Shayne Nelson
Group CEO
Emirates NBD

Shayne Nelson is a veteran banker with an extensive career across many sectors of the industry. During Shayne’s eight-year tenure as Group CEO of Emirates NBD, the bank’s market capitalization has increased from AED 15.8 billion to around AED 90 billion. Emirates NBD’s assets have grown from AED 308 billion to 700 billion over this period with a significant acquisition of DenizBank in Turkey for USD 2.7 billion successfully executed. Additionally, organic growth has continued with the bank having the largest market share in both Corporate and Retail banking in the UAE whilst leading the industry in the region with technology innovation. Emirates NBD has also continued its organic expansion and growth in Egypt, India and Saudi Arabia with the latter franchise receiving the most additional branch licenses of any foreign bank.

Shayne is a member of the Board of Directors for Emirates Islamic, Emirates NBD Capital Ltd., Emirates NBD Capital PSC, Tanfeeth, DenizBank A.Ş. (Turkey), International Monetary Conference, Marsh Emirates Insurance Brokers, a member of the Advisory Board to the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a member of the International Cooperation Council France UAE (CCI France UAE).

Prior to joining Emirates NBD, he served in Singapore as the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Private Bank for three years. He was also the Chairman of Standard Chartered Saadiq Islamic Advisory Board and a Board member of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Ltd.

Shayne’s other previous high profile positions in the banking arena include Regional CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Middle East and North Africa for five years based in Dubai (2006 – 2010), Chairman of Standard Chartered (Pakistan) Limited, and Chairman of the Banking Advisory Council to the Board of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

He also held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Malaysia Berhad based in Kuala Lumpur.

Shayne’s solid experience, across various functions and geographies, is a testament to his diverse background within banking. Earlier in his career, his positions included Standard Chartered Chief Risk Officer for Wholesale Banking based in Singapore, Regional Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking Audit for the Asia Pacific Region and India, as well as Regional Head of Credit in Hong Kong, China and North East Asia, with the latter two positions based in Hong Kong. He was also the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Westpac Banking Corporation for Western Australia based in Perth.

A Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Shayne is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers. Shayne is married to Siti Mariana Abdullah, a Malaysian citizen and has two children. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. He is also a passionate fisherman, for which he holds a world record.

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