Mr. Adnan holds over three decades of international banking experience. As President & Chief Executive, Mr. Yousif has led Al Baraka Banking Group (ABG) since its inception, developing the Group into one of the largest and most diversified Islamic banking groups in the world. He is the Chairman of Jordan Islamic Bank, Al Baraka Bank Sudan, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank, Al Baraka Bank Egypt, Al Baraka Bank Ltd. South Africa, Banque Al Baraka D’Algerie S.P.A., Al Baraka Bank Pakistan Ltd., Al Baraka Bank Lebanon S.A.L, Al Baraka Bank Syria S.A., Vice Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank B.S.C.(c), Bahrain and a Board member of Al Baraka Bank Tunisia and Itqan Capital in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Yousif is currently the Chairman of Bahrain Association of Banks. He has been the Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks,headquartered in Lebanon, for two consecutive terms (2007-2013).
In 2011, Mr. Yousif received the Medal of Efficiency, a unique honor conferred by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2017, Mr. Yousif received the Honorary Freedom Award, the highest honor from the City of London for his outstanding contributions to international banking services. In recognition of his efforts in evolving a unique business model for Islamic banking, he was awarded the Accolade of the Sudanese Presidency for Excellency in Social Responsibility in 2015.
Mr. Yousif has been declared as the Islamic Finance Personality of the Year 2017 by the Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA). He was also awarded by the LARIBA American Finance House the 2012 LARIBA Award for Excellence in Achievement in recognition of his leadership role in consolidating and operating the largest diversified Islamic banking group in the world. In 2004 and 2009, he received the Islamic Banker of the Year award.
In 2017, Mr. Yousif won the 12th Islamic Business & Finance Awards for his Outstanding Contribution in CSR in Islamic banking. In 2016, the CSR Regional Network named him as the High Commissioner for advocating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030. The CSR Regional Network, in 2015, named him the CSR International Ambassador (Kingdom of Bahrain). He also received the Gold Award for Sustainable Development for his major role in the social responsibility programs nationally and internationally in 2016, as well as recognition for the leading role of ABG in the field of CSR at Oman International Conference on Social Responsibility.
Mr. Yousif was previously at the Arab Banking Corporation for over 20 years, and last served as a Director on its Board. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from University of Hull, U.K. In recognition of Mr. Yousif’s outstanding contribution in the field of contemporary Islamic finance and for modernizing its theoretical fundamentals in practice, the Al Jinan University of Lebanon granted him an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration.