As Country CEO & Managing Director Wholesale for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in France, the daily demands of his current position keep him fully occupied. As the leading Bank in the UAE, NBAD’s growing international network consists of offices in 18 countries stretching across five continents. Nevertheless, undeterred by the large remit of his day job, Fadi, a French-Lebanese national, recently took on an additional leadership position: in August 2013, he was named President of the Circle of Foreign Bankers in France (Cercle des Banques Etrangères en France). Created in 1952, the Circle is an elite Paris based organization that supports and strengthens relationships between foreign banks and financial institutions in France.
Despite having held numerous senior positions in banking sector, Fadi affirms that it was the rigorous and interdisciplinary coursework of the TRIUM EMBA that best prepared him for his leadership roles: “Undertaking Module study in five different locations, with international cohort groups requires efficient organization, dedication, discipline, and culture tolerance.” In addition, “working with senior level executives of varying expertise develops an open mindedness and diplomatic ability to listen and debate despite differing viewpoints and leadership styles.”
Fadi also acknowledges the invaluable team work experience throughout the TRIUM program (modules assignments and capstone project process) as having been “a great learning lesson on how to collaborate with executives to achieve a definite target, while building on the complementarity expertise among our valued team members.” Fadi’s academic experience at TRIUM, both inside and outside the classroom, have well placed him to lead the Circle of Foreign Bankers and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in France. As he clarifies, “the aggregate of all this nurtured our ability to better manage and effectively command organizations or associations of varying sectors or sizes. “
For executives like Fadi, TRIUM means more than just business; “It challenged us to deal with subjects outside our comfort zones, encouraged us to network constructively, and gave us ample public speaking opportunities to test our ideas amongst our peers.”