Mr. Ashar Nazim

Position: CEO & Founder Aion Digital
Categories: BOGs

Mr. Ashar Nazim is the Group CEO of Aion Digital, a Bahrain-based company that has enabled a virtual banking market for over 34 million GCC nationals. He is also on the Board of Directors of Waqfe WLL, Spire Technologies Limited and Finocracy–all fintech companies in the GCC. . At international level, Ashar led the Global Center of Excellence for EY for alternative financial services (2009-2016). He also served on the board of an Islamic insurance company. Between 2002 to 2004, Ashar was Advisor to the Governor of Central Bank of Bahrain leading the taskforce to implement financial sector reforms. He was core team member of Bahrain country delegation on multiple international and bilateral forums. Ashar’s primary role at EY was to advise and work closely with the board of directors of leading financial institutions and regulatory authorities across Middle East on strategy design, reforms, stakeholder management and implementing large scale transformation programs. He also led the MENA Digital Financial Services for EY. Ashar is an entrepreneur by choice. His access to a credible set of institutions and senior decision makers in GCC, network of international technology players, and access to GCC-based Non-Resident Pakistanis has helped accelerate his fintech ventures across the region. Engaging and articulate, Ashar has led influential initiatives to assist in developing national infrastructure programs and technology programs over the past two decades. His market of operations include Middle East, Far East, CIS, North and East Africa and Europe. Ashar’s network includes international technology companies like Tencent Group (China), TransferWise (UK), Salt Edge (Canada) and Daon (Ireland). His regional network includes majors such as Roland Berger, PricewaterhouseCoopers, GCC central banks, Kuwait Finance House, Gulf Finance House, Boubyan Bank, Saudi Credit Bureau and Al Rajhi Holding amongst others. As a volunteer, Ashar is also actively engaged in a professionally run non-government organization – Diya Pakistan – that is working to provide employable education to the most deserving, financially distressed students in Pakistan. Mr. Ashar is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has a HBSc from the Harrison School of Business in Southeast Missouri State University.