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Press Release.

Hope Talents, the talent management arm of Hope Fund, has organized an event for its national database of talents on the future of financial services. The event was held in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) and was titled “Hope Talents Talks: The Future of Financial Services”.

This comes in line with Hope Talents’ commitment to providing fresh graduates and working professionals in Bahrain with best practices for youth employability, creating a platform for discussion and learning, and supporting professional growth opportunities for Bahrainis.

The panel of leading industrial experts featured Nael Mustafa, Chief Executive Officer of GFH Partners; Nada Azmi, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of BDB; Suzy Alzeera, Chief Operating Officer of Bahrain Fintech Bay; Maryam Majed, Head of Digital Transformation and Project Management Center of BIBF; and Omar Al Adhami, Head of Retail Digital Banking of NBB. The panel discussion was moderated by Hisham Abu Alfateh, Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NBB.

The panelists highlighted the facilitation of talent employability in Bahrain, the growth opportunities available within the financial services and banking sectors, and the innovation and adaptability of the sector. The leading experts also discussed success stories, valuable insights, and strategies that bridge the skills gap in Bahrain.

The event also featured Essentials Skills Training sessions conducted by Mohamed Hamdan, Head of Derivatives of Mubasher Capital; Sameera Baba, Coach and Trainer; and Hameeda Frutan, Financial Consultant and Trainer. Their sessions focused on ‘Insights into Financial Investments and Trading’, ‘Branding Yourself for Career Success’, and ‘Active Learning for Productivity’, respectively.

The sessions aimed to provide transferrable employability skills along with soft skills training in order to close the skills gap in the market. The sessions also fostered an understanding of the ever-changing financial services sector to gain the right skillsets to succeed.

Commenting on the occasion, Latifa Mohamed, General Manager of Hope Talents, said: “This event, along with our other programs, reflect our commitment to elevate the talent ecosystem in Bahrain, offering networking opportunities, and providing essential skills to support talents in their professional journeys.”

“This is in alignment with Bahrain’s Vision 2030, and we are grateful for our strategic partnership with the BIBF and for all the speakers and trainers who share the same objective of developing local talents and watching them progress, therefore making our event a success.”

Hope Talents aims to create a supportive environment to develop national talents and facilitate access to career opportunities, along with professional development through workshops, mentoring programs and networking sessions.