Mr. Jawaid Mirza is the founder and president of Focalone Consulting Company Incorporation in Ontario, Toronto, Canada. A strong proponent and practitioner of international corporate governance and well versed in multi-country compliance, Mr. Mirza brings over 35 years of diversified experience and a solid track record in all facets of financial, technology, risk and operation management. In mid-May 2013, he joined CIB's BoD and assumed the responsibilities of Managing Director, overseeing the daily work of the following areas: Consumer Banking, COO, Finance Group and IT.
Mr. Mirza is widely recognised for realigning and returning to excellence and profitability floundering business units and building collaboration across multiple jurisdictions for business and cultural change. He has extensive experience as a Director, taking a firm and resolute approach to leading board committees while allowing free and open discussion and keeping a tight rein on proceedings.
Mr. Mirza has a demonstrated ability to lead a business through challenges, removing barriers to drive success and sharpening its competitive edge in all economies and cultures. Having spearheaded numerous mergers and acquisitions, working alongside experts through due diligence to final negotiation, contractual conclusion and blending of multicultural resources, he has proven to be an adaptive leader, intuitive of international business protocol and cultural diversity, with the ability to manage teams crossing multiple geographies.
Over the years, Mr. Mirza has worked with global institutions like Citicorp and ABN AMRO Bank. He started his career in Citibank as a Financial Controller in Pakistan before serving in a variety of senior regional positions in ABN AMRO in Central Eastern Europe, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He later moved to Hong Kong as Corporate Executive Vice President and CFO responsible for the Asian region and Australia/ New Zealand. He has led successful due diligences for acquiring banks in Hungary, Taiwan, Thailand, Germany, France and Pakistan.
Mr. Mirza was a member of the Top Executive Group of ABN AMRO bank, member of ABN AMRO Group Finance Board as well as Group COO Board, and served on the board with ABN AMRO Pakistan Ltd. He took business management courses from reputable institutions including Queens Business School, Wharton Business School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eurobank Greece (Athens) as an Independent Board Member and Chair of the Board Risk Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Prime Bank, ABN AMRO Pakistan Ltd. Post the acquisition and integration of Prime Bank. He also served on the boards of non-profit organisations, namely Artistri Sud (Montreal), Humewood House (Toronto). He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada.
Mr. Mirza has been a CIB Non-executive Board Member since January 2014 and chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Risk, Operations & Technology, Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nomination Committees and a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board.
Dr. Sherif Kamel
Non-Executive Board Member
Dr. Sherif Kamel is professor of management and founding Dean of the School of Business at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He also served the university as vice president for information management and as associate dean for executive education. Before joining AUC, he was director of the Regional IT Institute and prior to that he was training manager of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center. He is an Eisenhower Fellow and Center for Global Enterprise Fellow. He is a member of the AACSB International Middle East Advisory Council, Egypt-US Business Council and a board member of Education for Employment Egypt. Previously, he was a board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund, executive vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce and member in the World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission. He was a founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt. He was invited as panelist/speaker in a variety of policy, development and leadership conferences and expert meetings including Asia-Middle East Dialogue, AACSB International, World Summit on the Information Society, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, Middle East Institute, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Dr.. Kamel holds a PhD in information systems from London School of Economics and Political Science, an MBA, a BA in business administration and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture from AUC. His research and teaching interests include management of information technology, information technology transfer to developing nations, organisational transformation, electronic business, decision support systems and entrepreneurship. His work is published in information systems and management journals and books.
Dr. Kamel has been a CIB Non-executive Board Member since May 2013 and chairs the Operations & Technology Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation, Corporate Governance & Nomination Committees.
Mr. Yasser Hashem
Non-Executive Board Member
Mr. Yasser Hashem has been the Managing Partner of Zaki Hashem & Partners since 1996 and Partner from 1989 to 1996. He was admitted by the Egyptian Court of Cassation in 2007 and is a member of the Egyptian Society of International Law and the Licensing Executive Society. His expertise in corporate M&A and capital markets extended to the privatisation of public sector entities, the inception of the private provision of telecom services in Egypt, and the promulgation of its laws, which have placed him as a value veteran of Egyptian legal practice.
With a focus on corporate law, Mr. Hashem played a major role in the privatisation of public sector entities in Egypt through supporting hundreds of restructurings, capital market transactions, incorporations of foreign and domestic companies and advising foreign and local investors on the most efficient vehicles and structures for their investments in Egypt.
Mr. Hashem's legal skills were also extended to the telecommunication sector in Egypt throughout his contribution to the drafting and negotiation of all major telecom licenses, including public payphones, mobile cellular networks, private data networks, satellite and marine fiber optic cabling, etc. His expertise in the telecom field led to his appointment by Ministerial Decree as Member of the New Telecommunication Act Drafting Committee.
He was responsible for most IPOs that took place in Egypt in the last decade and has reliably represented acquirers in all major tender offers and M&A transactions in Egypt. Furthermore, he has led the largest four major multibillion USD M&A transactions in Egypt after the January 2011 Revolution.
Combining a wide range of extensive legal knowledge with honed networking and interpersonal skills, Mr. Hashem protects and furthers the interest of over 100 local and international clients. He received his LL.B. from Cairo University in 1989.
Mr. Hashem has been a CIB Non-executive Board Member since May 2013 and chairs the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee. He is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
Appointed in October 2014 representing the interest of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Mr. Bijan Khosrowshahi was nominated by Fairfax to continue serve the company's interest in CIB for the Board Term 2017-2019. He joined Fairfax Financial Holdings in June 2009 and is currently based in London, UK. Fairfax is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management. Fairfax is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Mr. Khosrowshahi also represents Fairfax's interests as a board member in Gulf Insurance Group and Gulf Insurance & Reinsurance Company in Kuwait, Bahrain Kuwait Insurance Company, Arab Misr Insurance Group S.A.E. in Egypt, Arab Orient Insurance Company in Jordan, Gulf Sigorta in Turkey, Alliance Insurance Company in the UAE as well as Jordan Kuwait Bank in London and BRIT Limited in the United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Fairfax, Mr. Khosrowshahi was the President and CEO of Fuji Fire & Marine Insurance Company Limited in Japan. He is the only non-Japanese individual to have been the president of a publicly traded Japanese insurance company. In 2002, Fuji Fire & Marine began a major reform of the company after investment by its major shareholders American International Group (AIG) and ORIX Corporation. Mr. Khosrowshahi was elected president in June 2004 and successfully implemented a turnaround strategy to return Fuji to profitability and growth through taking strategically leading positions within the insurance industry in Japan.
From 2001 to 2004, he was the President of AIG's General Insurance operations based in Seoul, South Korea where a major restructuring plan resulted in significant revenue and profitability increases through specific product and channel strategies.
From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Khosrowshahi was the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of AIG Sigorta based in Istanbul, Turkey and was involved in negotiating strategic alliances and joint ventures with Turkish conglomerates and working with government regulators to improve support for new product introductions for the emerging Turkish insurance market.
Prior to this position, he was Regional Vice President of AIG's domestic property and casualty operations for the Mid-Atlantic region based in Philadelphia. Mr. Khosrowshahi also held various underwriting and management positions with increasing responsibilities at AIG's headquarters in New York since joining AIG in 1986.
Mr. Khosrowshahi obtained an MBA in 1986 following an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 from Drexel University. He participated in the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and is a regular lecturer at universities and insurance institutes.Mr. Khosrowshahi has served on the Board of the Foreign Affairs Council and the Insurance Society of Philadelphia. He has also been a council member of USO in South Korea, the Chairman of the Insurance Committee on the American Chamber of Commerce in South Korea and a member of the Turkish Businessmen's Association. He is also a member of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute.
Mr. Khosrowshahi has been a CIB Non-Executive Board Member since October 2014. He chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Risk and Corporate Governance & Nomination Committees.