#WhereLeadersAreMade: Dr. Hassan Bashir, founder and former Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Takaful Insurance of Africa Limited

Dr. Hassan Bashir has over 22 years of experience in the insurance and technology sectors in the East Africa region, including experience in the academic world through his teaching at USIU-Africa’s Chandaria School of Business since 2001. He is an entrepreneur with deep interest in the linkages between enterprise value creation, social economic development, good governance and knowledge.

Dr. Bashir is the Founder and former Group Chief Executive Officer of Takaful Insurance of Africa Limited, a position that he held from January 2011 to September 2018. Takaful Insurance of Africa is a pioneering risk management and financial services firm with licenses in general, long term insurance and pension business in Kenya and Somalia. The company is a pioneer of the Takaful model in the East and Central Africa region and has introduced a new and exciting ethical perspective to risk management in the Eastern Africa market.

Over the last 22 years, Dr. Bashir has played critical roles in the establishment of several successful companies in the pharmaceutical, ICT and financial services sectors. Among these companies are:

  1. Soliton Telmec Limited (www.soliton.co.ke)
  2. Takaful Insurance of Africa Limited (www.takafulafrica.co.ke)
  3. Pharmaco Healthcare Limited (www.pharmacohealthcare.com)
  4. Vivacom Limited (www.vivatelecoms.com)
  5. Frontier Optical Networks Limited (www.fon.co.ke)
  6. Umma Insurance Brokers (www.ummainsurance.com)
  7. Wowzi Technologies Limited (www.wowzi.co.ke)
  8. Agent for Inclusive Insurance Development (www.aiid.co.ke)

Dr. Bashir has also served as a member on several boards of various prominent institutions, including:

  1. A former member of Kenya’s Capital Markets Master Plan Steering Committee
  2. Former Treasurer, Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya (AIBK)
  3. Former Chairman, General Insurance Council (AKI, Kenya)
  4. Former Chairman, Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI)
  5. Former Chairman, Development Committee of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) - Manchester, UK
  6. A former member of the Alumni Association Board – USIU-Africa
  7. A member of the SIMAD University Board of Trustees (Somalia)
  8. Chairman, the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps, Kenya

He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from USIU San Diego, a Master of Business Administration (Marketing), and a Doctor of Business Administration focused on Leadership and Corporate Governance, from USIU-Africa.

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