Imraan Noorbhai - I challenge the status quo; always seeking better ways to get the job done and the need to move away from the conventional if it's not working

Imraan Noorbhai:Provincial Head KwaZulu-Natal at Standard Bank

IMRAAN NOORBHAI, Standard Bank Provincial Head KwaZulu-Natal says, "Standard bank is Pioneering, Progressive and unlocking Africa's Potential. We see ourselves as more than just a bank and measure our value beyond financial outcomes. By using the fundamental power of financial services, we have been able to make many positive contributions, socially, economically and environmentally."

Every Standard Banker plays a part in delivering our purpose and it is through this commitment that we continue to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the societies in which we operate, positively driving Africa's growth in a sustainable and inclusive way."

On a personal level, Imraan attests the need to keep learning and questioning. He is never satisfied with the basics and always demands to know more, ask more, and seek more. His quest is to have a better understanding of the environment within which he operates, and how things connect with each other in the global village.

Over the years, this philosophy has driven his career path. Imraan studied at the University of Durban Westville, where he completed his formal studies as an accountant. He then served articles at Desai Jadwat Inc before joining the motor industry as general manager.

His 18-year (''and counting strong") career at Standard Bank has spanned various roles from sales and distribution, management accountant, financial manager and finally director finance for Customer Channels PBB SA. Imraan was nominated as a Star and Super Star performer during this time. In 2010, Imraan was appointed as Head Retail Banking in KwaZulu-Natal and progressed to Provincial Head in 2015.

During this time, he was successful in being nominated for three prestigious leadership programmes facilitated by GIBS through which he gained global leadership banking exposure through emersions in New York, China / Hong Kong / Nigeria and London. He has also enjoyed many international learning experiences with the latest being to Berlin and Stockholm during 2017.

Imraan says, "I challenge the status quo; always seeking better ways to get the job done and the need to move away from the conventional if it's not working. Seeking knowledge from cradle to grave and continuously learning from my mistakes; sustains my personal vision. This attitude to life, I believe, is one of the reasons for my success."

"My leadership style has changed as the demands of the modern world have evolved. I am passionate about the philosophy of servant leadership and strongly believe that it is through the practise of serving the people that serve our customers that we can make this bank a great place to work, a great place to bank and a great place to invest. I have learnt that the team approach is key, where collaboration paves the way for ultimate success. Putting our clients at the centre of everything we do."

"I have learnt that the most important thing to do is to let go and trust my staff, empower them and allow them to make mistakes so that they can best serve our customers."

Imraan is also an active member of the KZN Growth Coalition, SAIPA, SAICA, the Durban Chamber of Commerce, and the Minara Chamber.

"My plans to 2020 is to continue to build a strong brand team and brand in KwaZulu-Natal and ensure that I leave a positive legacy when I do move and take on different challenges," said Imraan.

For me, it's about contributing to growing the economy of KZN, where we can live in harmony, and benefit from the richness of our beautiful Province we call home.

Imraan Noorbhai

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