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. But I did not stay there long, as a little over a year later, I was approached by Citi about becoming Regional head of Online Banking Product Management for corporate in Asia Pacific in Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business. TTS provides an integrated suite of innovative and tailored cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations across the globe. I have since been promoted to the current post of Director, Asia Pacific Channel Services Head. 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.
Industry: Financial Services
Job Title: Director, Asia-Pacific Digital Channels Head