Ms. Yasmeen Al-Saffar

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Ms. Yasmeen Al-Saffar

Manager of Financial Services
Bahrain Economic Development Board


Yasmeen currently holds the role of Manager of Financial Services at the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), where she is the Financial Services sector head and in charge of putting forward the strategies to support the growth of the sector and attract investment into the country across several financial sub sectors such as banking, insurance, Fintech & innovation.

In her role in growing the local financial services industry and supporting its digitalisation efforts, Yasmeen works closely with key stakeholders such as the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and the private Financial services players to help contribute to the development of a business and innovation friendly environment for FinTech’s and corporates.

Furthermore, Yasmeen has been a key member of the EDB Financial Services team where she worked closely with the CBB Fintech Unit during the period of developing the CBB regulatory sandbox, led and supported the formation of Bahrain Fintech Bay and on boarding of local & international stakeholders, and various other initiatives. She is also a member of the National Fintech Economy Task Force led by the CBB and continually engages the Women in Fintech groups locally and internationally.

Yasmeen is a recipient of the Bahrain Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program and is currently a board member of the Alumni Association. She has a bachelor’s in Financial Economics & French, with a minor in financial economics & entrepreneurship from the Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland USA. She also holds a Masters in Finance from DePaul University, speaks 4 languages and is passionate about talent development.