The MEA Awards, organised by Global Private Banker exist to identify, honour and celebrate the world’s pre-eminent private banks, family offices and wealth managers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions that demonstrate elite levels of advisory, unbiased research and bespoke solutions and their distinguished individuals’ contribution to client service and strategic wealth preservation and growth capabilities.

These Awards are accolades of excellence and distinction, attributed to outstanding players and providing unbiased and objective benchmarks for the global industry. The Global Private Banker MEA Awards 2024 are the world’s most authoritative and transparently judged private wealth awards recognising the most innovative products and services, cutting-edge technological and digital capabilities, scalable customisations and rapid integration of ESG considerations across the global private banking landscape in the MEA region.


Key private banking players remain focused on value creation for their clients particularly the young-middle aged affluent segment that is entrepreneurial, highly sophisticated and seeking expert advice in management of their assets and providing alternative strategies for wealth preservation and growth in line with their evolving risk appetite and sustainability priorities. Furthermore, established families are seeking next generation wealth transfer solutions, asset diversification and more favourable regulatory regimes as part of their private wealth management needs.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that private banking institutions deliver exceptional clients experiences to the ever-growing HNWI/UHNWI segment in the MEA region through innovative business models and services to maintain market positioning and defend their brand credibility.

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Shortlisted nominees are selected on the qualitative and quantitative depth of their nominations. Global Private Banker research team will shortlist four institutions or individuals per category, which will then be put to our impartial panel of expert judges who will undertake a rigorous audit type process to carefully select the winners.

We use a proprietary, numerical & qualitative scoring methodology which is applied to all submissions and augmented by assessment in; Innovation, Client Experience & Engagement, Financial & Business Performance and Strategy with additional focus on how these initiatives are impacting the wider private banking landscape.

We uphold the highest adherence to confidentiality and personal data. As such, all responses will be treated as strictly confidential. No data shall be shared beyond the assessment of Global Private Banker’s judging panel, unless permission has been granted.



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    Do I Have to Submit a Nomination?

    All awards participants are required to submit nominations through Global Private Banker’s online submission portal. The portal is where you will find the questions that need to be answered in order to be considered in the current year’s program. Institutions will be unable to participate in our awards programs without a fully complete submission(s)

    Can One Project/Initiative Be Considered for Multiple Awards?

    You may nominate one project or initiative across numerous awards. Please note however, these submissions are likely to compete with one and other. You must submit separate entries for each award.

    Are There Any Costs Involved in Making A Submission?

    There are no costs involved in making a submission.

    May I Submit More Than One Nomination?

    Global Private Banker does not place a limit on the number of awards you can nominate for.

    If I cannot Access The Judging Portal, May I submit My Entries Via Email?

    If your institution has firewall restrictions and you are unable to submit entries via our portal, you may request for the PDF questionnaire. Email us at enq@globalprivatebanker.net.

    The Global Private Banker MEA Awards 2024 program is open to all participants within the private banking space operating in the Middle East and Africa. We invite nominations from private banks, family offices, asset managers, specialist & boutique firms and independent wealth managers.

    If you identify your organisation and/or professionals as industry leaders that are pushing boundaries and pioneering unsurpassed innovation in the private wealth landscape – we welcome you to send in your nominations. The submission deadline for all entries is 18:00 GMT, 19 July 2024.

    Edmund Shing, PhD

    Global Chief Investment Officer
    BNP Paribas Wealth Management

    Edmund has over 29 years of experience in financial markets in a wide variety of positions, ranging from proprietary trading to portfolio manager in a number of financial institutions in London and Paris.  He previously held the role of Global Head of Equity and Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London from 2015 to 2020, and has been Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Wealth Management since November 2020.

    Edmund is responsible for piloting our investment strategy and will continues to rollout out recommendations and themes with actionable advice that brings our expertise to our clients and support to our client-facing teams.  In this time of change, his expertise in following and anticipating markets is a true value added for both our customers and those at Wealth Management who serve them.

    Edmund has a PhD in Cognitive and Computing Science from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and has done advanced studies in Knowledge-Based Systems and in Experimental Psychology.  He is an EFFAS-certified financial analyst. He has also authored the book “The Idle Investor” published by Harriman House in 2015, proposing 3 simple investment strategies that take only a few minutes to execute per month.

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        The world’s preeminent Private Banks and Wealth Managers are demonstrating a committed drive in innovation, advisory, new products and services to meet the sophisticated needs of their clients.

        Amid economic activity revival on the back of the Covid-19 vaccine program, organisations moving from business continuity plans to stable working environments, together with the slightest improvement in unemployment numbers, forced the world to adjust to new realities. Coming to terms with the “new normal”, global investors are now on the look-out for attractive and stable investment opportunities.

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