American University of Sharjah

American University of Sharjah

Varouj Nerguizian

Mr. Varouj Nerguizian

Executive Director and General Manager, Bank of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Currently the Executive Director and General Manager of Bank of Sharjah, Mr. Nerguizian was instrumental in the growth of the bank, its success and its promotion not only in the United Arab Emirates but in the region.

His leadership of the team that acquired the operations of BNPI in Lebanon through Emirates Lebanon Bank s.a.l., a Lebanese subsidiary, was instrumental. Mr. Nerguizian was subsequently appointed as Chairman-General Manager of Emirates Lebanon Bank s.a.l. Mr. Nerguizian is extensively involved in other industries as well: mainly oil and gas, steel, insurance and education. He is a director of Dana Gas PJSC and currently the Chairman of its Audit and Compliance Committee.

Born on December 13, 1953, Mr. Nerguizian received his education at College Notre Dame de Jamhour des Peres Jesuites in Lebanon. In 1976, he graduated with a degree in economics from Université St. Joseph, Lebanon (University of Lyon Lumière, France).

His academic background influenced his professional life, which began in 1972 with Bank G. Trad-Credit Lyonnais Beirut, followed by a move to Bank of Sharjah in the UAE in 1977, an affiliate of Banque Paribas. A member of Banque Paribas' (BNP Paribas) international staff, Mr. Nerguizian was appointed as General Manager of the Bank of Sharjah on January 1, 1992.

In 2003, after serving as member of the board of trustees of Lycée Georges Pompidou in Sharjah for 12 years-four of them as Chairman-Mr. Nerguizian led a team that established the Lebanese Educational Fund SA and the Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé (LLFP) in Dubai. LLFP, which Mr. Nerguizian serves as Chairman, is a nonprofit private school that caters to the educational needs of the Lebanese and Francophone communities in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. It has an academic cooperation agreement with the College Notre Dame de Jamhour in 2009.

Outside of his professional life, Mr. Nerguizian is also actively involved in and a prominent member of the Lebanese, French and Armenian communities.

Mr. Nerguizian is the recipient of numerous awards. These include: the Insignia of the Knight of the Order of Merit (Chevalier Dans L'ordre National de Merite) by the Republic of France; the Insignia of the Knight of the Holy See of Cilicia by the Armenian Apostolic Church; the Insignia of the Knight of the Order of Mekhitar Heratsi by the Republic of Armenia; the Insignia of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia; the Insignia of the Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Illuminator by the Armenian Catholic Church; and the Insignia of the Knight of Saint Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI in 2013. 

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