Sekhar Thodla – Strategic Advisor 

Sekhar is a finance professional and a career banker. He has over three decades of experience in the Middle East, having spent most of the time in the United Arab Emirates with National Bank of Fujairah.

Sekhar commenced his professional career with Price Waterhouse & Company in Bombay. Having spent three years in their audit, consulting and special investigation units, he moved to Coopers & Lybrand, Muscat. This period was well before the merger of these international audit firms; the merged firm presently goes under the name Price Waterhouse Coopers or PWC for short. In both the firms, he was a part of their audit and investigation practices and was involved in multi-national bank audits.

Sekhar established the Internal Audit department at National Bank of Fujairah in 1990 and after spending over nine years in this capacity, he moved on to take charge of the operational roles. He was always a part of all the major technology initiatives from the time he joined the Bank and over a period of close to 24 years, has seen the Bank through many transitions of their core banking system. He has the distinction of playing a part in the development of their in-house core banking system which served the bank very well. At various stages of his career with NBF, Sekhar directly handled almost all the support functions including the central operations, branches, trade finance, technology, HR, corporate communications and facilities management. Sekhar also headed their Risk Management unit for a year. He was very much part of their senior executive management committees and was one of their permanent attendees at the Board Meetings

At the time of retirement, Sekhar was their COO. Having retired from his day-to-day operational responsibilities, Sekhar now serves the Bank as an independent professional member of their Board Risk and Board Audit Committees.

Sekhar is a qualified chartered accountant and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also completed the final examinations held by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants from the State of Colorado.

Sekhar is voracious reader and an avid golfer.