Manama, 23 December 2014:
In recognition of his long service of Islamic economicsand the dissemination of Islamic banking culture, Jinan University of Lebanon(JUL) awarded honorary doctorate to Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif, President and ChiefExecutive of Al Baraka Banking Group and former Chairman of the Union of ArabBanks.
The honoring ceremony was organized by the Jinan University of Lebanonon 20th December 2014 and was attended by the Mufti of Tripoli and NorthLebanon Sheikh Dr. Malek Al-Shaar, Dr. Osama al-Rifai and Dr Abdulilah Mikatithe representative of former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, The ceremony wasattended also by the heads of the faculties of Jinan University, academic, politicaland media personalities from different countries.
President of Jinan University Prof. Dr. Abed Amin Yakan welcomeMr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif and valued guests and praised the efforts and the roleof Mr. Adnan in deploying and supporting Islamic banking locally, regionallyand internationally, for servicing of Islam and Muslims and all thebeneficiaries from Islamic banking of all nationalities and religions.
Dean of the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Dr. Hachem Ayoubialso delivered a speech cited in which the role of Mr. Adnan and his sincereefforts in supporting the deploying ofIslamic banking in the Arab and Islamic countries and the world, which has hada profound impact in the spreading of Islamic banking to the far corners of theglobe and including the associated values and cultures and curricula, which devotedthe proper Islamic approach in the financial and banking transactions and thedevelopment of land, which is a great service to Islam and Muslims."
Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif also gave a speech on this occasion inwhich he said, " I express my great happiness and honorary for this highacademic appreciation from a University has all academic and professionalrespect, and I consider this achievement is not personally for only me, butfor Al Baraka Banking Group, whichdedicated throughout its history the sound banking and financial approach, committed to providing products and servicesthat have real contribution in the development of communities in which itoperates in the framework of prudent business strategies. I share all mycolleagues in the Al Baraka Banking Group and its banking units in thisachievement and I consider it recognition of their efforts. "
Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif is a highly regarded senior banker withover 38 years of international banking experience. He holds a Master ofBusiness Administration degree from University of Hull, UK. He was earlier withArab Banking Corporation, for over 20 years and last served as Director on itsBoard.
As President & Chief Executive, Mr. Yousif has lead AlBaraka Banking Group (ABG) since inception, developing the Group into one ofthe largest and most diversified Islamic banking groups in the world. He isalso the Chairman of Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, Banque Al BarakaD'Algerie, Al Baraka Bank Ltd. South Africa, Al Baraka Bank Lebanon, JordanIslamic Bank, Al Baraka Bank Egypt, Al Baraka Bank Syria, Al Baraka Bank Sudan,Al Baraka Bank Pakistan Ltd., Vice Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank andBahrain and Al Baraka Bank Tunisia.
Mr. Yousif was the Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks, Lebanonfor two terms (2007-2013). Besides having received many international awardsincluding twice the Islamic Banker of the Year award (2004 and 2009), he is therecipient of the Medal of Efficiency, a unique honor conferred by His Majesty KingHamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain during the year2011.
Mr. Adnan Ahmed Yousif was honored with the Tatweej Award forExcellence in leadership and institutional performance in the category WiseLeadership in the field of Arab banking for 2012 granted by the ArabAdministrative Development Organization - an organization affiliated to theArab League - in cooperation with the Tatweej Academy. In addition, he wasawarded by LARIBA American Finance House the 2012 LARIBA Award for Excellencein Achievement, in recognition of his leadership role in consolidating andoperating the largest diversified Islamic Banking Group in the world.