John P. Finigan is an international banker with over 40 years’ experience embracing 11 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He started his career with Standard Chartered Bank and from 1977 until 2004 was engaged in The Gulf Cooperation Council States where he first built-up the investment banking business of National Bank of Abu Dhabi over a 4 year period before establishing National Bank of Kuwait’s investment banking operations which he led for 13 years simultaneously becoming founder General Manager of National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC, the one of the top 15 British banks.
He was then appointed Chief Executive of Qatar National Bank from 1995 – 2001, oversaw 6 consecutive years of record profits. From 2001 until November 2002 he was Adviser to the Chairman, concurrently Minister of Finance of the State of Qatar. From 2002 until 2004 he held the position of Chief Executive of National Bank of Oman restoring it to profitability after a turbulent period before specializing in proprietarily private equity and property investments combined with selective consultancy and advisory services to Middle East public and private sector agencies and banks.
In 2007, he returned to full time employment as Chief Executive Officer of Golomt Bank of Mongolia where he has overseen its growth to become the largest bank in this rapidly expanding economy with an eightfold increase in profitability.
Mr. Finigan holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers/Institute of Financial Services, an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and is a Member of the Securities Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of “The Path to Monetary Union in the GGC States” Oman, 2003.