Mr. Hisham Ahmed Okasha, is among the main figures in the Egyptian and Arab Banking Industry.
He joined NBE in 2008 as Deputy Chairman and was appointed as Chairman of NBE in 2013. During his years at office supported by a leadership personality and strategic views and ambitions, Mr. Okasha oversaw the successful reform and restructure of the bank and was instrumental in increasing NBE’s market share to 26% and become the country’s largest SME lender. His passion for his profession made him one of the best bankers on the scene.
Mr. Okasha is well known among the bank’s employees for the seriousness and strictness. The slogan for the stage or period in which he took over the presidency of the National Bank of Egypt was “Work hard and good results will appear”. He succeeded in placing his name among the leaders of the National Bank of Egypt, since Mr. Rafael Soares, in cooperation with Sir Ernst Castle, founded the National Bank of Egypt on June 25, 1898.
Prior to his role at NBE, Mr. Okasha headed off-site supervision at the Central Bank of Egypt after 15 years in the private commercial banking sector. Mr. Okasha has an Economics and Computer Science degree and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo. He also has a diploma from the Harvard Institute for International Development. Mr. Okasha is a Board Member at the Egyptian Banking Federation and a number of other financial subsidiaries of the Bank in Europe and Africa.