Zahid is currently working for Central Bank of Oman in Muscat. He is an accomplished Islamic finance expert, with a career spanning more than 21 years in financial sector regulation and supervision, standard setting and advisory in Islamic finance industry. He has as a cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary expertise to lead and successfully manage teams to accomplish a diverse portfolio of projects spanning prudential standards, research, direct and online capacity building programmes, publications, data repositories as well as conferences and seminars. He has contributed as the member of working groups and committees of the global bodies, including Basel Committee’s Consultative Group (BCG), IMF, IFSB, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), AAOIFI, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and others. Similarly, he has planned and successfully executed joint initiatives for awareness, capacity building and publications with the World Bank, IMF, Islamic Development Bank/IRTI, Asian Development Bank, Arab Monetary Fund, Financial Stability Institute, IAIS, ISRA, INCEIF, BIBF and several supervisory authorities from Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has conducted trainings in over 15 countries, including for the IMF and World Bank Staff at its HQ, and spoken in more than 20 international conferences across the world. His research has been published in several accredited journals and other industry publications.
Start-up growth catalyst, everything tech, investor, entrepreneurial ecosystem mover & shaker, founder & servant. Mother, daughter & Wife.
Co-Founder and CTO of MarkeetEx.com, an e-commerce marketplace that aims to improve lifestyles.
Previously, Managing Director of the Oman Accelerator Fund, a US $15M seed fund and accelerator program aimed at investing in technology startups at the seed stage.
Executive partner and co-owner of AlJazeera Global Services & Investments (AGSI). www.aljazeeraglobal.com
Founder of the BizHub Entrepreneurship Centre (www.bizhub-me.com). Previously, the primary consultant hired to design, execute and manage Oman’s first start-up accelerator & seed fund initiative, the “CELL”, a CSR initiative for OMIFCO, an Oman Oil Company Subsidiary.
She also spearheaded the set up and launch of the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute for AMIDEAST in Oman in 2010-2011, as Business Consultant, Programs Manager & Trainer.
-Graduate from the National CEO Program (Oman), IMD
-An MIT Entrepreneurship Certificate holder.
-Associate member of the Accredited Association of Small Business Consultants.
-An Affiliate member of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN).
-Member of the International Network of Small & Medium Enterprises (INSME).
-Member of the Education Council, Oman.
Certified Startup Coach, Solution Oriented, Vertical Thinker, Global Citizen (Raised in 7 countries), Motivational Speaker, certified in professional etiquette & protocol.