The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2019 honours top achievers in the region’s banking and financial industry
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Entries for each category were critically evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of prominent industry experts, accountancy and auditor firms, as well as ratings agencies.
WEDNESDAY 27, NOVEMBER 2019 BY WILLIAM MULLALLY
The Banker Middle East (BME) Industry Awards, the region’s most prestigious financial awards programme, announced the winners for its 2019 edition at a gala dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DIFC, honouring the institutions that are driving the Middle East’s banking and financial industry forward.
The Awards ceremony was attended by over 350 C-level executives, key decision-makers and thought leaders from 80 institutions across the Middle East. Banker Middle East is the longest-running and most widely-esteemed GCC-based banking publication, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The annual Awards programme, organised by Banker Middle East, benchmarks and promotes banking and financial excellence in the Middle East. It gives due recognition to the institutions that have navigated a challenging economic climate to continue the upwards trajectory of the industry, created innovative financial services and solutions to better serve their customers.
Nigel Rodrigues, Founder and CEO of CPI Financial—the publisher of Banker Middle East, said, “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of the BME Industry Awards. The awards programme recognises the ‘champions’ of the banking and financial industry, celebrating the success and achievements of the institutions who are playing a key role in the region’s development."
The 500 nominations and submissions from 32 categories were critically evaluated and mutually analysed by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of prominent industry experts from rating agencies, accountancy firms, and auditing institutions, leading to 120 shortlisted institutions. Winners were chosen through a rigorous evaluation of the entrants’ expertise in research and knowledge of the market, as well as assessment of all relevant company financial statements.
In addition to the 32 categories, one special award and four individual awards were also announced at The BME Industry Awards. The Banker of the Year Award was conferred to Abdulhamid Saeed, Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank; The Lifetime Achievement Award, meanwhile, was bestowed to HE Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain; the Leadership Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank; and the award for Outstanding Contribution to Banking & Finance was given to Steve Bertamini, CEO, Al Rajhi Bank.
“The world is changing and adapting to advanced technologies. These innovations, which are transforming the banking and financial landscape, are rooted in the constantly shifting demands of consumers. We believe that the best institutions consistently put their customers as their top priority, and actively demonstrate that commitment, beyond just words. We look forward to seeing the industry become much more innovative and adaptive to the needs of consumers in the future and the embracing of new technologies will show a very different banking landscape,” added Rodrigues.
Here is the full list of The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2019 winners:
Best Bank in the Middle East – The National Commercial Bank
Best Retail Bank – Mashreq Bank
Fastest Growing Bank – Warba Bank
Best Islamic Bank – Dubai Islamic Bank
Best Corporate Bank – National Bank of Fujairah
Best SME Bank – National Bank of Fujairah
Best Investment Management Firm – ADS Investment Solutions
Best Private Equity Firm – GFH Financial Group
Best Trade Finance Institution – Noor Bank
Best Project Finance Institution – Ahli Bank Kuwait
Best Brokerage Solutions Provider – Albilad Capital
Best Law Firm – Banking & Finance – Al Tamimi & Company
Best Research & Consultancy Firm – Century Financial Consultancy
Best Ratings Agency – S&P Global Ratings
Capital Market Transaction of the Year – Albilad Capital
Most Innovative Digital Banking Proposition – Mashreq Bank
Best Takaful Provider – Noor Takaful
Best Investment Bank (Conventional) – Saudi Fransi Capital
Best Investment Bank (Islamic) – Dubai Islamic Bank
Best Private Bank – First Abu Dhabi Bank
Best Wealth Management Firm – Standard Chartered
Best CSR Programme – BLOM Bank
Best Core Banking Service Provider – Infosys Finacle
Best User-Experience Innovator – Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain
Best Cybersecurity Provider – Help AG
Best Payment Solutions Provider – Network International
Best Communications Infrastructure Provider - Avaya
Best Commercial Bank – The National Commercial Bank
Best Brand Positioning – Liv Bank
Best Human Resource Development - The National Commercial Bank
Best Digital Transformation Provider – Maveric Systems
Best REIT Manager – Emirates REIT
Special Achievement in Digital Innovation – Warba Bank
Leadership Excellence Award – Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank
Banker of the Year – Abdulhamid Saeed, Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Outstanding Contribution to Banking & Finance – Steve Bertamini, CEO, Al Rajhi Bank
Lifetime Achievement Award – H.E. Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor, Central Bank of Bahrain
CPI Financial was established in Dubai in 1999 to meet the needs of an ever-expanding financial community, offering a comprehensive portfolio of market-leading products and services tailor-made for the banking and financial services sectors.