Jeremy Awori Biography: Jeremy Awori is a Kenyan Banker Executive and the CEO/Managing Director and Board Member of Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd.
Jeremy was born in Kenya in the early 1970s. His father was a Kenyan by birth and an engineer by profession while his mother was from Britain and a lawyer by profession.
Jeremy has two siblings, a sister and a brother who is mentally challenged, a fact that Jeremy says really gives him a different perspective around dealing with issues that alot of people normally don’t think about.
While he was very young, Jeremy says that he was extremely shy and often hid behind his mother’s dress. This made him to get into swimming.
“I got into swimming at 7 years of age and at 9 years, I was swimming for Kenya. This transformed my life in the sense that it gave me confidence as I began winning.”He said.
Jeremy went to Nairobi’s St Mary’s School, one of the schools that has been attended by Kenya’s current senior leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta. Other notable alumni include Gideon Moi, Jeff Koinange, Lupita Nyong’o, John Githongo among others.
Later, Jeremy joined Manchester University in London for his undergraduate degree where he took up Pharmacy. After graduation, he says he began working as a pharmacist in the UK before leaving to go and do his masters in McGill University in Canada.
After his MBA, he landed a job at Standard Chartered in Canada, where he helped the lender in fixing its books as the bank was almost collapsing due to bad loans.
Jeremy Awori served as Chairman Kenya Bankers Association, Director, Regional Sales & Performance Standard Chartered Bank Head of Consumer Banking UAE Standard Chartered Bank, Executive Director /Head of Consumer Banking Standard Chartered Bank and CEO Standard Chartered Bank/Singapore.
He is the accountable executive for Barclays Bank Kenya Subsidiaries – Barclays Financial Services; Barclays Bank Insurance Agency; Barclays Microfinance and Barclays Nominees Ltd.
He’s also Non-Executive Director for several firms including; ABSA Financial Services, Barclays Life Assurance Ltd, First Assurance Ltd ( subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Ltd – SA) and Kenya Private Sector Alliance ( KEPSA)
Jeremy Awori has won several accolades among them The Banker Magazine – Bank of the Year in Tanzania 2010, Euromoney – Best Bank in Tanzania 2011, The Banker magazine – Bank of the year in Tanzania 2011,EMEA Finance – Best foreign bank in Tanzania 2012.
Jeremy also is the youngest Board Director in the company’s history. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization, Aspen Global Leadership Institute Fellow, Fellow of African Leadership Institute (East Africa Chapter), Fellow of Aspen Leadership Institute, Aspen, Colorado and USA Non Executive Board Member of AIDS Business Coalition Tanzania (ABCT).
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