Joe DiVanna

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Joe DiVanna

Author and international speaker on finance, strategy and technology

Joe DiVanna runs an innovation think-tank providing research and advisory services to the financial services industry, global businesses and governments. He was described by the Financial Times as "one of the foremost experts in sharia-compliant finance". Joe's insight on twenty-first century business and banking focuses on the premise that in order to be competitive, all businesses must have a strong value proposition that is memorable, credible, demonstrable, measurable and actionable.

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Joe DiVanna runs an innovation think-tank providing research and advisory services to the financial services industry, global businesses and governments. He was described by the Financial Times as "one of the foremost experts in sharia-compliant finance". Joe's insight on twenty-first century business and banking focuses on the premise that in order to be competitive, all businesses must have a strong value proposition that is memorable, credible, demonstrable, measurable and actionable.

Joe DiVanna has specialised in management and strategy. During his career, he has helped organisations to rethink financial services, redefine entertainment and media production, streamline manufacturing operations, reduce pharmaceutical development time, and improve customer service in electric utilities. He has specialised further in banking and finance, with a special focus on ethical banking and Islamic Banking.

Joe is the author of the annual Top 500 Islamic Banks supplement to the November issue of The Banker Magazine. His research has been featured on AMR Research, Lafferty and VRL Knowledge, as well as numerous industry journals and magazines.

Joe has recently helped the African Banking Corporation develop its brand strategy in Southern Africa and Barclays Bank, Ghana, develop a strategy for promoting affordable housing in Ghana.

Recent clients include: MasterCard, African Banking Corporation, Barclays, First National Bank, VISA International, J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, UBS, Arabian Society for Human Resource Management, Royal and Sun Alliance, BUPA, BT Global, Deloitte, IBM, Hewlett-Packard.

Client Testimonials:

"The Visa Business School Team are all extremely happy with this year's event'and we would like to thank Joe DiVanna for his personal contribution to our shared success" Head of the Visa Business School Team, Visa International

"Joe was simply fabulous his presentation was absolutely first-rate, and was extremely well-received by the delegates. Joe was extremely flexible, friendly and easy to work with." Conference Organiser, Middle East Financial Technology Conference

"Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at the Business Forum. Your talk was well received and proved extremely popular amongst all levels of management." Director, Organisational Development, BUPA

"Thought-provoking and inspiring" Arabian Society for Human Resource Management

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COMPETITIVE STRATEGIES IN BANKING

Banking professionals now more than ever, feel the pressure of the challenges created by the global crisis, increased competition, human capital and technological issues, in addition to the usual key elements of banking, namely managing the business, acquiring and retaining customers, creating and managing products, distributing them and ensuring optimal performance. Formerly, banks could rely on customer loyalty, but today they have to work much harder, developing product portfolios that constantly reinvent their image to match ever-increasing demand and regulatory issues. The financial services industry constantly calls for ‘innovation’, but this is not straightforward, requiring both strategic and tactical thinking.

Joe Divanna is a world-leading consultant for business and financial services. A management and strategy specialist for more than 35 years, he is one of the most respected experts on financial services in emerging markets and is called upon by policymakers, bankers and business leaders from London to Beijing. He addresses relevant market trends and offers practical guidance on interpreting them to gain competitive advantage. In addition to interventions on traditional banking and banking in emerging markets, Joe is an expert on Islamic banking and finance. He is founder and managing director of Maris Strategies, a consultancy and think-tank for business and financial services. His cutting-edge, evidence-based global research is used by banks, financial services providers, central banks, government agencies, universities and technology companies worldwide. He is co-founder of The Banker magazine’s Annual Top 500 Islamic Banks supplement and a commentator on CNB.

THE MASTER CLASS – what it covers
Joe works with C-level banking professionals to consider a select number of challenges in the bankers’ agenda and works through a method of strategic thinking from left to right, and then right to left – from inception to implementation. He is a master at tailoring his message to specific audiences and his captivating style blends provocative insights and practicable knowledge.
1. Setting strategic goals to achieve top-line growth
2. Building intelligence about customers and the competition
3. Creating, managing and distributing product portfolios

BENEFITS
Joe’s master class offers delegates the opportunity to learn, interact and start the process of creating solutions. It enables banking professionals to develop fresh techniques to:
> Build strategy for competitive advantage
> Build superior customer and competitive intelligence
> Provide value to customers in an increasingly global competitive marketplace
> Develop and deliver successful product portfolios
> Translate strategy into action
 

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