NBO chairperson wins honour at WOMANi 2019 Awards
June 24, 2019 | 4:42 PM
by Times News Service
Sayyida Rawan bint Ahmed Al Said. - Supplied picture

Muscat: National Bank of Oman’s (NBO) Chairperson, Sayyida Rawan bint Ahmed Al Said, has been recognised as the 8th leading woman in Islamic Business and Finance (IBF) from UK-based financial intelligence house, Cambridge IFA.

The accolade was given as part of the WOMANi 2019 Awards, a women’s empowerment programme that identifies the top 300 most influential women in the industry from among Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Asean region. The women were assessed according to three criteria — professional leadership, advocacy and industry-wide recognition, as well as their influence and leadership over their company and market sector, and career and performance to date.

Sayyida Rawan said, “It is a great honour to have received this acknowledgement among so many other admirable female industry leaders. It also serves to raise awareness about the important role of women working across the Islamic financial spectrum globally. It is a source of pride to be among other Omani women who are contributing to the advancement of our country. We are setting an example to the world that we are an equal opportunities culture and that power is in the hands of both our men and women.”

“Sayyida Rawan embodies positive female leadership in every sense of the word and is forging a path for other Omani women to follow,” said Sayyid Wasfi Jamshid Al Said, Acting CEO of NBO. “As a bank, we are heavily engaged with female empowerment initiatives, and recognise their vital contribution to Omani society. The bank prides itself on having 40 per cent of Omani employees as females.”

A strong advocate of women’s empowerment, NBO continues to sponsor and endorse female leaders in different walks of life. As part of this mission, the bank encourages employee development with unique initiatives that seek to enhance skill-sets and drive personal and professional growth and fulfilment. Programmes such as ‘[email protected]’ provide year-round coaching and mentoring opportunities aiming to motivate employees.

The acknowledgement was made for Sayyida Rawan, who has almost 30 years of experience in the financial industry and is currently the CEO of Takaful Oman. She remains to be the first and only female holding a CEO position in a public listed company in Oman. She is also a Board Member and a Chairperson of various other organisations and committees.

Sayyida Rawan has won multiple awards and acknowledgements for her career achievements, the most recent of which include ranking 3rd in Oman for Forbes’ Top 100 most powerful Arab Businesswomen in 2017, and being recognised in the inspirational woman category at the Oman Women of the year awards in 2018.

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