Management team

Yousif Khalaf CEO
“This is a truly exciting opportunity and something we believe will change the face of Islamic banking. Through getting close to our customers we intend to create a new banking experience that explores the needs of ‘real life’ customers

Mr. Yousif Saleh Khalaf has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Mr. Khalaf has a wealth of experience in the banking sector in the region and abroad, and has occupied various senior executive positions both in conventional and Islamic banks.

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Khalaf held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Islamic Bank (2004-2007) and Ithmar Bank, Bahrain (2003-2004). From 2000 to 2003, he held the position of Group Head, Finance & Support Services in Shamil Bank of Bahrain, and between 1988 and 2000, he was Assistant General Manager, Risk Management & Financial Planning in Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait. He started his career in the auditing field with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co, an international firm of accountants and consultants.

In 1980, Mr. Khalaf completed professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK. He was awarded Higher National Diploma in Business Studies by Salford College, UK in 1978, and Ordinary National Diploma in Business Studies by Fielden Park College – Manchester, UK in 1976.

Between 1994 and 2007, Mr. Khalaf served on the Board of Directors of various companies, including: Bahrain Commercial Facilities, BBK Financial Services, Al-Khaleej Islamic Investment Bank, Shamil Bank of Yemen & Bahrain, Meezan Bank (Pakistan), Liquidity Management Centre, Takaful International, and Abaad Real Estate Co.

Mr. Khalaf was also a committee member of the Board of General Council for Islamic Banks and the Bankers Society of Bahrain. Mr. Khalaf is a Bahraini national, born in 1956.