Dr. Adnan Chilwan, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), has been named “Banking CEO of the Year” at the Indian CEO Awards 2014 in a ceremony held in Dubai recently. Organised by ITP Publishing Group, the Indian CEO Awards is viewed as the most prestigious Non-Resident Indian awards ceremony in the region’s business calendar. Now in its third year, the event recognises individuals from India who have made a significant contribution to the growth of the GCC, across a range of sectors including banking, philanthropy, retail, technology, automotive, manufacturing, education and medicine.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Chilwan said: “GCC has long been the breeding ground for some of the most successful expat entrepreneurs in the world. This holds especially true for NRIs in Dubai and the UAE who have been attracted by the visionary leadership of this nation which offers opportunities seldom seen elsewhere around the globe. As long as you can dream, and have the perseverance to pursue the same, UAE provides the platform to turn them into reality.”
He said, “I am proud to be recognized at such a forum, amidst some of the foremost business leaders in the GCC, and for having the opportunity to lead the largest Islamic bank in the UAE. I would like to thank the organizers of this event for the award and I hope that many more such honors will be bestowed on the talented and progressive individuals leading the organizations across the country in the coming future.”
Dr. Chilwan is a veteran marketing professional and an Islamic Banker by practice with a career spanning nearly two decades at reputed conventional and Islamic banks in the Gulf region including names like Dubai Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Mashreq Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and HSBC. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Islamic Bank, the largest Islamic Bank in the UAE with a balance sheet footing of nearly $30bn, market capitalization of $6.53bn, a workforce of 6,000 employees within the group and a strong presence across all emirates with growing international operations in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
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