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Syed Aamir Zahidi

Syed Aamir Zahidi

Board Member Abu Dhabi National Takaful P.S.C "Takaful"​


Syed Aamir Zahidi is a Trusted Advisor to Boards and Executive Teams. He is able to redesign strategic plans to enhance commercial performance and facilitate complex worldwide M&A and integration projects. As conceptual and analytical finance and commercial leader, he operates as a specialist in driving corporate performance through transformation and as an innovative strategist supporting growth.

He is recognized for leadership expertise at the Board level as well as in operational roles within complex financial services organizations, builds rapport with stakeholders and converts underperformance to commercial profitability by asserting C-suite competence and commercial impact.

Syed professionally executed one of the most successful and profitable acquisitions for Citigroup, spearheading the acquisition of Bank Handlowy, a leading Polish bank.

He managed one of the largest international expansion efforts of Citigroup. He started operations in 20 new countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa. He established banking operations via JV, de novo expansion and acquisitions in China, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and the UAE for Fullerton Financial Holdings.

At the height of the financial crisis, he convinced Fullerton Financial Holdings to undertake a rights issue for its majority-owned bank in Indonesia and retire subordinated debt. The outcome was exceptionally profitable resulting in a gain of 300% within 18 months.

Syed has implemented transformational strategies at ADIB including digital transformation for the corporate and retail banks, information security, compliance, and operational risk while maintaining market-leading profitability and increasing net income by 50% over the five years.

He is passionate about developing high-performing teams and promoting cross-functional and collaborative partnerships in global matrixed organizations, he is particularly experienced at promoting an all-encompassing and compelling vision that captures the energy of the organization and represents its strategic plans and priorities. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds the CFQ Corporate Finance Qualification.

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