About Us

At BMB, we combine international quality expertise with a detailed and practical understanding of our local markets. We are dedicated to the utmost levels of transparency with our shareholders, partners and the entire industry. We aspire to being the first port of call for international businesses eyeing our region, and for local businesses seeking international partners. We will empower them to provide superior services and products, respond to market shifts, and capitalise on our worldwide and domestic knowledge and investment prowess to achieve their objectives.

Board of directors

Mr. Wilson S. Benjamin

Chairman, Board of Directors – Executive Director
Vice Chairman, Executive Committee
Appointed to the Board on 11 March 2000

 

Prior to his election as Chairman of the Board of BMB in March 2006, Mr. Benjamin was the Vice Chairman of the Bank. Over the last 20 years, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of a number of major multi-national companies and managed its investments in public and private companies in the United States, Europe and the Gulf Cooperation Council.  Mr. Benjamin received a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Al-Hikma University in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mr. Murat Solak

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors – Executive Director
Chairman, Executive Committee
Appointed to the Board on 26 Apr 2017

 

Mr. Solak over the last 15 years, has served as Managing Director of a number of major multi-national companies and has managed marketing and public relations for these companies in the United States, Europe and the Gulf Cooperation Council. Mr. Solak has completed courses from the Istanbul Erkek Lisesi and has also received a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the Marmara University of Business Administration in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Prof. Awadh Kh. Al-Enezi

Director, Board of Directors – Independent Director
Vice Chairman, Audit Committee & Corporate Governance Committee
Chairman, Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Appointed to the Board on 23 October 1999

 

Prof. Al-Enezi is a PhD graduate of Bath University, U.K. in 1991 and the University of New York in 1993. He is presently a lecturer at the University of Kuwait. A recipient of numerous awards, he has published several papers dealing with the socio-economic culture in Kuwait. He is an active Board member of several institutions.

Mr. Ebrahim A. S. Bu Hendi

Director, Board of Directors – Independent Director
Chairman, Audit Committee & Corporate Governance Committee
Vice Chairman, Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Appointed to the Board on 11 May 2005

 

Mr. Bu Hendi has over thirty years of Banking and treasury experience gained through working with CitiBank, Chase Manhattan, Banque BNP Paribas and National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia. He also spent ten years at Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait as AGM – Treasury, Investment and overseas branches. He has been Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company since March 2007. Mr. Bu Hendi has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.

Mr. Karunaker Nampalli

Director, Board of Directors – Executive Director
Member of the Audit Committee & Corporate Governance Committee
Appointed to the Board on 8 July 2006

 

Mr. Nampalli has over 40 years of banking and finance experience. He held senior banking positions in India and GCC specializing in Trade, Corporate and Project finance. During his banking career, he also served as faculty member of a staff training college and conducted several banking workshops in major cities across India. Mr. Nampalli is a graduate of Osmania University, India and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Export-Import Management. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.

Mr. Jawad Naser Jawad Jaafar

Director, Board of Directors – Independent Director
Appointed to the Board on the 26 November 2014

 

Mr. Naser is a veteran Banker who has worked for 30 years in various Banking institutions including Banque Indosuez, Ahli Commercial Bank, Eskan Bank and Seera Investment Bank. His spectrum of experience spans Banks in Bahrain and abroad both in local and multinational institutions. He is a graduate of the University of Basra with a diploma in Chemistry in 1974, BIBF with a diploma in Intermediate Banking Studies in 1991 and the Arab University of Beirut with a diploma in General Law Studies in 2001.

Mr. Salim Ali

Director, Board of Directors – Independent Director
Appointed to the Board on the 26 November 2014

 

Mr. Ali is a Partner and heads the International Division at Al-Hamad Legal Group in Kuwait. Mr. Ali is a highly accomplished attorney with a strong legal background with over 13 years of experience in commercial and corporate law in over 25 countries worldwide. His primary practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Corporate Governance. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association in the United States having been admitted the State Bar of Virginia in 2002. Previous to that, he received his Bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and subsequently his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Mr. Yohannan Abraham

Director, Board of Directors – Independent Director
Appointed to the Board on the 26 November 2014

 

Mr. Abraham has more than 31 years of experience spanning a number of multinational banks in leadership positions. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Société Générale Wealth Management in Bahrain and before that was a Director of BNP Paribas in Geneva. Earlier in his career, he worked for Shearson Lehman Inc. and Merrill Lynch International in Bahrain. He is a licensed Financial Consultant recognized by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the United States and a Masters of Commerce degree holder from Madurai Kamaraj University.

Senior managment

Mr. Gaurav Baid


Acting CEO & Chief Financial Officer
Chairman, Executive Management Committee

 

Mr. Baid joined BMB as Chief Financial Officer in October 2013. He has extensive diversified experience in consulting and industry experience in financial services in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.
He has previously served as a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, Bahrain, with primary focus on audit of key investment and commercial Banks.  His work in India covered advisory and assurance services in manufacturing, trading and service industries.

Mr. Mohamed Alhusaini, MICA


Head of Compliance & MLRO
Member of the Executive Management Committee

 

Mr. Alhusaini joined BMB in 2011. He has 7 years of experience in Risk Management covering Credit, Liquidity, Compliance, Market and Operational risks. He is an ICA International Diploma in Compliance holder and a Member of the International Compliance Association (MICA). He is also an affiliate of the PRMIA (The Professional Risk Managers International Association). He graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce degree majoring in Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Prior to joining BMB, Mr. Alhusaini worked with Eskan Bank, Bahrain.

Mr. Raza Shah


Head of Operations
Member of the Executive Management Committee

 

Mr. Shah holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Major Finance) from University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Mr. Shah joined BMB in June 2010 and has over 18 years of combined experience across both Commercial and Investment Banking including Banking Operations, Assets Management, Products Structuring, Business Expansion, Treasury, Trade Finance, Islamic Banking, Corporate Finance and Client Relationship Management. Previously, Mr. Shah was employed at Bank Alfalah Limited as Country Head Afghanistan and MCB Bank Ltd. – Pakistan in various managerial level capacities.

Ms. Sulagna Ghosh

Manager – Internal Audit

 

Ms. Ghosh joined BMB in June 2017. Ms. Ghosh is a Member of The Institute of Internal Auditors and a qualified Chartered Accountant and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

She has over 12 years of experience in audit and consulting in the financial services and private equity sector in India and in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Prior to joining BMB, she served as a Manager at Ernst & Young, Kingdom of Bahrain, with primary focus on audit of key investment, commercial banks and asset management companies. Her work in India covered assurance and fraud investigation services in manufacturing, trading and service industries.

Mr. Mohammed Al Shaikh


Head of Human Resources

 

Mr. Al Shaikh joined BMB in 1983. He has over 36 years of experience in human resources, administration training and development of staff. He has received extensive training in HR and Banking through courses in the UK and in Bahrain. Prior to joining BMB, Mr. Al Shaikh worked with Aluminum Bahrain in the HR Department.

Mr. Philip Morley


Head of Information Technology

 

Mr. Morley joined BMB in 1998. He has over 16 years of experience in the IT Industry with in-depth knowledge of application systems, software development, project management and IT Infrastructure expertise. Prior to joining BMB, Mr. Philip Morley served as a consultant handling projects for various multinational organizations in India.

SUPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITYAt BMB, we seek to play an active and constructive role in supporting the local community and developing local Bahraini talent. We actively participate in the Bahrain Association of Banks, Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance and the University of Bahrain Summer Internship programme which provides hands-on experience to young Bahrainis considering a career in finance. In the broader community, we support local charities and a number of initiatives designed to give under-privileged children the opportunity to participate in sports and leisure activities to which they would ordinarily not have access.