Kamal Driss

Company: Citibank
Position: Head of Citibank

Biography: Kamal Driss has been with Citibank for more than 25 years and is the founder of the company’s Algeria office.

He obtained his degree and MBA in finance in the US and is a founding member and honorary president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Algeria, and a member of the board of the Algerian Bankers’ Association.

His career at Citibank began in 1982 as operations officer in the New York office, after which he moved to Tunisia to head the company’s regional financial institutions business. In 1991, he moved to Algeria to open Citibank’s representative office, and founded the company’s operational activities in 1997. The company is now the country’s largest private bank, with more than $1.3bn in assets.

In 2005, the bank was responsible for leading the $490m financing of the local mobile phone subsidiary of Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom, at the time the largest project finance deal in the country’s history.

Company website: www.citibank.com/algeria