Senior Management Team (SMT)

Rafiqul Islam

Managing Director & CEO

Mr. Rafiqul Islam joined as Managing Director & CEO of Shimanto Bank PLC. on 8th August 2022.

Mr. Islam started his banking career with Uttara Bank Limited as a Probationary Officer in 1996. He was posted as a Branch Manager just after successful completion of the one-year probation period and he served there in various branches till 2002. Later, he served Eastern Bank Limited in various capacities including Branch Manager, Manager – Operational Risk, Cluster Head, Zonal Head and Head of Internal Control. Then, Mr. Islam joined NRB Bank Ltd in 2013 and served there as Head of Internal Control & Compliance.

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Mr. Islam joined Shimanto Bank PLC. as SEVP and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2016. Later he was promoted as Deputy Managing Director. He also performed as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (CAMLCO) and Head of Business.

Instrumental with business, consumer banking, branch operation, AML and operational risk, control & compliance, Mr. Islam is a certified lead auditor on ISO/IEC 27000:2005 standard from International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA).

Mr. Islam holds post graduations in International Trade & Business from University of Dhaka. He completed Masters of Business Administration from University of New Castle, USA.

Mr. Islam completed exclusive course on ‘Risk Management for Corporate Leader’ from Harvard Business School-USA; ‘Business, International Relations and Political Economy’ from The London School of Economics and Political Science-UK; ‘International Business and Banking’ from Leeds Beckett University-UK; ‘Business & Leadership Development Program’ from Saskatchewan University-Canada and ‘International Trade & Business’ from Federation University-Australia and Advanced Course in Business Administration from IBA, University of Dhaka.

Mr. Islam was Ex-Chairman of Association of Anti Money Laundering Compliance Officers of Banks of Bangladesh (AACOBB). He is the Life Member of Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) and Registered Graduate of Dhaka University. He is a column writer of the daily newspapers on contemporary issues on Banking, Finance and Economy.

Mr. Islam was born on September, 1970 in Shariatpur district. He is married to Mrs. Jesmin Sarwar and they have one daughter and one son.

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Mohammad Azizul Hoque

Head of Operations & CRO

Mr. Azizul Hoque joined Shimanto Bank PLC. as Senior Vice President, Operations. Prior joining at Shimanto Bank, he was Vice President in Operations Division at Eastern Bank Limited. Before that Mr. Hoque also served in Citibank NA, Bangladesh and Pubali Bank Limited. During his professional career Mr. Hoque worked in Operations Division with key positions in Eastern Bank and Citibank NA, Bangladesh. Mr. Hoque has a commendable exposure in operational projects and process re-engineering in banking operations.

Fashiuddin Mahmud

Head of IT

Mr. Fashiuddin Mahmud has joined Shimanto Bank PLC. as Head of IT. Prior joining at Shimanto Bank, he worked for different capacities in The City Bank Limited. Before that Mr. Mahmud also served in Eastern Bank Limited. During his professional career Mr. Mahmud worked in Digital Transformation, Enterprise Application, Project Management, Information Security Governance, Infrastructure Management and play a key enabler role for friction less banking for the business. He also participated in numerous trainings both at home and abroad.

Ramesh Kumar Paul

Head of Finance

Mr. Ramesh Kumar Paul has joined Shimanto Bank PLC. on September 5, 2023, where he has assumed the position of Senior Assistant Vice President (SAVP) and Head of Finance.

With over 10 years of experience in finance and accounting in the banking sector, Mr. Ramesh began his career in 2012 as Head of Accounts at Reliance Finance Limited. He then held various positions in the Finance and Accounts Division at Global Islami Bank (formerly NRB Global Bank) until 2021. In 2021, he joined Padma Bank Limited as a First Vice President in the Finance Division, where he worked in Finance, Strategy & Tactical, and Central MIS.

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Mr. Ramesh is advancing in his professional studies with ICAB and completed his Chartered Accountancy course with the prestigious firm Howladar Yunus & Co. Chartered Accountants. He is also a certified Income Tax Practitioner (ITP) registered with the NBR and holds membership in the Dhaka Tax Bar Association.

In addition to his post-graduate degree in Accounting, Mr. Ramesh is a Diplomaed Associate of the Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh (IBB). He has completed various certificate courses and workshops, training notably from IBA, University of Dhaka, ICAB, NBR, etc.

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