Amãna Bank, Sri Lanka’s premier non-interest based Islamic financial services provider, recently concluded its inaugural Staff Awards Ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. Held under the theme ‘Rewarding Excellence’, Amãna Bank Awards 2015 recognized the high performing individuals and branches during the aforementioned period. The event was held under the patronage of the Bank’s Chairman Osman Kassim, along with the participation of the Board of Directors and the Management Committee.
Role-based Individual Awards were bestowed to recognize the Best Business Development Officers, Customer Relationship Managers, Asst. Branch Managers and Branch Managers. Grade based awards were dedicated towards recognizing the best talent within each grade. Branches were recognized in terms of Best Deposit Mobilization Branch, Best New Entrant Branch and Best Overall Branch. The Bank’s Akurana Branch walked away with the Gold Award for Best Overall Branch while Puttalam Branch was bestowed the Silver. The Bank’s Support Units were also separately recognized.
Further, the Bank availed a series of qualitative awards which went on to honour the Best Sportsman, the Best Project Implementation, the Best Idea, Best Innovative Product Solution, and the ‘Can Do’ Icons of the Bank. The Gold for ‘Can Do’ Icon was awarded to Farhan Refai of HR while the silver was awarded to Nizath Mustapha of IT.
With a view to encouraging excellent service across the Bank, the ceremony also recognized exceptional service moments by awarding the Best ‘We Care’ Moment. The Gold Award under this category went to Zakir Hisham of Prestige Banking and Silver Award was bestowed to Ms Dilruba Sabry of the Ladies Branch.
The crowning moment of the ceremony was the CEO Award, given to the most outstanding employees of the Bank for their unwavering display of dedication and passion going beyond the call of duty. The inaugural recipients of the CEO Award were Ramakrishnan Kirubakaran of Retail Credit, Rajendra Jayasinghe of Business Banking and Arshad Jamaldeen of Retail Banking.
The ceremony also recognized the current employees who were there since the inception of the Bank in 2011 with Founder Member Mementos.
Speaking on the event Amãna Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Azmeer said “It is indeed a great day in Amãna Bank’s short history, where this ceremony is all about being grateful to our people, the people of Amãna Bank. Our Success in Enabling Growth & Enriching Lives is thanks to the hard work & commitment of our 650 plus employees, and I am truly honoured to lead this wonderful team towards greater achievements.”
Speaking at the ceremony the Bank’s Chairman Osman Kassim said “My heartiest congratulations to all the winners. All those present today are winners as they have contributed to the legacy of being the first Bank in the country to operate on the ethically based non-interest banking model. I am looking forward to the continued support of the entire Amãna team in making Amãna Bank a WOW bank.”
Amãna Bank is the first Licensed Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka to operate in complete harmony with the non-interest based Islamic banking model and is listed on the Diri Savi Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange. Fitch Ratings, in October 2015, affirmed the Bank’s National Long Term Rating of BB(lka) with a Stable Outlook. The Bank was recognized as the Best ‘Up-and-Comer’ Islamic Bank of the World by ‘Global Finance Magazine’ at the 18th Annual World’s Best Banks Award Ceremony 2014 held in Washington DC, USA. Powered by the stability and support of its strategic shareholders including, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, AB Bank in Bangladesh and The Islamic Development Bank based in Saudi Arabia, Amãna Bank is making strong inroads within the Sri Lankan banking industry and is focused on capitalizing the growing market potential for its unique banking model across the country.