Hisham Ezz Al-Arab has been chairman and managing director of Commercial International Bank (CIB) since 2002. With over 6,450 employees, he has led the transformation of the bank from a wholesale lender into Egypt’s largest private-sector bank. Mr. Ezz Al-Arab was recognized in 2016 by Euromoney for his “Outstanding contribution to financial services in the Middle East” and was EMEA Finance’s “Best CEO in Egypt and Africa” in 2014. Mr. Ezz Al Arab is the chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Banks, is a co-chair of the Institute of International Finance’s Emerging Markets Advisory Council, and serves as a director of MasterCard Middle East’s Regional Advisory Board. He is also the chairman of the CIB Foundation, which he founded in 2010, and a member of the board of trustees of the American University in Cairo, Egypt’s premier private university. Mr. Ezz Al Arab previously worked at Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch.