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.

Mr. Awais Akram

Vice Chairman

Mr. Awais Akram is working as the Country Manager of Bank Alfalah Afghanistan since June 2019. He joined the bank as Management Trainee in 2006 and has been working with the same bank for over 13 years now.
Positions Held:
In addition to serving at Treasury, Head Office Pakistan, he has also served as Head/ Manager Treasury & Corporate Wholesale Banking at Bahrain Operations and Head/ Manager Treasury at Afghanistan Operations for a total of 7 years. He possesses diversified experience in Treasury, Financial Institutions, Corporate, Branch Banking, Trade Finance and Credits.
Educational Background:
He has done his Bachelors in Computer Sciences – Honours (BSCS) from Government College University Lahore and also holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lahore School of Economics (LSE).
Further, he has also cleared Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Certification as well.

Mr. Faburama Ceesay

Board Member

Faburama Ceesay joined FMFB-A as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in October 2014. After five year with FMFB-A as CFO, he now fills the position of Chief Executive Officer effective February 2020. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. He is also a Chartered Certified Accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in UK since 2006. He has a rich experience of over eighteen years in Corporate Relationship management, Financial and Treasury management. Prior to joining FMFB-A as CFO, he has worked in Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd as Financial Controller and Standard Chartered Bank, Kabul as Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2012. He has also worked in Guaranty Trust Bank Gambia Ltd as Head of Finance and Risk Management from 2004 to 2005.

Mr. Khisrow Fazli

Board Member

Khisrow Fazli started his banking career since year 2007. He joined Ghazanfar Bank in January 2009 and held the position of Chief Compliance Officer till January’ 2010. From May’2016 to September’2019 he has worked in the position of Chief Operation Officer and from September’ 2019 he has been elevated to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. He is a banking professional with almost 12 years of experience in key areas of operation and compliance departments. He has been graduated from Dunya University of Afghanistan having BBA. He holds MBA from Swiss UMEF University of Afghanistan.