Partner, Financial Services, Head of Global Islamic Banking Center, Ernst & Young

Ashar M. Nazim

Ashar leads Ernst & Young’s Global Islamic Banking initiative, specializing in performance improvement with emphasis on strategic direction and customer agenda. He is also a member of the Financial Services Advisory Leadership team for Ernst & Young, MENA.

Ashar has 20 years professional experience primarily in Islamic finance industry - in the profession, the industry and in regulatory capacity with the Central Bank of Bahrain.  He has advised a number of central banks on regulatory reforms, worked with multilateral institutions on industry infrastructure initiatives, led structuring of innovative Islamic finance instruments, helped set up of several greenfield Islamic windows and banks, advised on transformation of conventional banks to Islamic, and assisted financial institutions on transforming operational performance.

Ashar has been involved in a number of strategic initiatives across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, advising board and senior management of clients on Islamic financial services matters. He is also a regular speaker at influential industry forums, facilitates client strategy session, and has directed several thought leadership research on Islamic banking, takaful and wealth management business.