Award confirms NBK’s leadership role in digital innovation


Nikolas Sfikas

KUWAIT: Digital innovation has become a critical component of modern banking and at the forefront, leading this development in the Middle East, stands National Bank of Kuwait. NBK’s innovative digital solutions are reshaping banking at a time when more and more customers are seeking digital options for their daily personal and business banking needs.
In the latest affirmation of the bank’s leadership position, NBK Group Information Technology has been chosen as a winner of the 2018 CIO 100 Awards, organized by Computer News Middle East (CNME) magazine. The prestigious industry award celebrates Information Technology leadership groups who are leading the development and implementation of innovative best practices in banking and finance.

NBK was honored during the annual CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony held in Dubai on 29 January 2018 and will be featured in the February 2018 issue of CNME magazine.

The award was presented to Yousef Al-Kateefi, Executive Manager who received the award on behalf of the NBK Group Information Technology. “Winning the CIO 100 Award cements NBK’s leadership role in digital innovation,” said Nikolas Sfikas, NBK’s Group CIO. “It confirms that we are not only on the right path, building stronger, safer and more efficient digital financial solutions but also that our industry peers value what we are doing.”

“NBK leads the way in developing innovative Fintech solutions with a customer-centric approach,” added “We are delighted to recognize and honor NBK’s contribution to these important developments in the Fintech sector and in technology in the Middle East.”

CNME was established more than two decades ago and enjoys a readership of 75,000 readers per month with a focus on IT issues and news of local relevance, business benefit and technology for decision makers. National Bank of Kuwait continues to develop award-winning digital and financial products and services. Its newly redesigned and rebuilt website, won the notable Web Marketing Association (WMA) 2017 WebAward for ‘Bank Standard of Excellence’. NBK was honored specifically for the website’s mobile-responsive and innovative design.

NBK’s Tap & Pay card and wearables are another strong example of the bank’s push for innovative digital solutions that meet the lifestyle needs of today’s customers. Customers can learn more about NBK Tap & Pay and other products and services by visiting