Chief Operation Officer
Mr. Bilal Safdar is a seasoned Islamic banker; he remained associated with Islamic banking in Pakistan since its inception. He possesses extensive experience spanning over 20 years in the field of operations in conventional & Islamic banking. Based on his experience, he is a key player in Bakhtar Bank’s conversion into a full-fledged Islamic bank. He started his professional career with Societe Generale, ‘The French & International Bank’, where he served for 07 years. Later on, he joined Meezan Bank Limited, ‘The Premier Islamic Bank of Pakistan’ (2002 – 2006) and played a key role in establishing first Islamic bank in the country. Then, he joined Islamic Banking Services Division of Askari Bank Limited, a leading private commercial bank of Pakistan, where he actively participated in setting up Islamic banking and his last assignment there was Head Operations – Islamic Banking. During his career he also got exposure in the area of Credit Administration, Trade Finance and Branch Banking. In addition to the above, he has also worked in ANZ Grindlays Bank, American Express Bank and Bank of America ‘NT & SA’. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce from the University of the Punjab and an MBA degree. He has participated in various professional training courses / seminars in different countries.