Dr. Adnan Chilwan, GCEO of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE, has been awarded with the accolade of the Most Social Executive in the UAE’s Private Sector at the LinkedIn MENA Talent Awards. The awards took place last Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dubai, in front of an audience of over 200 senior executives and social media influencers.
This is the second year in a row that Dr. Adnan has been presented with the award. He is one of the most influential commentators on social media, having an unprecedented network of over 7,000 on LinkedIn and enjoying 10,700 Twitter followers. His vision and insight is recognized across the region and he is acknowledged as a unique leader with a willingness to share his knowledge and experience with others.
Dr Adnan Chilwan, GCEO of Dubai Islamic Bank, said, “I am delighted to have received this prestigious honor for the second time and am humbled by the thought that so many of my followers value my contributions on social media. LinkedIn is a professional’s utopia – from engagement, to learning and development, to progression – the medium has all the perfect ingredients. However, within our respective industries, the impact of what we say and do are significant with serious overtones. And because the impacts are huge, we as leaders in our respective fields must use the knowledge and clout responsibly. I believe in engagement because it is my responsibility as an industry leader to spread what I have learnt and what I know. We, as leaders, are conduits to transfer the knowledge base to the next generation. We must never forget that.”
The criteria for this notable award recognizes the level of engagement exhibited by executive with the judges considering the number of profile views, days logged in and long form posts.
In addition, DIB was also shortlisted as finalist at the Best Talent Acquisition Team award based on the bank’s performance and usage of the talent acquisition team on LinkedIn. The “Best Talent Acquisition Team” award recognizes an organization with the highest average on the LinkedIn Recruiter Index (LRI), which measures the organization’s effectiveness in recruiting on LinkedIn.
These achievements build on last year’s LinkedIn MENA Talent awards, where DIB won the distinguished accolade of Best Employer Brand on LinkedIn in addition to Dr. Adnan’s recognition as the Most Social Executive in the Private Sector.
Reiterating its commitment and dedication to make Islamic finance a norm, rather than an alternative to conventional banking, DIB was also recently honored with awards at the Banker Middle East Industry Awards, Global Islamic Business Awards, and by the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme. The bank maintains its dominance in the Islamic space in the country as the largest Islamic bank in UAE and amongst the top four banks in the country.