Mr.Arif Usmani has been appointed as the new president of National Bank of Pakistan.
Mr. Arif Usmani has been Head of Risk Management at Mashreqbank psc since November 20, 2017.
Mr. Usmani served as Global Head of Wholesale Banking at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC since July 23, 2012 and as Managing Director and Citi Country Officer of Citibank N.A. Pakistan.
He started his career with Citi Pakistan in 1981 as a Unit Head for the Corporate Banking Group and since then held a number of senior positions.
He has 35 years of experience across several geographic markets and senior positions in various banking disciplines, including a number of critical Risk Management positions in the Asia Pacific region. From 1989 to 1994, he was on Secondment with Saudi Arabia's second largest bank SAMBA in Riyadh as Division Head where he managed some of the largest borrowing relationships in the region. In 1994, Mr. Usmani relocated to Citi in the Asia Pacific region, where for five years he held a number of critical Risk Management positions in different countries including HongKong and Singapore.
Later he moved as Citi Country Officer to Slovakia where he is credited with greatly developing the business before taking over as Country Head Citi Nigeria and Regional Head West Africa- the latter role involving management of the Citi Franchise in Nigeria, Cote D'ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo as well as Senegal. In 2003, Mr. Usmani moved back to SAMBA Financial Group as the Chief Risk Officer until 2008 to joined in Citi franchise in Pakistan to manage it.
He served as a Director of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt (S.A.E) until November 23, 2017. He served as Director of Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. He won several awards over the course of his career including the Managing director's Performance Award for 3 years in a row for his role in SAMBA. He is also considered a leading authority on risk within Citi and is regularly called upon to lead training sessions for Citi training centres around the world. Mr. Usmani holds a First Class B.Sc (Hons) degree from Imperial College, University of London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science.