Head of FinTech & Innovation Unit,

Central Bank of Bahrain

Yasmeen Al-Sharaf

“Yasmeen Al-Sharaf is Heading the FinTech & Innovation Unit at the Central Bank of Bahrain (“CBB”), tasked with setting up a conducive ecosystem to facilitate a robust regulatory framework that fosters innovation within the financial services sector. 

Yasmeen has been working with the CBB for the past 13 years were she held the post of ‘Superintendent – Licensing Research & Development’ in the Licensing Director at the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) for 7 years.  Prior to that she was a Senior Analyst within the same Directorate.

During the time spent within the Licensing Directorate, Yasmeen got to work closely with banks, investment companies, insurance companies, financing companies and ancillary service provider both local and international, as well as gaining insight and a thorough understanding of Bahrain’s regulatory framework governing all sectors within the financial services industry.

Prior to joining the CBB, Yasmeen worked briefly at Bahrain Islamic Bank within the Corporate Finance Department. 

Yasmeen also sits on multiple committees handling different key initiatives revolving around FinTech & Innovation, including but not limited to being the Vice Chairman of the Regulatory Sandbox Applications Committee at the CBB and a member of the Women in FinTech Bahrain Committee.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Banking and Finance from the University of Bahrain.

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