Executive Biographies

Mr. Salaam Said Al Shaksy - Chief Executive Officer

The Honorable Salaam Said Al Shaksy, is Chief Executive Officer of Alizz Islamic Bank, overseeing the strategic direction of Oman's newest dedicated Islamic Bank providing innovative financial solutions and products adhered by Islamic Shari'a. He joined Alizz Islamic Bank as Chief Executive Officer on June 4, 2014.

Al Shaksy is a Member of Oman's State Council and Deputy Head of its Economic Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Oman Oil Company and Chairman of its Board Audit and Risk Committee. His other appointments include: Member of the Board and Board Executive Committee of Al Raff'd Fund (Oman's Government funded SME fund); Chairman of Oman's Investment Stabilization Fund; Member of the Advisory Board at The College of Economics & Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University; and Chairman of The Shaksy Group

Prior to joining Alizz, he served as Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Oman between 2010 and 2014, leading its turnaround and transformation during this period.

Al Shaksy has held a number of senior executive positions including CEO of Dubai Banking Group, CEO of Dubai Islamic Investment Group and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Bank Dhofar(where he led its merger with Majan International Bank in 2002). Between 1994-2000, Al Shaksy headed a group comprising three divisions - retail banking, investment banking and correspondent banking at the National Bank of Oman. He embarked on his banking career with Citibank Global Consumer Business, Dubai, UAE in 1992.

His previous roles include Chairman of Oman National Investment Corporation Holding, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Shell Oman Marketing and Chairman of its Board Audit Committee, Deputy Chairman, Muscat Securities Market and Board Member of Bank Muscat.

Al Shaksy is the first Omani CEO of a full-fledged Islamic Bank in Oman and has received a number of awards in Banking, including "Banker of the Year 2008" - Banker Middle East. He is also a sought after keynote speaker at global financial conferences.

Al Shaksy is a graduate of Boston University, USA, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics (cum laude), a Masters in Management Information Systems (Honors) and an MBA in Management of Financial Services (High Honors). He has also completed the Senior Executive Program from the London Business School, UK. He is married and has five children. He enjoys boating, chess and photography.

 

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Mr. Moosa al Jadidi - Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Moosa Al Jadidi is the Chief Operating Officer. He joined Alizz Islamic Bank in August 2014. He is a seasoned banker with more than 17 years of work experience. He is known for delivering turnaround performances in a highly competitive environment, with strong leadership skills as well as a thorough knowledge of both Retail and Islamic Banking.

Prior to joining Alizz, Al Jadidi was the Deputy General Manager of Retail and Private Banking at National Bank of Oman. His responsibilities includes managing 61 branches in Oman as well as managing branch support and customer care unit, private banking and wealth management, and direct sales and business development.

Al Jadidi commenced his banking career at the National Bank of Oman as a sales representative for one year. In 2001, he was appointed as Manager Of Private & Privilege Banking where he managed the privilege banking account across 50 branches. He later moved to Bank Muscat as Manager of Private & Priority Banking.

Prior to Bank Muscat,Al Jadidi worked for Royal Bank of Canada as senior manager before joining European Financial Group Bank as Vice President – Global Private Banking. In 2008 he joined Dubai Bank as Vice President – International Business Development. In 2010, he rejoined National Bank of Oman as Head of Private Banking & Wealth Management.

Al Jadidi is an associate of the Canadian Institute of Bankers and is also a certified private banker.

 

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Mr. Ghalib Al Busaidi - DGM - Group Head - Wholesale Banking

Mr. Ghalib Al Busaidy is the DGM Group Head of  Wholesale Banking. He joined Alizz Islamic Bank in August 2014. He has more than 21 years of experience in the State General Reserve Fund, Oman.

Prior to joining Alizz, Al Busaidy was the Deputy CEO for Investments at the State General Reserve Fund, responsible for the key investment functions of public and private markets. Al Busaidy started his career in 1987 as a Senior Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers London, United Kingdom.

Holding several roles in both advisory and board memberships, he is currently Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG. He is also member of the Investment Committee at Oman National Investments Development Co. (ONIDCO), and member of the Board of Directors of Uzbek Oman Investment Fund.

Al Busaidy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 1991, and a member of the UK Associates of Corporate Treasurers. He holds a BA "Honors" in Accounting and Finance from Middlesex University, Business School. Al Busaidy has also completed the Investment Management Program (London Business School), High Performance Boards (Lausanne, Swizerland), and Interest Rate Risk Management Program (New York Institute of Finance).

 

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Mr. Ahmed Al Rawahi - AGM - Head of Treasury & Capital Markets

Mr. Ahmed Al Rawahi is the AGM - Head of Treasury & Capital Markets at Alizz Islamic Bank. He joined the bank in early 2013 to establish and manage the Treasury Department.

Prior to joining the Bank, Ahmed Al Rawahi was the Head of Treasury for 'Muzn', an islamic banking window for National Bank of Oman. His responsibilities included the full implementation of the Islamic treasury products and procedures as per the new Central Bank of Oman (CBO) guidelines.

Mr. Ahmed Al Rawahi started his career at the National Bank of Oman as a dealer for three years before he was nominated for the bank's growth initiative to expand the Egypt retail operations where he was responsible for all aspects of FX/MM trading. Previously, he worked for Doha Bank in Qatar as the Treasury Settlements Manager before joining the first start up islamic bank, Masraf Al Riyan as a Senior Dealer.

Mr. Ahmed Al Rawahi holds a B.S. Degree in Financial and Commercial Studies with majors in accounting and audit from Cairo University, Egypt.

 

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Mr. Venkatesh Kallur – Chief Risk Officer

VenkateshKallur is a Senior Risk Management executive and international banker spanning over three decades of experience from three continents and in several regulatory regimes. Keynote Speaker and a vivid writer on various Risk subject areas in International Risk Forums, a “C-Suite” leadership coach and mentor with accomplished experience across Banking, and Financial Services. Seasoned enterprise risk management executive with strong foothold in Credit, Market and Operational Risk along with Enterprise Risk Management & Risk Architecture. Experienced in leading the executive management, and various Board room meetings in the subject areas of Credit, BASEL regime, Enterprise Risk Management, Situational Leadership, Strategy Management and Institutionalization. Brings to the table a high degree of emotional maturity and business intelligence.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Engineering and Masters in Project Management from York University, Canada. He is a certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA. Outside of his work, he is a voracious reader and passionate about teaching youngsters and philanthropic activists in the areas of HealthCare.

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Mr. Pete Byrne - AGM - Internal Audit

Mr. Pete Byrne was appointed as Head of Internal Audit for Alizz Islamic Bank in September 2013. He is responsible for providing assurance as to the integrity of the banks systems and operations to both the board and management of the bank as well as to the bank's customers and stakeholders.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Byrne worked at Bank Sohar, joining them in October 2008 to become that bank's first Head of Audit, a position he held for almost five years. Previous to working in Oman, he was based in Dublin in the Republic of Ireland where he was Head of Audit for Bank of Scotland (Ireland), a subsidiary of the HBOS group.

Mr. Byrne has worked in financial services for the past 27 years and brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked in all areas of banking operations, including IT through his time in audit.

Mr. Byrne is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (CMIIA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Qualification in Audit Leadership (QIAL). He is also a Certified Risk Management Assurance professional (CRMA), has been accredited as a Certified Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and holds a Diploma in Islamic Finance from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Mr. Mohammed Al Balushi - Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. Mohammed Al Balushi was appointed as Head of Human Resources at Alizz Islamic Bank in September 2013. He joins Alizz Islamic Bank from Bank Dhofar where he had served in a number of roles since 1994, finally attaining the position of Assistant General Manager Human Resources & Training and Development, a position he had held since 2006.

Parallel to his career in the banking industry, Mohammed Al Balushi was also a part time lecturer at the College of Banking and Financial Studies.

Mr. Al Balushi adds an exceptional range of HR and Banking skills, responsibilities and expertise honed through a successful career within the banking sector in Oman. His 20 years of banking experience, leadership, HR strategic planning, as well as performance management, career development, recruitment and manpower planning will become an invaluable asset to Alizz Islamic Bank.

Mr. Al Balushi's other remits have included acted as a Secretary to the HR Committee of the Board at Bank Dhofar, and represented several other executive management committees,(HR Management Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Grievance Committee and Staff Recognition Committee) as well as College Academic Advisory Committee at the College of Banking and Financial Studies.

Mr. Al Balushi holds a postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource Development and Performance Management from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom. He also holds a number of professional qualifications and accreditations in the field of HR and banking including Associate of Canadian Institute of Bankers (ACIB) and a holder of an Advanced Human Resource Executive Certificate- University of Michigan - Ross School of Business – USA.

 

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Ms. Aisha Al-Kharusi – AGM - Head of Government and Institutional Banking

Aisha Al-Kharusi became Head of Government and Institutional Banking in August 2016. Her responsibility includes capitalizing on Alizz Islamic Bank's success to date within the local market and be actively involved in increasing the Bank's assets with institutional clients, with a focus on increasing the Bank's market penetration. She is a member of Alizz Islamic Bank's Executive Management team. Previously Al-Kharusi was the Bank's Chief Marketing Officer between July 2013 and August 2016.

Before joining Alizz Islamic Bank, Al-Kharusi was the Head of Communications & CSR, as well as Head of Strategy at National Bank of Oman. Al Kharusi spearheaded the production of the first Sustainability Report in the Banking industry in Oman.

Between 2003 through to 2008, she worked for the world's leading aerospace company Boeing based in Dubai. She held the position as Deputy Regional Director – Boeing International covering ten countries in the Middle Eastern, representing the International Relations department.

As a devoted member of society, Al Kharusi has held several roles including member of the Young Arab Leaders, Board Member for the Omani Business women Forum - OCC, AIESEC Oman and inJAz Oman since 2006. She received a bachelor's from American University, Washington DC, USA, and a master's in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. In 2013, she completed a Senior Executive Programme at London Business School, UK. In May 2016, Al-Kharusi completed the one year National CEO Program organized by the Diwan of Royal Court in partnership with IMD Business School.

 

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Mr. Fadelallah Suliman - Corporate Secretary

Mr. Fadelallah Suliman Hamed was appointed as Corporate Secretary at Alizz Islamic Bank in April 2013. He joined alizz after having worked for 8 years as Company Secretary with National Bank of Oman.

In 1997 he joined National Bank of Oman, Sultanate of Oman as a Senior Translator. Considering his legal background and related experience the bank's management in 2006 assigned him the responsibility of establishing a Corporate Governance Affairs function (Company Secretariat Affairs) in the bank. Mr. Fadelallah established the Company Secretariat Affairs function, to the satisfaction of the Management and Regulatory bodies.

In recognition of the efforts made by Mr. Fadelallah and his colleagues in the fields of corporate governance, risk, compliance, CSR, international best practices and Regulatory requirements, the National Bank of Oman was awarded the prestigious and the highly recognized "Regional Bank Corporate Governance Award" organized by the Institute of Corporate Governance (Hawkama) and the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) for four consecutive years in succession.

Mr. Fadelallah holds a Bachelor of Law "LLB" degree and Bachelor of Arts in English and Arabic Language from the University of Juba, Sudan. In 2009 he obtained an Executive Diploma in Leadership and Strategic Management from the Chartered Management Institute, UK. In 2011 he was awarded "International Diploma in Compliance" by International Compliance Association and Manchester University.

 

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Mr. Ali Al Zadjali - AGM Compliance

Mr. Ali Al Zadjali joined Alizz Islamic Bank as the Head of Compliance in December 2013. Al-Zadjali responsibility includes developing the capabilities and to ensure delivery of effective compliance functions across the bank's operations.

Overseeing all compliance activities, Al Zadjali will also lead the implementation of the bank's compliance framework to meet regulatory and internal business requirements, as well as risk management processes. In addition, he will support the Board of Directors to achieve the Central Bank of Oman's road map to comply with 'Basel III' by 2019.

Before joining Alizz Islamic Bank Al-Zadjali was the Head of Central Bank of Oman Compliance at National Bank of Oman. He was involved in the development of the compliance framework and establishment of a compliance culture. Al Zadjali also worked for the Central Bank of Oman as a Bank Examiner where he evaluated and reported on the soundness of financial institutions.

As a long standing executive with significant contributions in governance compliance and a wealth of experience in the banking industry, Al Zadjali holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and MIS from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA. In addition, he has also completed his Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

 

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Mr. Sufyan Maysara Yassin – Head of Shari'a Audit and Compliance

Mr. Sufyan Maysara Yassin heads the Shari'a Audit and Compliance Department at Alizz Islamic Bank, with a direct report to the Sharia Supervisory Board. He ensures compliance and consistency of the bank's transactions, operations, investments and activities with the Fatwas and resolutions issued by Sharia Supervisory Board and with the Shari'a standards and principles.

A veteran with over 16 years’ experience in the Islamic banking sector in U.A.E and Oman, Mr. Sufyan has extensive knowledge in the principles of the Islamic economy, Shari'ah contracts, the structuring of Islamic financial products and services, Takaful insurance and Islamic capital markets.

Prior to joining Alizz Islamic Bank, Mr. Yassin was Head of Shari'a Audit and Compliance at Sharjah Islamic Bank and thereafter has held a similar role at Meethaq, an Islamic window at Bank Muscat in Oman. He started his banking career in 2001 in Sharia audit and compliance.

Mr. Yassin is a Certified Shari'a Advisor and Auditor by the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions. In addition, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Insurance. Mr. Yassin holds a B.A. Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Omdurman Ahlia University in Khartoum.

 

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