The Newsroom

12 January 2021

Bahrain Islamic Bank 2020 Awards

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 2020 was a year of endless opportunities and milestone achievements for us at BisB as we continued to simplify our customers’ money matters and we are very proud to have emerged as winners of various awards this year alone.

In January 2020, our very own Maisa Shunnar received the awards on our Bank’s behalf at the ‘Transformers Awards ®’ ceremony held in Marrakesh, Morocco, organised by Trusted Advisors Group, certified in change management and transformation management. The first ‘Transformers Award’ was given in light of our success in facilitating financial transactions for customers through digital innovations, the second ‘Customer Journey Award’ was presented for the deployment of ‘Selfie’ Mobile Account Opening digital solution.

Also, our very own Osama Nasr, Chief Information Officer of BisB, was named "CIO of the Year" during the 2020 Bahrain Smart SMB Summit and Awards, which focused on topics related to transformation which impact the business dynamics in the market. The award came in recognition of his outstanding efforts in leading his team in the IT department, which successfully kick-started digital and business transformation across the Bank.

In August 2020, in light of all the initiatives and contributions that we put forward and launched throughout the year, we emerged as the winner of two prestigious awards ‘Best Corporate Social Responsible Bank – Bahrain’ and ‘Most Innovative Retail Bank Product – Bahrain’, for the year 2020 from International Finance Magazine (IFM), a publication that recognises and honours organisations that have developed innovative products or services that have set benchmarks for their peers across a variety of fields.

In September 2020, we won “Bahrain Domestic Initiative of the Year for Open Banking” category from the Asian Banking and Finance Wholesale Banking Awards 2020, which honour the most outstanding banks in Asia with successful and innovative wholesale banking initiatives.

In October 2020, Mohammed Isa Hammad, our Head of Information Security, was named ‘Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector)’ during the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Middle East Awards 2020, which recognise the outstanding contributions of business continuity, risk and resilience professionals and organisations living or operating within the Middle East region.

In November 2020, we also emerged as the winner of the prestigious award ‘Excellence in Islamic Banking – Bahrain’ at the 2020 Finnovex Awards, which held on the side-lines of Finnovex Middle East 2020, a hybrid virtual and live event which took place at the Conrad Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The award was received virtually by our Chief Corporate & Institutional Banking, Mr. Wesam Baqer, who also delivered a virtual session entitled ‘Redefining the Corporate World with Digital Innovations’.

In 2021, we will continue to launch innovative products and services on a continual basis as we strive to transform the traditional customer experience and further simplify their money matters. We look forward to another successful year.