Corporate Training

Guest Speakers

  • Mr. Aadil Al Saadi

    Head of Projects Management and Business Continuity at the Central Bank of Oman handling both IT and Business Strategies valued over 25 Million USD. He is a member of CBO business continuity planning committee and been instrumental in implementing CBO business continuity management initiative. He recently completed his Sloan fellowship in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School and is also the winner of Oman Ambassador to the UK award. He has been featured in the London Business School Official Portal. He has close to 13 years of International (Canada, UK) and Regional (UAE, Oman Government and Private Sectors) experience in the areas of Business Development, Program/Project Management and Consulting. He has also been conducting various in-house training for CBO staff in the areas of Financial Technology, Project Management, Business Continuity, and Organizational Behaviors besides being a regular speaker at the banking strategy forums. Prior to that, while working with Microsoft Gold Partner, he planned, and managed the delivery of the largest Microsoft training program in Oman hosted by ITA which lasted for 6 months.

  • Dr. A.V. Arunkumar

    Deputy Head of Risk Management at Ahli Bank. Prior to that, he was Head of Risk Management at Oman International Bank (presently HSBC Bank Oman). Earlier, he held senior management positions at leading commercial banks in India. He has more than 20 years of experience in banking industry, across areas like project and corporate financing, SMEs, retail banking and micro lending, risk management, credit administration, compliance. He has M.Phil and PhD in Economics from leading research institutions in India apart from completing a certificate course in management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila. He had also worked as member of various committees, participated in various task forces concerning banking and development issues, apart from publications in leading journals and newspapers.

  • Mr. Ashish Bahl

    Head of Cards, Loyalty & Segments at Bank Dhofar. He has over 14 years of diversified experience in managing retail banking products and worked at institutions like Citibank, American Express, Mashreq Bank and National Bank of Oman. He holds Bachelor of Science (University rank holder) and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Marketing & HR). He is a Certified Product Manager from Association of International Product Marketing and Management (IPMM), USA.

  • Mr. Christian Esters

    Senior Director and Analytical Manager in S & P Global Ratings group based in Dubai, where he leads the EMEA Developing Markets Team. His team is located in Dubai, London, Moscow and Johannesburg. He has previous experience in project finance, structured finance, and Islamic finance. Prior to joining S & P Global Ratings he worked at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and worked in research and lecturing in public finance and economics at the University of Passau. He is a CFA charter holder. He holds a M.Sc. (Econ) degree of the University of Passau and a Master of Public Administration of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris/Strasbourg. He also holds a degree from the Institut des Etudes Internationales et de Développement, University of Toulouse and from the Econometrics Summer School, London School of Economics.

  • Ms. Ghaya M. Al Barwani

    Head – Training and Development at Ahli Bank. She has over 19 years of hands-on experience in the banking sector. Her experience spans Retail, Premium and Private Banking from sales and service to Product and Service Development, Corporate Communications and International Operations, reviewing the investment opportunities of a bank. Her key forte is the establishment of departments from developing the strategic objectives and policies to developing and implementing the systems and controls required to run the department. Her entry into training and development was a way to consolidate all the technical experience and polish her passion for enhancing people’s growth. She holds MBA (Finance) from Leicester University and BA (Hon) in Town Planning from Newcastle University. She has completed Bank Muscat’s Executive Development Program and Accelerated Management Program with ISB, Hyderabad. She is currently working on enhancing her skills through developing her Coaching Qualifications.

  • Ms. Louella Pinto

    Head of Audit - Strategy, Quality and Development at Bank Muscat. She has over 3 decades of professional experience in auditing, training and consultancy. She holds both academic and professional qualifications, with Master in Commerce, ICWA, CIMA, CIA, CRMA, and CFE. She is also a Certified Quality Assessor. In her current role, she is responsible for establishing and implementing the IIA quality standards, developing a Risk Based Audit Planning methodology, preparing quarterly assessments to the Audit Committee and ensuring that the Internal Audit function within the bank adheres to the IIA quality standards. Prior to joining Bank Muscat, she worked with PWC and E & Y in Oman.

  • Mr. Mohammed Anwar Noor Al Balushi

    Senior trainer at Bank Sohar. He is a Certified Trainer, with more than 16 years banking experience. He has an MBA from Bedfordshire University, UK and is a member of Charted Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD), UK. He holds a banking diploma from CBFS. He has experience in internal audit and bank branch operations and is a columnist and book reviewer for the Oman Daily Observer newspaper.

  • Mr. Murahari Naik

    Head-Trade Finance, at Ahli Bank. A seasoned banking professional with 3 decades of experience in general banking operations, corporate banking, credit risk, transaction banking sales and operations with leading commercial banks in India and Oman. He has done MBA (Banking and Finance), and holds CAIIB, CDCS Certifications. He is a life member of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (IIBF) and has conducted many training sessions, seminars and workshops on banking and international trade finance in India and Oman.

  • Mr. Nabil Al Raisi

    Head of Training and Development at Bank Sohar. He started his career as an IT specialist in Sultan Qaboos University. Later he joined National Bank of Oman (NBO) as a bank operations auditor and IS auditor. In 2006, he moved to NBO’s training division as a banking operations and financial products trainer, besides MS-Office applications. In 2007, he joined Bank Sohar as Deputy Head of Training. His educational background includes Diploma in Computer Science and BTEC in Science from Monkwearmouth College - UK, HND ‘Computer Studies’ from Southampton University - UK, Associate Diploma from the Canadian Institute of Bankers and MBA from University of Strathclyde, UK. He has also completed the Certified Training professional (CTP) certification from Certified Institute of Personal & Development (CIPD), UK.

  • Ms. Naheel Lababidi

    An independent consultant based in Bahrain. She has over 20 years’ work experience in treasury trading and management with banks in Bahrain, Kuwait and London. She holds a B.Com (Accountancy), ACI Dealing Certificate and ACI Diploma (with distinction). In recent years, she was a Senior Lecturer at BIBF conducting training on treasury products, risk management, capital markets and ACI Dealing Certificate, ACI Operations Certificate and ACI Diploma preparatory courses.

  • Mr. Rajagopal Shankaranarayana

    Head of Recovery & Legal Operations at United Finance Company. He has three and a half decades of experience covering all areas of banking in leading banks in India and Oman. He has done M.A in Economics, MBA in Banking and Finance, CAIIB, P.G. Diploma in Business Management.

  • Mr. S. N. Harikrishnan

    Head – Trade Finance at Bank Dhofar. He has over 16 years’ experience in Trade Finance and Operations. He worked previously with American Express Bank and Bank of America. His qualifications include BSc, PGDBM and CAIIB.

  • Prof. S. Sundararajan

    Director at the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA), Oman. He was earlier heading Morison Muscat Knowledge Centre. He was a Professor at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) for 18 years. At IIMB he was a member of the Governing Board and headed Executive Education. He is a recipient of Best Professor Awards from the students at IIMB. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Law and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He was associated with ICAI as an invited member of the Accounting Standards Board, member of the Committee for Review of Education & Training, and member of the Task Force to prepare the Concept Paper on Convergence with IFRS. He has also been a member on the Board of Directors of several companies. He has conducted training programs for many wellknown organizations in India and Gulf Region.

  • Mr. Said Al Hamdani

    Deputy General Manager - HR at Ahli Bank. He has over 17 years of all-around work experience in handling the entire HR function. He has previously worked in large organizations such as National Bank of Oman (NBO), and Oman International Bank (OIB) and has wide exposure to all HR developmental areas including training. He has MBA from Bedfordshire University, UK and is also a Certified Islamic Banker.

  • Mr. Sanjeeb Biswas

    Head – Treasury at National Bank of Oman. He has over two decades of experience in Banking with the last 18 years in Treasury Management. He is associated with NBO Treasury since 2008 and had earlier worked in Treasury Divisions of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Oriental Bank of Commerce in India. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics, A Diploma in Treasury, Investment and Risk Management and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He has extensive experience in Foreign Exchange & Money Market Dealing, Derivatives and other specialized treasury functions like Asset Liability Management (ALM) and Liquidity Management.

  • Mr. Suha Urgan

    He is an Associate Director working as a member of S & P Global Ratings team based in Dubai. He covers a number of GCC financial institutions and is the BICRA analyst for Saudi Arabia. Suha joined S & P Global Ratings in 2015 from SHUAA Capital where he was the lead banks analyst within the Equity Research department. Prior to this, he worked at Morgan Stanley for 6 years as an equity research analyst, initially based in London covering Turkish equities. He moved to Morgan Stanley’s Dubai office in 2010 to cover GCC banking sector focusing mainly on UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Suha holds B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and B.Sc. in Management Sciences from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and M.Sc. in Decision Sciences from London School of Economics.

  • Mr. Tariq Mohammed Faqiry

    Head - Learning and Development at Bank Muscat. A seasoned HR professional with over 2 decades of experience in areas of Banking and Learning & Development. He has worked in Citibank, National Bank of Oman and Bank Muscat. He has holds professional certifications such as Certified Management Accountant from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ICMA), USA, Certificate in Training Practice (CTP) from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Certification in Occupational Assessment (Level A & B) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking & Insurance from the Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (IIBI), UK.

  • Mr. Thomas Totton

    General Manager - Chief Internal Auditor at Bank Muscat. A seasoned banking professional with over 3 decades of experience in a variety of roles with a number of financial services organisations. He is a qualified banker, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a graduate from University of Ulster. He has substantial experience in branch banking, finance, leasing, treasury, international consultancy and internal audit having earlier operated at a senior level in AIB Group, Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Ltd. He has undertaken key roles in Ireland, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Slovenia before arriving in Oman. He is the President of ACFE – Oman Chapter and former President of IIA Oman Chapter.