BisB Appoints Naeema Taheri as Chief Compliance Officer

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Published August 2nd, 2022 - 11:54 GMT
BisB Appoints Naeema Taheri as Chief Compliance Officer
Hassan Jarrar, Chief Executive Officer at BisB & Naeema Taheri, Chief Compliance Officer at BisB.

Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB), the leading provider of Islamic digital banking services in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Naeema Taheri as its new Chief Compliance Officer. This comes as part of the Bank’s efforts to cultivate a distinguished and experienced management team that will further contribute to the realization of the Bank’s vision, centered around its training and development strategies and the retention of Bahraini talents. 

Naeema Taheri possesses 30 years of expertise in the banking and financial industry – both Islamic and conventional, with extensive experience in banking operations, regulatory compliance, financial crimes, risk management, quality assurance, trade finance and training.  Prior to joining BisB in April 2022, she held several senior positions at leading financial institutions. She started her banking profession with Citibank Bahrain, over a period of 11 years as a Resident Vice President, responsible for managing various units in Operations, Quality Assurance as well as Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering. Amongst her previous designations, she was a Director – Head of Compliance & MLRO at Capinnova Investment Bank; Senior Vice President – Head of Compliance & MLRO at Al Salam Bank and Compliance Officer & MLRO at Gulf Finance House. She also served as a lecturer at Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), and a General Manager at SKILLS, a finance and leadership consultancy & training center responsible for developing and delivering various courses and training programs for several financial institutions, in addition to public and private organizations in the GCC.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Hassan Jarrar, Chief Executive Officer at BisB, said, “We are pleased that Mrs. Naeema Taheri has joined BisB’s family, wishing her continuous success in this key role within the Bank. We are looking forward to witness the success, growth and development that the Compliance Department will achieve under her leadership. This comes in line with our ongoing efforts to foster a distinguished management team that will aid in effectively implementing the Bank’s strategies and goals.”

On her part, Mrs. Naeema Taheri said, “I am honoured to work with such a reputable and pioneering financial institution such as BisB, and I look forward to working closely with the team to further develop the Bank’s Compliance Department, harnessing my academic, professional and leadership skills to continually innovate and challenge the status quo. I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Hassan Jarrar and the members of the Board of Directors for their confidence in my expertise, ensuring them that I will live up to their expectations.”

Mrs. Naeema Taheri is a fellow member of the U.K.-based International Compliance Association (FICA) and member of the U.S.A.-based Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bahrain as well as an International Diploma in Compliance, with distinction, from the International Compliance Association (ICA) in UK. Additionally, she holds several certifications including the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance certification from the International Capital Market Association Center (ICMA) at the University of Reading, and is a qualified Master Compliance Professional (MCP), Certified Compliance Officer (CCO) and has a professional Certificate in Capital Markets, Regulation and Compliance. 

Background Information

Bahrain Islamic Bank

Incorporated in 1979 as the first Islamic bank in the kingdom of Bahrain, and the fourth in the GCC. Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) has played a pivotal role in the development of the Islamic banking industry and the Kingdom’s economy. The Bank operates under an Islamic Retail banking licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain and is listed on the Bahrain Bourse.

At the end of 2016, the Bank’s paid up capital was BD 101 million, while total assets stood at BD 1042 million. The Bank’s modern branch network comprises 5 branches, 4 innovative financial malls, and 56 ATMs located throughout the Kingdom. A steadfast focus on continuous innovation, strong corporate governance and risk management, employee development, and the use of state of the art technology to deliver superior customer service, has cemented Bahrain Islamic Bank’s position as the leading Sharia’a – compliant bank in the Kingdom.

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