Chief Executive Officer

Omar Sheikh

Mr. Omar is a seasoned banker with over 25 years’ experience in the financial industry, 18 of which is in banking across various segments, departments and countries. Mr. Omar holds B.Ed. degree from Kenyatta University and MBA from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Islamic Financial Executive (CIFE) from the Dubai based Ethica institute of Islamic Finance and also a Certified Corporate Governance Executive from the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa (CCG).

Mr. Omar started off his career in banking at Barclays bank of Kenya from 2001 until 2013 and rose through the ranks to the position of vice president.

At Barclays, he founded the first Islamic product in Kenya in 2005. He was thus credited for having founded and grown Barclays bank’s full-fledged Islamic department, La Riba to undisputed Islamic leader in Kenya. Omar earned several awards while in Barclays including the prestigious Barclays Group PLC chairman’s award in London among several other performance-based awards.

He served in many countries among them Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana and Mauritius on Barclays Group PLC Control Review Project.

He later joined and led First community bank for 2 years and grew it from a tier 4 bank to a tier 3 bank in 2014. Under his leadership, he enhanced the position of the bank within his first six months, making it more aggressive and responsive through market engagement, products innovation and energized team effort among other major activities leading to the bank earning several awards.

Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Abdulhakim Mohamed Ismail

Mr. Abdulhakim M. Ismail holds two master’s degrees one in accounting and other in banking. He has over 10 years’ experience in the money transfer business and in banking. In July 2013 he joined DBI as chief finance officer and was promoted in July 2015 to head investments and trade finance and later 2019 he was promoted to the current position of deputy CEO. Prior to joining Dahabshil group he was working as an executive director at Bab-almandab Exchange Company in Sudan. He is fluent in Arabic.

Head of Finance

Adan Hussein Mohamed

Mr. Adan has over 12 years’ experience in Finance. He worked in Family bank in Kenyan bank during his early career but gained most of his experience in the Oil Sector across Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and DRC. He holds a bachelor degree in economics and MBA in Finance. Adan is also a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in Finance and Accounting. He over saw audit exercises carried out by external auditors for both HASS petroleum and at Dahabshil Bank. At HASS, he over saw audit exercises carried out by Deloitte and KPMG in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.

Adan trained in IFRS 9 and the AAOIFI equivalent of the same, a critical requirement for banking.

Chief Intern Auditor

Iman Yusuf Iman

Iman Yusuf joined Dahabshil Group in September 2020 and serves as a Chief Internal Auditor for Dahabshil Bank International and East Africa Bank. He has more than two decades of experience in the Financial Reporting and Audit.

Prior to joining Dahabshil Group, Iman worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas Texas in the Assurance division, International Business Machine (IBM) in Raleigh North Carolina in the Fixed Asset Division, Department of Finance in Abu Dhabi as Chief Internal Auditor, and DP World in Berbera as Chief Financial Officer. He has developed the Internal Audit Function for Federal Government of Somalia as part of World Bank funded project.  He has led a key part of the largest medical insurance audit in Emirate of Abu Dhabi, involving medical claims of USD 1.63 billion. Throughout his career, he has focused on process re-engineering within the internal audit, risk, and control functions while delivering complex, global initiatives that have positively transformed organizations. His vast international experience within the financial reporting and audit has allowed him to drive significant improvements in all the organizations he has worked for.

Iman Yusuf earned a Master of Accountancy degree from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio USA, is a Certified Public Accountant from the Accountancy Board of Ohio, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner. He also passed level 1 of Chartered Financial Analyst Examination, and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant.

Regional Manager (South and Central Somalia)


Master of Finance and Control (MFC)
Madurai Kamaraj University – Madurai, Tamil Nadu – India, 2002
Master of Public and Personnel Management

Bachelor of Commerce (
Accounting, Economics and Management Studies.

PhD Candidate in Peace, Governance and Development
University for peace (United Nations)
April 2019 – ( )

Salaam Somali Bank
From 2009 – 2012
Head of Accounting Department
Investment Managaer
Marketing and Public Relation

Dahabshil Bank International
Branch Manager 2012- 2016 DBI
Regional Manager DBI (South and Central Somalia) from 2016 up to present

Chairman Somali Bankers Association (March 2016 – March 2017)
July 2012 – 2016
11 Years Banking Experience.
Joined Dahabshil Bank International in 2012

Head of IT

Ahmed Omer Ali

Mr. Ahmed joined Dahabshil Bank International as the Head of Information Technology. He has diverse exposure in technology spanning over 10 years, with over 7 years spent with Dahabshiil financial services. Ahmed also worked in the telecom industry in different IT positions and took part of many technology developments. As part of his digital transformation strategy, Ahmed has implemented multiple projects including Mizan – a core banking system and took the bank infrastructure to the cloud.

His core responsibility entails developing and implementing the Bank’s IT strategy and projects. He is also responsible for the bank’s inhouse technology and cloud infrastructure.

Ahmed holds a BSc Degree in Information Technology from Hargeisa University. He is currently doing MSc in Management and Information Systems from The University of Manchester. He has undergone numerous telecom and IT trainings.

Senior Executive

Mohamed Saeed Awale

Mr. Awale is a senior executive with DBI currently serving as the Regional Business Development Manager for Somaliland and Puntland regions. He acquired his first degree, BCom from Commercial college in Mogadishu. He also holds an Executive Diploma Certificate in General Management from Open University of Malaysia as well as Certified Islamic Banking Certificate from Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)
of Bahrain.

His work experience spans over 35 years with a stint at Commercial Bank of Somalia. He is the founder of Dahabshiil Money Exchange Department where he headed the unit for 11 years before joining DBI in 2014 as manager for Hargeisa Branch. He was then promoted to the current role as a result of exemplary work and outstanding achievements.