Ashok Gopal is the head for Talent & Performance Management at Mashreq Bank. He is responsible for creating a Talent Management system, shaping engagement and driving a system of meritocracy across the bank. After joining Mashreq in 2013, he has driven the entire Employee Engagement program at the bank, creating a program that has won significant recognition, including winning the coveted ‘Gallup Great Workplace Award’ 4 times in succession, one of only a handful of companies across the world to do so. He has also created Sahtak, the Staff Wellness program that was awarded as the best Corporate Wellness program in the UAE in 2016. Prior to joining Mashreq in 2013, Ashok spent 16 years in consulting with The Gallup Organization, operating across the Asia-Pacific region in extended stints out of India, Singapore and Dubai. The focus of his work there was Customer and Employee Engagement. Ashok is a well regarded thought leader – he has written for a variety of publications including the Harvard Business Review and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across the Asia-Pacific region.