About LMC - Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board Of Director's Biographies

Mr. Hassan Jarrar (Chairman)

Hassan Amin Jarrar is the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Islamic Bank, the first Islamic banking institution in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Prior to his appointment in July 2015, he served nine years with Standard Chartered Bank, firstly as Country Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for the UAE and DIFC, and subsequently as Chief Executive Office for Standard Chartered in Bahrain. Hassan has more than thirty years’ extensive experience in commercial banking in the USA and in the Middle East, the past twenty years of which have been in the Gulf region. Hassan’s diverse background includes Retail Banking, SME, and Corporate and Institutional Banking. Other previous appointments include Head of Corporate and SME Banking at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and VP Corporate Banking Mashreqbank, Abu Dhabi. Before returning to the Middle East, Hassan spent almost twenty years in the USA where he held senior management roles at Security Pacific Bank and Bank of America in California. He gained his BSc in Finance from the California State University, San Jose.

Hassan serves on the following boards in Bahrain:

  • Tamkeen, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee
  • Bahrain Association of Banks
  • Bahrain Bourse, where he is also Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee
  • Advisory Member - Thomson Reuters MENA Regulatory Advisory Board
  • Bahrain Economic Development Board- Member of the Financial Services Industry Advisory Committee

Mr. Abdullah Ashy (Deputy Chairman)

Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Ashy is currently the Program Manager for the Income & Capital Markets Funds Program at the Islamic Corporation of the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) a multilateral financial institution member of the Islamic Development Bank Group. He has an extensive experience in wide range of sectors such as real estate, investment, finance, Islamic finance, consulting, and academic. He started his career in the real estate sector at the Urban Development Company Group and then joined the National Commercial bank (NCB) where he worked in the financial analysis and control functions. He also worked in the investment and consulting filed with regional and international firms in Saudi Arabia before joining ICD in 2010. Mr. Abdullah used to be an undergraduate lecturer for accounting and finance at King Abdulaziz University and Arab Open University in Saudi Arabia. He is a board member in several regional investment companies such as the chairman of the board for Ewaan Global Real Estate Company in Saudi Arabia, and chairman of the investment committee for Euro Mediterranean Investment Company in Cyprus. Mr. Abdullah holds a Master degree in Professional Accounting, a graduate certificate in Commerce from Griffith University (Australia), a Bachelor degree in Finance from George Mason University (USA). In addition to several professional certificates such as (CMA) board certification from the Institute of Management Accountant, Certificate of IoD from the Institute of Directors, Certified Islamic Banker from the General Council for Islamic Bank and Institutes.

Mr. Ameer A.Ghani Dairi (Director)

With over 17 years of experience in financial management. Mr. Ameer Abdul Ghani Dairi is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from New Hampshire Board of Accountancy, USA and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) licensed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, USA. He also holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Bahrain and has had a broad commercial banking career in Bahrain. Mr. Dairi has been with Bahrain Islamic Bank since 2007, he is the Acting Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Adnan Chilwan (Director)

Dr. Adnan Chilwan is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB). He has an extensive banking career spanning more than two decades in reputed Conventional and Islamic Banks in the region. Dr. Chilwan represents DIB in boards of various strategic investments, subsidiaries and associates including the prestigious post of Chairman of Panin Dubai Syariah Bank and DIB Bank Kenya Ltd, Tamweel PJSC; DIB Capital; Deyaar PJSC; Liquidity Management Centre Bahrain and Dar Al Shari’a Consultancy. He is also on the advisory council of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). Dr. Chilwan is an Indian national who holds a PhD and MBA in Marketing and is a Certified Islamic Banker (CeIB), a Post Graduate in Islamic Banking & Insurance and an Associate Fellow Member in Islamic Finance Professionals Board. He has over 22 years of banking experience in the gulf region.

Mr. Khalid Al Shami (Director)

Mr. Khalid Alshami is the Assistant Vice President of Debt Capital Markets Department - Investment Banking at KFH Capital Investment Company. He has over a decade of experience in financial industry, focusing on corporate finance and international investment banking activities, debt capital markets and structured finance. Earlier, he had worked in Kuwait Investment Authority, the sovereign fund of the State of Kuwait and other notable institutions. Mr. Alshami holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kuwait University and completed the Kuwait Investment Authority’s Graduate Development Program. He has over 10 years of professional experience.

Mr. Mohamed S. Al Sharif (Director)

Mr. Al Sharif is currently the Chief of Investment Banking in Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB). He holds several Chairmanships and Board memberships on publicly traded companies and financial services firms on behalf of DIB Group. Starting his career with the UAE Central Bank, Al Sharif held many positions in the Financial Control and Banking Supervision departments and later transitioned to Dubai Islamic Bank where he held the position of CFO for 11 years. Mr. Al Sharif is a UAE national who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Virginia, USA; and a Master’s degree in Accounting. He is a registered accounting and banking expert by UAE Courts. Al Sharif is a banking professional with 30 years of experience in Islamic Banking and Central Banking.

Mr. Paul Mercer (Director)

Mr. Paul Mercer is an English law qualified lawyer and has over 20 years of banking experience with a focus on banking regulation, governance and Islamic finance transactions. Paul has over 15 years of experience of executive management within a leading Islamic financial institution.

Mr. Seedy Njie (Director)

Mr. Seedy Mohammad Njie is a Senior Investment Specialist at the Islamic Development Bank (Jeddah). He was previously Senior Credit Risk Specialist with the same bank and Assistant Audit Manager with Deloitte - Gambia. Mr. Njie a Gambian national, who holds MBA from School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and Certified Islamic Banker (CIBAFI). He is a Fellow with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - UK (FCCA), Chartered Management Accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK. He has over 16 years of professional experience.