Chief Executive Officer
Al Rajhi Bank
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Could you provide a brief journey of how you arrived where you are today?
I held various positions at Standard Chartered, from head of corporate and institutional banking of Pakistan, chief executive officer of Sri Lanka to chief executive officer and head of corporate and institutional banking of Pakistan.
Prior to my appointment with Al Rajhi Bank, my last position was as the regional head of financial institutions of Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, overseeing markets such as Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa.
What does your role involve?
What is your greatest achievement to date?
Which of your products/services deliver the best results?
What are the strengths of your business?
What are the factors contributing to the success of your company?
Another factor is maintaining teams that are quick on their feet, nimble and think outside of the box to deliver winning results.
And finally, of course, our innovative Islamic product structures.
What are the obstacles faced in running your business today?
Where do you see the Islamic finance industry, maybe in the next five years?
Name one thing you would like to see change in the world of Islamic finance?
The availability of a legal framework to support the evolution of the Islamic banking structure is also integral and sorely needed.
Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Al Rajhi has been serving its citizens, financing its growth and contributing to Saudi development for over 50 years. It has now grown into the country’s largest bank and the largest Islamic bank in the world.
Malaysia is Al Rajhi’s first foray into the international retail banking market, making it a highly significant development in the history of the bank.