Hicham Bayali spent 10 years of his career with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment banking arm of the World Bank Group for the private sector, where he led large advisory and investment transactions for the Financial Institutions Group department (FIG) across the EMENA regions.

In 2012, he was nominated as a Global Business Leader within the IFC.

Mr. Bayali began his career as an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1997 before he joined the corporate finance department of Vivendi Universal. In 2000, M. Bayali joined Citigroup’s arm for North Africa, where he worked across the full spectrum of corporate banking services.

In 2003, M. Bayali joined the microfinance industry as the Chief Financial Officer of Zakoura, the largest microfinance institution in MENA and Africa at that time, before he joined the IFC in 2006.

In 2016, Hicham Bayali founded Atrium Finance, an independent investment bank based in Rabat, to focus on strategic and financial advisory services for a broad range of Africa and Middle East-based clients.

Hicham Bayali holds a Master in Finance from Paris-Dauphine University, a Master in Accounting and Finance from Bordeaux-Montesquieu University and a Master in Business Law.