50. Steve Williams, Group CEO, Gulf Finance
As the importance of SMEs in the UAE economy continues to grow, Steve Williams is playing a key role in attempting to fund them. Williams has worked in the UAE for the past eight years and joined Gulf Finance at the start of 2008 with a mandate to turn the company into a leading provider of finance to SMEs. Since then, the company has successfully diversified, built one of the country’s largest SME loan portfolios and won a number of highly coveted industry awards. At the start of 2012, Williams was appointed group CEO. In this role, Williams is responsible for the regional deployment of the Gulf Finance model and for attracting capital from international investors who wish to access the MENA SME market. Williams has a rich and varied background in financial services, and immediately prior to joining Gulf Finance was the chief operating officer for Lloyds TSB in Dubai
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