Stars of 2018
Sat 22 Dec 2018 10:25 PM
Shayne Nelson

Industry: Banking

Company: Emirates NBD

Designation: CEO

He has been the CEO of the UAE’s second largest lender, Emirates NBD, since 2013, leading its growth and expansion across MENA and beyond, including branches in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India. Moreover, the bank reported 15 percent rise in profits in 2017 at $2.27bn, compared to 2016. It also posted a 15 percent increase in Q3 profit in 2018 due to higher interest income.

The bank continues to be Dubai government’s bank of choice, financing infrastructure projects ahead of Expo2020. It is also a leading player in digital banking, announcing plans to invest about $300m into digital technology over the next three years. It is famous for its artificial intelligence (AI) powered humanoid robot Pepper, which speaks Arabic and English and helps with customer service inquiries. Nelson himself has almost four decades of industry experience, having held a string of high-profile positions including as CEO of Standard Chartered Private Bank in Singapore.