What do you like about Intesa Sanpaolo and its people?
I am impressed with such an international and diverse group and work environment in different markets where we can leverage on different capabilities across the group. We can use our international reach to get the most from our operations. Each market has its own flavour, strength, services and rules. It is important for us to be able to change our processes to optimise for this. Intesa Sanpaolo in Egypt is in a growing and emerging market and has ample space to grow, with new areas such as microfinance, SMEs and fintech.
Has the bank helped you progress in your career and the choices you’ve made? How?
Every market is different and gives you different experiences. I haven’t worked with Eastern Europe markets before and having this area in the Intesa Sanpaolo network – if we get the opportunity to exchange solutions and adapt different models – will help. This is in addition to the challenging cultural and transformational change that I’m currently managing and driving.
Where would you like to be in your career in five years?
I thought the furthest I could take myself was COO, but with every challenge I build confidence and think about how I can push myself further. Perhaps if I was given the right set-up I could become a member in a company / institution board, a managing director or a consultant at an advisory level. I can see that Egypt is a massively evolving market; the curve is picking up after the revolution of January 2011, especially during the last four years, setting the market back on track, less inflation rates, better growth rates, less budget deficit, major strategically economical projects, and more.
In fact, Intesa Sanpaolo has a significant role to play with the available opportunities, and with hard work, passion, drive, optimism, and people buy in, I see myself part of this interesting journey.