Maha Bahou has been Executive Manager of the Payment Systems, Domestic Banking Operations and Financial Inclusion Department of the Central Bank of Jordan since July 2011. Overall she has been with the Jordanian Central Bank for 29 years, working in different departments
She holds a master degree in Banking and Finance, and a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration.
In 2010/2011 Ms Bahou spent one year as a senior consultant in Libya. She also has experience as a lecturer at the University of Jordan and as a trainer. She holds a leadership and strategic management certificate from Sandhurst, UK. In addition, she is a certified mentor and assessor by the European Foundation for Quality Management. She has been awarded by King Abdullah II as the Distinguished Government Leader for the year 2016.
In March 2014, she joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor, with a purpose to shape the delivery of effective digital financial services through a robust, open and low-cost platform.
In 2016, she completed the “Leadership in Financial Inclusion” program from Fletcher School- Tufts University – Boston.
In 2017, she became a member of ExCom at CGAP.