Anil Keshary Shah
CEO, Mega Bank Limited
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”The coolest part of my job is that I can meet different people and see how we can put opportunities into reality.” Anil Keshary Shah is CEO of Mega Bank Limited. The most important thing for him is managing people: “The better you are at managing, motivating and getting people to understand the vision and work together, the more successful the CEO and the institution will be.”


Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

The first advice I'd give is don't rush to life enjoy the journey. The second one as I said is follow your happiness formula. Do what makes you happy. Don't go with what your parents say, what your teachers, your friends, what society is saying, look inside you not outside when you determine what you're going to do with your life because you are the one who has to live it. And the third piece of advice I would give is always be kind, always be kind. You must live a life where you are kind. When someone brings tea, when I go to all these meetings I'm usually the only person who says thank you and by saying thank you I am becoming a better person, a bigger person. Than me just taking the cup and saying, and by saying thank you that person looks at me and has a smile because for once they recognize that this person isn't looking at me as a person who serves tea or coffee or as a person who is sweeping the floor but is looking at me as a human being, be kind. These are the pieces of advice I would like to give. If you take these 3 pieces of advice and lead your life, I don't know what you'll do with your life. I don't know where your life will take you but one thing I can guarantee you; you will have a happy fulfilled life for sure.

Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

My business card says CEO, Chief Executive Officer Mega Bank Nepal limited, with my name Anil Keshary Shah on top of it.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

The coolest part about my job is people. The numbers, the tensions and all that is there with any CEO's job. But people, meeting different people, seeing their strengths, seeing the challenges they're facing, the opportunities that they're aspiring for and then seeing how together we can make those opportunities into reality. For a long time people have been, something that interested me the most and I think one of the reasons that I do well in whatever I do is because of the interest in people. As you grow up in the management chain technical skills become less important and people skills become more important. I think that is why today as the CEO for me peoples skills is the critical skill that is required. Whether I'll be dealing with my promoters, shareholders, whether I'll be dealing with my board, my senior management team or any Mega Banker or whether I'll be dealing with customers in general or regulators. It's all about people and if you don't like dealing with people then it becomes very tasking. It becomes a bit of tension for you but for someone like me who loves dealing with people with, with interacting with different types of people, always learning. I never go into an interaction saying I'm going to teach something. Whoever it is, even when I go to give motivational talks to youth, I want to go there and learn. I want to get the energy that the youth have. Wherever I go, I want to learn. Once you have that perspective on interaction with people then dealing with people becomes cool and that's what I love about my job.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

The main limitation I think is time because the job is all consuming. It takes all your time. It just takes. Consumes, from the time you get up to the time you are so tired that you want to collapse it's just the bank. If you're willing to give that sort of time then this sort of career in banking or in a multinational is good for you. But if you want time for your family, your friends, your social activities so on and so forth then this career will not give you happiness because that is the one thing that you cannot get if you move to a career like mine. This career will not give you happiness because that is the one thing that you cannot get if you move into a career like mine.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

Many people think the job for CEO in a bank is about counting money, giving loans, getting deposits and things like that but actually CEO of a bank and I think the CEO of many organizations, is about people. It's about managing people. Those people could be my shareholders, promoters my board. It could be my team. It could be of course the customers and other stakeholders of the bank but the role of a CEO is about managing people and the better you are at managing, motivating and getting people to understand the vision and then work together to deliver on that vision, the more successful the CEO and the instruction will be. My working day actually starts early in the morning. I’m a religious person so it's starts with a little prayer, I have my breakfast and then I go to the gym. I do it that in the morning because no other time can I go. Then I come to work. Am here around 9:30 and then the day goes meeting people here, outside and throughout the day. Most of what I enjoy also is the meeting different people. Day ends at around 7:30 or so. Most of the time I go home and that's what I love to do. Spend some time with daughter. Spend some time playing with my dogs, end the day with a bit of TV.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

Because my father was in the UN and my mother was in the Foreign Service, I went to nine different schools. Finally I finished schooling in Delhi, in British school. I did my O levels and just at the age of 16 I went to the states actually just for a visit but then I went a university, they said, "Okay. We'll give you a provisional admission. If you can keep your GPA above a certain amount, you can continue to stay. So I did my bachelor's in Business Administration in International Business Finance from George Washington University in Washington DC. I was 20 when I graduated, wanted to do my MBA and the advisors said, "Why are you rushing to life? Work. You could get a two-year practical training visa in America at that point." I said I'll take half your advice, I will work but I'll go back to Nepal and work. So I came back to Nepal and I was running around trying to see what I should do. Met a bunch of Americans again who were trying to make a movie. Together we made a movie called Night Train to Kathmandu. It was a Disney world, Paramount Pictures movie and I think you can see it on YouTube. I was the assistant director helping them make that movie in Nepal. After that I worked in EC mode at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development as a financial analyst for about two years. Then my mother got posted to India as the ambassador so I applied to the faculty management study in Delhi University for my MBA and I did my MBA in marketing there. I returned to Nepal. I applied to Greenlays bank. That time Nepal's Greenlays bank limited. They said, "Okay, we're willing to take you in but we don't have management trainees, you have to start as an assistant from Nepal Greenlays bank became NZ Greenlays, it became Standard Chartered, then it went to Nabil Bank GM, and I became the CEO. Nabil Bank is the first joint venture bank of Nepal and I became the first Nepali CEO. They were 25 years old at that point of time and together we made Nabil bank the number one bank. The I thought okay I need to do something different in about 5 years back I came to Mega Bank, before I got it was operating like this also with a different vision to make inclusive banking from hollow to hydro to be the bankers of every Nepali and we started and we're going pretty well now. We spread to 28 branches. We have over 20 billion Rupees in deposits. Over 19 billion loans, a few lack customers and more on that we have a vision. A vision that all Mega Bankers carry to actually promote financially inclusion and to ensure economic upliftment of all of Nepal for the better future of Nepal.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

I think so. I think anybody can do any job but when you say different background I have this believe that people need to do what makes them happy. As long as you look inside you and find out what your core competencies are, what you're strengths are and then make a life, build a life around those core competencies and strengths moving towards what makes you happy. The you will have a fulfilled life. You'll have a successful life and most importantly you'll have a happy life. Now to do my job if you have the core competencies and strengths and you feel that being the CEO of a bank is what will make you happy the definitely you can do it but if not that is not what your core competencies are and that is not what your happiness formula seeks out then no matter what your educational background is, what your exposure is you will not be able to do this job as well as me because for me this is not a job. This is my life, this is my passion it makes me happy and therefore I do it day in, day out for 25 years.