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Relevant Experience

Ahmed Baqar Rehman has over 30 years of experience with multinational banks in senior management roles, such as Chief Executive as well as direct responsibility for wholesale bank and risk. He was also involved in the Corporate Banking integration of Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan with Grindlays Bank Pakistan. His experience covers different geographies in Asia, Middle East and Africa, with American Express Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Al Rajhi Bank.

In his last role as CEO of Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia (subsidiary of one of the largest Islamic Banking Groups in the world), he set up a Greenfield project in Malaysia with complete embedded Wholesale, Retail and Investment Banking strategies. Within five (5) years in operations, the bank established 24 branches spread across the country, an enviable customer base of 200,000 and an approximate balance sheet size of $ 2 billion. The bank was profitable for the last three (3) consecutive years of his tenure. The bank also won several awards in this short period since inception.


Presently Mr. Ahmed is Managing Partner of Israa Capital – an Islamic Advisory Firm based in Dubai with branch office in Malaysia. At Israa Capital he has been involved in several banks due diligences, merger negotiations, and strategic studies for development Institution. Also on the board of Al Barakah Bank (Pakistan) - where he is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination committee as well as member of the board Risk committee.

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Quick Details





Date of Appointment:



Length of Tenure:

2 Years


Membership of Board Committees

  • Chairperson of Board Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Michigan, USA


Areas of Expertise:

  • Banking and Finance


Directorship / Relevant Appointments

Listed Entities

  • Nil

Other Entities

  • Director of Al Barakah Bank
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