Elissar Farah Antonios is Chief Executive Officer of Citibank UAE. A seasoned international banker, with extensive experience in the financial industry and the region, Elissar leads Citi’s largest and most diverse franchise in the Middle East and Africa.
Responsible for the Institutional Client Group and Global Consumer Bank, she oversees Corporate, Investment Banking and Wealth Management services and is the Senior Executive Officer for Citi DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center) entities. Elissar joined Citi in 2005 as Head of Private Banking in Abu Dhabi and later served as CEO for Citibank Lebanon. She has a reputation for delivering Private Banking services with an Investment Banking touch.
Her banking career started in the London office of Republic National Bank of New York as a Management Associate covering the Wealth Management Middle East Desk. She then spent several years with Credit Agricole Indosuez (CALYON) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and ABN AMRO Private Bank covering both Abu Dhabi and Egypt.
In her 25 plus years focusing on this region, Elissar has developed close relationships with a wide range of high net worth clients and family offices- advising, recommending, monitoring and managing portfolios. She combines strategic thinking and market understanding with an in-depth appreciation of clients’ needs.
Elissar is active in several community service and business development organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for Injaz Al-Arab Lebanon (Junior Achievement) and is now on their UAE board. She was on the Steering Committee for the launch of the United Nation Global Compact Network Lebanon and is a senior sponsor of Citi’s Women Network UAE. In addition, she represents the bank on major trade and business associations including UAE Banks Federation, US UAE Business Council, American Business Council of Dubai and Northern Emirates, and AMCHAM Abu Dhabi.
Her MBA is from Imperial College in London where her thesis dealt with predicting turning points in foreign exchange. She has a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.
JA Worldwide is committed to systematic impact measurement and recognizes the excercise as a pivotal way to monitor and demonstrate the value JA Worldwide is delivering to young people and to society as a whole.
Over the past several years, JA Wordlwide operations in different parts of the world have been commissioning independent studies to examine the outcomes produced by JA programs in those countries. These studies tell a compeling story of JA’s impact in quantified terms. Furthermore, JA has developed a methodology and framework for measuring outcomes across operations in the years ahead.
As important as these quantitative outcomes measures are, the full impact of any organization is multi-dimensional. It is about lives changed, businesses created, problems solved and many other facets of success.