In a 20+ year career Mrs. Fatema AlAlawi has demonstrated a rich mix of strategic vision, delivery of results, consistently strong execution, the building of new business lines and products, digital transformation of retail banking, and building and running of successful teams.
As Chief Business Officer at Aion Digital she helped create, branded, and then launched Aion Digital a digital banking platform. Aion allowed banks to go digital with seamless mobile customer journeys across onboarding, social campaigns, financial wellbeing, hyper personalized communications and the most unique loyalty program in GCC. Her efforts led to Aion being valued at 15M USD within a year of its launch.
Before that she spent a decade at Bahrain Islamic Bank where she was ultimately Acting Head of Retail leading all aspects of the Retail Banking business including product development and marketing and ultimately responsible for Branch Network, Priority Banking and Direct Sales. Within BisB, Fatema introduced 22 products to the Islamic banking industry. Prior to that she was Vice President of the Islamic International Rating Agency specialized in Shari’a quality rating of Islamic financial institutions. Fatema has worked for the Islamic Development Bank’s Infrastructure Fund managed by Emerging Markets Partnership as an Investor Relations Associate for 5 years and marketing for 2 years that led to the raising of US$ 950 million for the Fund. Fatema has also taught Finance at the University of Bahrain. In 2015 she was awarded by HRH Princess Sabeeka AlKhalifa, the President of Supreme Council for Women for contributing through a leading role to the banking and financial sector. She is also the recipient of the Future Leader Excellence Award by the Middle East Awards Institute.
Fatima holds an MBA from the University of Bahrain, and did the Leadership Development Program of Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA. She also learned Islamic Finance, Fiqh al-Mu’amalat and Islamic Insurance from University College of Bahrain, Project Management from Boston University and did a leadership program in UCLA, USA.