With over 30 years experience in banking and finance, Mark is a seasoned International Financial Executive with a strong track record of leading and developing banking entities in diverse markets.
Prior to joining CBI, Mark worked with ANZ Banking Group where he was the CEO for Europe, Middle East, America and India.
Before ANZ, Mark had a long career with Citigroup, including CEO roles in South Asia, Russia/CIS and Turkey. Early in his career at Citigroup, Mark held various roles including Relationship Management, Human Resources and Corporate Finance in Pakistan, the United States of America and Hong Kong.
Mark holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Chicago.
Marc is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with a strong track record in managing group finance, investor relations, and regulatory management for a number of blue-chip organizations.
Prior to joining CBI, Marc worked with ANZ group where he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Europe, Middle East and India region.
Before joining ANZ, Marc was the Chief Financial Officer of Renaissance Group based in Moscow, and held various senior financial roles in Credit Suisse and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the USA and Europe.
Marc holds a Masters in Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance both from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in the USA.
James is an accomplished banking professional and hands-on technologist with strong experience from established global banks to early stage FinTech startups.
Prior to joining CBI, James was Chief Technology Officer of Bank Clearly, the UAE’s first fully digital challenger bank.
Before joining Bank Clearly, James was Chief Technology Officer at Tandem Bank, one of the UK’s preeminent emerging digital banks. At Tandem, James defined and built the entire IT organisation which enabled him to then architect and deliver the IT platform for the successful launch of the Bank. For this role, James was named ‘Rising Star Banker of the Year 2015’ by Retail Banker International. James has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in Barclays and other banks in the UK, focusing on operations, innovation and technology.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of York, and has been a frequently published author and editor of both professional and educational texts.
Hessa Al Ghurair is the Chief Human Resources Officer at CBI and is responsible for redefining HR transformation and managing our most valuable resource – our people. Prior to joining CBI, Hessa served as the Chief People Officer at Tanfeeth- a wholly owned subsidiary of Emirates NBD – where she was instrumental in creating an innovative HR model that received international recognition by Harvard University and McKinsey Quarterly. Prior to that, Hessa held different HR roles at Mashreq Bank and Barclays Bank, providing her expertise to regional leaders in the Finance and Banking industry. As a result of Hessa's longstanding business leadership, she was recently recognized with the reputable award of "Inspirational Female Leader" at the 2016 International Business Excellence Awards.
Robert De Gama is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at Commercial Bank International. He joined the Bank in Nov’2010 as Head of Credit Risk Management & Advances and was subsequently given the responsibility of Recoveries and Collections and Legal Affairs, assuming the overall role as CRO.
Prior to joining CBI, Robert was the Deputy CEO/ Chief Risk Officer with HSBC in Qatar, where he worked for 35 years covering all aspects of the Banks’ operations ranging from Treasury dealer to Head of Retail Banking and Head of Corporate Banking. His knowledge of the Qatar market is therefore extensive.
Robert holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Bangalore University in India.
Ali Sultan Rakkad Al Amri has been the Chief Wholesale Banking Officer at Commercial Bank International since January 2012. Prior to that, he was the Head of Liabilities & Business Development, a role he held since 2010.
He started his banking career with Commercial Bank International in 2000, working in the Corporate Division. In 2003, he joined National Bank of Dubai, as a Senior Manager, government Sector Corporates. During the last 12 years he has held senior business & managerial level roles including, Senior Manager, Large Corporates in Barclays Bank MENA and Head of Business Development in Noor Bank specializing in developing key relationships & Government related entities.
In 2010, he rejoined Commercial Bank International Corporate Banking Division.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Jordan and has completed his Bachelor’s degree from Ajman University School of Business.
Head of Retail Banking Group
Shaker is a seasoned Emirati banking executive with almost 20 years of experience in retail banking across the Middle East and North Africa.
Before joining CBI, Shaker was the Head of Retail Banking for Mashreq Egypt. Prior to this, he held several senior management roles with HSBC Bank in the UAE, including heading the branch network and Corporate Customer Service.
Shaker holds an Executive MBA from HULT International Business School in Boston and a Bachelor of Accounting from the UAE University.
With a career spanning over 22 years, Omar is a seasoned senior Banking and Treasury professional with extensive experience in global banks in the UAE and Pakistan.
In his role as Head of Treasury at CBI, Omar manages the Bank’s Treasury with responsibility for liquidity and funding frameworks, capital management, asset-liability management and Treasury Client Solutions
Prior to joining CBI, Omar was Head of Treasury Samba Financial Group for the UAE and Qatar. Omar has also held a variety of senior Treasury roles at CitiBank, Union Bank and Societe Generale in both the UAE and Pakistan.
Omar holds a Bachelor of Arts from Richmond College in the United Kingdom.
Issam joined CBI in September 2012, and currently serves as General Counsel with responsibility for all legal affairs of the bank and its group companies.
Issam started his career in private practice and worked in Syria, USA and UAE before moving to specialize in in-house practice early 2003 Prior to joining CBI Issam worked for Emirates NBD where mainly advised their corporate, investment and private banking divisions. He also had a vital role in establishing the merger of Emirates Bank and NBD. In 2011, Issam served as a general counsel for Zurich Insurance in their Middle East operation.
Issam holds a bachelor degree in law from Beirut University as well as master in international business law from Washington College of Law - Washington DC.
Head of Strategy, Insight and Communications
With a career spanning 20 years, Evren is an international banking professional with experience encompassing a wide range of disciplines including Strategy and Planning, Business Development, Communications and Audit.
Before joining CBI, Evren was the Regional Director of Communications for HSBC, where he was responsible for managing the Bank’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations initiatives in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.
Evren has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in HSBC and Merrill Lynch including as Director of Strategy Planning and Communication, Chief of Staff to the CEO, and Head of Corporate Audit.
Evren holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics.