Ahmad Yama Bassam
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bassam has over a decade of national and international finance and banking executive experience in compliance and regulatory matters. He is a member of the United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has acted as the Central Bank’s subject matter expert in regulatory policy development. He has been involved in organizing all relevant regulations such as AML Responsibilities, CFT, Corporate Governance, Control Regulation, Liquidity, Capital Adequacy and Large Exposure Regulation. He further advised the Da Afghanistan Bank in setting-up the Islamic banking regulatory framework that will allow for greater levels of financial intermediation utilizing Shariah-compliant banking and credit methods. He was directly involved in drafting of over 45 different documents including supervisory guidelines, Islamic banking regulation and product specific programs and services which included standard operating procedures for Da Afghanistan Bank. Mr. Bassam guided national and international banks in corresponding policies, procedures, assessments and remediation plans to ensure compliance with the regulators. He has also helped numerous banks oversee all facets of bank compliance and audit engagement within the framework of the overall corporate governance and risk management initiatives.
Mr. Bassam started his professional career at Morgan Stanley—one of the largest Investment Banks in the world. He has US public equities expertise from a considerable tenure in research, analysis, compliance and governance and headed an investment management team at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Afghanistan Commercial Bank, he founded Afghanistan Capital Markets in Kabul. He launched the True Colors Investing venture after his tenure heading Middle East North Africa regional operations and business development as Managing Director for Capitalist Partners, an international strategic consulting firm. Consequently, he developed a highly influential professional network of esteemed international executives and policymakers. Mr. Bassam has a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and BSBA Science and Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He is registered with the United States Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Asshok has senior audit experience at various banking institutions in India. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Delhi. In addition, he has a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Bank Forensic Accounting Professional, and Certified Forensic Accounting Professional. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.