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Sonny Zulu

Sonny Zulu

Managing Director Standard Chartered Bank


Sonny Zulu is a senior executive with a proven year-after-year record of outstanding business performance delivering revenue, cost, impairment and profit targets within diverse and fast-changing environments. Extensive experience in managing regulators and timely implementing regulatory changes, government relations, media and corporate governance across multiple geographies. Has led diverse and multicultural teams of more than 1,500 employees delivering double-digit growth while ensuring tight risk discipline and cost management.

Sonny is currently the Managing Director and Head of Retail Banking for Standard Chartered Bank UAE. Prior to this, Sonny was the Regional Head of Strategic Transformation, Alliances and Performance Management, Standard Chartered Bank Retail Banking for Africa and the Middle East. Sonny took up senior leadership responsibilities at a very young age and he has held a number of senior executive roles at Standard Chartered Bank which include; Head of Retail Banking for Standard Chartered Bank Zambia and for Southern Africa, General Manager for Distribution for Zambia and Southern Africa and Country Head of Corporate Affairs.

As an entrepreneur, Sonny is a joint owner of Air Mafuta Aviation services. He founded this company in 2009 together with two other Directors. The company supplies aviation fuel to both local and international clients.

Sonny holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and he also has a degree in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing from the University of Zambia.

Outside the work arena, Sonny enjoys traveling, astronomy, natural history and following the latest natural and scientific developments. Sonny lives in Dubai with his wife and their three sons.

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