Ahmed El Qassim

Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head, Corporate and Institutional Banking - Emirates NBD


A seasoned banking and management professional with 18+ years of experience in commercial and investment banking, Ahmed is responsible for corporate and institutional coverage at Emirates NBD, a leading bank in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey) region.

During his tenure, Ahmed has championed the adoption of digital innovation, AI and customer experience to enhance the bank’s corporate banking proposition. He has led the product development and implementation of award-winning trade finance and cash management solutions as well as Islamic products and lending to the bank’s corporate and institutional client base across nine countries.

Previously, Ahmed was Chief Executive Officer of Emirates NBD Capital, the investment banking arm of Emirates NBD, followed by General Manager of Corporate Banking at Emirates NBD where he managed the successful transformation of the respective units, building on capabilities, creating synergies in cross-functional teams and inculcating the principles of risk management while remaining relevant to the client. Prior to Emirates NBD, Ahmed was the Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Group, a Dubai Holding entity, and has also held senior roles at General Electric and Mubadala - GE Capital. He has previously served on the boards of the following companies: Bank Muscat, Shuaa Capital, EFG-Hermes and Sun Hung Kai Properties, and is a member of Emirates NBD’s Executive Committee.

Ahmed holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria in Canada.