Adnan Ahmed Yousif

Adnan Ahmed Yousif

Bahrain Association of Banks

Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif holds over four decades of international banking experience. He is currently the chairman of Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB).

During his presidency of Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG), since its inception in 2004 and until 2020, Mr. Yousif led the Group to developing into one of the largest and most diversified Islamic banking groups in the world, operating a network of around 700 branches in 17 countries, with its Head Office in the Kindom of Bahrain. He was the Chairman of, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, Jordan Islamic Bank, Al Baraka Bank Egypt, Banque Al Baraka D'Algerie S.P.A., Al Baraka Bank Pakistan Ltd., AL Baraka Bank Sudan, Al Baraka Bank Ltd. South Africa, Al Baraka Bank Syria s.a., and BTl Bank Morocco and, Vice Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank B.S.C.(c), Bahrain and a Board member of Al Baraka Bank Tunisia and ltqan Capital in Saudi Arabia.

He has been the Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks, headquartered in Lebanon, for two consecutive terms (2007-2013). On June 9, 2019, a royal decree was issued appointing Adnan Ahmed Yousif as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Governmental Hospitals.

In 2011, Mr. Yousif received the Medal of Efficiency, a unique honor conferred by His Majesty King Hamad Bin lsa Al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2017, Mr. Yousif received the Honorary Freedom Award, the highest honor from the City of London for his outstanding contributions to international banking services.

The Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) has declared Mr. Yousif as the Islamic Finance Personality of the Year 2017. He was also awarded by the LARIBA American Finance House the 2012 LARIBA Award for Excellence in Achievement in recognition of his leadership role in consolidating and operating the largest diversified Islamic banking group in the world. In 2004 and 2009, he twice received the Islamic Banker of the Year award (2004 and 2009).

Mr. Adnan was awarded the "Excellence in Partner Empowerment for 2019" award by the Regional Network for Social Responsibility in collaboration with the United Nations Global Marketplace Organization and the Arab Planning Institute during the eighth meeting of the partners of the Regional Network for Social Responsibility in the Arab States held in Kuwait in January 2019. He was awarded also "The Arab Economic Socially Responsible- Personality" Award for 2018" by the Regional Network for Social Responsibility during the honoring ceremony held in the Kingdom of Bahrain in January 2019.

Mr. Adnan was awarded the Scientific Competency Award in the fields of CSR and business ethics and was also awarded the International Excellence in the field of CSR during the International Congress of CSR in the Kingdom of Morocco in September 2019.

In 2017, Mr. Yousif won the 12th Islamic Business & Finance Awards for his Outstanding Contribution in CSR in Islamic banking. In 2016, the CSR Regional Network named him as the High Commissioner for advocating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The CSR Regional Network, in 2015, named him the CSR International Ambassador (Kingdom of Bahrain). He also received the Gold Award for Sustainable Development for his major role in the social responsibility programs nationally and internationally in 2016, as well as recognition for the leading role of ABG in the field of CSR at Oman International Conference on Social Responsibility. In January 2023, Mr. Adnan received the International Excellence Award in the field of social responsibility for being one of the most influential personalities in the field of social responsibility for the year 2022.

Mr. Yousif was previously at the Arab Banking Corporation for over 20 years, and last served as Director on its Board, also chairman & CEO of the ABC Islamic Bank. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Hull, UK. In recognition of Mr. Yousif's outstanding contribution in the field of contemporary Islamic finance and for modernizing its theoretical fundamentals in practice, the Al Jinan University of Lebanon granted him an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration.

All Sessions by Adnan Ahmed Yousif

Turkish Arab Financial Forum
11:45 - 12:30

Panel 1: The Future Outlook of Banking in Türkiye

  • How Turkish Banks are navigating the Economic Landscape?
  • How innovation is shaping the future of financial services?
  • Opportunities for Arab Banks in Türkiye
  • Payment and Digital Money in Türkiye