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The IFM Awards celebrates excellence in its purest form. An event that recognizes and honours individuals and organisations in the international finance industry that make a significant difference and add value, the Award is one that will herald the highest standards of innovation and performance. The Award shines a spotlight on those who make a contribution to raising the bar in the financial industry through activities of note. These include path-breaking initiatives in corporate social responsibility or charitable activities, better corporate governance and other achievements that impact the global finance community.

Apart from recognizing the key performers in the industry, the IFM Award makes a concerted effort to shine the spotlight on organisations in niche segments and those that exhibit brilliance in the unsung corners of the finance industry.

The entire process is free of charge – from nominations to evaluation to the announcement of the Awards. Using a combination of reader nominations and expert analysis ensures that there is a fair process that is not influenced by reputation or newsworthiness. After meticulous research and analysis by the internal team, the process is transitioned to an external research agency who provide their inputs. The nominees are then evaluated by a jury of international experts to whittle them into a final shortlist.

The finalists undergo extensive scrutiny on the basis of innovation, growth, sustainability and their contribution towards the society among other key factors before the final Award Winners are announced.

The winners are honoured at a gala event and every year the award presentation ceremony is held in various parts of the world. The Award Ceremony brings the Who’s Who of the international finance community together under one roof, making it an event that will be penciled into the calendar of the community worldwide. 

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The Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZAD) - Oman ( Mr. Yahya Said Abdullah Al Jabri - Chairman )
“Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm ( SEZAD) is honoured and delighted to be recognized with the award of the Best Emerging Economic free zone (Investment offering) GCC 2016” and “Most Innovative Trade Free Zone, Oman 2016” award by theInternational Finance Magazine.AS an innovative initiative by the government to pushing the economic diversification and as part of our strategic goal, SEZAD aims to position Duqm SEZ as a premier investment destination to promote the economic growth. We strongly believe that affirmation is great and confidence building especially when it comes from an entity as distinguished as the International Finance Magazine(IFM) and SEZAD certainly value the award as the reflection of the dedication and commitment we put into developing the Duqm project. Thus, with Integrity and professionalism, we will continue endeavoring to provide superior services to our stakeholders. I am personally proud of the achievements of our entire team and certainly this wouldn’t have been achieved without our valued stakeholders and there continues support.”
Azizi Bank - Afghanistan ( Dr. Mohammad Salem Omaid - President & CEO )
I am thankful to International Finance Magazine, London for this glamorous award of the Best Bank Customer Service in Afghanistan. Also being recognized as the best CEO is a great accomplishment on our endeavor to make the best quality Afghanistan Bank with world class services. I appreciate our employee’s dedication towards this achievement and we truly believe that providing a valuable service to our customer begins with creating an atmosphere where employees are genuinely happy and excited about where they work and what they do.
RCBC Bankard Services Corporation - Philippines (Mr. Simon Javier A. Calasanz - Chief Executive Officer)
We at RCBC Bankard are both honoured and grateful to be receiving the Best Card Offering, Philippines award from the IFM for the year 2016. We have always aimed for the RCBC Bankard credit card to be recognized as a financial management tool for wiser spending and have worked towards providing our cardholders with more benefits through our robust Rewards Program. This recognition is a testimony to how passionately we have worked in order to provide our cardholders with a superior credit card that will make their lives better. We likewise hope that with this triumph, our cardholders will feel very proud that they own an RCBC Bankard.
BIDV - Vietnam ( Mr.Le Trung Thanh – Senior Executive Vice President )
“BIDV is the leading financial institution in various fields including banking, securities, insurance and financial investment with a large network in Vietnam. BIDV is the largest Joint Stock Commercial Bank in term of total assets (more than USD42.5 billion) in Vietnam. BIDV is proud of being honored for two awards of “The Best Card Payment Services POS/ATM Vietnam 2016” and “The Best Credit Card Vietnam 2016” by International Finance Magazine. By winning these awards, BIDV has confirmed our outstanding card services, especially credit card service and card payment service on ATM/POS. These awards are considered as BIDV’s thankful statement toward our 8.8 million retail customers, who have always supported and believed in BIDV card services in many years. BIDV will continue to innovate new products and services in order to provide the best ones to our loyal customers.”
AJF - AL Jazeera Finance - Qatar (Mr. Amer Al Jaberi - CEO)
On behalf of AJF- AL Jazeera Finance, we are deeply honored & thankful for receiving the award of the “Best Islamic SME finance company in Qatar 2016” from the International Finance Magazine ( IFM ). This award is a valuable recognition for everyone ( AJF employee & our clients ) whom for sure they supported our company to become a strategic & unique financial Services Provider within the Islamic Finance sector in Qatar market today.
International Commercial Bank Lao Limited - Laos (Mr. Zulkiflee bin Abdullah - CEO)
We are indeed honoured to win the “Best Retail Bank, Laos 2016” award by International Finance Magazine. This would not be possible without the dedication, hard work and commitment from all the staff and the support from the stakeholders. The award is also a recognition of their invaluable contribution to the Bank. The stakeholders share this award with all the staff and together we will continue to strive to provide Value Banking to our customers.
Banco Nacional Ultramarino S.A. (BNU) - Macau (Mr. Pedro Cardoso - CEO)
Once again, we are very pleased to receive the “Best Socially Responsible Bank Macau 2016” and the “Best Retail Bank Macau 2016” awards from International Finance Magazine. During more than a century, BNU has been part of the financial life of Macau while maintaining an active role in the social and economic development of the territory, supporting, local business activities. And this, in fact, have been essential to bring success to our customers’ businesses and projects in various sectors such as retail, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, construction, public utilities and international trade. BNU is always at the forefront of offering cutting-edge products and services to our customers; listening to and delivering up to their ambitions, are our main keys to success. Winning these two awards, I believe, is a sign that BNU is in the right path. Therefore, we keep facing the future with great optimism and enthusiasm, reinforcing our commitment to the local community and our customers.
BPH Investment Fund Company - Poland (Mr. Piotr Karnkowski - CEO)
“Winning the “Most Innovative Asset Management Company, Poland 2016” award with International Finance Magazine is very important for our customers, employees and stakeholders. It confirms that the effort we put into development of our offer by implementing best patterns of developed markets into Poland is appreciated abroad. It is worth to underline that BPH Investment Fund Company is not only focused on Polish market but also serves foreign customers seeking the reliable and trustworthy business partner specializing in the emerging markets.”
HMC Capital – Chile (Mr. Felipe Held – CEO)
“In the name of HMC Capital, I am honored to receive this award from IFM. Being recognized as the Best Alternative Investment Offerings in the markets we cover, represents what we have tried to achieve since we started this company. It has been a tremendous challenge, creating wealth and value for our clients, and exploring niches in the capital markets. I would like to share this award with all the people that has worked in HMC Capital for years and of course with our clients who has believed in us since the beginning”
KMG Capital Markets Ltd – Cyprus (Mr. Kevin Mudd – CEO)
We are honored to win the ‘Best Alternative Investment Fund Management Company – Cyprus 2016’ award by International Finance Magazine. We take pride in our reputation for excellence and the accolade further recognises our focus on client service and tailor made solutions.
Nordic Growth Market NGM AB – Nordic (Mr. Roger Peleback – CEO)
“As an exchange striving to always offer the best technology solutions and customer service we are honored to receive the award “Most Innovative Exchange”. This award is recognition for everyone at the exchange that daily do their best to deliver innovative solutions and services to our clients. This encourages us to continue championing our aim to enhance business through IT excellence.”
Startup Mexico – Mexico (Mr. Marcus Dantus – CEO)
“We are deeply humbled and thankful for being considered for such a meaningful award. As part of our goal, Startup Mexico aims to position Mexico as an up and coming hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, one that will bridge Latin America with the developed world. Being recognized by such a respectable international entity not only honors us but also gets us closer to that goal”
Sejel Technology Ltd – Saudi Arabia (Mr. Ahmed Ghamri - CEO)
On behalf of Sejel Technology, I am deeply honored to receive the award “Best E-Payment Solution Provider KSA 2016” from the International Finance Magazine. This award is a valuable recognition for everyone who helped our company become a strategic Services Provider in the public and private sector in Saudi Arabia today.
Mongolian Mortgage Corporation HFC LLC - Mongolia (Ms. Gantugs Damdin - CEO)
As a leading and the first ever professional institute to develop Mongolian secondary mortgage market, “MIK HFC” LLC is honored to become the first ever company having issued these structured financing instruments on the domestic market since 2013 and to be recognized from your esteemed institute as “Best Issuer of RMBS 2016”. Ever since our inception, we have been operating to develop the long-term sustainable mortgage finance system and secondary mortgage finance market by means of issuing Mortgage-Backed securities in Mongolia. This recognition by one of the most prestigious international publications in the global finance community is providing an excellent communication platform for attracting and assisting broad public investor communities to better understand the financial market of Mongolia. We will continue to maintain our leading position by honoring the trust of shareholders and bond investors.
Cathay United Bank - Taiwan (Mr. Daniel Teng – CEO of Corporate Banking Group)
As a bank committed to service our customers, we are honored to receive this award as “Best Corporate Bank, Taiwan 2016”. In the future, with our passion for customers, we will keep providing the highest quality of banking products, and expanding our dedicated services throughout Asia. With “Integrity, Accountability, and Creativity” as our core values, we will continue to provide the most efficient and comprehensive services to our clients.
Bank Rakyat – Malaysia (Datuk Mustafha Hj. Abd. Razak - Managing Director)
“Bank Rakyat is extremely privileged to win not one but three awards from the prestigious International Finance Magazine: Best Islamic Bank, Malaysia 2016, Best Islamic Retail Bank, Malaysia 2016 and Best Managed Bank, Malaysia 2016. Thank you to the judges and IFM for this great honour. I would also like to thank the management team and all the employees of Bank Rakyat whose hard work and dedication has made this possible.”
Al Yusr Leasing & Financing Company – Saudi Arabia ( Mr. Bader Al Shemari – CEO )
Al Yusr Leasing & Financing Company is honored to be receiving IFM’s Best Leasing & Financing Company in Saudi Arabia award for the second year running. We appreciate this recognition that validates the hard work that our people do to continuously improve the all aspects of our performance to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. It gives me personally great pleasure to recognize the efforts of our staff in getting us here. I am also thankful to our clients whose trust in our abilities and services lead us on this point. We will continue our efforts to maintain our leadership position, by staying true to our values to our staff, clients, shareholders, and community
Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad – Malaysia ( Mr. Gan Leong Hin – CEO )
“Being awarded the “Most Corporate and Socially Responsible Insurance Company Malaysia 2016” is an honourable testimony to Prudential’s dedication in providing innovative, focused, and practical support to our local communities. This award is an encouragement for us to continue championing our aim of helping Malaysians build financial resilience through our ongoing focus of providing financial education and financial protection. We would like to share this achievement with our employees and agents, who are the driving force behind our corporate responsibility programmes. It is truly fulfilling for our Prudential family to be able to exercise our core value of innovating and creating opportunities in supporting Malaysians with their life-long financial planning. This is a value we hold close to our heart as we strive to continue being the number one insurer in the hearts and minds of our communities that we support.”
QIIB – Qatar ( Mr. Abdulbasit A.Al-Shaibei – CEO )
We thank International Finance Magazine for choosing QIIB for the prestigious ‘Best Islamic Bank Qatar 2016’. “By God’s grace, we have been able to contribute to Qatar’s banking sector in particular and regional and international Islamic banking system in general. Our success is deeply rooted in the value-based banking we do, and our strict adherence to Shariah principles and commitment to the society.” “We believe this award has been given to us in recognition of the fact that we have been able to achieve significantly in Islamic banking, maintain the pace of growth, and expand our customer base. As an integral part of the national economy, our success was driven by Qatar’s overall growth. We are proud of our contribution to national economy and will always be ready to contribute to its continuing growth and prosperity. We will do our part in serving our country and its citizens.”
SeABank - Vietnam (Ms. Le Thu Thuy - Vice Standing Chairwoman of BOD)
I am proud of being granted the award “Most active banking leader of the year” and “Most innovative credit card services Vietnam 2016”. In the past years, as a leader of SeABank, I tried to develop it to become a prominent retail bank of Vietnam. SeABank is ranked to be one of top commercial joint stock banks of Vietnam in term of charter capital, total assets and transaction network. The bank has a wide range of products and services matching the different customer segments. SeABank’s credit card uses the most modern security technology and be accepted by two popular international card organizations - VISA, MasterCard and 03 other international cards - Amex, Diners Club, JCB. In 2015, SeABank has become one of top 15 banks of Vietnam that have card alliance network with 06 most popular card brands.
Global Seguros - Angola ( Mr. Rui Costa Campos – CEO )
Global Seguros is proud to be doubly recognised by International Finance Magazine as “Best Costumer Service Insurance Provider” in Angola, as well as “Best Insurance CEO 2016”. The recognition by one of the most prestigious international publications in the global finance community is testament to the groundbreaking work undertaken by Global Seguros in the insurance market in Angola, since 2006. Ever since our inception, we have devoted ourselves to innovation and client care, striving to meet the demands of an expanding economy and evolving society by introducing new products, that allow people to feel safe in their endeavors, while ensuring the best standards in terms of response. We will continue to work in order to be worthy of the trust of the Angolan costumers. We are extremely grateful to International Finance Magazine for the attention it has devoted to our country. These awards acknowledge the best examples in the Angolan finance community and are invaluable in incorporating best practices in our daily activities. We at Global Seguros are overwhelmed by the accolade and are devoted to maintaining our leading position in the Angolan insurance market.
Moçambique Previdente, S.G.F.P.,S.A – Mozambique - ( Mr. Aldo Mabay Tembe – CEO )
"We are pleased in receiving this award from International Finance Magazine, as it symbolizes the recognition of the work that is being done by all the Mocambique Previdente team. We value our stakeholders and daily abide by our vision which is to have as our mission statement to become the leader in pension fund benefits and investment in Mozambique, work that is being reflected in this achievement"
Global IME Bank Limited - Nepal ( Mr. Anil Gyawali - CEO )
“Global IME Bank Limited is honored for being recognized by International Finance Magazine as the “Best Internet Bank Nepal 2016”. We would also like to congratulate all stakeholders of the bank for rewarding us with this award. We believe processes and system re-engineering is a continuous phenomenon to provide the best internet banking solutions to our valued customers in the most secured way possible. In the days to come, we will continue to provide even better value added services with an aim to always remain at the top in the Nepalese internet banking services.”
KAINVEST - KARYMBA INVESTIMENTOS, LDA - Angola - ( Mr. Jofre Karymba - Chairman & CEO )
"We are truly honored and delighted to have won this award as "Fastest Growing Venture Capital and Private Equity Firm Angola 2016" in this year's International Finance Magazine Awards. We appreciate the recognition, we will continue striving for perfection and excellence. This achievement gives us even more motivation to accomplish our most efficient way of working"
LienVietPostBank - Vietnam ( Mr. Duong Cong Minh - Chairman )
We are honoured to receive the “Best Mobile Banking Application Vietnam 2016” award. This clearly demonstrates our consistent efforts in developing a comprehensive financial solution for all Vietnamese customers. Thanks to the straightforward business strategy, focused orientation targeting the mass market and effective implementation plan, we have launched "Vi Viet” - an initiative E-wallet on mobile in Vietnam that would be a simple and effective solution for our clients. Given the reputable recognition of IFM, we are more confident to pursue our innovation path, aiming at digital banking era that can better facilitate financial inclusion in Vietnam.
Maritime Bank - Vietnam ( Mr. Huynh Buu Quang – CEO )
“The winning of the “Best Commercial Bank in Vietnam 2016” award is such a great news. Indeed, it comes as a meaningful present to all of us at Maritime Bank at the time we are preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our foundation. It is truly an inspiration for both our leaders and staff to continue our hard work and demonstrate further dedication in realizing our vision of becoming the most loved bank in Vietnam. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank IFM and our staff for this wonderful award”
Brokers XP – Lebanon (Mr. Abdullah Saleh - Managing Partner)
“It is a great honor and a great pleasure for Brokers XP to be awarded with the “Fastest Growing Real Estate Broker, Lebanon” prize, by the prestigious International Finance Magazine. This prize is only the beginning of the crowning of the outstanding efforts that Brokers XP family has been implementing throughout the previous years in the quest of distinctiveness and leadership in the Real Estate domain in Lebanon. We are proud of this prize since it reinforces our beliefs that "Brokers XP" is on the right track towards achieving its vision of becoming a benchmark in every market it penetrates. There is no doubt that this prize wouldn't have been possible without the mutual trust and respect we share with our customers. This only makes us more determined and consistent in pursuing our real estate brokerage concept (Beyond Brokerage). At the end, we modestly express our deep acknowledgements and appreciations to the International Finance Magazine and the eminent International Committee for its arbitration.
Gulf Bank - Kuwait ( Mr. César González-Bueno - CEO )
We are very proud to receive these two prestigious awards. This is the third year that Gulf Bank has won the ‘Best Retail Bank in Kuwait’ award from International Finance Magazine, and the second consecutive year we have received the ‘Best Retail Customer Service Bank in Kuwait’ award. To have won these awards for consecutive years demonstrates Gulf Bank’s commitment to providing its customers with outstanding customer service combined with innovative and easy to use products. I would like to thank International Finance Magazine and its panel of distinguished international judges and I would also like to extend my gratitude to all the staff at Gulf Bank for their hard work and dedication in providing our customers with the most efficient and best available banking services.
Garanti Asset Management-Turkey (Mr. Mahmut Kaya - Chief Executive Officer)
“It’s a great honour for Garanti Asset Management to be awarded with the “Most Innovative Asset Management Company, Turkey 2016” by the prestigious International Finance Magazine. We are very proud that our new multi-asset fund structure named as SMART Funds have enabled us to win this award. SMART  Funds offered to investors by Garanti Asset Management, have differentiated themselves in Turkey’s mutual fund industry by providing diversification including foreign assets. In addition to our goal of creating sustainable performance, we care for offering “innovative investment opportunities” for our clients. Winning this international award is a valuable confirmation of our competence and experience in this field. Garanti Asset Management being the first asset management company in Turkey, has always been the pioneer in introducing new products in Turkish Asset Management Industry. We are very thankful for the recognition of our efforts and will continue to work with the goal of serving the most creative investment solutions to the needs of our clients.”
Continental FX (Mr. Miguel Aliaga - Chief Executive Officer)
“It is with great pleasure that we receive the award “Best Online Broker - Latin America” for second year in a row, and a great honor to be awarded the “Best Asset Management Company in Chile”, from the prestigious International Finance Magazine. We are very thankful for the recognition of our efforts, we strive to be better every year and our goal is to excel in every aspect of our business, giving our customers the best service and a complete package of products and services. This is only the beginning of our commitment, aligned with our mission and values as a Company. We want to take these recognitions with humility to continue to contribute to the economic, educational and social development of Chile and Latin america. Once again, thank you International Finance Magazine for the support and your contribution to the financial industry through out the world.
Banco BCI - Mozambique (Mr. Paulo Sousa - Chief Executive Officer)
“It is a great honor and a great pleasure for BCI to be awarded with the “Best Commercial Bank Mozambique” prize, by the prestigious International Finance Magazine. With this award we have even more responsibility to look into the future with determination and ambition, as part of our mission values, and to continue to contribute to the economic and social development of Mozambique, as part of an ongoing solidary commitment with the country and its people.”
Macro Software Systems - Oman ( Mr. Qais Al Lamki - Managing Director )
Macro Software Systems is honoured and proud to be recognised for 2nd consecutive year as the “Best IT Service Provide” for Oman. It means a lot to us, as it validates our continuous efforts and commitment to provide high quality of service and solutions to our clients throughout MEA region. We are thankful to our clients, who continue to work with us and this award will further strengthen our business relationship with them for a better future.
Amlak Finance PJSC - UAE (Mr. Arif Alharmi - Managing Director & CEO )
“We are very proud to have been recognized as a leader in the Shari’a compliant property finance industry as well as for our Lifestyle Takaful offerings in the UAE. These awards clearly reflect our commitment to delivering innovative products and services to our customers.”
ForexMart ( Mr. Ildar Sharipov - President )
ForexMart is thrilled to be recognized as the Best New Broker in Europe by the International Finance Magazine. This is only the beginning of our commitment to be a reliable forex trading partner and help traders navigate their way through the vast foreign exchange market. We celebrate this award with humility, keeping in mind that our long journey has only started. ForexMart will continue to forge a dependable path that will cement our place in the forex industry. Once again, thank you to the International Finance Magazine.
Carlisle Management - Luxembourg (Mr. Jose Garcia - Chief Executive Officer)
“Carlisle Management is proud to receive such an honor. This serves as validation for the commitment and formidable efforts our team has demonstrated in getting Carlisle to this point and further strengthens our resolve to push forward into the future. We couldn’t be more pleased to receive such an esteemed award. Here in Luxembourg we are surrounded by top tier companies so we feel truly honored to be recognized for our efforts and dedication in remaining at the forefront.”
Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad - Malaysia (Mr. Muhammad Fikri Mohamad Rawi - Chief Executive Officer)
This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff at Sun Life Malaysia as well as the support of our business partners and clients. We are extremely proud of this achievement, as it marks another major milestone for this young company within a remarkable timeline. Our humble success amidst a challenging economic environment is testament to our strong vision, values and commitment to Malaysians as well as the Takaful industry. Moving forward, we will continue to focus our efforts on helping our clients achieve lifetime financial security.
Odea Bank - Turkey (Mr Hüseyin Özkaya - CEO)
We are delighted to be awarded in this year's International Finance Magazine Awards as the Most Innovative Bank in Turkey in 2016. This award is the clear testimony of our efforts in becoming a pioneer of innovation and technology in the Turkish finance industry. We always try to stay a step ahead of our rivals by using advanced technology and creating effective business processes with an innovative approach. Odeabank has the vision to be the first bank that comes to mind regarding the banking needs of anyone who cares about their lives and their time. We’ll continue to think creatively and come up with out of the box solutions for our customers and stakeholders.
InstaForex - Russia (Mr. Dmitriy Savchenko - Executive Director)
This award is a very special recognition for us. Peter Drucker has said once, that the only essential functions of any business are innovations and marketing. This award is merit of our success on these dimensions. From one side - it shows the success of our efforts to make platform best on the whole market - from the other side, it's a recognition of success of our marketing communications in our key market - Asia. We are extremely happy but at the same time, celebrating this award we do remember that it will take even more effort to keep the pace in 2017!
Eurobank Cyprus Ltd - Cyprus (Mr. Michalis Louis - Chief Executive Officer)
Eurobank Cyprus is honoured and proud to be recognised by International Finance Magazine as the “Best Private Bank” in Cyprus for 2016. This award reflects our constant commitment to provide high quality of service and wealth management solutions to our high net worth clients, families and institutional investors with sophisticated wealth management and investment requirements. We believe that knowing our clients and offering them insightful advice, in-depth knowledge and courteous service leads to mutual success.
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited - Bangladesh (Farzana Chowdhury - Managing Director and CEO)
I am truly overwhelmed and honored to receive this prestigious award from International Finance Magazine as the Best Non-Life Insurance Company of Bangladesh. This is an amazing feeling to see all our hard work and endeavour being recognized once again not just locally but also internationally. Green Delta has always been the pioneer in bringing out new innovative products and services addressing the local, community and national issues over the past 3 decades. Achieving this international award has added another feather to the crown and strengthened our brand image. This could not have been possible without the excellent team spirit that we have among our members of Green Delta Family. Our motto- ‘Marches with time’ is what keeps us motivated to break barriers and achieve greater success.
Habib Bank AG Zurich - United Kingdom (Prof. Moorad Choudhry - CEO, UK)
Habib Bank AG Zurich (UK) are delighted to be awarded "Best Small Bank, UK 2016" in this year's International Finance Magazine Awards. It further endorses our ongoing focus of delivering excellent customer service to our retail and commercial customers.
AAA Seguros - Angola (Carlos Vicente, President – Chairman)
Thanks for the award. It’s a great encouragement and recognition to continue and improve every day
Odebrecht - Ecuador (Giovanni Palacios, Contract Director for the Daule - Vinces Transbasin System Project)
“It is a great honor for Odebrecht that its Daule Vinces Transbasin System has won the IFM's award for “Best Infrastructure Development Project Ecuador 2016.” Executing this project called for assuming a responsibility not only to the communities in its area of influence but also to all of Ecuador. The Daule-Vinces Transbasin System can provide a constant supply of irrigation water for 170,000 hectares of farmland, benefitting 127,000 local inhabitants. The operation of the system will allow farmers to plant and harvest at least one more crop per year. The region benefitted by the project grows bananas, other fruits and cacao, as well as 80% of all of the rice consumed in the country. “
Banco BNI Europa - Portugal (Mr. Pedro Pinto Coelho - Chief Executive Officer)
We are very proud to be honored by International Finance Magazine with the most innovative bank in Portugal award. This award is the recognition of our efforts to become a reference in the Fintech industry. BNI Europa has the mission to provide the best customer experience for the its clients and will continue its efforts to be always ahead introducing new concepts and ideas.
SABB Takaful - Saudi Arabia (Mr. Adrian Flowers - Chief Executive Officer)
"I'm extremely pleased and proud to accept these awards of behalf of the SABB Takaful team in Saudi Arabia. The team have worked hard by listening to our customers needs and providing innovative digital solutions on how products can be purchased and serviced. We also work in close alignment with SABB Bank to provide a personal, "face to face" service for those customers that need this approach to assist them in Wealth Management decisions. We are committed to a long term, mutually beneficial approach with our customers, to be there when they need us and to be able to access our services however the customer would like, whether that is on-line, via the phone or face to face. We are excited about the future innovations that we will bring to our customers."
Global Seguros - Angola (Mr. Rui Costa Campos, Chief Executive Officer)
Global Seguros is proud to be doubly recognised by International Finance Magazine as “Best Customer Service Insurance Provider” in Angola, as well as “Best Insurance CEO 2016”. The recognition by one of the most prestigious international publications in the global finance community is testament to the groundbreaking work undertaken by Global Seguros in the insurance market in Angola, since 2006. Ever since our inception, we have devoted ourselves to innovation and client care, striving to meet the demands of an expanding economy and evolving society by introducing new products, that allow people to feel safe in their endeavors, while ensuring the best standards in terms of response. We will continue to work in order to be worthy of the trust of the Angolan costumers. We are extremely grateful to International Finance Magazine for the attention it has devoted to our country. These awards acknowledge the best examples in the Angolan finance community and are invaluable in incorporating best practices in our daily activities. We at Global Seguros are overwhelmed by the accolade and are devoted to maintaining our leading position in the Angolan insurance market.
Banco Nacional Ultramarino S.A. (BNU) - Macau (Mr. Pedro Cardoso - Chief Executive Officer)
We are delighted to receive the “Best Socially Responsible Bank Macau 2015” and the “Best Retail Bank Macau 2015” awards from International Finance Magazine. During the past almost 114 years, BNU has been part of the financial life of Macau while maintaining an active role in the social and economic development of the territory, supporting local business activities. The knowledge and experiences acquired have been essential to bring success to its customers’ businesses and projects in sectors such as retail, real estate, manufacturing, transportation, construction, public utilities and international trade. BNU is always at the forefront of offering cutting-edge products and services to our customers; listening to and delivering up to their ambitions, are our main keys to success. Winning these two awards, I believe, is a sign of affirmation on BNU’s continuous commitment to the local community, our customers and other stakeholders. We face the future with great optimism and enthusiasm and these awards reinforce our belief that we are on the right track.
La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited (Mr. Greg O’Neill - President & Chief Executive Officer)
Our core values and a thorough understanding of the business environment both play a significant role in our success. We are very proud to accept these Awards on behalf of our dedicated staff, who daily go about their business of being guardians of other people’s life savings – a role we take with great pride and seriousness. We recently announced that the Credit Fund had reached the $1 billion threshold, delivering significant wealth for our 23,330 registered investors. The longstanding objective of the Credit Fund has been to provide investors with a choice of capital-stable, reliable, income generating investment options. The Credit Fund’s performance in times of low interest rates continues to attract attention across the market.
Banco Interacciones - Mexico (Mr. Carlos Rojo - Chief Executive Officer)
In Banco Interacciones we are grateful and proud of receiving these two awards from International Finance Magazine: “Best SME Bank, Mexico” and “Best Government & Infrastructure Financing Bank, Mexico”. We believe what explains our excellent financial performance is the assertive execution of our business model which is based on two value propositions: the first one is a short time to market in assisting with financial solutions for our clients, and the second one is to offer, in a very low risk environment, a higher interest rate to our depositors by transferring to them, in the form of a yield premium, the savings created by avoiding high operating costs related to a big branch network.
Bahrain Islamic Bank – Bahrain (Mr. Hassan Amin Jarrar - Chief Executive Officer)
“We are greatly pleased for winning this prize for the 2nd time in a row, which is offered by International Finance. This international prize is considered one of the most significant achievements made by the bank by the end of the year 2015, and it confirms the Bank’s leading position in the Islamic banking sector”.
McOttley Capital - Ghana (Mr. Richard Dugan – Group President and CEO)
Winning Best New Investment Bank Ghana 2015 and Best Client Service (Investment Bank) Ghana 2015 can solely be attributed to the diligence, perseverance and dedication of the young team at McOttley Capital. We see this as a testament of our commitment to exceptional performance and professional ethics and this is what has enabled us to proudly stand tall amongst our peers. This award will further fuel our passion to provide superior customer service and bespoke solutions to our clients, placing the investment needs and satisfaction of our clients above all else. On behalf of the team at McOttley, we are greatly honoured.
Ocidental Grupo - Portugal (Mr. Steven Braekeveldt - Chief Executive Officer)
Ocidental Grupo is proud of receiving the double recognition of Best Bancassurance Company and Best Insurance Company in Portugal by International Finance Magazine. The focus in high standards of transparency, quality and efficiency has enabled our consistent growth above the market, turning us into leaders in Life (mathematical provisions), Pension Funds, 2nd in Health and a reference in bancassurance, where we operate within full alignment with our Bank partner. Customers and partners can find in us a wide offer, ranging from life to non-life, health and pension funds solutions, aimed to protect families and businesses. We're driven by the goal of being responsive to every need, and so, committed in building an insurance company that simplifies people's lives.
deVere Group - (Mr. Nigel Green - Founder and Chief Executive Officer)
deVere is honoured to win International Finance Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best International Advisory Company – East Asia’ award. It is a reward for 13 years’ of achievements in Hong Kong, China and Japan; it celebrates our ongoing commitment to and world-class service for clients; and it recognises the hard work, dedication and integrity of our people in an increasingly competitive sector.
Omnix International - UAE (Mr. Mahmoud Musbah - Senior Vice President)
Omnix has been always driven by a deep sense of responsibility and devotion towards achieving a distinguished level of excellence for providing Public Services Software Solutions. Our Governments in the MENA region constantly thrive to provide its citizens with the highest standards of services as a core objective of its’ mission and vision, and Omnix has been always a partner that works in parallel to help governments achieve their objectives. We are humbly grateful to be recognized by the IFM for our hard work and excellence, and promise to maintain the same level of diligence backed by our great team of devoted professionals.
Omnix International - UAE (Mr. Jamal Abu Issa - President & Chief Executive Officer)
Omnix International winning International Finance Magazine’s Best Public Service Software Solutions Provider for the MENA region is an impressive accomplishment. This award underlines our commitment to supporting the region’s public sector digital transformation, from integrating citizen services for government ministries to enabling the next generation of Smart Cities. In line with our vision, we will continue to leverage our experience and expertise in further using the latest IT solutions to meet public sector business objectives.
China Communications Services Corporation Limited – Hong Kong (Mr. Furong SI - President)
It is my great honour to receive the Leadership 100 Awards from International Finance Magazine. Being the President of a leading integrated service provider for the informatisation sector in China, this prestigious award recognized my commitment in implementing strategies in diversification, innovation and transformation, leading the company to timely capture rising market opportunities and achieving sustainable growth amid the ever-changing operating environment.
Martifier Solar - Portugal (Mr. Henrique Rodrigues - Chief Executive Officer)
Winning the IFM Award (Best Solar Solutions Company) is a proof of our quality services and our capabilities. We are very proud of it and it's a big confidence boost to the Martifer Solar team. Winning the IFM Award really motivated and energized us. It has proven that we are a world class company providing solar energy solutions!
Commercial International Life Insurance - Egypt (Mr. Mike Newton - Managing Director)
We are delighted that all our team’s hard work and dedication has been showcased in these awards. CIL seeks to align all aspects of its business with the best international standards including ISO certifications, accreditation from Investors in People, PCI-DSS along with other standards and benchmarks. The Business in the Community bench marking exercise along with the dedication, energy and commitment of our people have been important factors in the delivery of our strong CSR program.
KSi Mexico - Mexico (Mr. David Hernández Munguía - Chief Executive Officer)
We are very delighted and proud to be recognized as Best Domestic Tax Audit Firm 2015 from the International Finance Magazine. I would like to thank all those who made this recognition possible, especially our staffs for all their commitment and to our loyal customers. Our focus is to help our clients succeed by keeping up to date with their affairs and offering a high standard of both commercial and supportive advice.
Banco Santander (Mexico) S.A - Mexico (Marcos Martínez Gavica - Chief Executive Officer)
Banco Santander Mexico is the leading institution in Mexico in different businesses, such as SMEs, infrastructure, energy, mortgages, and of course, as an investment bank, without neglecting its commitment to the community. That’s why we feel very proud that International Finance Magazine acknowledges us as the Best Investment Bank and Most Socially Responsible Bank in Mexico, which motivates us to maintain that leadership and strengthen our social commitment.
Garanti Pension and Life – Turkey (Mr. Cemal Onaran - Chief Executive Officer)
The new sales model we launched relying on customer-centric applications like “Customer is Mine” and “Life Insurance Plus Module”- namely, sales via tablet application- is found worthy the attention and appreciation of International Magazine Finance. This is a source of motivation and commitment to stick to our customer-centric strategy for the coming years too. We are deeply honored to have been awarded as the “Most Innovative Insurance Company”. Every recognition of our efforts reminds us that we are on the right path by putting teamwork in the heart of our business. It is the team spirit and synergy that count most when it comes to success. So, I would like to seize this opportunity to thank all of our teammates and to vocalize how we appreciate their work which helps us spearhead the sector
PT. Danareksa Investment Management - Indonesia (Mr. Prihatmo Hari Mulyanto - Chief Executive Officer)
We want to express our deep gratitude to International Finance Magazine for recognizing Danareksa Investment Management as The Most Innovative Asset Management Company in Indonesia. It is an honor for us to receive this award. This achievement is an important milestone because it shows another step in the right direction for us to become a major player in the regional level. Winning the award proves our belief that innovation is the key to our presence and sustainability in the industry. We would like to thank all who made this recognition possible, especially our investors who have trusted us with their portfolios. Being the pioneer in the Indonesia’s asset management industry, this award is an acknowledgement to our continuous commitment to the industry and to reaffirm our expertise in Indonesia.
FEP Capital - Egypt (Mr. Omar Maghawry - Chief Executive officer)
After working in the Egyptian Private Equity and Investment Banking market for almost five years, I'm so proud FEP Capital won two awards from your reputable organization. We have worked hard during this period to achieve several milestones in both PE & IB, and we have successfully surpassed our expectations. I look forward to attending the ceremony in London.
Optimum Asset Management - USA (Mr. Alberto Matta - Chief Executive Officer)
We are delighted to receive this award as a further endorsement and recognition of our successful expansion‎ in the US market
Prosperous Capital & Assurance (Pvt) Limited - Sri Lanka (Mr. Madhawa Edussuriya - Managing Director)
We are very humbly delighted and pleased to honour to be recognize our organization as a “Best New Micro and Small Enterprise Finance Provider Sri Lanka 2015” and “Most Innovative IT Solutions Provider Sri Lanka 2015”. We would like to thank all those who made this recognition possible, specially our dedicated staff and loyal customers, and the IFM Team’s effort to recognize organizations. Being a young organization, we further commit to more focus our vision to help needy people in all over the country.
Angola Capital Partners - Angola (Mr. Tiago Laranjeiro - Managing Director)
Angola Capital Partners is delighted to have been recognised for successfully bringing private equity into a frontier market like Angola. Our focus on superior returns has been strategically paired with a focus on corporate governance and on the highest standards of reporting and transparency which has differentiated us and allowed us to partner with some of the best entrepreneurs and companies in this market, as well as attract international players to co-invest with us in these deals. Angola Capital Partners' strong local presence and unique local network and its Angolan DNA, while resulting from a joint venture between the largest Angolan bank BAI and the Norwegian development finance institution Norfund, makes the level of its local relationships fundamentally different than those of international private equity players. Being first-to-market has also allowed Angola Capital Partners to create a track record and outstanding reputation within the Angolan business community.
Galt & Taggart - Georgia (Mr. Archil Gachechiladze - Chairman)
This year, Galt & Taggart has been working actively with IFIs as well as private Georgian companies. On the Capital Markets side, we acted as the sole placement agent for the EBRD and IFC local bond issuances and successfully placed corporate bonds for m2 Real Estate, Evex, and GWP, which were all listed on the Georgian Stock Exchange. Moreover, we have been actively providing corporate advisory services to Georgian and foreign companies. This prestigious award serves as recognition of Galt & Taggart’s leadership role in the development of capital markets and investment banking in Georgia
Construtora Norberto Odebrecht S. A. - Ecuador (Mr. José Santos - Country Director)
We are honored to receive the International Finance Magazine Award for Best Infrastructure Development Project in Ecuador 2015, for the construction of the Ruta Viva highway. Ruta Viva links the world to Quito and to Ecuador because it connects the country’s main international airport to the capital city and surrounding areas. Approximately 200,000 people are benefitted by this highway, which has an average circulation of 50,000 vehicles per day. At Odebrecht, we are very proud to be a global organization and to contribute to the development of each country where we operate, providing the latest know-how and resources while addressing local needs and adapting to local conditions. During these 28 years in Ecuador, Odebrecht has become part of the country’s development history. In addition, since we have continuously sought out and trained qualified, motivated Ecuadorians, we are proud to say that they have in turn become part of our company’s history.
Odea Bank - Turkey (Mr Hüseyin Özkaya - Chief Executive Officer)
We feel very distinguished to receive the Most Innovative Bank Turkey 2015 award from International Finance Magazine. As a young bank established in 2012 we are humbled by the international recognition which is a clear testimony of our efforts to be one of the best and innovative banks operating in Turkey. Last three years have been an amazing journey for all of us where we did not have only the challenge to establish a bank from scratch but also distinguish ourselves from our peers by constantly investing on the technology and on the way we serve to our customers. Receiving this award makes us feel more confident for our future endeavors for bringing out new innovative services and products for our customers.
Pro IT Solutions (Pvt) Ltd - Sri Lanka (Mr. Madhawa Edussuriya - Managing Director)
We are very humbly delighted and pleased to honour to be recognize our organization as a “Best New Micro and Small Enterprise Finance Provider Sri Lanka 2015” and “Most Innovative IT Solutions Provider Sri Lanka 2015”. We would like to thank all those who made this recognition possible, specially our dedicated staff and loyal customers, and the IFM Team’s effort to recognize organizations. Being a young organization, we further commit to more focus our vision to help needy people in all over the country.
SABB Takaful (Adrian Flowers - Chief Executive Officer)
“SABB Takaful is honoured to have been awarded the Best Bancassurance Provider 2015 in Saudi Arabia. This award is shared with Saudi British Bank (SABB) who through their forward looking approach to Customer Service and Wealth Management have enabled us to have a first class proposition”
Bank Sohar – Oman ( Mr. Rashad Ali Al Musafir – Acting CEO )
“In our eight years of operations within the Sultanate of Oman, we at Bank Sohar have always placed great emphasis on customer service and customer experience by ensuring that the bouquet of products and services offered are developed and delivered based on customer requirements and needs, as this has always been proven strategically important and successful in the highly competitive marketplace of commercial banking within the Country. Furthermore, and stemming from our operating philosophy, Bank Sohar has always vested in giving back to the community it serves by making meaningful contributions and hence difference in the lives of those who need it, as well as highlighting the responsibility that organisations have towards the community. It is these aspects of our operations that have helped us earn our status as one of the most prominent and trusted financial service providers in the country”. “On behalf of Bank Sohar, I am honoured to have received the ‘Best Customer Service Bank in Oman’ and ‘Best CSR Bank in Oman’ awards from IFM, adding onto the array of accolade the Bank has won in 2015 alone. These prestigious recognitions reiterate our commitment to our customers and the community as well as serve as motivation for everyone at the Bank” Mr. Rashad added.
RIMES Technologies Corporation - USA ( Mr. Alessandro Ferrari - SVP Global Marketing )
We thank IFM for recognising our ongoing technology innovation and team of buy-side data management experts who always strive to deliver a best in class service to our customers. When RIMES launched nearly 20 years ago, we pioneered the provision of cloud-based managed data services. This is our fourth industry accolade in 2015 and we’re very proud that the industry continues to award our efforts as we strive to transform the way that data is delivered and consumed by the buy-side. Firms that choose RIMES achieve more with less.
United Amara Bank - Myanmar ( Mr. Than Win Swe - Chief Executive Officer )
It is of great pleasure to receive the awards of “Most Innovative Retail Bank” and “Best Trade Finance Bank” for Year 2015. UAB is one of the fastest growing banks in Myanmar and we have achieved much of our success through innovation and differentiating ourselves from our competition. We thank our dedicated team of staff who have been single-minded in ensuring that Customers are our priority and ensuring that the Bank is constantly true to its Motto : “ Safe, Sound and Trustworthy”.
Arthur Energy Technology Limited - ( Engineer Arthur Anthony Okeyika - CEO & Chief Engineer )
On behalf of Arthur Energy Technology Ltd, I want to use this opportunity to thank IFM for this great honor in recognizing our company for this great award. “Best Renewable Energy Provider, Nigeria 2015” We are a reputable Name in Engineering, Consultants, Contractors & Providers of Renewable energy, are the leading solution provider for total facilities and management of alternative, reliable & renewable energy. Such as: Solar, Wind, Inverter Power Backups, etc. For residential, commercial & industrial facilities. The Company was incorporated in February 2009. Since then we have been in fore front of Renewable Energy Projects in Nigeria ranging from Domestic to Industrial. We are now in the frontiers of other African Countries championing crusade for Renewable Energy and Carbon Credit facility, while Reducing Our Carbon Foot Print. I want to thank God by whose power and help we could be able to achieve all this. I believe that this “Best Renewable Energy Provider, Nigeria 2015” AWARD by IFM is going to add more value to our company, at the same time it will make us to work harder so as to achieve more, because we believe that the sky is not our limit but our starting point.
PASHA Bank - Georgia ( Mr. Shahin Mammadov - CEO & Chairman of Board of Directors )
PASHA Bank has been operating in Georgia since 2013, providing regional corporate and investment banking services to large and medium enterprises. Being a young organization like this, we naturally feel double happiness to receive such international recognition. Winning the nomination of “The Fastest Growing Corporate Bank” gives us even more motivation to continue our teamwork in order to reach new heights together with PASHA Bank Azerbaijan and PASHA Bank Turkey and of course, share the success with our dearest clients and partners.
Sejel Technology Ltd – Saudi Arabia ( Mr. Ahmed Ghamri - CEO )
On behalf of Sejel Technology, I am deeply honored to receive the award “Best Turnkey Solution Provider in Saudi Arabia 2015” from the International Finance Magazine. This award is a valuable recognition for everyone who helped our company become a strategic IT Services Provider in the public and private sector in Saudi Arabia today.
Banco De Fomento - Angola (Mr. Emídio Pinheiro – CEO)
BFA is honoured to have received the International Finance Magazine for Best Corporate Bank Angola 2015 “. This award is a recognition to the work we have been developing in the last 22 years. Receiving such an important award promotes a sense of pride and ownership of what we as a team have accomplished – a trusted partner for doing business.
Goldstar Insurance Co Ltd - Uganda ( Mr. Azim Tharani – Managing Director )
We are pleased and honored to receive this award, a new recognition for our efforts over the last twenty years to turn Goldstar Insurance into the best insurance company in Uganda. We are very proud of the highly skilled and dedicated team we have built in order to achieve this leading position, turning our entity into the ideal partner for doing business in Uganda and the region.
International Bank of Qatar (ibq) ( Mr. Jabra Ghandour - Managing Director )
We are honoured to receive these International Finance Magazine Awards, especially for ‘Best Private Bank Qatar 2015’, as it serves to recognise that ibq is the private bank of choice in Qatar. We have developed enduring and long lasting relationships with our clients for over 50 years. Offering them access to high-quality services from a trusted and reliable partner has meant we have been perfectly positioned to help them meet their financial and wealth management objectives.” He added: “We are also delighted to have won the ‘Best Customer Loyalty Programme Qatar 2015’ as well for our unique thanq rewards programme, as it recognises our innovative approach to retaining customer loyalty to our brand by delivering the ultimate in retail banking services.
Amanah Consulting - Tunisia ( Mr. Majdi Chaabouni - Founder & Managing Director )
We are honored to be recognized as the Most Innovative Islamic Strategy Consultancy in Tunisia for the first time and covering the North African region. The north Africa region has always been amongst the areas of priority for us and we are happy to receive the deserved reward for our achievement. This is also a testament to our commitment to the clients we serve as we remain committed to ensuring that our clients’ strategic goals are achieved through innovative solutions. As a founder of Amanah Consulting, I feel very honored to be part of the winning reward.
TeleTrade-DJ International Consulting Ltd ( Mr. Andreas Samatas - CMO & Director )
It is a great honor to receive the award ‘Best Affiliate Program Europe 2015’ from International Finance Magazine. It comes as a validation of the high standards of the program we developed. Our aim is to give our affiliates the tools to reach their full financial potential. We look forward to continue excelling in the creation of even more products and services to enhance the partnership we have with them.
WOMENA - UAE ( Ms. Elissa Freiha - Founder )
We are honored to be included in such a respectable list of winners such as ADCB and Al Hilal Bank. Growing WOMENA over the past year and a half has been a wonderful experience thanks to our proactive members, talented entrepreneurs, and hardworking advisors and staff. Our focus will continue to uncompromisingly be helping women manage their own capital confidently while growing promising startups, and making it fun! Thank you to IFM for this recognition. To Series A and beyond!
FBS Inc. ( Mr. Denis Slinkin - CEO )
We are honoured to be recognized as the Best Broker in Asia Pacific region for the second consecutive year. This region has always been amongst the areas of priority for us and we are happy to receive the deserved reward for our hard work there. This award is our greatest pride, as receiving it means that FBS remains at the top of popularity amongst local traders. We sincerely thank International Finance Magazine for their flattering review of our work and would like to reassure everyone that we will continue looking to the future with passion and determination. We will make all possible efforts for further success!
ActivoBank - Portugal ( Mr. Nelson Machado - CEO )
We are delighted to have won this award. It is gratifying to know that our path to innovation is widely recognized. ActivoBank will continue to be faithful to its mission statement and commitment to its customers, build a bank designed to detail, to simplify people's lives. Thank you.
Al Yusr Leasing & Financing - Saudi Arabia ( Mr. Bader Al Shemari - CEO )
It is our honour to receive the Award of “Best Leasing & Financing Company for the year 2015” by the International Finance Magazine, which comes as a validation to the continuous innovation of our Islamic financial solutions that answers to our retail and corporate clients’ needs and we look forward to continuing in excelling in the development of our products & services to what best fit the ever growing needs of our target audience.
Puente - Argentina ( Mr. Federico Tomasevich - CEO )
We are pleased and honoured to receive this award, a new recognition for our efforts over the last ten years to turn Puente into the largest Investment Bank in Latin America. We are very proud of the highly skilled and dedicated team we have built in order to achieve this leading position, turning our entity into the ideal partner for doing business in Argentina and the Southern Cone.
ANZ Bank (Vietnam) Ltd - ( Mr. Duong Duc Hung - Head of Retail Banking )
The two awards "Best Foreign Retail Bank in Vietnam" and "Best Credit Card Offering in Vietnam" confirm our leading position in the retail banking space in Vietnam. What differentiates us lies in our focused strategy targeting affluent and emerging affluent segments, effective execution, and consistent efforts to bring the most suitable financial solutions to our customers.
InstaForex ( Mr. Dmitry Savchenko - Vice President )
This is an incredible story. I remember the first "Best Broker in Asia" award we received in 2009. That was absolutely crazy and unreal story, we really could not believe we achieved this. After all these fantastic years getting “Best ECN Broker Asia 2015” is not just yet another award for us. I remember the list of brokers who competed for that award with us in 2009 and I understand that 75% of them do not exist any longer. The award from IFM is a very important benchmark showing that we does not only exist and growing, but also that we are doing everything right in Asia.
Professional Investment Advisory Services Pte Ltd ( Mr. Shaun Lin - Financial Services Director )
I feel very honoured to have been selected as the winner of the ‘Best New Financial Services Director – Singapore 2015’ award. Winning this Award has given me an incredible sense of achievement and it has served as a great inspiration and motivation to me and my team. This is also a testament to our commitment to the clients we serve as we remain committed in ensuring that our clients’ financial goals are achieved through personalised and holistic solutions.
Landsbankinn hf. - Iceland ( Mr. Steinthor Palsson - CEO )
We are thankful to International Finance Magazine for the recognition of our efforts over the last few years. We are proud of our strong financial position, our highly skilled and dedicated team of employees and our clear vision for the future. Combined, these factors form the foundation of a strong entity, an ideal partner for doing business in Iceland.
Gulf Bank - Kuwait ( Mr. Cesar Gonzalez Bueno - CEO )
We are very proud to be honoured for the second consecutive year by International Finance Magazine with the Best Retail Bank in Kuwait award. This award, and our further recognition by International Finance Magazine with the Best Retail Customer Service Bank in Kuwait award, are testaments to the dedication of the whole Gulf Bank team to delivering excellent customer service, and a portfolio of versatile and innovative retail financial products which are focused on the specific needs of the Kuwaiti market. The awards also help to reinforce Gulf Bank’s position as a major Kuwaiti financial institution which operates to the highest international standards of quality and excellence.
ATIG Investment & Securities - Turkey ( Mr. Mustafa Özen - CEO )
We are deeply honoured to receive “Best New Forex Broker Turkey, 2014” award and I want to offer my special thanks to Finance Magazine for their kindness. I would like to thank all of my employees for their hard-working and want to add that this type of awards encourage people to think innovative and dynamically. As ATIG we will try to continue to give the best service as much as we can. I am proud of being part of this success and of being CEO of ATIG Securities.
WhoTrades Ltd ( Mr. Erick Segura Sifuentes - Head of Main Representative Office Latin America )
The management and employees of WhoTrades Ltd. wish to convey their sincere gratitude to the organizers of the award for naming us the Fastest Growing Brokerage in Latin America. We earned this award through diligent and thorough work when providing brokerage and high-tech services. The award proves we are moving in the right direction and provides the best incentive to reach new goals.
Finanz Konzept AG ( Mr. Lars Oberle - Managing Director & Chairman of the Board of Directors )
We are extremely honoured to have won the “Best Fixed Income Fund Switzerland, 2014” award. Through a balanced composition of the fund, broad diversification and adequate management of risk and yields. we were able to continually provide a solid performance. We are proud to receive this prestigious award from the International Finance Magazine (IFM), UK. We thank all our customers for putting their trust in us.
Professional Investment Advisory Services Pte Ltd ( Mr. Christopher Teo – CEO )
We are honoured to have won the “Best Adviser on Assets under Advice, Singapore 2015” and “Best New Financial Services Director, Singapore 2015 – Mr Shaun Lin” awards from International Finance Magazine. We see this as a great recognition to all who have helped our firm grow into the world-class financial advisory firm that it is today.
Banco Privado Atlántico – Angola ( Mr. Carlos Silva - CEO )
We are honored to be recognized by International Finance Magazine, as the Best Investment Bank and the Best Customer Service Bank, operating in Angola (2014). The Vision of our shareholders, the professionalism and commitment of our employees, and our client´s trust are the main drivers of our market consolidation, in an increasingly challenging economy and demanding sector. The awards now received strengthen our motivation to continue our journey, with the ultimate goal to better serve our Clients.
Banco Interacciones - Mexico ( Mr. Carlos Rojo - CEO )
Receiving such an important award promotes a sense of pride and ownership of what we as a team have accomplished. For our employees, it is an acknowledgement of their hard work and passion. Our team strives for excellence and this award is a constant reminder for everyone of how if one sets its mind onto something, then whatever it is, it can be attained.
Gulf Bank - Kuwait ( Mr. Cesar Gonzalez Bueno - CEO)
The “story” of Gulf Bank of Kuwait is an amazing one. It’s a bank with a difference, and what we are today is because of what we have learned through our past experiences, as well as our aspirations for the future. We are truly delighted and honored to receive International Finance Magazine’s award for Best Retail Bank in Kuwait. We have always set our standards high, and being ‘best retail bank’ is a recognition of the efforts made by our management to raise standards and provide customers with quick and efficient services, and products which are designed to suit their needs. We are committed to making improvements wherever we can, and this includes investing in our staff, continually developing new products and most of all, ensuring that our customer service in Kuwait remains second to none.
RAK Investment Authority ( Mr. Rino Sabatino - CEO )
I am delighted that RAK Investment Authority has been recognized for its stature as a leading business zone in the region, home to over 7,000 companies from every part of the world. Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, RAKIA has been instrumental in transforming the Emirate into one of the leading investment destinations in the Middle East and North Africa. We are honoured to receive this accolade from International Finance Magazine in recognition of RAKIA’s value proposition, promotional strategies for foreign direct investment, transportation links, incentives and cost-effectiveness for manufacturing and service-oriented companies.
SABB Takaful ( Mr. Adrian Flowers - CEO )
We are delighted by the selection of SABB Takaful for this prestigious award. The prize came as a major recognition of the extraordinary performance of SABB Takaful in the field of life insurance (Takaful protection and savings), which was gained by introducing multiple innovative packages of Takaful programs for individuals and commercial sectors. We are committed to promoting a culture of family Takaful to financially and socially improve the standard of living of our clients while operating in full harmony with Islamic values and principles.
Dunn Loren Merrifield ( Mr. Sonnie Ayere - Founder & CEO )
We are extremely pleased by this announcement from the jury of the IFM Financial Awards. It is an honourable recognition for Dunn Loren Merrifield, being an independent financial investment house. The firm will continue to service its clients using innovative products by giving simple solutions to the sometimes complex financial needs of clients & investors while positively impacting the development of the financial and capital markets of Nigeria.
LHV Asset Management (Mr. Mihkel Oja - CEO)
“LHV has been investing in the GCC countries for 7 years and I’m delighted to see that this has brought us awards. LHV, being the second largest pension funds manager in Estonia, values this niche expertise in the GCC equity markets highly at times when the region outperforms and global investors are still discovering it as a place for investments.”
Bank Rakyat - Malaysia ( Datuk Mustafha Hj. Abd. Razak - Managing Director )
This impressive achievement marks 60 years of our journey gracefully and have placed us ahead of other banks in Malaysia (management-wise). I am indeed honored and blessed with support from our customers and staff’s dedication. It is a long journey and a never-ending expedition for us. Thanks for making Bank Rakyat as Your Choice Bank.
Kwale International Sugar Company Ltd (KISCOL) - Kenya ( Mr. Kaushik Pabari - CEO )
I would like to thank all those who made this recognition possible. This award speaks volumes of the dedication and diligence of the staff we have on our team. The Group focuses its investments in areas that fulfill the needs of the human life cycle. Our investment in KISCOL provided us with the opportunity to leverage and transform our project management expertise in Agriculture into profitability with a humanistic face. Our operational region, Kwale County, is an area that has consistently been declared amongst the ten poorest counties in Kenya. This is despite being a tourist haven attracting mega-dollars through the hotel sector and tourism industry. Unfortunately, the glamour and the glitz that is seen in the beaches do not extend inland where our farms and workers are located. To redress this imbalance, albeit in a small and humble way, the Pabari Group (and by extension, KISCOL) expends about ten percent of its profits towards empowering the communities we work with by engaging in a deliberate and progressive Corporate Social Responsibility program. This program is focused on four cornerstones that support our CRS involvements, namely: 1) Community Health 2) engagements, 3) Educational emancipation, 4) Environmental Sustainability and rejuvenation, 5) Food Security and independence. We call it “deliberate” because fulfilling these roles enables us to align and marry our investment strategies of meeting the needs of the human life cycle to achieve our bottom line towards enabling the communities we serve in. It is with profound humility that we accept the award for Most Socially Responsible Company but the real winners are: the children who now have roofs under their heads and books during school times, the few villagers who are now alive because their hidden diabetes and other chronic conditions were discovered during our frequent mobile clinics, the reformed night-girls who chose honest work at our firms, the kids who are now in school because our dams mean they have water within a few meters from home, the villagers who now do not have to migrate during floods because we trap all available water. These are the real winners and owners of the award. We thank all of them in their absence. For this recognition and the energy it lends us to even achieve more on our CRS platform. Thank You, International Finance Magazine.
Bank Rakyat - Malaysia ( Mr. Datuk Mustafha Hj. Abd. Razak - MD & President )
‘Success is about doing something about one’s situation and not doing anything to improve one’s situation means one is doomed for failure’. He graciously shares an anecdote where when a piece of paper is accidentally torn the paper can be salvaged with a cell-tape on the torn portion. However, if no effort is taken to save the torn paper it will be a useless piece of torn paper. Such profound philosophy can be applied to common daily activities and this is how Mustafha motivates his people – challenging their mind-set towards wanting to change for the better by making the effort to change.
Mashreq - UAE ( Mr.Aref Al Ramli - Head of Electronic Business and Innovation )
“It gives me great pleasure to accept these awards. These are key achievements for Mashreq that confirm our efforts to bring the best-in-class digital services to our customers. We are continuing striving to deliver solutions and products that meet the dynamic and holistic needs of our customers, and with MashreqOnline, customers can bank securely and quickly, enhancing their lifestyle and maximizing their time. These awards demonstrate once again that when it comes to e-commerce, Mashreq is the ultimate banking convenience in the UAE whilst offering the highest standards of innovation, security and performance.”
Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (BCI)-Mozambique ( Mr. Paulo Sousa - CEO )
It is a great honor and a great pleasure for BCI, to be awarded with the “Best Commercial Bank Mozambique 2014” prize, by the prestigious publication International Finance Magazine. With this award comes greater responsibility, already assumed, to look into the future with determination and ambition, as part of our mission values, and to continue contributing to the economic and social development of Mozambique, as part of an ongoing solidary commitment to dignify the name of the country.
Bank Technique OJSC - Azerbaijan ( Mr. Kamran Akhundov - General Manager )
We highly appreciate expressed confidence and assessment of our activity by the International Finance Magazine. Bank Technique will continuously improve its services in order not to deceive expectations of its customers. We want to thank all your colleagues for their professionalism and impartiality in the process of selection of nominees. Bank Technique wishes you a lot of success and good luck in your noble work!
Prudential Vietnam - Vietnam ( Mr. Wilfred Blackburn - CEO )
"Prudential Vietnam is Market leader in Vietnam for over 10 years and our market leadership is further substantiated by this award for Bancassurance business which is our core focus . Key to our success lies at our focus on forging long term strategic partnership with top local and MNC banks in Vietnam by bringing best in class financial solutions for every bank customers"
Compareit4me.com - UAE ( Mr. Jon Richards - CEO )
We were extremely proud to win the award for Best Finance Comparison Portal in the UAE. The exposure we received was as a result was fantastic with many senior members of the Middle East banking industry taking the time to congratulate us.
Aafaq Islamic finance - UAE ( Dr. Mahmoud Said – CEO )
We are dedicated to our goal of becoming recognized as one of the leading Islamic Financial Services companies in the UAE. This will be achieved by constantly expanding and developing our range of innovative and quality Shari’ah Compliant products and services, whilst maintaining our total commitment to customer satisfaction, which in turn will provide long-term and sustainable shareholder value. We will be a leader in Islamic Financial Services by focusing on customers, our people, growth, innovation and transparency. We will create an environment of empowerment where our employees can learn and reach their full potential, thus improving the efficiency of the Company and helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security. We will work together to make a difference for our employees, customers and our communities, today and tomorrow
Sacombank - Vietnam ( Mr. Phan Huy Khang - CEO)
We are very proud to have been selected by IFM as the Best Retail Bank in Vietnam for the second straight year. This international award clearly highlights Sacombank’s commitment to producing quality and competitive banking solutions in Vietnam and in the Indochina region.
FX1 Academy - Forex ( Mario Singh - CEO & Founder)
"I am humbled to receive the Top Forex Education Award from IFM. Since our inception in 2006, FX1 has grown into a full-fledged Academy providing world-class education to both retail and institutional traders. This award will inspire us to scale greater heights in the Forex world over the next few years."
VP Bank - Vietnam (Mr Nguyen Duc Vinh- CEO)
These prestigious international awards mean the recognition of reputable financial institutions, once again determining the quality of products and services, reputation as well as the prominent competitiveness of VPBank in Vietnam’s banking-financial market. In the near future, VPBank will concentrate on improving its service quality and added value as well as outstanding advantages towards an international standard bank
Bank of Georgia ( David Matsaberidze - Head of Private Banking )
We are delighted to have won the IFM Award as the Best Private Bank in Georgia. The Award serves as the recognition of our constant strive for excellence to deliver the best customer experience and outstanding service, and is therefore the appreciation of our employee's hard work, as well as our customer's trust in our institution. Receiving the IFM Award will further fuel our motivation to comply with the highest standards of private banking services. We will be considering the application for the Award again in the future.
WhoTrades Ltd ( Despina Kania - Director )
I would like to thank financial publication “International Finance Magazine” and the professional community for their support. The publication’s award in the Best Trader Social Network category proves that we have managed to engineer a truly efficient communication tool that is open for integration with advanced technologies. Our multi-year efforts, which resulted in the award-winning project, are an important stage in the WhoTrades strategic development and the award is another incentive for powerful growth. Hopefully, our innovative products will continue to draw attention of the professional community going forward.
The Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank ( Yi-Jen Chiou - President )
This Award belongs to all Directors, Supervisors, and employees. Thanks for their effort and cooperation, as well as the recognition from abroad. SCSB will continue to strive for excellence in the future.
United Amara Bank Limited ( Than Win Swe - Chief Executive Officer )
We are pleased and honoured to have received this award of Best Private Bank and Best Trade Finance Bank. It is through the dedication of our employees that we have built this Bank and the awards are a symbol of what aspire for. Operating in a highly competitive market in Myanmar, the focus on our Customers is probably what United Amara Bank does the best and to our Customers we are committed to be “Safe, Sound and Trustworthy”.
UOB Asset Management ( Thio Boon Kiat - Chief Executive Officer )
We are deeply honoured to receive these prestigious awards from International Financial Magazine for the “Best Asset Management Company Singapore 2014” and “Best Asia Fixed Income House Singapore 2014”. These awards are a testimony to our continued commitment to investment performance and reaffirm our expertise in Asian fixed income investments.
Alistithmar Capital ( Hassan A. Al-Jeshi - Group Head of Corporate Finance )
It’s an honor that Alistithmar Capital is awarded “Fastest Growing Corporate Finance Division, Saudi Arabia 2014” from International Finance Magazine. The winners of the International Finance Magazine 2014 awards are well recognized international financial institutions and it’s our privilege to be part of this prestigious list. Though Corporate Finance is newly established at Alistithmar Capital, the team has demonstrated extraordinary efforts which resulted in astounding growth in addition to opening new channels for future opportunities in this important business line. This award from International Finance Magazine will embolden Alisitithmar Capital to continue to strive for excellence.
BankDhofar ( Abdul Hakeem Omar Al Ojaili - Acting Chief Executive Officer )
We are honored to be recognized by the International Financial Magazine (IFM) for our hard work and dedication toward our customer's that aided in us winning the Best Retail Bank in Oman award. BankDhofar pioneered introducing state-of-the-art technology including Mobile Banking and a number of services that were previously non-existent in the Omani market in addition to our strategic involvement in the Omani community, which has given us access to different segments of society that has further developed our network. We continue to focus on our customer centric culture and streamlining our processes to improve efficiency, support growth and enhance sustainability in our services, that reflects directly in customer's experience. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to service excellence at the bank, and to IFM for recognizing our efforts.
Arabesque Asset Management Ltd ( Dr Dominic Selwood - General Counsel & Partner )
It is an enormous privilege to win the 2014 award for ‘Best New Islamic Asset Manager’. We are delighted the judges share our belief that sustainability is a core strategy shaping the future of asset management, and we are honoured to be recognized for applying quantitative technology to make it global.
Path Solutions Group (Mohammed Kateeb - Chairman & CEO)
We are pleased to be recognized for the second consecutive year by such a well-respected publication as IFM, and equally proud to see our hard work, determination and focus pay off. Our solutions, supported by the construction of a next-generation platform, are structured around the needs of our clients’ businesses to enable them to compete efficiently and cost effectively in global markets. As we continue to offer our clients cutting-edge Islamic banking solutions and services, we are committed to constantly improve on our service delivery processes to them.
Odeabank (Mr.Huseyin Ozkaya - General Manager)
We are very honored to receive the Best Customer Service Bank Turkey 2014 award from International Finance Magazine. As a bank established in 2012 we are very excited by the international recognition which is a clear testimony of our efforts to strive to be one of the best banks operating in Turkey. Last two years have been an amazing journey for all of us where we did not have only the challenge to establish a bank from scratch but also distinguish ourselves from our peers by constantly investing on the technology and on the way we serve to our customers. Receiving this award makes us feel more confident for our future endeavors for bringing out new innovative services and products for our customers.
Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) (Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Hassan - Acting Chief Executive Officer )
“We are pleased & proud to receive this Award from this magazine, which is a highly respected and reputed publication that is well-recognized in the world’s banking industry. Winning this Award is testimony of the Bank management’s positive policies and fruitful plans for the development of performance and enhancement of the Bank’s status on the regional and global levels. This will certainly strengthen the Bank’s position and leadership in the Islamic banking scene in Bahrain and in the regional level given that Islamic banking has become well established worldwide. Winning such a prestigious international award makes us more responsible in the future to maintain this outstanding level of service and operations. This achievement is an impetus for us to make more effort to develop Islamic banking services and products in our bank to meet the needs and requirements of our customers.
YapiKredi Asset Management (Emir Alpay - CEO)
"We are extremely honored to receive this prestigious award from International Finance Magazine as the Best Asset Management Company Turkey 2014. This award is a testament of our commitment to growth and sustained efforts in building an innovative and customer focused asset manager that can lead the way in this fast growing Turkish financial markets. Herewith, I would like to express my special thanks and appreciation to all our employees who has contributed to achieve this award, and I also want to extend my thanks to the International Finance Magazine (IFM)”
La Trobe Financial Asset Management Limited (Greg O’Neill - President & CEO)
“As a credit specialist Funds Manager, operating in the Asia Pacific region for over 60 years, La Trobe Financial are proud that our unique services are now globally recognised by our peers, as we continue to produce outstanding performance results for both our institutional and retail investors. This continued recognition is thanks to the extraordinary efforts of a fine team of dedicated and experienced individual’s combined with our ‘best in class’ capital stable, yield oriented investment product with a track record of success”
Mediolanum Asset Management Ltd( Furio Pietribiasi - Managing Director)
“Mediolanum’s business has been developed with a clear focus on putting client needs at the core of everything we do. The evolution of our open networked business model where we leverage technology and an external network of industry collaborators to supplement internal expertise has been instrumental in expanding our capability to deliver both core and incremental client focussed innovations into the business. Innovations include the development of our knowledge platform to discover and promote ideation for MedInSynC our product development process as well as Med3 our investment management process and also include the development of innovative customer centric analytic tools leveraging big data. These awards for ‘Most Innovative Investment Management Company’ and ‘Best Asset Management Company’ in Ireland are a welcome recognition of the hard work of everyone involved within Mediolanum Asset Management.”
City Index Australia (Ben Smoker - Chief Operating Officer)
“We are delighted to be recognised as the Best CFD Trading Broker Australasia for the second successive year. This award evidences our dedication to maintaining the highest standard of customer service and our commitment to the provision of cutting edge trading technology. City Index continues to evolve our offering to meet the needs and demands of the market place and strives to make our customers’ trading experience the best in the market.”
JSC Capital Bank Georgia (Lasha Khoperia CEO)
"I am very excited that JSC “Capital bank” became a winner in International Finance Magazine “Best Re-Engineering and Re-Branding Bank” nomination. During these past few months the bank has indeed undergone a lot of changes. Herewith I would like to thank all of my colleagues who participated in this process. I believe that winning in this nomination along with all the work that was performed will be encouraging and motivating for our staff, what will be positively reflected in relations with partners and customers. This success is a remarkable achievement for me personally and also for the team. I would like to thank International Finance Magazine for such opportunity".
Tadhamon International Islamic Bank (Mahmoud Ata Al Refai- General Manager)
Getting the title of Best Islamic Bank from the International Finance Magazine in London (IFM) is an honor for us, and something that we are very proud of. This honor comes as a result of the excellence of Tadhamon International Islamic Bank in several areas, especially its leadership in assets size, capital, and its contributions to the community in supporting the national economy and financing large and small projects. In addition to that, the bank has continued in providing excellent Islamic banking services to its customers. I would like to give my thanks and appreciation to everyone who has contributed to grant the bank this level of leadership, and I also want to extend my thanks to the International Finance Magazine (IFM).
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited (Farzana Chowdhury - Managing Director and CEO)
I am truly overwhelmed and honored to receive this prestigious award from International Finance Magazine as the Best Non-Life Insurance Company of Bangladesh. This is an amazing feeling to see all our hard work and endeavor being recognized once again not just locally but also internationally. Green Delta has always been the pioneer in bringing out new innovative products and services addressing the local, community and national issues over the past 28 years. Achieving this international award has added another feather to the crown and strengthened our brand image. This could not have been possible without the excellent team spirit that we have among our members of Green Delta Family. Our motto- ‘Marches with time’ is what keeps us motivated to break barriers and achieve greater success.
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector ( Mr Khaled Al Aboodi, the CEO)
"Receiving this award is testament to the commitment and collaboration that ICD continues to pursue in its ongoing quest to mobilize resources, add real economic value and encourage, enhance and elevate private sector partnership across its member countries. In line with our new strategy, ICD is now not only focusing on deepening and strengthening operations across co-partner countries but expanding our focus outwards to collaborate with a wider range of non-member and non-Muslim jurisdictions in order to support the spread and significance of Islamic finance globally. With multiple new agreements signed with cohorts as diverse as Korea and Japan; as well as our ongoing commitment to programs in Africa and the CIS region bearing plentiful fruit, we are proud to receive this IFM award for Excellence in Development of the Islamic Private Sector at a time when our wings are spreading wider, and our mission for financial inclusion and Islamic economic development is flying higher than ever"
BAI Co (Mtius) Ltd – Mauritius (Mr Rishi Sookdawoor – CEO)
“We are truly honoured and excited to be recognised as the ‘Best Life Insurance Provider in Mauritius 2014’ and to receive this prestigious award from the International Financial Magazine (IFM), UK. We are pleased that our efforts to provide the best life insurance products and services to the Mauritian population have been recognised. It comes at a propitious moment when we are soon launching a subsidiary operation in Botswana which pursues our expansion strategy into Africa to bring protection, wealth, reward and peace of mind to other countries. We thank our customers and all our stakeholders for putting their trust in us. Thank you to IFM for recognising BAI amongst the best.”
Standard Bank Angola ( Pedro Pinto Coelho - CEO)
"It is with great pleasure that we receive such an award. This award represents the effort and dedication the Angolan team has put in order to guarantee what is today a successful organisation with motivated employees and satisfied clients."
Banco Unico ( Mr. João Figueiredo - Head of Marketing)
After being awarded in 2013 and 2014 as Best Internet Banking in Mozambique by Global Finance and being elected one of the most innovative banks in Africa, being awarded once more as Best Internet Bank by another well-known and respected international magazine make us very proud of what we are and what we have achieved in such a short time frame. We entered the market in 2011 with a very innovative and distinctive positioning and a new way of doing banking. By then we were the 18th bank entering the Mozambican market, bringing a totally innovative and distinctive positioning and new way of doing banking, and less than 3 years after we are already the 6th biggest bank operating in Mozambique.
Barwa Bank - Qatar (Khalid Al- Subeai, Acting Group CEO)
“We are honoured to be recognized as the ‘Fastest Growing Bank in Qatar’ which stands as yet another testament to Barwa Bank’s dedication to excellence, growth, and to building an innovative and customer-focused Shari’ah-compliant bank that can lead the way in this growing sector”
Bank of Khartoum - Sudan ( Kashif Naeem - EVP & Group Head , Retail, SME & Microfinance )
Extremely delighted and proud with the recognition. We are known to be the market leader in Sudan and we are honored to be recognized with this award of "Best Islamic Retail Bank Africa" from reputed magazine like IFM. This award is a reflection of our commitment and extra ordinary performance of Retail banking in Sudan as we launched Retail banking only in 2006 when Dubai Islamic Bank took over as major shareholder and we are known in Sudan to be the market leader, offering full suite of Islamic retail products and services. We are the largest bank in the country with over 2 billion dollar balance sheet and have the largest branch network, largest ATM network, largest customer base, largest deposit base etc. We just launched first ever mobile money in Sudan and looking forward to capture large unbanked population in Sudan which will also help the economy of the country by bring the money in the banking channel. This award is complement to our achievements and we are proud to receipt such accolade and getting the recognition at international level.
Bank of Khartoum - Sudan ( Fadi Salim Al Faqih - CEO )
Sudan is a fertile environment for innovation and creativity on Retail Banking as in general banking penetration doesn’t exceed 20% leaving immense potential and room for opportunity to offer many products and services. Bank of Khartoum since privatization in 2006 had differentiated its market position to explore the retail market by introducing various products and service that had never been introduced. Lately, BOK had launched the first ever mobile payment service in Sudan which is planned to captured a larger market and open new ventures for introducing new products and services. It is due to our successful deployment of Islamic products and services, we have been honored by IFM and awarded as "Most Innovative Islamic Bank Africa".
Senaratne Insurance Brokers (PVT) LTD - Srilanka ( Nihal Senaratne - Chairman )
It is pleasing to note that, yet another British based entity, viz., the International Finance Magazine, has also selected Senaratne Insurance Brokers, as the “Best Insurance Broker, Sri Lanka 2014”. The receipt of this award, once again, tends to epitomize the valuable contribution made by Senaratne Insurance Brokers to the insurance industry in Sri Lanka, on the four corner stones embedded in our culture of integrity, innovation, technology and good governance, playing a dominant role in this field. A highly experienced staff, continue to provide expert advice on risk transfer solutions, by way of suitable insurance, to a wide cross section of the community, largely in the corporate sector. International recognition of this nature, certainly helps the Company to move forward with added confidence.
America Trading Group (Francisco Gurgel, Chief Technology Officer of ATG.)
“We are honored to be recognized by such a well-respected publication as IFM. This award is a testament to our commitment to the clients we serve, our management team and all of our employees. As we continue to offer our customers a unique service, supported by our construction of a next-generation platform, ATG continues its mission to find opportunities arising from the development of electronic trading in the Latin American market,”
Alfa-Forex ( Sergey Kharinov, CEO )
For us it is a great honor to be awarded the Best Forex Bank in Eastern Europe. We have been working hard to become one of the best FOREX brokers in the Russian Federation and the CIS countries. According to the market statistics observers during the last five year we have gained reputation as the most reliable and efficient FOREX broker in Russia. Moreover, we managed to go beyond the borders in the pursuit of excellence in Europe and other regions. For example we are quite successful in Israel. We are positioning ourselves as the only one purely banking FOREX broker in Russian Federation. We work closely together with one of the leading Russian banks Alfa Bank which provides liquidity support for our operations. We are very proud that clients trust us, and this is the best reward we could ever have. Unfortunately, Forex market was harmed by many unscrupulous brokers and our primary goal now is to restore confidence in the FOREX market in general. We undertake numerous educational programs in this field and also support inexperienced traders with basic fundamental and technical analysis. For experienced traders we prepare more sophisticated support packages, i.e. trading signals or even 24-hour real-time customer support. Why banking FOREX is so important for restoring confidence in the FOREX market in Russia? First of all, we wanted to give our clients direct access to the global interbank market. Under these conditions they could trade without additional fees. Minimum spreads is another advantage for our customers. Not to mention the instant money withdrawal. Access to the best banking services makes the whole process comfortable and dynamic. Alfa-Forex is a part of the Alfa banking conglomerate and this makes it easier for clients to perform operations. We are working constantly on the development of our products while giving investors multiple accesses to the market. We are pioneering new trading technologies in Russia. Our dealing service is one of the best in this sphere. We are constantly introducing new products, not only a variety of CFD’s but also analytical and other trading support tools. We have been among the first companies on the market to implement the new trading platform MT 5. We are also offering our clients an access to different markets, not only to FOREX. We know that this award will encourage us to keep on our dynamics and further perfect our service
Saxo Bank - (Rune Bech - Head of Digital Lines of Business)
“We are delighted to have won this great award after a lot of hard work to create the best social trading site in the world. With TradingFloor.com, we wanted to take social trading to a totally new level with the unique ability to witness in real time how the best investors create their returns alongside the ability to copy their every move in your own account. We have seen a spectacular uptake, both in traffic and in traders, linking their real money trading account to the community of successful investors. We are now focused on taking the position as the leading global social trading platform in the world - we do not believe there can be a number two or three in this space.”
InstaForex- (Vice-president Mr. Dmitry Savchenko)
Asia Pacific is probably the most dynamic growing region of the World, which encompasses very different countries - from advanced Japan and Singapore to Indonesia and Malaysia, which can be called developing countries, but developing with a very high tempo. This is definitely a region of opportunities and among many opportunities, Forex is really popular among the people of APAC region. And I can't be happier, that in this extremely competitive market the traders still choose Instaforex, as it was proved by this IFM award. We feel very honoured with this award and will do anything possible to keep the tempo and increase the level of excellence to retain this award next year.
TeleTrade Europe (Artur Mamedov CEO)
“We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our offered customer services in European markets. This award reinforces us to continue providing exceptional services and motivates us to achieve even greater performance” Artur Mamedov, CEO of Tele Trade Europe.
MMG – Qatar(Youssef Abillama CEO)
Youssef Abillama, CEO of MMG, said, "We are delighted tobe selected as the Best Facilities Management Company in Qatar by the IFM, UK. MMG has a long-standing reputation for quality and excellence, and this award pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of the entire team in Qatar."
VF AzerCredit- Azerbaijan (Ljiljana Spasojevic- CEO)
"We have always strived to create more and more opportunities for our customers whose needs are being continuously learned and incorporated into business processes. Constant product refinements and developments by VF AzerCredit contribute to the improvement of the welfare of micro entrepreneurs and self-employed people in Azerbaijan and have brought innovations to the microfinance sector in the country. And we are very excited to know that these achievements of ours have also been recognized with the Best Microfinance Company Azerbaijan 2013 Award by International Financial Magazine, UK."
FXCM (Drew Niv, CEO)
“We are extremely excited about this award. FXCM is proud to offer what we believe is a superior trading product, experience and execution over our competitors in the US,” said Drew Niv, CEO of FXCM.
NDB Investment Bank – Sri Lanka( DarshanPerera, Chief Executive Officer )
DarshanPerera, Chief Executive Officer of NDBIB, on being adjudged as “Best Investment Bank” in Sri Lanka by International Finance Magazine,UK, said “We are deeply honoured and delighted to have received this award in recognition of our leadership in the capital markets of Sri Lanka. This award emboldens us to continue in our quest to achieve excellence in our sphere of operation”.
Bank Islam – Malaysia (Dato‘ SriZukr Samad Managing Director)
Bank Islam is truly pleased to be recognized as the Most Innovative Islamic Bank in Malaysia for the year 2013, by International Financial Magazine, UK. The achievement is an important milestone for the Bank and another step in the right direction for us to become a major regional player. Winning the award proves our long-held belief that innovation is the key to the Bank’s sustainability and its rising relevance in the industry. It is also a reflection of our ‘Pioneering Change’ spirit as we seek to differentiate ourselves within the increasingly competitive Islamic Banking industry, and for that I must thank the Bank’s entire workforce for their efforts in making this happen.
Oman Arab Bank SAOC - Oman(Mr. Abdul Kader Askalan - Chief Executive Officer )
“We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award just before year-end as we look forward towards a promising New Year in the growth cycle of the banking sector in Oman thanks to the wise and prudent government support in the development of various sectors in the Sultanate. Oman Arab Bank’s Investment Management Group has acted as an able partner on this front by structuring deals, both equity and debt, from local and regional markets to support the development of Oman. For close to three decades Oman Arab Bank has played a pivotal role in infrastructure development and industrialization in the Sultanate by financing some of the largest and key projects in Oman. This award is also testament to the bank’s emphasis on strong corporate governance”
National Development Bank – Sri Lanka Russel De Mel - CEO
Mr. De Mel, on a humble note says, "Personally, being presented the award for ‘Outstanding contribution to banking by an individual’ is certainly a privilege, especially at this significant juncture in my life, where I am all set to bring to an illustrious career to an end.Therefore, it is with much gratitude, that I accept this award. As an employee, you serve an organization, not with the hope of winning accolades or being recognized individually, but by giving life to your innermost passions and serve a multitude of people with skills-sets and knowledge you continue to gather over the years; However, when your efforts are rewarded with an accolade, it bears testament to the fact that you have managed to touch upon many domains of a business and industry, and for that I'm truly grateful."
Caixa - Banco de Investimento - Portugal (António Gregório - Managing Director)
“CaixaBI was a strong contributor for the recovery of the Portuguese economy as we played a very significant role in the boosting of the so needed capital markets, both equity and debt. The operations we lead were landmarks considering that the Portuguese equity capital market was desert for the last five years. It is then a great pleasure to see that CaixaBI´s performance in 2013 was noted by International Finance Magazine´s analysts whose echoes surely help the international perception about the leading player in the Portuguese investment banking industry.”
Barwa Bank – Qatar (Steve Troop, CEO)
Steve Troop, CEO, Barwa Bank, in a brief statement said,, “We are honoured to be acknowledged by IFM Financial Awards, Qatar 2013. This award is a reflection of our commitment to growth and sustained efforts in building an innovative and customer focused Shari’ah compliant bank that can lead the way in this growing sector. The bank has grown significantly in size and stature since its establishment in 2008.These awards are a true testament, that hard work, ambition and good service can make a young bank, a leader in the industry, in a short span. We've a lot to celebrate this year and we intend on maintaining this momentum as we go forward in the future.”
Doha Bank – Qatar (Dr. R Seetharaman Bank Group CEO)
Adjudicated the “Best Commercial Bank, Qatar, 2013”, CEO the Doha Bank Group CEO, Dr. R Seetharaman, said, “Doha Bank is honoured to be recognized with this award from a reputed magazine like IFM, which is testament to the continuous hard work of the Bank’s staff and executive management in fulfilling the strategic vision of the Board of Directors and the needs of its customers. Doha Bank has over the years strived to exemplify the highest level of customer service while also focusing on innovation in delivering financial services to its esteemed customers. Today, in addition to Qatar, Doha Bank has full-fledged branches in Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, supported by nine international representative offices. Doha Bank is truly positioned as a multinational GCC-based bank with stakeholders across the region and internationally.”