International Finance Magazine Awards EDB CEO Ahmed Al Naqbi ‘Best CEO’ for Banking Transformation in UAE

International Finance Magazine Awards EDB CEO Ahmed Al Naqbi ‘Best CEO’ for Banking Transformation in UAE

International Finance Magazine Awards EDB CEO Ahmed Al Naqbi ‘Best CEO’ for Banking Transformation in UAE
ABU DHABI, 21st February, 2022 – Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Development Bank (EDB), a critical financial engine of the UAE’s economic diversification and industrial transformation agenda, has been named “Best CEO” for Banking Transformation in the UAE for 2021 by International Finance magazine.

The International Finance Annual Awards celebrate corporate and professional excellence and recognise individuals who have had a positive impact on the performance of their organisations by developing innovative products or services and setting benchmarks for their peers within the industry.

On this occasion, Dr.

Sultan bin in Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and the Chairman of Emirates Development Bank, said, “In line with the UAE leadership’s vision and directives, the UAE is focusing on investing in enhancing the competencies of national human capital and providing them every opportunity to acquire the necessary skillset to empower their contribution to the progress and prosperity of the UAE across all sectors.


He added, “On behalf of the Emirates Development Bank’s Board of Directors and the team, I congratulate Ahmed Al Naqbi for this prestigious award, which reinforces his vital role in promoting the bank’s mandate of supporting the UAE’s economic diversification and boosting the country’s non-oil GDP.


Commenting on the award, Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi said, “I am deeply honoured to receive the Best CEO award from the highly respected International Finance Magazine.

This award is a recognition of the entire team at EDB – particularly the trust and direction of the bank’s Board of Directors.

The new strategic roadmap and initiatives undertaken by us are part of our long-term vision to offer world-class products and first-class customer experience across our operations.


As the CEO, Al Naqbi spearheaded the operational rollout of the new EDB strategy, which includes an allocation of AED30 billion to finance more than 13,500 SMEs, start-ups, and corporates in the priority sectors over the next decade.

The EDB has already lent over AED700 million in financing to UAE-based SMEs and large caps since January 2021.

Al Naqbi also led the launch of two EDB initiatives with a total value of AED10 billion as part of the UAE’s “Projects of the 50” campaign.

The first initiative allocated AED5 billion to support UAE National entrepreneurship and innovation.

The second initiative allocated another AED5 billion to accelerate industrial development and the adoption of advanced technology in the UAE.

Al Naqbi played a crucial role in launching the EDB Business Banking App to support the SMEs operating within the UAE in September 2021.

The App offers SMEs access to a 24×7 secure, convenient, on-the-go digital banking services.

With the App, the business account IBAN is reserved in minutes, and account activation is completed in 48 hours.

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