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Speaker detail

  • Mahdi Kilani
  • Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking Division
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, UAE

Mahdi brings with him over 37 years of experience in the field of Retail Banking, SME Banking, Microfinance, project finance and strategy consulting; gained across a diversed geography particularly in the GCC, Middle East and North Africa. His leadership style through a collaborative and tactful approach with his passion to deliver in a challenging business environment drives him in becoming a change leader with prove track record of establishing new businesses from scratch. 

Mahdi’s current role at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank is to oversee one of the major businesses of the Bank, Business Banking, focusing on Small and Medium Enterprises segments. He also is the Head of SME Committee at the UAE Banks Federation. In 2016, the Business Banking Division under his leadership won the Banker Middle East Industry Award "Best SME Bank UAE” and the UAE product awards “Best SME Exchange Service” and “Best SME Internet Banking Service” 

He was previously with Commercial Bank International where he established the Retail banking Group. Prior to that, he was with Islamic International Arab Bank, where he spearheaded the establishment of Retail Banking Business and introduced Shari’a compliant structure of retail banking products 

With his longstanding experience Mahdi acts as and advisor and subject matter expert for many financial institutions across the Middle East, GCC and North Africa on the overall strategy, senior management coaching and training needs.

Mahdi is UK Educated with Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Civil Engineering from Middlesex University and MBA from Cass University.