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Gareth Powell
Chief Human Resources Officer at Commercial Bank of Dubai


Gareth Powell is the Chief Human Resources Officer of the Commercial Bank of Dubai.  He is responsible for the delivery of all HR services to the Bank and has worked in Human Resources for nearly 35 years.

Prior to joining CBD in October 2016, Gareth was Head of Human Resources at First Gulf Bank (FGB) in Abu Dhabi and had previously worked at HSBC for nearly 20 years in various international HR roles across Asia Pacific, UK, Middle East, USA and Latin America. Previously, he worked in a number of consultancy roles in Western and Eastern Europe.

 Outside CBD, he is a former member of the UAE Banks’ Federation HR Committee and is currently Chairman of the Emirates Institute of Banking & Financial Studies’ (EIBFS) Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Committee for a Recognized National Development Curriculum (RNDC) which supports the creation of standardized qualifications in the banking industry.

Gareth is a graduate of King’s College, University of London and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) in the UK.

Agenda Sessions

  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Critical for future: How to Cultivate a Positive Workplace Culture?


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