Board of Directors

 
 

Mr. Yahya Said Abdullah Al Jabri Chairman

 

Mr. Yahya Said Abdullah Al Jabri was elected as the Chairman of Alizz Islamic Bank in October2021; he was a board member since October 2021. Mr. Al Jabri has vast experience of global corporate, investment and banking with academic qualifications from prestigious American schools including the Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School and Darden University wherein he attained degrees in advanced Management programs.

During the period from October 2011 - August 2020, upon issuance of Royal Decree 126/2011 Mr. Yahya Al Jabri was the Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm. This project is part of the government's efforts to accelerate the growth rate, maintain sustainable economic and social development aimed at diversification of resources particularly on areas like foreign trade, investment, tourism, fisheries and creation of new job opportunities for the citizen.

In June 1999 - October 2011, Yahya was appointed, vide Royal Decree 44/1999, as the Executive President of the Capital Market Authority which is a regulatory entity entrusted with the functions of upgrading the efficiency of the Capital Market, regulating its operations and establishing the rules of professional conduct among the participants of the securities market which would help protect investors and the national economy.

Mr. Al Jabri held senior positions in Oman's leading business and financial sectors, he was a member of Directors at the Central Bank Board of Governance of Oman for two terms, a board member of the Oman Investment Fund (OIF), Vice Chairman of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), Chairman of Pak Oman Investment Company, Chairman of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), Chairman of Oman Development Bank, Chairman of Public Authority for Investment and Export Development (lthraa), a member of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance.

Earlier in his career, Yahya Al Jabri also represented Oman International Bank (former) in the capacity of General Manager until June 1999, where he was responsible for the complete operational aspects of the Bank, which comprised of 81 local and 4 overseas branches in India and Pakistan.

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Mr. Hani Al Zubair Vice Chairman

 

Mr. Al Zubair was elected as the Vice Chairman of Alizz Islamic Bank in July 2020. He has extensive knowledge and experience in financial, investment and business management. He started his career working in investment banking in Geneva and then moved to Morgan Grenfell Bank in London before joining OMINVEST in Oman. As well as his work with The Zubair Corporation, he is a member of several Boards including the National Training Fund and Oman Switzerland Friendship Association. He holds the position of Chairman of Fund for the Development of Youth Projects (Sharakah), and Vice-Chairman of both the National Finance Company and the National College of Automotive Technology.

He previously held the position of Chairman at OMINVEST and served on the Boards of Oman Arab Bank, Commercial Bank of Oman, Muscat Finance Company and FINCORP. He was also a Member of the Advisory Committee for the National CEO Program.

Mr Al Zubair was nominated by the Government to represent the Private Sector on the Boards of Government-owned Hotels. He represented the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry as a member of the team for meetings of the Indian Ocean Rim – Association for Regional Co-operation and also served on the regional board of the Young Arab Leaders.

Hani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science from Richmond University, UK. He is also a keen sportsman.

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Mr. Firas Jaser Zayyad Board Member

 

Mr. Firas was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Al-Izz Islamic Bank in July 2020. He has practical experience of more than twenty years in finance, auditing and banking. He joined Arab Bank plc, Amman, Jordan in the year 2011 and currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer of Arab Bank Group. Previously he held the position of Head of Budgeting and planning & financial reporting of Arab Bank, and was responsible for the investment portfolio of Arab Bank in addition to foreign investments in both subsidiaries and affiliates.

Prior, he was the CFO of Derayah Financial, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He also worked in reputable international institutions as he was the Regional Financial Controller of IATA, the Regional Finance Manager of Aramark in the United States and Business analyst in the British Petroleum in the United States as well. In addition to his experience in financial affairs, he also worked at Deloitte & Touch (Saba & Partners) in Amman, Jordan, which qualified him to serve as a member of the Board's Audit Committee.

Mr. Firas holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Illinois, United States and Bachelor’s decree of Accounting & Finance from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan. In addition to the following professional certificates: CFA, CPA, CMA & CFM from USA.

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Mr. Iyad Ghasoub Asali Board Member

 

Mr. Iyad Ghasoub Asali was elected as a board member of Alizz Islamic Bank in July 2020. He holds the position of the General Manager of the Islamic International Arab Bank since March, 2011.

Mr. Asali is a well-rounded banker who has had effective presence during his thirty one year banking career.

Prior to joining Islamic International Arab Bank, Mr. Asali was the Deputy CEO and Head of Corporate Banking at the Jordan Ahli Bank. Before that he assumed various managerial positions in a number of leading banks in Jordan and the GCC, worth mentioning among which is the position of the Deputy General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking at the Arab National Bank in Saudi Arabia where he spent eight years.

Since joining Islamic International Arab Bank, Mr. Asali had major contributions in developing the bank and increasing its market share. The bank witnessed major turn-around and became an active contributor to Islamic banking through newly developed Shari'a compliant products and services which has resulted in tripling the bank's investment portfolio and customer deposits and expanding the branch network to become 45 working branches as of date.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administrations from the University of Jordan and a Master's degree in Management from the American University in Cairo.

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Mr. Sanjay Kawatra Board Member

 

Mr. Sanjay was elected Alizz Islamic Bank's board member in July 2020. He has 20 plus years of solid experience in providing financial, strategic, growth and operating leadership. He is well connected globally and possesses deep sector knowledge of banking, leasing and insurance with focus on Oman. Sanjay currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of OMINVEST Group. Earlier he was a partner in EY MENA and has led EY’s assurance practice in Qatar and Oman. He has extensive experience in matters relating to IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, divestments, PPP, corporate governance, performance improvement, valuation, assurance and cross border fund raising transactions. Sanjay has served as an advisor to several regulatory committees in Oman. He is an active presenter in business forums and contributes articles to business magazines. He is also a Board member of several companies including public listed companies such as National Finance Company SAOG and Takaful Oman Insurance SAOG. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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Mr Badar Al Shanfari Board Member

 

Badar Al Shanfari, currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at OMINVEST. He has over 17 years of experience in the field of Investments and Financial Services. Throughout his career Badar has held various leadership positions including the CEO of Uzbek-Oman Investment Company, which is the leading private equity firm based in Tashkent. He then took on a role as EVP of International Strategic Business at OMINVEST and Deputy CEO of EastBridge Partners based out of Singapore to lead OMINVEST’s Southeast Asian initiatives. Badar has served and is currently on multiple Boards of various companies, in different sectors and geographies.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Duquesne University and his MBA from Strathclyde University. In addition, Badar is a Certified Public Accountant from the United States of America - state of Delaware.

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Mr. Saleh bin Nasser Al Araimi Board Member

 

Mr. Saleh bin Nasser Al Araimi was elected as a board member of Alizz Islamic Bank since March 2016. Mr. Al Araimi is a seasoned and experienced professional in the social security, financial and investments fields. Before joining Alizz Islamic Bank, he was the General Manager of the Public Authority for Social Insurance - a place where he worked for almost 20 years

Mr. Al Araimi also worked for close to 20 years at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (now called the Ministry of Social Development) - where he held a number of positions including the Director General of Social Affairs and GM - Administration & Finance to name a few. Mr. Al Araimi has also handled various roles in banks and investment companies including Bank Dhofar, Oman Housing Bank, Oman Development Bank, Oman Integrated Tourism Fund, Bank Muscat, National Investment Funds Company (NIFCO) and Mazoon First Investment Fund.

He has further held various roles of responsibility in private sector companies, such as Al Sharqiya University, Oman Fisheries, Shell Marketing Company and Oman Cement Company. Plus he also has experience in working with international organisations such as the International Social Security Association (ISSA) Geneva where he was the Chairman of the Technical Commission on Investment of Social Security Funds.

Mr. Al Araimi holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Cairo, besides an Executive MBA from the University of Lincoln, UK.

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Mr. Yahya Said Abdullah Al Jabri
Chairman

 

Mr Hani Muhammad Al Zubair
Vice Chairman

 

Mr Firas Jaser Zayyad
Board Member

 

Mr Iyad Ghasoub Asali
Board Member

 

Mr Sanjay Kawatra
Board Member

 

Mr Badar Al Shanfari
Board Member

 

Mr Saleh bin Nasser Al Araimi
Board Member