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Dr Jeremy Awori

He is the accountable exec- utive for Barclays Bank Kenya Subsidiaries which include the Barclays
Financial Services, Barclays Bank Insurance Agency, Barclays Microfinance, and Barclays Nominees.
Jeremy has been central in the bank’s adoption of internet banking. He led the bank in the launching of the most advanced mobile lending app in Kenya dubbed ‘Timiza’. The app is allowing Kenyan consumers to apply and get instant loans based on the strength of the M-Pesa trans- actions, and irrespective of whether they are Barclays Bank customers or not. Over the time he has been at the helm of Barclays, the bank has been steadily growing in profitability.
In advocacy, Jeremy sits as a Director of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), an umbrella business lobby group on economic empowerment, from May 2013 to date, where he has articulated with dexterity and intellectual precision intricate banking concerns; including conducting high-level advocacy on cross-cutting laws and policy-related issues that help place Kenya a glob- ally competitive financial destination Prior to this, Jeremy was the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in Tanzania from December 2008 to January 2013, having risen from December 2008 to January 2013, from the position of Regional Sales Director, Middle East, South Asia and Africa for Standard Chartered Bank, a posi- tion he held from 2006 to December 2008.
Jeremy has also been the Head of Consumer Banking in United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) and for East Africa between the years 1999-2003 for Standard Chartered Bank (SBC). During the same period, Jeremy was Board Director of SCB Kenya, then the largest listed company in the Nairobi Stock Exchange, where he was the youngest Board Director in the history of SCB.
In banking industry leadership, Jeremy has been the chairman of Kenya Bankers Association between June 2013 and July 2014, the industry banking body responsible for managing the banking agenda and liaising with key stakeholders including the government and key consumer institutions.
While at SCB, Jeremy won sev- eral accolades among them, The Banker Magazine – Bank of the Year in Tanzania 2010 and 2011, Euro money – Best Bank in Tanzania 2011, EMEA Finance – Best for- eign bank in Tanzania 2012.
Jeremy holds a BSc Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Manchester in the UK and an MBA degree in Finance and International Business from McGill University in Canada.
In 2020, all eyes are on Jeremy as he leads Barclays Bank Kenya tran- sition to Absa Bank Kenya PLC, after a presence of over 100 years as the premier bank in the coun- try. Going by the 2018 Integrated Report, Jeremy is on course, having led the bank in registering its fastest growth in a decade at 12% year-on- year, with a strong revenue growth buttressed by well-contained cost base, increased operating profit by 8% year-on-year, the highest since 2010.
Such a success during a brand- ing and shareholder transition peri- od is no mean a feat, the basis for this award and recognition.