Bank Nizwa appoints Haifa al Lawati as new head of HR

Muscat - 

The board of directors of Bank Nizwa has announced the appointment of Haifa al Lawati as the head of human resources (HR). 

Among her many duties, Haifa will be responsible for implementing HR initiatives to support the business strategy and initiate and maintain best practice standards in human resources, according to a press release.

Haifa boasts years of experience under her belt and has been with Bank Nizwa since its inception. She will ensure the bank remains the employer of choice for both fresh graduates and veteran experts.

Khalid al Kayed, CEO of Bank Nizwa said, “Haifa has already proved to be an invaluable asset to us and we look forward to her being at the helm of our HR department. She has a wealth of experience in the sector and will be a key component in driving the business forward and attracting and developing the best local talent. We are continually expanding our workforce in line with our development plans to ensure our customers have a top-quality banking experience.”

Haifa was previously the acting head of HR at Bank Nizwa and prior to that the head of payroll, compensation and benefits. She has also worked for Occidental Oman and started her career at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

Haifa holds a BSc in computer science from the Sultan Qaboos University and an MBA from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK.

She is also a member of both the Accounting Association Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA.)

Haifa said, “In my new role, I look forward to facing new challenges and most importantly finding solutions as well as encouraging others to give nothing but the best while always adopting the Bank Nizwa values of being driven, principled, innovative, and helpful.”

Bank Nizwa has become the go-to source for Islamic finance in Oman, despite it being a relatively new industry. The bank believes people are the driving force behind an organisation’s success and has achieved an over 90 per cent Omanisation rate.

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