Ahmed Bardai is an international executive with over 30 years of financial sector experience in the Middle East and North America. He started his career in 1974 as a consultant for Price Waterhouse, later moving to Crocker National Bank in San Francisco, U.S.A. In 1986 he joined Citibank in Greece, as Financial Controller for the Middle East and North Africa.
He moved to Arab African International Bank in 1996, where he held the position of Vice-Chairman and Managing Director for three years. In 2000, he was appointed Chairman of Banque du Caire – Egypt’s third largest public sector bank, becoming the first ever private sector banker to hold such a position. Bardai played a pivotal role in establishing the Middle East region’s first and leading commercial privately-owned microfinance service company, REEFY, and is the company’s Chief Executive.