Omeir Jilani, National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Global Financial Markets Division

Executive Director - Head of Alternative Investments

Omeir is currently the Head of Alternative Investments at National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s Global Financial Markets Division.  With total assets in excess of $180 billion, NBAD is ranked as the largest commercial bank in the Gulf region.  Managing the Alternative Investments portfolio of the bank; he has been an integral part in establishing the Alternative Investments desk since 2008.  Being a part of the team that manages Bank’s principal investments of over $30 billion; he has been an active member of the Global Markets Division, representing the Division at Group’s Asset Allocation Committee and the Investment Review Committee that outlines and discusses the Asset Allocation.  Omeir is also the Member of the Board of OneShare plc – 100% owned by NBAD - an open-ended investment company incorporated in Ireland.   

Since 2010, he has been the nominated host for the annual Global Financial Markets Forum, where he has hosted guests such as Dr. Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Secretary James Baker, General Colin Powell, Dr. Mohamed El Erian, Jean-Claude Trichet, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, Sir Paul Tucker, David Miliband, Niall Ferguson, Marc Faber, Paul Volcker, Axel Weber, Bob Diamond, to name a few.  Prior to joining, NBAD he was a Portfolio Manager for another Abu Dhabi-Based Commercial bank where he was a part of the Investment Team responsible for the management of Banks proprietary investments of over $1 billion.  Prior to that; he was the Investment and Development Analyst at The Private Office of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan (aka SBK Holdings) from the United Arab Emirates.  During his tenor at the Private Office; Omeir was selected as a local analyst for a high profile project for the Abu Dhabi Department of Economy, where he was an active member in the Feasibility Study of the establishment of $10 billion Petrochemical City. 

Omeir regularly speaks at Alternative Investments conferences representing asset allocators’ perspective.  Omeir has earned his Honours Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting and Finance with minor in Economics) from Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada) in 2001.  He was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation in March 2010.