Imraan Noorbhai - "Over and above being a servant leader, leading by design is also a key success factor in being an effective leader of today."

Imraan Noorbhai : Standard Bank Provincial Head KwaZulu-Natal
Imraan Noorbhai : Standard Bank Provincial Head KwaZulu-Natal

IMRAAN NOORBHAI, Standard Bank Provincial Head KwaZulu-Natal says, "Standard Bank is an African-focused, client-centric, digitally enabled and integrated financial organisation. In line with our vision of being the leading financial services organisation in, for and across Africa delivering exceptional client experiences and superior value, we continue to work more closely with our clients to ensure that we can deliver fully integrated, full-service solutions that meet all their financial services needs."

Imraan has a deep and diverse financial services background spanning over 20 years with Standard Bank across various roles, from sales and distribution to being Director of Finance for the Customer Channels division within Personal and Business Banking South Africa as well Head of Retail Banking for KwaZulu-Natal.

In his current role as Provincial Head of the KwaZulu-Natal province, Imraan is at the helm of the vibrant retail and business banking operations and is leading a dynamic and energetic team of executives and senior managers.

Whilst embracing a continuously evolving leadership style, Imraan is the first to admit that servant leadership is at the core of his leadership philosophy. Imraan says, "Over and above being a servant leader, leading by design is also a key success factor in being an effective leader of today. Leading by design involves creating frameworks for problem solving that enable your teams to explore the endless possibilities that exist within their DNA."

A seasoned banker with a proven track record, Imraan's successful and highly impactful professional career has been deeply rooted in his accounting training and qualification acquired after completing articles with Desai Jadwat Inc. This success and contribution has been widely recognised through nominations for various prestigious leadership interventions with GIBS as well as learning experience immersions in New York, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Sweden and Berlin over many years to gain invaluable banking exposure.

Imraan is passionate about entrepreneurship, empowerment and the digital revolution. He believes that the current digital revolution presents immeasurable opportunities to navigate the complex economic landscape to enable businesses to serve their clients better.

Imraan continues to contribute actively in shaping the dialogue in industry through his membership in the KZN Growth Coalition, SAIPA, SAICA, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Minara Chamber of Commerce and and most recently as a Non-Executive Director on the Diners Club SA Board.

"My vision is to leave a legacy at Standard Bank where I am remembered for my positive contribution to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where digitisation creates an enabling environment for our customers to transact seamlessly. More importantly for me is to leave the business in a better shape than I found it, to inspire leaders that follow to be motivated and have the entrepreneurial flair and innovation mindset.

We must be courageous, embrace change, empower teams to make decisions and never stop seeking knowledge. My ultimate dream is to see the growth of the economy of KZN at a point where all can benefit from its rich resources and diverse cultures."

Imraan Noorbhai

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