Arafat Sheik Jabbar
Arafat Sheik Jabbar

Before joining HKU MBA, I was an Infoscion for seven years. I joined Infosys after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Madras. I spent seven years on Europe-based assignments engaged in Transaction banking projects, which led me to understand and develop solutions for global banking majors, including ABN AMRO, Fortis and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). As a corporate banking solutions consultant, I provided functional solutions during critical EU-wide banking initiatives such as the Single Euro Payments Area and on post-merger programmes for RBS and ABN AMRO.

MBA programme helped me transition personally and professionally onto a global, corporate and institutional banking career path. The business fundamentals, diversity of classes coupled with a strong alumni network aided in a holistic view on life, post graduation.

After finishing the MBA, I was hired as an Associate Director – Regional Channel Manager for North Asia in Standard Chartered’s Transaction Banking business. From this, I have moved onto Citi as SVP and Region Head of Channel Products for Asia Pacific in Treasury and Trade Solutions business in Institutional Clients Group. I find this career path highly enriching. Product Management is an opportunity to carry out what I learned at MBA which is to be responsible for market management and all aspects of the product life cycle, from the original idea through commercial implementation, to ongoing profit and loss management.

Current Status

Employer: Citibank
Position:   Asia Pacific Channel Services Head
Location:  Hong Kong