Nelson has been CEO of Emirates NBD since 2013. The UAE’s largest lender reported a $2.27bn profit in 2017, a 15 percent rise on 2016. It also opened in India in last year, and is growing its branch network in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It also plans to open a representative office in Turkey this year. Prior to joining the bank, Nelson held a string of high profile positions in the banking industry, including as CEO of Standard Chartered Private Bank in Singapore.