Jaseem Ahmed assumed the position of the secretary-general of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) on 1 May 2011.
He has more than 20 years experience in financial sector reform issues. Prior to his appointment to the IFSB, Mr Ahmed served as the director, Financial Sector, Public Management and Trade, Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this capacity, he was responsible for managing the ADB's lending, technical assistance, and capacity building operations in Southeast Asia for the promotion of sound banking and non-banking financial sectors, and for the strengthening of supervision and regulatory capacities. Mr Ahmed led the ADB response to the global financial crisis in Southeast Asia through the design of a number of macroeconomic and financial sector stabilisation reform programmes to affected countries.
Mr Ahmed was also practice leader for Islamic finance at the ADB.
He was a member of the IFSB High Level Task Force on Liquidity Management, which proposed the establishment of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation.
He is a member of the Consultative Group of the Basel Committee for Bank Supervision (BCBS), and also sits on the Consultative Advisory Group of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB).
Mr Ahmed is a member of the Governing Council of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF).
He is the co-editor of a book on Islamic finance, and the editor of a recent book on Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia.
Mr Ahmed has a BA in economics from the University of Sussex and also a M.A. (Econ.) and M.Phil (Econ.), both from Yale University.