Management Team


Management Team

Frank van der Poll (Board Member)


Frank van der Poll is the CEO for The First MicroFinanceBank, Afghanistan. Following a successful career in the IT sector where Frank was recognized for leading strategic initiatives, and incubating new disruptive business models, he switched to Banking. Since that time he has built a wealth and breadth of experience that he calls upon in providing leadership in the financial services industry. Under Frank’s leadership, Maduro Curiels Bank became the largest Business banking business across the West Indies. At Banque du Populair du Rwanda, he developed and led the ‘Micro Finance Initiative’ and turned around a loss making business unit into a thriving value stream. At Standard Chartered Bank, Botswana, Frank harnessed his business experience and people management skills to bring a practical, proven perspective to the Southern Africa Business Cluster that resulted in ramping up its bottom-line curve from the lowest ranking to the # 1 position. Prior to joining FMFB-A, he founded BFC, which became the leading Merger & Acquisition Firm in Southern Africa and was appointed as partner of Choice for M&A’s by BDO & Mazars. Following the successful sale of his business, he returned to Banking to lead FMFB in Afghanistan. Frank earned his MBA with honors from the Hogeschool Haarlem, Holland. He graduated from Kennemer Institute with a BS in Economy and Law. A Dutch native, he speaks fluent Dutch, English, German and Frenchm and is married with five children.

Habib ur Rahman (Board Member)

Chief Operating Officer

Habib ur Rahman currently holds the position of Head of Microfinance. Before joining FMFB Afghanistan he worked with The First Micro Finance Bank Pakistan as Head Distribution Micro Finance and Banking South (Sindh & Baluchistan) responsible for overall business growth, FMFB Pakistan is one of the leading Micro Finance in Asset and Liability. Habib holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from Sindh University Jamshoro , one of the leading university of Pakistan.

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Faburama Ceesay (Board Member)

CFO & Company Secretary

Faburama Ceesay has been with FMFB-A since October 2014. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Development Studies from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in UK since 2006. He has a rich experience of over fourteen years in financial management. Prior to joining FMFB-A as CFO, he has worked in Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd as Financial Controller and Standard Chartered Bank Kabul as Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2012. He has also worked in Guaranty Trust Bank Gambia Ltd as Head of Finance and Risk Management from 2004 to 2005.

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Islamuddin Zadran (Board Member)

Chief Compliance Officer

Islamuddin Zadran has more than eight years of progressive experience with local banks & international organizations in Afghanistan and international Zadran is a graduate of IBMS Peshawar, Pakistan and holds an MBA degree from the UK. He holds a certification in Anti-Money & Financing Crime Deterrence and prior to joining FMFB-A has worked with Bank e Millie Afghan as General Manager of Investment and Chief Compliance Officer & as Head of Compliance with Arian Bank. He has participated in different national and international workshops and trainings related to his function.


Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry

Head of Marketing, Research and Product Development

Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry is a microfinance/consumer banking professional with over 15 years of experience in leading business initiatives and top-line growth at Pakistan’s leading banks including Standard Chartered Bank, UBL and Allied Bank. Prior to FMFB-Afghanistan, Fareed was leading the product development and marketing function at Pakistan’s largest microfinance bank. At Khushhalibank, Fareed spearheaded individual and MSME lending programs along with targeted savings and ADC /branchless banking propositions to create an integrated retail business with nearly a million customers and annual profits in excess of USD 1 million. Fareed has a degree in mechanical engineering and is an MBA from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan. In his free time he enjoys gardening, jogging, and playing with his Rottweiler.

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Fatehullah Baig

Head of IT

Fatehullah Baig has been with FMFB-A as Head of IT since May 2009. He holds Masters Degree in Computer Sciences from Pakistan and has 18 years of experience in the IT sector. He has a rich experience of customized software development, implementation of ERP systems, geographical information systems and deployment of IT infrastructure. Prior to joining FMFB-A, he has worked with Pakistan Telecommunication as Projects Manager for Information Systems. In addition, he has worked as IT consultation with Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan for GIS project and also for developing customized database management system for natural hazards.

Darrell Bennett

Head Of Security

Darrell Bennett is a Security Management professional with over 20 years experience including 14 years service in the British Army, and multiple positions held in Close Protection and Executive Protection contracts across the Middle East, Central Asia and UK. Darrell specialises in Hostile Environment Security, and has held security management positions in support of high threat government agencies. A British national, Darrell is a keen runner, and enjoys all elements of physical fitness. He also has a keen interest in Formula 1 Motor Racing.

To be decided

Chief Risk Officer