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Mak­ing it count

A for­mer Fi­nance Min­istry manager still go­ing strong af­ter manda­tory re­tire­ment

“I’m very com­fort­able with num­bers and I love to work with them,” says Hayat Nader, head of com­pli­ance at Credit Libanais Group since 2013.

She was one of only three girls among 60 stu­dents in the Bac­calau­re­ate with a spe­cial­iza­tion in math­e­mat­ics at the In­ter­na­tional School of Choueifat. Later on, at the Le­banese Uni­ver­sity, where she ma­jored in fi­nance and ac­count­ing, she was once again one of only five girls in the en­tire fac­ulty. “Now, if you go to the school of busi­ness [at the Le­banese Uni­ver­sity], it is mostly girls that ma­jor in busi­ness, but I’m talk­ing about back then,” says Nader.

When her soon-to-be-hus­band’s job as branch manager at the Ori­ent Credit Bank took him to Tripoli, Nader says she moved there with him and started her ca­reer as ac­coun­tancy con­troller at the Min­istry of Fi­nance in 1974. “It was bet­ter for me as a woman to work in the public sec­tor. In the public sec­tor you are as­sessed and as­signed to a post based on an exam, but in the pri­vate sec­tor they didn’t give you a good post — they saw woman as sec­re­taries at that time,” says Nader. She then started work­ing in the min­istry in tax au­dit­ing and was pro­moted to head of the au­dit di­vi­sion in Tripoli.

In 1987, Nader and her hus­band moved back to Beirut where she was made head of the au­dit­ing of banks for the min­istry. “When I used to go with my team to au­dit a bank, they used to look first at the men but they would soon re­al­ize that I was the head,” re­counts Nader, adding that her ded­i­ca­tion to her ca­reer is what makes oth­ers re­spect her.

In 2002, Nader was pro­moted to head of the depart­ment of in­her­i­tance tax in Le­banon and in 2010, when the gov­ern­ment com­mis­sioner left, she seized the op­por­tu­nity and asked to be pro­moted to that top level po­si­tion.

When she reached the manda­tory re­tire­ment age for public sec­tor of­fi­cials, in 2012, then Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Safadi asked her to stay on as his ad­vi­sor, which she ac­cepted, re­main­ing in that post for a year. Hav­ing worked on many projects with the Min­istry of Fi­nance, Nader found it easy to move on to her cur­rent post with Credit Libanais Group, where she is in the process of build­ing a new ca­reer at age of 66.

While work­ing at the same time, Nader bore and raised a son. She be­lieves that an am­bi­tious and hard work­ing woman can bal­ance her per­sonal life with a ful­fill­ing ca­reer that cer­tainly does not have to stop at the of­fi­cial age of re­tire­ment.


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