Afghanistan Banks Association

د افغانستان د بانکونو ټولنه
Afghanistan Banks Association
Voice of The Banks

Afghanistan Banks Association

Dr. Mohammad Salem Omaid


Dr Omaid is the Chairman of the Afghanistan Banks Association since 2017. During the last 6 years, he has been actively involved in the various initiatives to promote and strengthen the commercial banking industry so it becomes more resilient, effective and efficient. He inculcated the best practices within the association and have meticulously led the ideas and the suggestions for discussion with the central bank authorities in the country.

He being a banker for more than 15 years in the country is well acquainted with the prevalent challenges of the nation from all the perspectives starting from the regulations and the other statutory requirements.

His key responsibilities included

• Promoting the establishment of a sound banking system in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in cooperation and consultation with the regulators
• Promoting orderliness and ethical banking practices amongst the member banks
• Formulating and reviewing the banking rules, operations and policies to assist the banking industry in becoming more robust, effective and competitive in meeting the needs of the changing economy
• Collaborating with the government ministries, private sector groups and relevant organizations on member bank’s contribution to socio- economic planning and development of the country.

Dr. Omaid is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Azizi Bank, the largest commercial bank in the country since 2016 having started his career with the bank in 2006. In the span of 10 years, he successfully ascended the steps to become the CEO of the bank.

Within the bank, Dr. Omaid handled various roles, having rich & extensive experience in Finance & Accounting, Corporate Accounts, Trade Finance, Corporate Credit Financing, Operational Banking, Investment Banking & Retail Banking. He has been the founding pillar in ensuring Azizi Bank reaches the top of the helm and considered as the most preferred bank in the country.

Dr. Omaid’s contribution towards refining the banking structure in the country earned him appreciations & accolades not only from the Govt. & Public bodies within the country but also from various international agencies.

He is the only Afghan conferred with the honorary professorship of Academics, Oxford. In 2020, he was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate by the European International University, France. In
2021, the World Economic Forum honored him as the Young Global Leader. He is amongst the global personalities under the age of 40 years ranging from Senators, Ministers, Sport Personnel, Bollywood Celebrities & Senior management from global companies spread across 120 nationalities worldwide. He represented Azizi Bank & Afghanistan twice at the United Nations Geneva conference to address the sustainable development goals and CSR initiatives for business growth.