investment & Treasury at SICO from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining SICO, Fadhel held several senior positions in treasury departments of a number of major financial institutions such as BMB, Investcorp, and Chemical Bank (currently known as JP Morgan) .Fadhel holds an MBA from University of Glamorgan, U.K. and Business Diploma from Gulf Polytechnic, Kingdom of Bahrain. He has also undertaken specialized training of Global Management at INSEAD, France.


Mrs. Sumaya Eftekharyan

Mrs. Sumaya Eftekharyan has more than 17 years banking experience with a focus on anti-money laundering and compliance. Her latest post was at BMI Bank as AGM - Head of Compliance and MLRO reporting to the Board Audit Committee. She was also entrusted with the responsibility of assessing and implementing the FATCA requirements for the Bank where she was appointed as the Project owner and later the FATCA Responsible Officer (FATCA-RO). Sumaya was also a member/regular invitee to different management committees providing her assessment and views on Compliance, AML/CFT, sanctions, and the related risks and control requirements. Prior to joining BMI she served as the Head of Compliance for Seera Investment Bank Bahrain. Sumaya started her career as an Auditor with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then moved to BNP Paribas where she held several positions as Head of Reconciliation, Internal Auditor and lastly the Compliance Officer and MLRO. Prior to joining Seera, Ms. Eftekharyan served as an Assistant and Deputy to the Head of Compliance/MLRO at BBK. Sumaya is a qualified Certified AML Specialist (CAMS) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and holds ICA Specialist Certificate in Trade-Based Money Laundering. She has obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from University of Bahrain in 1998.


Mrs. Alaa Al Hamad

Ms. Al-Hamad has joined Bank ABC in December 2015 as Regulatory Affairs Head, prior which she was with Standard Chartered Bank – Bahrain for 3 years from 2012 as Country Head of Financial Crime Compliance. She is responsible for in-country financial crime compliance, which covers several areas including Anti-Money Laundering, Sanction Compliance, Customer Due Diligence Advisory and Fraud Investigations. Prior to that she worked with the Central Bank of Bahrain where she held a number of roles including Superintendent - Compliance Examinations within the Compliance Directorate and her last position was Superintendent - Research and Investor Protection within the Capital Market Supervision Directorate. Alaa comes with wealth of AML experience having led many regulatory examinations at various banks in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the wider Arab world as part of the MENA- FATF country evaluation teams. Alaa is an ACAMs qualified, a Bachelor in Accounting from University of Bahrain and an MBA from AMA International University. In early 2012 she has completed her International Compliance Diploma (with Distinction) from Manchester Business School (UK). She has 10 years of professional experience in both Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Stock Exchange.”


Mr. Hussain Al-Banna

Mr. Hussain is banking professional with 11 years of conventional as well as Islamic banking experience in various capacities. His banking experience started in 2004 when he joined the BNP Paribas as an Officer in the Regional Treasury Operations. In early 2005, he was selected for the prestigious Executive Management Trainee Program at Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) where he was exposed to all the desks within the Treasury & Investments department. There he gained in-depth knowledge of Foreign Exchange (FX), Money Market (MM) - Asset Liability Management (ALM), Corporate Treasury Sales and finally handling of over US$ 700 million Fixed Income Bond Portfolio. He is currently Senior Manager, Treasury & Investments at Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) whereby he is heading the Treasury Department with a huge mandate of handling FX, MM as well as the Bank's Sukuk Portfolio. Mr. Hussain holds Bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain & has successfully completed Treasury & Capital Markets diploma from Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance.


Mr. Abdulla Haji

Abdulla Haji has over 3 decades of offshore banking experience. He spent 34 years with GIB, of which 5 years in Internal Control Department and 29 years in Treasury. He held the position of Head of Money Market for more than 14 years as well as ALCO observer for 4 years. Mr. Haji was in charge of funding, hedging, managing the Liquidity in addition to his responsibility for the entire MMK GAP (position) with a total volume of US$ 22Bn. Abdulla is recognized as one of the earliest Bahraini traders in Derivatives (1987 – 1994), mainly FRA and future contracts. Along with his Management, FX, MMK and Derivatives experience, Abdulla is well known amongst the Bankers Society locally and internationally.


Dr. Ahmed Al Balooshi

Dr. Albalooshi is currently the CEO of Smarteam Consultancy, and Board Member of Bahrain Telecommunications Group and member of its Audit Committee. He is also a member of Audit Committees of Aluminum Bahrain (Alba) and Falcon Group (Gulf Air, Bahrain Airport Services, and Gulf Aviation Academy). Dr. Ahmed is a certified trainer with Bahrain Institute for Public Finance (BIPA) and Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance (BIBF) and AIMS Training Institute in Saudi Arabia. He is also the Chairman of University of Bahrain (UOB) Alumni. He attained the role of Assistant Professor at the College of Business Administration, University of Bahrain (UOB) in early 2014. He held the post of Undersecretary, Regulatory and Performance Audit, National Audit Office, from 2005 to 2013; prior to which he used to hold the post of Senior Manager with Ernst and Young, Director of Audit at the Ministry of Finance and Head of Computer Audit, Ministry of Finance. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D in Accounting from the University of Surry, UK and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - USA. MBA in Finance and BSc. in Accounting from UOB.


Dr. Adnan Al-Hassan

Dr. Adnan is currently holding the position of Director Technical Office of Investment Sector at the State Audit Bureau of Kuwait. His concentrated experience is mainly in financial observation and auditing on private and governmental economic units, offering financial and managerial consultations, preparation of economic feasibility studies for industrial and commercial projects, as well as studying companies’ financial status and offering consultations for financial fluctuation treatment. Dr. Adnan provided training and consulting services to many organizations under the United Nations. He designed and conducted many training programs in the fields of accounting, auditing and professional development in addition to training in collaboration with many governmental and private institutions in the Gulf, Arab and foreign countries. He in charge of designing and preparing training programs and workshops in addition to discussing the researches of the Master students at Gulf University in Bahrain. Dr. Adnan holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the American University in London – 2008, a Master's degree in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management – 2005 and a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Kuwait – 1988.

Dr. Nasreen Al Qaseer

Dr. Nasreen Al Qaseer is a Bahraini Banker with 30 years of experience in various Banking licenses such as Conventional, Retail, Islamic and Investment banking. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (DBA), Risk Management & Operational Risk from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Business Managerial Economics from The University of Hull, United Kingdom. Her appointment as Chief Risk Officer (CRO) has been approved by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) in 2007, as she was the first Bahraini woman officially approved and appointed in such position. She was also approved by the Central Bank of Kuwait in 2011 as CRO, and was the only GCC CRO woman who served in Kuwaiti Banks. Her latest post was at Bank Al Khair - BAK as CRO, prior to which she was the CRO in Kuwait International Bank – KIB for three years. Moreover, she held the position of CRO and Head of Compliance in Addax Bahrain. Dr. Nasreen started her career with Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait – BBK Bahrain where she gained 20 years of experience in various key positions. Dr. Nasreen is a member in PRIMA Global Nominated Committee – December 2015 and an active member in Institute of International Finance – IIF and IIF MENA CRO – June 2012. She contributed one full chapter in the Book published internationally under Operational Risk “New Frontiers Explored” – Risk Book 2013. She was nominated as a speaker in the 20th World Islamic Conference supervised by CBB – on Operational Risk in Islamic Banks – The new Research Findings” - Bahrain December 2013. Dr. Nasreen published internationally her first Book on Operational Risk by LAMBERD Publishing on “Examining The Magnitude of Operational Risk in the Lending Process – Application of Banks” in 2012; and she was nominated and attended International Operational Risk Conference in Turkey as a Speaker on “My Research Findings on Operational Risk” – May 2012. Dr. Al Qaseer served as Board Member and Board Secretary for Bahrain Society for Training and Development (BSTD) and she was a key member in the operational committee of the IFTO Conference held in Bahrain.

Dr. Batool Asiri

Dr. Batool Asiri has more than 30 years academic experience at the University of Bahrain in the fields of Accounting, Statistics and Finance. She conducted more than 60 workshops for a number of local and regional institutions such as: Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco), Arab Ship Repair Yard (Asry), Saudi Chamber of Commerce (Saudi Arabia), University of Bahrain, Ministry of Finance (Bahrain), Ministry of Labor (Bahrain), Ministry of Social Affairs (Bahrain) and Ministry of Transportation (Bahrain). Published and presented more than 30 research papers in different areas in local, national and international journals and conferences. She served as a chairperson of the department of Economics and Finance at the University of Bahrain (2005-2008). For more than ten years, Batool worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a trainer in the area of Accounting and Finance for the "Entrepreneur Development Program". She also worked as a financial consultant with UNIDO for the Project Appraisal using specialized software named "COMFAR" conducted in many different countries. Furthermore, she served as a member of the referee committee of the Research Grant and Social Sciences Award presented by the Arab Women Organization and as a member of the referee committee of HH Shaikha Sabikha Award for Encouraging Productive Families in Bahrain. Batool has a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1993. She also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales (UK) in 1989, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 1987, and a BSc in Business (with honour) from the University of Bahrain in 1984. Dr Batool received a number of awards, few to mention: Distinguished Teacher Award from the Ministry of Education (1983), Ministry of Education Award for having BSc with honour (1985), Distinguished Student Award from the National Bank of Bahrain (1985). In addition to her academic background, she is a Master in Energy Healing certified by the Rekie Association (USA) since 2002, Master in NLP certified by The Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming (USA) since 2006, Sujok Trainer certified by The Sujok Association (Moscow) since 2014, and Personal Trainer certified by ISSA (USA) since 2015.

Mohamed Isa

Mohamed Isa was the Chief Financial Officer of Inovest for more than 11 years, where he played an instrumental role in achieving several corporate milestones such as handling the company's Initial Public Offering, the cross - listing on Bahrain & Kuwait Stock Exchanges, the rights issue, the corporate re-branding and the corporate restructuring program. Prior to that, he worked for the multinational giant - Unilever - in its offices in United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His last post with the company was Regional Finance Manager for North Africa, Middle East and Turkey. Mohamed is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Colorado State Board of Accountancy in USA. He also holds a BSc in Accounting from University of Bahrain and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hull in UK. He is also the author of a Review of Investor Relations Practices in Bahrain.


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“The trainings conducted by SKILLS (previously BFST) has always been a huge success among BIsB's employees! The employees have been able to obtain a new sense of confidence and have been able to communicate their ideas & concerns. Their input has given us the opportunity to implement new strategies and procedures to improve our banking services. Thank you SKILLS for your professionalism and commitment to excellence. I unequivocally recommend SKILLS to those interested in improving their employees' skills”.

Reem Al Mutawaj
Manager - Training & Development
Bahrain Islamic Bank
Kingdom of Bahrain