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Ghazi Qarout

A visionary and pioneer in his field, Ghazi Qarout has a legacy of transforming the IT banking sector across the Middle East region. Qarout’s achievements have earned him a spotlight on the global stage for Financial Technology, receiving official recognition by the World Development Forum in 2011. For two years in 2012 and 2015, Qarout was regionally noted among the top 50 Chief Information Officers in the Middle East and North Africa. With strategic vision, extensive knowledge and experience in change management, Ghazi inspired the teams that he led to incorporate innovational and cutting-edge solutions in their everyday work in the IT banking industry. For over thirty years, Ghazi enhance IT infrastructure in several prominent banks in the Middle East, including Arab Bank in Jordan, Al-Hilal Bank in Abu Dhabi, and Qatar Islamic Bank. His influential work in IT banking started from his leadership role at the Arab Bank as the Senior Vice President of IT and continued throughout his career under more senior roles as the Acting Chief Operations Officer at Al-Hilal Bank and Chief Information Officer at the Qatar Islamic Bank.



In addition to his full-time leadership role in IT banking, Ghazi made significant contributions to other organizations and societies to promote wider expertise and experience sharing within the IT sector in order to promote national and regional innovation. Ghazi Qarout was a member of the National Steering Committee for the Central Bank of Jordan for the Electronic Cheque Clearing (ECC) Project. As an avid supporter of the ICT industry in Jordan Ghazi was heavily involved with the Jordan Computer Society and chaired the institution for two years until May 2010. Ghazi was a Trustee of the highly reputable Princess Sumaya University for Technology from April 2008 till November 2009.



Ghazi Qarout is currently supplementing his vast expertise in IT banking with a deeper knowledge in the legal frameworks enabling and promoting the IT sector in Jordan. He is a Law candidate at the Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan.



Honors and Awards:



Who’s Who of Financial Technology – Middle East 2011; by World Development Forum.
The Medill East 2012 CIO 50 award; by CNME
The Medill East 2015 CIO 100 award; by CNME

Areas of Expertise:

IT Leadership
IT Transformation
IT Strategy formulation
Enterprise Architecture
Information Technology
IT Governance
Business Processes Engineering and Management
Law and Technology