• Emirates NBD Group launched Ruwad in response to the UAE government’s NAFIS program and given its participation in the Emirati Human Resources Development Council

Dubai: Emirates NBD Group, a leading banking group in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) region has warmly welcomed its first cohort of Ruwad graduates, with Sunday, 10 October 2021 marking day-one of their 24-month leadership journey.   

After an overwhelming response to the program including hundreds of applications, the first Ruwad cohort was selected following an extensive recruitment and assessment process. It was conducted by Emirates NBD Group with external talent management experts.

The graduates join from top-tier international and local universities including King’s College London, New York University Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah, Zayed University, Arizona State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison to name a few.

Reflecting on Ruwad’s aim of building a broad leadership pipeline for the Group across its various departments, their degrees range from Mathematics to Computer Networking, Economics, Finance, Aerospace Engineering, Digital Marketing and Law.

“I am very pleased to welcome our first Ruwad cohort to Emirates NBD Group. We launched this program given our commitment to the NAFIS initiative and our participation in the Emirati Human Resources Development Council, to ultimately encourage more UAE Nationals into the private sector,” said Eman Abdulrazzaq, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, Emirates NBD.

“Ruwad is an exceptional opportunity for top-talent Emiratis to accelerate their leadership journey. I am looking forward to seeing these ambitious graduates flourish over the next 24 months as they transition from graduates to banking leaders.”

With the Ruwad cohort currently completing their induction, they will then spend 12 months gaining experience across Ruwad’s elite global partner organizations. More will be announced about these partnerships in the coming months.

Any Emirati who is interested in joining Ruwad or Emirates NBD’s other Emirati graduate opportunities can do so via the bank’s careers website or via email: ruwad@emiratesnbd.com  

About Emirates NBD

Emirates NBD (DFM: Emirates NBD) is a leading banking group in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) region with a presence in 13 countries, serving over 14 million customers. As at 30th June 2021, total assets were AED 694 Billion, (equivalent to approx. USD 187 Billion). The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Russia and Bahrain and representative offices in China and Indonesia with a total of 905 branches and 4,044 ATMs / SDMs.

Emirates NBD Group serves customers, businesses, governments and institutions with a range of financial products and services including retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, Islamic banking, investment banking, private banking, asset management, global markets and treasury, and brokerage operations.

The Group is a key participant in the global digital banking industry with 94% of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The Group also operates E20., a digital business bank for entrepreneurs and SMEs and Liv., the lifestyle digital bank for millennials. Emirates NBD is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development and sustainability initiatives, including financial literacy and the inclusion of people with disabilities. Emirates NBD Group is a Premier Partner and the Official Banking Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai.

For further information on Emirates NBD, please contact:

Ibrahim Sowaidan
Senior Vice President
Head - Group Corporate Affairs
Emirates NBD
Telephone: +971 4 609 4113
e-mail: ibrahims@emiratesnbd.com 

Tricia Kaul
asda’a bcw; Dubai, UAE
Tel: 971-4-4507600; Fax: 971-4-4358040
Email: Tricia.Kaul@bcw-global.com  

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