For over 20 years, Banker Middle East has been serving the banking and financial community in the region. We are the longest-running GCC-based banking publication, continuously supporting the industry, providing informed commentaries, news, in-depth articles and analyses. As part of our integral role in the region’s banking sector, we benchmark, recognise and actively encourage excellence within institutions.
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2020 will give due recognition to the outstanding institutions that have shaped and continue to shape the financial landscape.
Such achievements should be lauded accordingly, and as we have grown with the industry, we would like to thank you for your continuous support for the Banker Middle East Industry Awards, without which we would not be able to produce the most prestigious event in the banking calendar.
After each and every awards ceremony, together with feedback from the industry, throughout the year, we conduct our own research to ensure that our awards categories accurately reflect the current banking landscape and comprehensively recognise the achievements of the industry.
As a result, we have expanded to 47 award categories that provide regional recognition to exceptional financial institutions across the wide spectrum of banking and finance, with added focus on technology to reflect the industry’s ongoing transformation.
Institutions can nominate themselves in all relevant categories as deemed appropriate, provided the submission is sent in before the deadline, and in the required format. Award submissions will be critically evaluated and mutually analysed, utilising market knowledge, marketing materials, research and relevant company financial statements, before a shortlist is made. The editorial team will then create the shortlist based on those submissions and all submitted materials will be given to the judging panel which comprises senior executives from research and rating agencies, management consultancy firms as well as accountancy and auditing firms.
The judging panel will then score each shortlisted institution for each category from 1-5, with scores sent back to the editorial team, which will tabulate the scores, along with independent scores from the editorial team itself. Each institution will be judged on five criteria: financials, corporate strategy, marketing strategy, digital adaptation and client care*, all of which will carry a 20 per cent weightage per criteria in the scoring system.
The institution in each category with the highest score will be declared the winner. Winners will be notified in advance and trophies will be presented at the awards ceremony.
*Our interpretation of a digital bank is a bank that operates exclusively on a 100% digital and mobile platform with no physical branches—which is now often referred to as a Neobank. A digital bank is NOT a bank that offers digital and mobile solutions in addition to its traditional banking services.