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Souad is currently with Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and manages a team of approx. 120 people. She is very passionate about identifying, nurturing and promoting female talent especially in the Financial Markets business which historically had a low female front office representation. Souad is a member of the Standard Chartered MENAP Diversity & Inclusion Council and has been instrumental in introducing new processes aiming to attract more females into the Bank. Under her leadership, 75% of the 2017 and 2018 Financial Markets UAE graduate hires were female. Throughout her career, Souad has mentored many women from different divisions and countries. She also takes time to provide guidance to male colleagues who ask for advice on various aspects of diversity. She is a regular speaker at universities and conferences. She was also a panellist at the first ever Arab-German Women Leaders Forum in Berlin. Souad holds a Master from the University Paris Dauphine and a Master from the Frankfurt University with specialisation in Financial Engineering. Souad is originally from Algeria and speaks five languages (Arabic, German, English, French, Italian). She is married with two young children. 

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