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Emiratis Excel in Joint Emirates Institute of Finance – Oxford Leadership Program, 26 Professionals Graduate

26 Emiratis Professionals Graduate from Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies and Oxford’s Leadership Development Program

Emiratis Excel in Joint Emirates Institute of Finance – Oxford Leadership Program, 26 Professionals Graduate

EIBFS Celebrates Success of Leadership Development Program with Emirati and International Graduates

The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS), renowned for its excellence in finance education and training, proudly announces the successful completion of its Leadership Development Program (LDP). In collaboration with the esteemed Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, this program witnessed the graduation of 26 Emirati professionals, along with 14 expatriates and Bahrain nationals.

Held in December 2022, the Development Program was implemented in alignment with the visionary directives of the UAE’s leadership, which prioritizes the empowerment and advancement of Emirati individuals in all government policies.

Insurance and Banking Leaders Unite for Transformative Training Program

A dynamic group of 38 distinguished leaders from the insurance and banking sectors, including CEOs, directors, and department heads, recently embarked on an enlightening training program aimed at fostering their growth as effective and influential leaders in their respective fields.

This thought-provoking training program provided participants with a comprehensive and cohesive experience, enabling them to enhance their leadership skills and elevate their prominence in the industry. The program attracted participants not only from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but also welcomed 12 professionals from Bahrain’s regulatory authority and financial institutions.

Among the UAE participants were representatives from esteemed organizations such as the Central Bank of the UAE, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Commercial Bank International, Daman Insurance, Emirates Islamic Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Noura Alblooshi, Acting General Manager of the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, said “We are proud of our LDP graduates, and as EIBFS we aspire to upskill and develop future-ready executives in the UAE banking and financial sector through our cooperation with Sad Business School at the University of Oxford. We do this by providing them with the knowledge and abilities they need to prosper, grow, and meet the changing market needs.

Reflecting on his interactive session with the LDP alumni, Hamad Abdullah Al Mehyas, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Company – Daman, said: “[I am thrilled to have been one of the Emirati participants in the Leadership Development Programme, provided by the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies. As a board member of EIBFS, I am proud of its efforts in supporting the country’s Emiratisation strategy.]”

Al Mehyas said that the two-week intensive programme provided by the EIBFS and Oxford University helped him gain key insights into various aspects of leadership, including the importance of building relationships in a professional capacity. “[The EIBFS’ role in developing the skills and competencies needed for the future of the financial sector at large is commendable and extremely valuable,]” he said.

“This programme was quite strategic as it provided a mix of case studies and lectures. The total immersion in the subject for two weeks was very effective and allowed us to systematically challenge conventional wisdom and our own thinking. We experienced a high level of interaction, discussion, research, information sharing and academic engagement. The course was very well-organized, and the faculty was excellent,” added Faisal Abdulla, from the National Bank of Kuwait, Bahrain Branch.

Over the past few years, EIBFS has worked relentlessly to establish an extensive network of strategic international partnerships. In addition to the Oxford University, EIBFS has initiated collaborations with global educational institutions such as the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the US and UK’s Bangor University.


The Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies (EIBFS) was founded in 1983. As a leading independent training centre, it offers world-class education, training and allied services in the critical areas of banking and finance. Based in the UAE, EIBFS currently has three campuses for education and training services located in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Institute has made substantial contributions to the careers of thousands of students and working professionals in the financial services sector. EIBFS is also a strong supporter of Emiratization and has launched various initiatives that have greatly helped to promote the careers of Emiratis. All academic programmes offered by EIBFS are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Students who have successfully completed these programmes have found productive employment at various levels in banks and financial institutions in the UAE and around the world.

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