Shailesh Dash has been recog­nised through­out his ca­reer for his con­tri­bu­tion to the world of fi­nance

CEO Middle East - - COVER STORY -

• Recog­nised among the top 100 in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in Dubai – 2016 / 2017 by Ara­bian Busi­ness Mag­a­zine

• Best Strate­gic Vi­sion Award- Banker Mid­dle East In­dus­try Awards 2017

• Recog­nised among the top 100 In­dian Lead­ers in the Arab World – 2016 / 2017 by Forbes Mag­a­zine

• Best CEO for Eth­i­cal In­vest­ments – 2016 from World Fi­nance

• Global Vi­sion­ary CEO of the Year – 2014 from The Lead­ers Mag­a­zine In­ter­na­tional Malaysia and The Fed­er­a­tion of GCC Cham­bers

What qual­i­ties does a leader need?

I like what Steve Jobs said, that you have to be hun­gry. You see a lot of suc­cess­ful par­ents who have cre­ated busi­nesses; the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion who has ev­ery­thing pro­vided for them aren’t as hun­gry. The hunger – with the right ethics and val­ues –makes the dif­fer­ence. The hunger is crit­i­cal.

How do you en­sure pro­duc­tiv­ity?

That is a ques­tion that has a dif­fer­ent an­swer de­pend­ing on the pe­riod in his­tory. We are mov­ing from a peo­ple-cen­tric to a tech­nol­ogy-cen­tric busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. To­day, AI will be a fac­tor in busi­ness and hu­man pro­duc­tiv­ity. Ev­ery in­dus­try is dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple are being re­placed by ma­chines and it saves money, but is it hu­man? What hap­pens to those peo­ple who have been re­placed? They need to be re­trained. If pro­duc­tiv­ity doesn’t im­prove as a re­sult of tech­nol­ogy, then so­ci­ety isn’t im­prov­ing.

What are your views on CSR?

Peo­ple think CSR is just about do­na­tions. It should be about being able to build busi­nesses and ideas, while al­low­ing peo­ple to work, be skilled enough to sup­port their fam­i­lies and have a com­fort­able life, while pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. All of us have a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity as hu­man be­ings. We do­nate as a busi­ness, but I per­son­ally be­lieve we can do a lot more. It shouldn’t be just down to lead­ers, but to ev­ery­one, as we can make a dif­fer­ence as in­di­vid­u­als. Not ev­ery­thing can be achieved just by giv­ing money and do­na­tions. I per­son­ally feel I could be do­ing more, do­nat­ing of my time, not just money.

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