EU’s distinguished, distinctive, bow tie-wearing alumnus Dr. R. Seetharaman is in the news again, not even a month after being ranked 6th in Forbes’ Top Indian Leaders in the Arab World list. This time, the CEO of Doha Bank has been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Banker Middle East at the Industry Awards 2015 Ceremony held in Dubai on May 27th.
Presented by Guest of Honor, Mr. Rashid Al Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Exchange, the award, honors Dr. Seetharaman’s “Contribution to the industry, not only as the leader of one of the Middle East’s most dynamic banks but for his personal contribution to the greater understanding of the economic development of the region and his support for the environment and the business.”
The dynamic banker has collected academic qualifications worldwide, including a DBA from EU Business School, an Honorary Degree from Washington College and countless awards for his work, especially in sustainability and green banking. He remains committed to EU and has given multiple barnstorming speeches, igniting the fire in graduates and inspiring current business leaders.
Professionally, his work at Doha bank has been nothing short of extraordinary. When Dr. Seetharaman was hired in 2002, the fledgling local bank needed dynamic change and they chose the right man. His passion for technology fitted with the changing climate at the start of the millennium, leading to steady growth through the boom years as well as the crisis years. Nowadays, the bank is financially outstanding, with a great presence in the region as well as overseas and continuously outperforming expectations. With a strong and steady strategy, Doha Bank has consistently grown far quicker than the average, managing a 5.2% profit growth from 2014 to 2015.
Dr. Seetharaman’s green mission has been recognized with a plethora of awards in the sector. Not only is it financially sustainable, but its work in the community and fantastic customer service has an effect at a grassroots level as well as among stakeholders.
Dr. Seetharaman dedicated the Life Time Achievement Award to his family for their unstinting support and their faith in him.