An interview with the co-CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, which has a large and growing impact across Africa:
In the coming weeks, I will be interviewing members of the African Leadership Network (ALN), a membership community of Africa’s most dynamic and influential new-generation leaders. The ALN creates and strengthens relationships between these leaders to encourage intra-African trade, investment, and collaboration.
This week, I interview Ismail Douiri, co-CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco’s largest commercial bank. Attijariwafa, which is listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange, has a market capitalization of $7.5 billion, assets in excess of $34 billion, a retail network of up to 3,000 branches, 15,000 employees and close to 5 million clients. Douiri has played a pivotal role in this bank’s remarkable success story. He speaks about his life experiences, provides some insights into Morocco’s financial sector and offers his thoughts on how African economies can accomplish inclusive growth.
What life experiences have influence your leadership style?
At the beginning of my career, I went through a very frustrating professional experience. It came right after another very positive and successful period with the same employer, on the same project, but with different managers. It made me realize how important it is to empower talented young employees and how much their performance is tied to their perception of being listened to, considered, and supported…[Full Story]