Makhmud joined FINCA in December 2006 as COO for FINCA Kyrgyzstan. After successful implementation of all strategic goals assigned to this role, in 2009 he has been appointed as CEO of FINCA Azerbaijan, and later in 2010 as the CEO of FINCA Kyrgyzstan. He held the position of CEO of FINCA Kyrgyzstan till February of 2015, and later he was assigned as an advisor to the management team of FINCA Bank Kyrgyzstan.
Prior to FINCA, Makhmud worked for over 4 years for “LFS Financial systems GmbH”, a German consulting and management company specialized in banking and SME finance projects in developing and transition countries. As a banking advisor, he managed projects in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan focused on establishment of micro and SME lending operations at various commercial banks. In 2003, Makhmud was working in Azerbaijan to develop micro and SME lending practices at Access Bank Azerbaijan. Makhmud commenced his professional banking career in 1998, at the National Bank of Uzbekistan, where he worked for three years as a Senior Investment Officer.
Makhmud holds a diploma in economics from the National University of Uzbekistan and Master’s degree in Economic and Social Studies from the University of Manchester, UK. He also holds a professional certification of Stonier Graduate School of Banking administered by the American Bankers Association at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.