Ahmed Abdul Rahim has more than 35 years experience in the banking industry and is considered as one of the most experienced banking leaders in the Gulf region.

In his role as the Ithmaar Bank General Manager of Retail Banking, he led a dramatic growth in the bank's core retail banking business with more than 130 per cent surge in new customer relationships following Ithmaar Bank's 2010 reorganisation.

Prior to Ithmaar's reorganisation with its then wholly-owned subsidiary, Shamil Bank, and its subsequent transformation into an Islamic retail bank, Abdul Rahim held the dual roles of Ithmaar Bank Chief Operating Officer and Shamil Bank Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He played a major role in ensuring the seamless reorganization of Ithmaar Bank and Shamil Bank into Ithmaar Bank in April 2010.

His previous senior positions include Manager of FX and Funding, Chief Internal Auditor and, later, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Services at the National Bank of Bahrain (NBB).

He holds an MBA from the University of Glamorgan, Wales (UK), and is an Associate Financial Accountant from the Institute of Financial Accountants, London (UK). He also holds an Executive Management Diploma from the University of Bahrain and an Advanced Banking Diploma from the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance.


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